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Western Sydney University extends its digital textbook program with ProQuest
- 19 Apr 2019

Western Sydney University (WSU) has extended its partnership with ProQuest to offset one major piece of that cost – textbooks.

Through WSU’s digital textbook program, all 10,000 first-year students at the university’s 10 teaching campuses located across the Western Sydney region in Australia will gain access to textbooks through Ebook Central, ProQuest’s ebook platform. More than 200 titles from 60 leading academic publishers are available electronically at no-cost to students via the WSU library.

In addition to being no-cost for students, the digital textbooks offer distinct advantages over hard copy materials. They allow for anytime, anywhere access to classroom materials – they can be read online or downloaded onto the students’ and faculty members’ preferred devices, including their smartphones and tablets. Users can search textbooks instantly for keywords, phrases and concepts, eliminating time spent hunting for content. As in a physical book, they can highlight, cite and annotate directly in each text. In addition, the WSU library uses reading lists from the Leganto™ coursepack service so students can link directly to the titles they need from course syllabi.

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ProQuest customers gain access to 630 Melbourne University Publishing titles
- 06 Feb 2019

ProQuest and Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) recently announced an agreement providing academic libraries access to 630 titles via the Ebook Central platform, where they can acquire them by demand-driven acquisition or single-title purchase. For the first time ever, nearly the entire catalogue of titles from MUP is now available to academic libraries.

MUP was founded in 1922 at the University of Melbourne with a mandate to publish fine writing from the university and beyond, contributing to public discourse. MUP is renowned for its award-winning books covering a wide range of subjects and genres important to academic library patrons - including politics, current affairs, history, art, cultural studies, science and more. MUP’s titles are published under three main imprints: MUP, The Miegunyah Press and Victory Books.

With Ebook Central, researchers can search for and pinpoint MUP content at the title, chapter or sub-chapter level; read books online or download them for later use; and highlight passages or make annotations for later reference. These titles join Ebook Central's collection of more than 1 million titles from distinguished publishers around the globe.

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Springer Nature announces new eBook collection - Intelligent Technologies and Robotics
- 13 Sep 2018

Open research publisher Springer Nature has announced a specially-tailored eBook collection focusing on the fields of intelligent technologies and robotics. This package focuses on interdisciplinary and dynamic areas of engineering which have emerged from the more traditional disciplines of automation and control. The decision to create this new collection reflects the increasing demand for academic books from progressive research areas that are already having an impact in society.

Monographs, proceedings, reference works, handbooks and textbooks will make up the new collection. Topics covered will encompass intelligent transportation, smart farming, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and homes, humanoids, Industry 4.0 and medical robotics. Around 375 titles will be included in the first collection, available in 2019.

The Intelligent Technologies and Robotics eBook collection complements Springer Nature’s established portfolio of 20 English language eBooks collections in all areas of science, technology, medicine, humanities and the social sciences. Seven different German language eBook collections are also available.

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ProQuest’s Ebook Central platform to feature DRM-free titles
- 21 Jun 2018

Researchers who use ProQuest's Ebook Central® platform will soon be able to download more than 100,000 DRM-free full books and DRM-free chapters from nearly 1 million books for access on any device. The move is part of ProQuest's ongoing commitment to improve usability and remove obstacles to access.

These books come from leading academic publishers like Cornell University Press, NYU Press, Harvard University Press, IOS Press, and dozens more. They also cover nearly every discipline - including arts, humanities, business, medicine, education, science and technology.

The Ebook Central platform’s DRM-free titles will be available on a concurrent user basis with no sign-in or special software required to retrieve them. Patrons will not be subject to print, copy, or download limitations, and they can download both chapters and full titles from the book's landing page or the reader.

ProQuest's ever-expanding offering of DRM-free ebooks also includes 237,000 titles available via publisher platforms on the OASIS web-based search, selection and ordering service. The addition of these Ebook Central titles gives ProQuest customers access to more than 300,000 DRM-free titles.

Libraries can purchase these books on a title-by-title basis, via subscription, or through usage-based acquisition models like demand-driven acquisition (DDA) and access-to-own (ATO) from preferred ordering services - including the LibCentral®, OASIS® and GOBI services. They will also have the additional option to purchase a DRM-free unlimited user version of a title, or a limited user model with standard DRM protection, to maximise their budgets and develop more flexible collections.

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ProQuest integrates Syndetics Unbound with Ebook Central, makes discoverability easier for library patrons
- 06 Mar 2018

Libraries with the Academic Complete® subscription, ProQuest's flagship ebook resource, can now provide an enhanced user experience for their patrons in the Ebook Central® platform, as the result of a new integration with the Syndetics Unbound™ service.

