CIL 2011– EBook Publishing: Practices and Challenges

Speakers:  Leslie Lees (ebrary); Ken Breen (EBSCO); Rick Rosy, Bob Bruni  (Ingram)Moderator, Dick Kaiser, suggested reading his article on the current state of eBooks: “Ebook Update and Outlook” .

EBSCO — NetLibrary brand will be changing to eBooks on EBSCOhost.  Mentioned individual Library purchase, PDA (Patron Driven Acquisitions), and that are introducing the  PDL (Patron Driven Lease) Model.  EBSCO will still offer Subscriptions to Audiobooks and eBooks.  Librarians can go to the  EBSCOHost Collection Manager to purchase eBooks and set up PDA lists.

eBrary – founded in 1999, it is used by 3,700 institutions.  Based in Palo Alto CA, it has been acquired by ProQuest.  ProQuest allows the library to own its own titles and keeps perpetual archives.  They also offer PDA,  STL (short term loans), and  rent titles coming in Spring.

E-approvals – incorporate eBooks into existing print and digital workflows through YBP.  Over 273,000 titles over 500 publishers.  Can integrate PDF content with DASH (Data Sharing, Fast).  Incorporates research technology with InfoTools. The speaker questioned the future of OPAC now with so many discovery tools.

Ingram (Coutts) – outside of Nashville,  Print on Demand facility prints a book in 2 minutes.  Use “Core Service”, gets document then converts to reading source (works with Apple).  They have both purchase and PDA.  eBooks with print and ebook copy (43% academic collection; 23% public).  Print and approval plans.  Offer shared collections with consortia.  OCLC agreement where eBooks can be used with ILL.  Working on archiving eBooks for Academic libraries.  Coming out with downloading eBooks to various devices.

OverDrive – Grown to 1,000 publishers and 500,000 eBooks in the eBook world.  They want to be an advocate for libraries.  He claims that daily, broader rights are coming to libraries.  Trying to offer more choices and customizing for libraries.  EMI studios and  Disney are recent publishers who have started working on eBooks.  Offering better pricing for libraries for self-published authors.  Library demand is increasing greatly.  Digipalooza – allows libraries to share best practices and interact with the publishers.  It is their International User’s Meeting.

Questions:  DRM and eBooks – Adobe is the main mechanism for DRM (OverDrive).  What are the policies?  Policies are set by the Publishers.  Proprietary software from eBrary, is concerned that publishers will establish their rights on their own software and not allow aggregators.  EBSCO says that the trajectory of the rights is moving towards more free access.  Vendors site Epub and Adobe as standards, but not quite acceptable by all in attendance.  Most purchased eBooks can print 60 pages, which has grown over the years.


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