Great news from ebrary about the ability to download eBook content to devices. ebrary conducted a study early this year about downloading capabilities. The results of this study discovered that 92% of libraries found offline access to be more or equally important to online access. Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing discussed the survey results during an interview in June. Here’s more from the ebrary press release about the new download functionality:
To further provide researchers with access to authoritative information whenever and wherever they need it, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the ability to download e-books onto multiple devices including the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, laptops and other devices. Additionally, the company announced a dedicated mobile application is in development and slated to ship later this year. Continue reading
From an ebrary press release: ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the availability of usage-triggered Short-Term Loans. Currently in beta, this groundbreaking model provides libraries with all of the benefits of traditional short-term loans with the added advantage of only paying if titles are used.
ebrary’s new Short-Term Loans can be a library’s standalone cost-saving service, or used in conjunction with ebrary’s Patron Driven Acquisition program to offer an additional layer of mediation before titles are triggered for purchase. As YBP’s preferred e-book vendor, ebrary also makes Short-Term Loans available through YBP’s Demand Driven Acquisition service. Continue reading
From a Serials Solutions press release:
ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, and long-time partner YBP Library Services, today announced the launch of an integrated Demand Driven Acquisition model that may be used in conjunction with Short Term Loans. The new program enables libraries to cost-effectively and efficiently provide patrons with access to vast amounts of information through their existing YBP workflow and only purchase e-books that are used.
Participating libraries may use YBP’s advanced profiling to automatically select appropriate ebrary content for their Demand Driven Acquisition program, with complete duplication control across all YBP services and consolidated invoicing from YBP. Custom MARC records are provided, and titles are tracked in YBP’s GOBI™. Continue reading
January 6, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – As its content-unifying new search platform rolls out to libraries around the world, ProQuest has acquired acclaimed e-book pioneer ebrary, setting the stage for significant acceleration of the process of serious research. The agreement will marry both companies’ inventive, user-centric technologies and add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuest’s monumental content offerings. The combined collection will enable users to search seamlessly across multiple formats – books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, video, and more – and across eight centuries of the world’s knowledge. Continue reading
If you had top executives from 4 academic eBook aggregators in the same room, what would you ask them? Seriously, I need to know. One of the Lively Lunch sessions at the XXX Annual Charleston Conference is an open forum with academic eBook aggregators from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary. I’m looking for suggestions on questions to ask these individuals. I’m moderating and want to make this as informative and interesting as I can! Continue reading
Subscribers to ebrary’s Academic Complete now have the ability to upload and share their own PDF documents. It’s all part of a new service called DASH – (Data Sharing, Fast). Those attending the ALAMW meeting in Boston next week can check it out. The complete press release is below.
From an ebrary press release:
ebrary Launches Free H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center
New Site Makes PDF Documents from Government Agencies and Other Authoritative Sources More Discoverable
November 16, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced that it has created a publicly available research center featuring a highly interactive, searchable database of documents pertaining to the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Available today at http://h1n1.ebrary.com, the new site contains a growing selection of reports, papers, newsletters, posters, and other important materials from government agencies and other trusted sources.
ebrary is launching a monthly sweepstakes for a free ebook a month for one’s institution – complete with ebrary’s InfoTools. To enter, just recommend an ebrary title. Details of the contest are below, in the ebrary press release. This is a fun idea, but I have to chuckle. Can you imagine having a sweepstakes for a free print book? Oh, what technology will do. Continue reading
Super cool! Duke University Press has just released their scholarly eBook collection. The collection includes over 100 titles and is run on the ebrary platform. If you are not familiar with ebrary, they are an eBook aggregator and offer institutions the opportunity to load their own material into the ebrary platform. Clearly, Duke University Press has taken advantage of this option, which is the first I’ve seen. The Duke content is not part of other ebrary collections, but can be cross searched with titles libraries already own in ebrary.
Those who purchase the eBooks can also get access to 900 backlist titles, depending on which years they purchased the print. And, for an extra $500.00 libraries will receive the cloth editions of all titles from a given year.
Duke was actually bold enough to post their pricing – way to go Duke! And, it’s incredibly reasonable. For the 100 title collection, prices range from $500 to $6000 depending on a library’s Carnegie classification. So, if my math is right (which usually isn’t), that’s 100 titles for $5.00 each up to $60.00 each. No, that’s not a typo, I didn’t misplace the decimal point! I’d like to see those kind of prices for all my eBooks
University Presses, jump on the ebrary wagon. This is awesome. Hey ebrary, will you work with independent publishers too? If so, Kevin Sayer, then you’re truly a rock star!
Listen to the latest audio interview with Kevin Sayar, President of ebrary. Kevin discusses the results of the student ebook survey conducted by ebrary earlier this year.
Interviews with executives from Gale, Sage, and Credo are also available on the Interviews page.