IPSWICH, Mass. — July 31, 2012 —EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Apabi have come to an agreement allowing metadata from Apabi’s e-book collection to be added to the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The e-books from Apabi are designed to offer a vast collection in a variety of subject areas to researchers in higher education, public libraries, corporations and government.
Apabi’s extensive and growing collection includes over 700,000 Simplified Chinese e-books, with coverage beginning as early as 1949. Over 120,000 e-books are being added to the collection each year. The majority of Apabi’s e-books, more than 400,000, are published from 2004 to the present. Subject matter within the e-book collection represents an expansive range of subject areas including humanities, literature, science & technology and economics. Continue reading
IPSWICH, Mass. — August 2, 2012 —Librarians accustomed to selecting and managing their eBook collections through GOBI3 from YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, now have additional access options for the more than 320,000 eBook titles from eBooks on EBSCOhost®. EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and YBP have expanded the EBSCO eBook models that are available in YBP’s acquisition and collection development interface.
EBSCO Publishing Senior Director of eBook Products, Ken Breen, says working with YBP to make EBSCO’s eBook content available via multi-user and Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA) options through GOBI3 is part of EBSCO’s commitment to provide more choice to librarians and their patrons. “We know having top content available without any fees or markups is important to our library customers. Now, making the content more accessible within an established library workflow is another way EBSCO is giving our customers what they’ve requested. eBooks are a priority for EBSCO and we will continue to make them available where and when libraries need them.” Continue reading
From an EBSCO press release:
IPSWICH, Mass. — June 12, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released three new medical e-book collections featuring Doody’s recommended content. Doody’s is an authoritative medical book review service designed to assist medical libraries and institutions with their purchasing decisions. Librarians can select titles and build a collection to meet their institution’s specific medical research needs.
The new e-book collections revolve around the 2012 Doody’s Core Titles list, published May 1st, 2012 and Doody’s Review Service starred reviews. These collections provide medical libraries with convenient ways to begin or expand their e-book collections with current, reputable content from leading publishers. The collections include the Doody’s Core Titles 2012 Featured Collection, the Doody’s 4- and 5- Star Reviewed Titles 2012 Featured Collection and the Doody’s Core Titles 2012 Essential Purchases Subject Set. Continue reading
IPSWICH, Mass. — May 31, 2012 —EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) will make millions of images from the Associated Press (AP) available to library customers. EBSCO has been named the sole library distributor of the AP Images, the commercial photo unit of AP. It is one of the world’s largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery including more than twelve million photographs dating back more than 100 years. Continue reading
From an EBSCO Press Release:
IPSWICH, Mass. — May 24, 2012 — Highlighting its growing audiobook collection, EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) released nine new audiobook collections in popular genres, providing public libraries with a quick and convenient way to begin or expand their audiobook offerings.
The latest audiobook sets focus on niche areas of fiction and nonfiction. These collections contain a wide variety of materials from best sellers such as the Hunger Games trilogy and Tina Fey’s Bossypants to recently digitized classics such as Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter. With these latest sets, particular attention was given to very specific areas of interest to public library patrons. Continue reading
An EBSCO press release received today discusses a new eBook subscription collection for corporations. Interestingly, ProQuest just announced a research service, Udini, for individuals (appeared to be focused on articles and news sources, not ebooks). Here’s the complete EBSCO press release:
IPSWICH, Mass. — May 7, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released its first e-book subscription collection for corporations. BusinessCore™ is designed to support the learning and research needs of business professionals. The collection is available as an annual subscription with unlimited access to the content.