Syndetics Unbound is an enrichment service that integrates with a library's catalog or discovery layer, adding up to 16 interactive elements designed to encourage exploration and increase circulation. ProQuest has integrated the Syndetics Unbound service's most popular enrichment elements into the Ebook Central platform - an added value that helps connect students and researchers to relevant resources they may not have otherwise discovered.

These elements, which draw from ProQuest and LibraryThing data are now available for students and researchers to view on the Ebook Central 'book detail' page, which provides real-time availability and key bibliographic information for ebooks in a library's holdings.

Syndetics Unbound enrichment elements will release on Ebook Central this month to Academic Complete customers. Those who subscribe to Syndetics Unbound for their catalog or discovery layer will also get the functionality for any ebooks acquired through Ebook Central.

The Academic Complete collection is ProQuest's flagship ebook subscription, providing 150,000 multi-disciplinary ebooks to libraries around the globe. Delivered on the Ebook Central platform, it provides unlimited multi-user access, powerful research tools and DRM-free chapter downloads. More university presses contribute to Academic Complete than any other subscription, and in the next few years it will be the only subscription to carry more than 14,000 high-demand, high use Wiley titles. Academic Complete also includes a Book Display Widget for promoting titles on any website.

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ProQuest Ebook Central platform enhances accessibility for researchers
- 19 Dec 2017

ProQuest® Ebook Central has enhanced its accessibility support to make content, including scholarly ebooks, easier to read and navigate, ensuring all researchers have equal access to its interface and content regardless of challenges, such as visual impairment.

Developed in collaboration with specialists and designed for AA conformance level to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), Ebook Central promotes simplified access to all users with features such as: formatted book content to be readable online and offline; certified for use with major screen readers (JAWS and VoiceOver); browser magnification increasing the entire screen to make the content more visible; keyboard navigation so that pages can be negotiated without the use of a mouse.

Patrons are empowered to turn on this functionality themselves with their screen reader - no librarian or tech support is needed - ensuring that students and researchers have convenient access to the tools they need for success, any time, and anywhere.

With increasing legal mandates for accessibility in countries including the US, Canada, the UK, and the European Union, ProQuest simplifies compliance with innovative functionality built directly into its platforms. Patrons are empowered to turn on this functionality themselves with their screen reader - no librarian or tech support is needed - ensuring that students and researchers have convenient access to the tools they need for success, any time, and anywhere.

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ProQuest enhances Ebook Central platform user experience
- 11 Oct 2017

ProQuest has again teamed with students and other researchers to make the experience of using the Ebook Central® platform more efficient, effective and valuable. The popular ebook platform has enhanced its book detail pages to boost usability with simplified workflows, more chapter-level capabilities, and improved file naming conventions that make it easy to organise downloaded resources.

Libraries that offer Ebook Central will deliver an enriched experience to their users. For example, users can now connect to the exact content that is important to research or classwork—at both the chapter and subchapter level—allowing them to make better use of the ebooks available on the platform. The book detail pages feature detailed availability, descriptive and bibliographic information. Tables of contents can be expanded to quickly view chapter subsections and zero in on the section of the ebook needed.

Once users find the chapter or subsection they need, they can read online or download a DRM-free file using a new streamlined login process. New automatic file naming conventions mirror book and chapter titles and help users keep track of the content that they download.

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ProQuest collaborates with Asian Studies scholars, librarians and Chinese-language publishers to meet demand for Chinese-language resources
- 31 Mar 2017

ProQuest is collaborating with Asian Studies scholars, librarians and Chinese-language publishers to offer a selection of Chinese-language ebooks, enabling libraries to provide resources demanded by researchers. The growing collection spans thousands of titles available on the Ebook Central®, ebrary® and EBL platforms. The platforms' multi-language interfaces accommodate readers of traditional and simplified Chinese, and other languages.

Driven to stay on top of evolving industry demands, ProQuest recently surveyed academic librarians about their needs and usage regarding non-English content. The results demonstrate a strong interest in making Chinese-language content available to address the needs of their researchers. The results reveal that 47% of respondents purchase Chinese-language content; nearly 30% say Chinese-language content is among users' most requested non-English language content; 24% say they are not adequately supporting patrons' needs for Chinese-language content; and when asked what non-English digital format resources they would like to offer, 30% said frontlist ebooks and 25% said backlist ebooks.

