Reference Universe article

July 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

The recent “Off The Shelf” column in Booklist features a discussion of Paratext’s Reference Universe.  This and previous columns are linked on the NSR articles page.

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Vendor News

E-book Usage Data Article

April 1st, 2009 · Comments Off

The April 1, 2009 “Off The Shelf” column features an article on E-book usage data.  The article surveyed 10 e-book vendors and aggregators for information on their usage data.  A comparative chart accompanies the article, which is only available online, on the NSR articles page. 7 vendors replied to the survey, 1 couldn’t participate due […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Surveys/Statistics · Vendor News

Article on Patron Driven Acquisition

January 8th, 2009 · Comments Off

My “Off the Shelf” column in the January1/15 issue of Booklist focuses on patron driven acquisition (of ebooks).  It’s available at booklist online now.  For other “Off the Shelf” columns please see the articles page.  Have you taken the patron driven acquisiton poll?  It’s on the home page.

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Patron Driven Acquisition

Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA)

November 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The current NSR poll asks, “is your institution using patron driven acquisition to purchase eBooks.”  PDA is a business model, offered by (currently) 3 ebook aggregators  – NetLibrary, EBL, and Ingram Digital.  In this model, patrons determine which eBooks are purchased based on the eBooks they use.  There are many variations to PDA, but each variation does allow for […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Interfaces/Platforms · Patron Driven Acquisition · Vendor News

Booklist Online Articles Feature Follett, NetLibrary, and Overdrive

October 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

Those of you interested in learning more about Follett and Overdrive should take a look at the recent  Off The Shelf column in Booklist Online – E-book Distributors for the Public and School Library Markets.  The article provides an overview of the content, features, and business models of both of these distributors. NetLibrary, due to it’s […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Interfaces/Platforms · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

New Off The Shelf Column – A View From The Top

June 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Check out the new Off The Shelf Column in Booklist, June 1, 2008.  This is a preview to the ALA Program with the same title.  Don’t miss it, Anaheim Convention Center, 204B, Monday, June 30th, 10:30 – 12:00.

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Reference Publishing

eBook Aggregators – new article

May 15th, 2008 · Comments Off

Hey everyone, The latest Off The Shelf column in Booklist discusses eBook aggregators and gives details on 3 of the larger ones – EBL, ebrary, and MyiLibrary.   Have a look.  Your comments are welcome here on the blog.

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Vendor News