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EBSCO Publishing Delivers eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost Alongside Databases and Other Digital Content

Posted Jul 29, 2011
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EBSCO Publishing's collection of more than 300,000 eBook and audiobook titles (formerly from NetLibrary) are now integrated on EBSCOhost. EBSCOhost now provides content from the most in-demand publishers available via new acquisition models including expanded ownership plans to serve the needs of libraries and their patrons. EBSCO is also paving the way for new models such as short-term leases, subscription models and expanded Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) which will be introduced within the next few months.

eBooks and audiobooks on EBSCOhost include the same features as EBSCOhost databases along with specific features directly related to eBooks and audiobooks. Users can opt to select the library's eBook and audiobook collections from among the Choose Database page and search the multiple content types together-merging results from EBSCOhost databases, eBooks and audiobooks-and eliminating silos of information. The EBSCOhost platform offers libraries better collection development, reporting and access options while providing eBook and audiobook users with a more robust and integrated search experience.

EBSCOhost provides access to content from hundreds of leading publishers. including Taylor & Francis Group, Brill Academic Publishers, IOS Press, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., M.E. Sharpe, Inc., Maney Publishing, University of Toronto Press, SAGE Publications, Inc., ABC-CLIO, AudioGO and many more. The growing list of publishers provides content in more than 30 languages with thousands of titles added each month.

The ownership model allows library administrators to determine how many simultaneous users they want to offer for each eBook purchased and to decide which model works best: unlimited users, three users or one user. The unlimited user model allows libraries to provide first-class service to patrons by purchasing eBooks with unlimited simultaneous access-so patrons will never experience turn-aways or holds for titles. The three user model is an option for titles that are in high demand while the one user model provides patrons access to eBooks one user at a time.

Later this year, EBSCO will introduce additional options including short-term lease and subscription models. For a percentage of the cost of a one user model, libraries can provide access to an eBook title through a short-term lease-available for one day, seven days, fourteen days or twenty-eight days. In addition to lease options, eBook anthologies that contain high-interest titles in several different subject areas will be available to libraries on a subscription basis. eBooks on EBSCOhost will also allow a library to select titles based on the library's collection development initiatives and purchase only the titles that patrons use through Patron Driven Acquisition options.

Patron Driven Acquisition will enable libraries to build a collection with guaranteed usage. EBSCO's PDA program helps libraries preserve their budgets while maintaining control over the collection development process. With Patron Driven Acquisition, librarians can create a list of titles using their own specific criteria, and then expose the bibliographic records to end users without purchasing the titles. As titles are accessed by the user, the titles are purchased-guaranteeing that only eBook titles with usage are acquired. Titles are only triggered for purchase when "meaningful use" occurs including:

  • Viewing an eBook for more than ten minutes
  • Viewing more than ten pages of an eBook
  • Printing, emailing, or copying & pasting a portion of an eBook page
  • Downloading an eBook

For more information go to www.ebscohost.com/ebooks.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, www.ebscohost.com


 
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