To make curating a collection more straightforward, ProQuest has simplified the selection and acquisition processes for libraries by partnering with an ever-growing list of distinguished Chinese-language publishers including Peking University Press, China Social Science Press, Zhonghua Book Company, Tianjin Ancient Books Publishing House, People's Literature Publishing House, Higher Education Press, China Intercontinental Press, and many more. Librarians can choose from thousands of trusted titles to create a customised ebook collection tailored to the specific needs of their researchers, within their institution's budget. They may also choose to offer titles under ProQuest's Demand-Driven Acquisition model, where titles are only triggered for purchase if a title is used.

ProQuest's Chinese-language ebook content is an expansion of a larger program. The company's iconic Dissertations and Theses database – PQDT Global™ – includes approximately 110,000 works written in Chinese from scholars at 110 institutions in China. A partnership with Chinese university consortia CALIS will bring tens of thousands of additional graduate works into this database. Additional resources curated for Asian Studies scholars include Chinese Newspapers Collection in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database, Asian & European Business collection and the East & South Asia database.

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Western Sydney University and ProQuest team up to offer digital textbooks to students
- 13 Feb 2017

The Western Sydney University and ProQuest have collaborated to provide digital textbooks for commencing university students through the University's library, reducing the cost of education to students and increasing access to required learning materials.

One of the world's largest initiatives of its kind, Western Sydney University is differentiating itself from other universities by making etextbooks from 60 academic publishers available to students via Ebook Central, ProQuest's innovative new ebook platform.

Working with ProQuest simplifies the provision of etextbooks to this large set of students and faculty. ProQuest manages connections with publishers to curate needed textbooks, managing rights and licenses. Delivery through Ebook Central provides a simple, modern user experience for students and faculty. The etextbooks can be used online or they can be downloaded onto the students' preferred devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Committed to improving learning outcomes for all students, Western Sydney University's model removes a significant financial barrier to educational materials.

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Two Taylor & Francis ebook platforms now available to order through ProQuest OASIS
- 02 Nov 2016

ProQuest has announced a partnership with publisher group Taylor & Francis to provide libraries with more choices for purchasing ebooks though OASIS.

The OASIS system provides end-to-end acquisition workflow support to the market's largest selection of ebooks (more than 1.7 million titles) via the Ebook Central, EBL, ebrary, MyiLibrary, EBSCO, and now two Taylor & Francis ebook platforms.

With this new integration of platforms, libraries can access Taylor & Francis eBooks' multidisciplinary research materials, including more than 60,000 titles in 34 subject areas spanning humanities, social sciences, education, behavioural sciences, environment, and law – as well as the CRC netBASE platform of more than 14,000 references in scientific, technical and medical subject areas.

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Human Kinetics moves journals to Atypon’s Literatum
- 15 Sep 2016

Atypon has announced that Human Kinetics' (HK) new journals website has launched on its online publishing platform, Literatum. HK's 29 journals will all benefit from a host of features previously unavailable to HK readers.

The site's enhanced search function lets readers drill down into results and refine them by facets such as keyword, article, author, article type, journal category, and publication; built-in social media feeds enable article sharing with just a few clicks. The site will also be optimised for reading on mobile devices—without requiring a separate app.

Literatum provides COUNTER-compliant statistics as well as over 80 standard reports. It also offers citation tracking and opt-in eTOC alerts with onsite promotion. The migration included integrating Braintree, HK's new payment processing solution, with Literatum.

Literatum was selected in part for its ability to host videos and books and enable HK to tag, index, target, discount, promote, bundle, and sell them just as they would a journal article. Human Kinetics joins the Literatum community of over 200 publishers. Prior to Literatum, HK's journals were on their own, in-house proprietary platform.

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Ebooks on Wiley Online Library platform now available for purchase via OASIS
- 02 Sep 2016

ProQuest has joined forces with Wiley to make ebooks on the Wiley Online Library platform available for purchase via OASIS®.

The OASIS search, selection and acquisition system already provides access to the largest ebook selection in the market via the EBL™, ebrary®, MyiLibrary®, and Ebook Central™ ebook platforms, as well as the EBSCO platform. With the addition of Wiley Online Library to OASIS, customers can search and order from an ebook platform encompassing more than 18,000 books, with new titles added twice a month. Titles span eight subject areas including Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Earth Sciences, Math and Statistics, and Chemistry.

OASIS is adding ebook platforms from a variety of publishers this month, including Oxford University Press and IGI Global. Discussions are also underway regarding partnerships with other key academic publishers, including Taylor & Francis Group, Cambridge University Press and World Scientific.

