My friend and colleague, Erik Christopher (@eBookNoir), recently wrote a two part article on lending eBooks for Publishing Perspectives. Cleverly titled, “Friends Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your eBooks” (parts 1 and 2), Christopher discusses lending issues with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and OverDrive.
I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of the JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site at http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including: Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and Francis eBookstore. Over 50 functional features are compared with basic Y/N responses including search, access control, search results, linking, restrictions, exporting, etc. All data is supplied by the vendors. They are obviously missing some reference eBook databases, so I hope Gale, SAGE, ABC-CLIO, Oxford, Rosen, and others can hop on board this chart. If anyone is shopping for eBook platforms, or if publishers are considering launching an eBook site, this is a great place to go for ideas and industry standard features.
They also offer a comparison chart for scientific databases.
Those of you with Blackwell (or considering Blackwell) may want to sit in on some of their webinars. They work with ebrary, Myilibrary, and EBL, and offer webinars on connecting your electronic resources to each of these ebook aggregators. They are offering a webinar this Wednesday on ebrary, details are below.Join Blackwell for a FREE Infotools webinar on August 19th, 11am PDT.If you have ebrary or have an interest in ebrary as your ebook aggregator, join us and see how you can connect all your electronic resources you currently own to ebooks on the ebrary platform. We’ll show you how Infotools can connect your current resources and how Blackwell makes the acquisitions, collection development and discovery of ebooks easier and efficient.If you cannot make the webinar or if you wish to attend another time, contact me to set one up. We also work with Myilibrary and EBL platform as well, feel free to contact me to setup webinars for those as well.Please RSVP to me for login instructions.Erik Christopher, Blackwell Digital Services Sales Manager, Toll Free: 1-800-525-7964Erik.Christopher@Blackwell.com
Wow, lots of good stuff going on these last couple of weeks.
Open Book Alliance Calls for Scrapping Google Settlement, with Public Guardian – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal
ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting: Top Tech Trends Panel Focuses on End Users and Ebooks – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal
Spoke with Erik Christopher, Digital Services Sales Manager at Blackwell about their Collection Manager System for eBooks. Blackwell is partnered with EBL, ebrary, and Ingram Digital. Erik’s interview is linked from the NSR interviews page, one of many in our series.
For more information on this product, I’ve attached a pdf of Blackwell’s Collection Manager. The top of the first page is white, so keep scrolling.
Those of you with Blackwell Services, or interested in Blackwell Services, may want to consider attending one of their webinars on connecting electronic resources to ebook aggregators like ebrary, EBL, and Myilibrary. They have a webinar this Wednesday, August 19th to demonstrate the Infotools option in ebrary, at 11:00 PDT. Please contact Erik Christopher for more information or to set up a webinar on one of the other ebook platforms. Erik Christopher, Blackwell Digital Services Sales Manager 800-525-7964 firstname.lastname@example.org