The BusinessCore collection includes thousands of full text e-book titles from leading publishers. New titles will be added on a monthly basis. With BusinessCore, professionals are provided with an easy way to access e-books specific to their corporate research and learning needs. The collection provides a robust e-book experience that includes the ability to search alongside EBSCO’s industry-leading magazine and journal collections, create and add notes and bookmarks, as well as save research for future reference. Users can print, email and save chapters, or transfer them to a number of e-book readers and mobile devices including the Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony Digital Book. Continue reading
From an EBSCO press release: IPSWICH, Mass. — April 10, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is making it easier for library staff to search for e-books and audiobooks and add them to their collections with the new EBSCOhost® Collection Manager (ECM). ECM can be used to search or browse for e-books and audiobooks by title, author, publisher and more or make selections from the Subject Sets or Featured Collections created by EBSCO’s collection development experts. ECM can also help libraries create and manage lists of titles they want to expose to patron drive acquisition (PDA), manage deposits and determine which ownership models to apply to the various e-books and audiobooks in their collection. Continue reading
From an EBSCO press release
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is announcing the release of 64 new eBook subject sets bringing the total number of subject sets to nearly 200. These additional subject sets reflect the rapid growth of EBSCO’s eBook collection offered to libraries in convenient collections grouped by subject matter.
Subject sets allow for quick and easy purchases in particular high-interest subject areas. Customer feedback played a large role in the development of some of the latest subject sets. Requests for particular subject areas prompted EBSCO to create many of the subject sets available in this September release. All of the subject sets were developed by a team of librarian collection development specialists.
The new subject sets provide an extensive array of subject matter including: American History, leadership & management, LGBT, social networking, nursing and teacher resources. A full list of the latest subject sets are available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks/subject-sets.
Discovery services continue to add full text content. Two press releases this week announced that HathiTrust Digital Library content is now searchable through the EBSCO and OCLC WorldCat discovery services. Below are some snippets from each press release:
EBSCO: HathiTrust includes the digitized collections of more than 50 major research institutions and libraries. The HathiTrust Digital Library combines the resources of the partner institutions in order to preserve these vast digital collections. A large portion of the digital library is made up of books that have been digitized in agreement with Google Books. Additional content includes digitized content from partners including university presses and individual library’s collections. The enormity of HathiTrust’s digitized repository significantly expands the search experience for discovery users. Although HathiTrust offers a standalone search service, through EBSCO Discovery Service, users will soon be able to search HathiTrust’s collection of over 8.5 million digitalized volumes including over 9.5 million volumes, including more than five million book titles and 250,000 serial titles as part of EDS. Enabling the search of full text as part of EDS revitalizes these records by bringing them to the forefront of the user’s search experience and allows them to discover more of the library’s collection.
OCLC: Under this new agreement, OCLC will be able to integrate the full-text index of HathiTrust collections into services such as WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. Following integration of the full-text index, users will be able to search beyond bibliographic records to include the full text of these cooperatively built library collections in their searches.
Content from the HathiTrust Digital Library complements member libraries’ collections already in WorldCat. Through a single search of WorldCat.org or WorldCat Local, users will easily find HathiTrust resources and other materials available in their own collections, and in the collections of thousands of libraries around the world that are part of the OCLC cooperativ
eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost launched this week. Hopefully you have all received the new url for access to your collections. I gave my eBook collection a test spin this morning and it worked well. The interface is very intuitive, particularly for those who are EBSCOhost users. The same features apply. Search results are returned at the book level, but the most relevant pages from the book are displayed and hyperlinked in the detailed record. Searching within a book title is an option. Users can print/email up to 60 pages. Emailing a citation provides a persistent link to the book. Downloading titles for offline reading is an option as well, but the library must have the Adobe Content Server in place via EBSCO (for a nominal fee) in order to offer the service. Users can create a MyEBSCO account to save their preferences, search histories, create RSS feeds, and more.
Here is more information about the launch and future business models from an EBSCO press release: EBSCO Publishing’s (EBSCO) extensive collection of more than 300,000 eBook and audiobook titles (formerly from NetLibrary®) are now integrated on EBSCOhost®. EBSCOhost now provides content from the most in-demand publishers available via new acquisition models including expanded ownership plans to serve the unique needs of libraries and their patrons. EBSCO is also paving the way for new models such as short-term leases, subscription models and expanded Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) which will be introduced within the next few months. Continue reading