OASIS is ProQuest's free web-based system for searching, selecting, and ordering print and electronic books for academic libraries. Through OASIS, users not only enjoy access to the broadest title database in the industry but also benefit from powerful search, profiling, collection management and reporting tools. In addition, the company's strategic partnership with Ingram, the world's largest book wholesaler, enables unparalleled speed and reliability in fill rates for print books via OASIS.

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ProQuest continues to enrich its book offerings with new print and ebook titles
- 26 Aug 2016

ProQuest continues to enrich its book offerings with new print and ebook titles and with advancements that simplify access to content. In addition to launching its innovative Access-to-Own acquisition model on the Ebook Central® platform, the company has debuted new ebook subscriptions, an online ebook catalog and expanded acquisition options for both print and electronic titles on the OASIS® platform – all designed to improve librarian workflows.

In the past few months, ProQuest has launched new ebook subscriptions from renowned publishers that enable libraries to build targeted, valuable collections. Its University Press Subscription offers nearly 24,000 titles of premium content from more than 193 publishers, including Harvard University Press, Catholic University of America Press and Johns Hopkins University Press. Reference Ebook Subscriptions increase access to high-demand reference content by combining more than 500 reference-only ebooks, handbooks, encyclopedias, manuals, guides and dictionaries, many of which are available in subscription for the very first time.

ProQuest has also added titles to its flagship ebook subscription offerings, including over 3,000 to Academic Complete. These new titles include 18 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles and nearly 1,000 ebooks from Wiley. More than 1,000 titles were added to College Complete, over 800 to Public Library Complete and 30 to Schools & Educators Complete. These collections are curated by ProQuest’s on-staff librarians with a quality-over-quantity approach to ensure usage of all titles.

To help libraries using ebook content to reclaim shelf space, ProQuest is making ebooks from more than 110 publishers available for half price if the library already owns the same book in print. Reference titles from a growing roster of publishers, including Sage, IGI and Princeton University Press, are also available at a 15 percent discount.

To further streamline ebook acquisition and access, ProQuest launched Ebook Central Preview, an online catalog that allows librarians and end users to search more than 850,000 authoritative titles from leading publishers, as well as a wide selection of focused or multidisciplinary pre-packaged ebook collections. Through Preview, users can easily download a complete list of titles in any of ProQuest’s subscription products or view them in LibCentral Preview. Content can also be filtered and displayed in lists of recently added titles by subject, featured titles and promotions and by publisher.

OASIS, ProQuest's free web-based system for searching, selecting, and ordering print and electronic books, has new enhancements to its acquisition platform that improve the user experience and streamline book acquisition workflows. Improvements include faster ebook order processing, better user interfaces and an integration of OASIS with Alma via API to facilitate faster transfer of order information and processing. Oxford’s UPSO, Wiley and IGI Global will soon offer their ebook platforms through OASIS, and discussions are underway with additional publishers to do the same, which will offer more ebook platform options to libraries.

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Access-to-Own ebook acquisition model now available on ProQuest Ebook Central Platform
- 03 Aug 2016

ProQuest has announced that its highly-anticipated Access-to-Own ebook acquisition model is now available, enabling libraries to offer access to diverse content while applying spending on short-term loans to title ownership. Access-to-Own empowers libraries to build quality ebook collections based on the real needs of their users.

The Access-to-Own model adds to the wide choice of flexible ebook acquisition options available on the ProQuest® Ebook Central™ platform. Libraries can choose from a variety of access models or mix and match models to build ebook collections that best fit their patrons' needs and maximise library budgets.

With Access-to-Own, budget dollars spent on ebook loans triggered through Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) are applied to title ownership. It is ideal for research institutions and academic libraries who want to use usage-based purchasing for frontlist and backlist content and want to balance expenditures going toward ownership versus access. It can also be used in conjunction with individual title purchasing, subscription and DDA programs.

ProQuest market research shows that ebook budgets are holding steady or increasing at 80 percent of academic libraries. Some libraries attributed the increases to their DDA program's ability to demonstrate a return on investment, showing the importance of that purchasing model. Access-to-Own can align with DDA-short-term loans or DDA-purchase programs, enabling broader use of evidence-based acquisition.

