Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010. They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers. For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire. Continue reading
I attended a Swets webinar about efficiently acquiring R & D eBooks for the library. I got a quick glance at the Swets interface, due to launch this January. They will have eBook title metadata and TOC loaded with ISBNs (and ISBN13) from a variety of publishers (no list available just yet). Search features look simple enough (quick/advanced) as do the ordering features (shopping cart). Vendors for particular titles and/or collections were listed with a set price for “one-off” purchases (title by title) and collections. They offered concurrent user purchases (3, 8, 10, etc.) with a set price for each option which is quite nice. A participant asked about archiving/perpetual access to eBooks she purchases. Swets answer – publishers decide if books are available as a subscription or perpetual access. Those that offer perpetual access, the publisher will host the eBooks perpetually. Can you get a copy for yourself or for a 3rd party to host? – that’s up to the publisher. Doesn’t sound like Swets will be in the archiving business, but then they aren’t hosting the content, the publishers are. I asked about MARC records, mentioning the lack of quality of freely available MARC records provided with eBook purchases. Again, that is the publishers, they provide the MARC records from a variety of sources……let’s just hope the publishers follow the existing MARC standards. Continue reading
Swets FREE Webinar- Finding your Way through the Maze of eBooks
As the eBooks world continues to expand to new levels, how can you be sure you are making the right resource choices for your library – and getting the best value? With so many purchase models and content to choose from, more budget constraints and far less time, Swets can help with your library’s eBook process.
Let Swets guide you through the maze of eBooks and assist you with acquiring the most up to date, relevant content your end-users desire - in the most effective way possible.
Be sure to tune in to the first of a series of FREE Swets informative Web sessions on SwetsWise eBooks, Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 3 pm EST. Continue reading
Swets Charleston Conference Scholarship
Swets North America is pleased to announce it is offering a $1,000 scholarship to attend the 2009 XXIX Annual Charleston Conference, taking place November 4-7, 2009.
Please complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words on the following topic:
“Figuring out the eBooks Equation: Please describe the most important service or solution missing from current eBook models. What are the potential benefits of this solution?” Continue reading