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ProQuest partners with major publishers to allow customers via its OASIS system to order ebooks from even more ebook platforms
- 27 Jun 2016

ProQuest is teaming with major publishers in the academic book market to empower customers via its OASIS system with the ability to order ebooks from even more ebook platforms. In the coming months, ebook platforms from such scholarly book publishers as Oxford University Press and IGI Global will be accessible from OASIS. Discussions regarding partnerships with other key academic publishers, including Taylor & Francis Group, Wiley, Cambridge University Press, World Scientific are also underway.

With more than 1.7 million titles available across multiple platforms, the OASIS search, selection and acquisition system offers the broadest ebook database in the industry. Customers currently have the opportunity to select ebooks according to their platform preferences from Ebook Central, EBL, ebrary and EBSCO.

OASIS is ProQuest’s free web-based system for searching, selecting, and ordering print and electronic books for academic libraries. Through OASIS, users not only enjoy access to the broadest title database in the industry but also benefit from powerful search, profiling, collection management and reporting tools. In addition, the company’s strategic partnership with Ingram, the world’s largest book wholesaler, enables ProQuest to provide unparalleled speed and reliability in fill rates for print books via OASIS.

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ProQuest expands number of titles available through Access-to-Own to almost 400,000 titles
- 24 Jun 2016

ProQuest has announced that it has grown the number of titles available through Access-to-Own to almost 400,000 and dramatically increased publisher participation in just eight months with its latest acquisition model launching next month. ProQuest developed Access-to-Own in collaboration with libraries and publishers around the world to provide a usage-based acquisition model that offers a balanced approach and a wider array of frontlist as well as backlist titles to libraries and the researchers they serve.

Access-to-Own will be available on ProQuest's Ebook Central platform that enables libraries to tailor their book acquisition workflows according to their unique priorities. Whether it’s run as part of Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) programs or in combination with subscription and perpetual archive models, Access-to-Own offers a middle ground between short-term loans and outright purchase, facilitating title ownership by applying budget dollars spent on ebook rentals to perpetual purchases. Access-to-Own is ideal for research institutions and academic libraries that want to employ usage-based purchasing to secure frontlist content and prefer that a greater proportion of their collection fund spend goes toward ownership rather than short term access.

ProQuest has already signed more than 205 publishers to its growing roster of Access-to-Own participants. Some recently signed publishers and distributors include Harvard University Press; Independent Publishers Group (IPG); Policy Press; Edinburgh University Press; University of Chicago Press; and Schweitzer.

Libraries will be able to purchase directly from ProQuest or participate in Access-to-Own through DDA programs via key partners, including Coutts/Oasis (early Q3) and YBP/Gobi (starting in late Q3-Q4 2016). Libraries interested in Access-to-Own should contact their ProQuest Sales Specialist or Content Workflow Consultant to get started.

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ProQuest launches Ebook Central
- 16 Mar 2016

ProQuest has launched its highly-anticipated ProQuest Ebook Central™ after months of intensive testing with library beta partners and researchers from around the world. With the widest selection of content, the most flexibility, and backed with the market's most sophisticated administrative engine, Ebook Central enables libraries to significantly improve users' ebook research outcomes and boost the productivity of their staff.

Ebook Central's development has been guided by intensive study of the ebook workflows of librarians and researchers and ongoing market surveys that have explored acquisition trends, ebook use by subject, as well as routines and frustrations about working with ebooks. The result is a platform that delivers improvements to virtually every aspect of the ebook experience.

At the core of Ebook Central is an exhaustive selection of authoritative, scholarly content — 790,000 titles and 1,350 imprints from more than 650 publishers on one platform. An average of 100,000 newly published titles will be added each year to so that libraries can build dynamic collections that address the unique needs of their community of researchers.

The content is backed with a powerful administrative and acquisition engine - LibCentral™ - that simplifies librarian workflows with multiple models, including DDA, STL, outright purchase, non-linear lending, among others, that enable librarians to customise according to their budget requirements. LibCentral's easy and reliable collection management and assessment tools - with flexible administrative controls and built-in interoperability with key vendors - eliminate redundant and tedious tasks, enabling librarians to do more in less time.

Ebook Central supports users with an unmatched, end-to-end experience. The platform's intuitive, user-centric design makes it faster and easier to discover, evaluate, and access titles while increasing user engagement with time-saving tools for note-taking, highlighting, and instant citing. Users can read online or take advantage of offline reading options including DRM free chapter downloads and full book downloads. Support for mobile devices is offered via a responsive web design that optimises heavily used features such as search and download on tablets and smartphones.

A variety of libraries have gone live on Ebook Central, and the balance of ProQuest's ebrary and EBL customers will be upgraded to the new experience over the next year. An effortless transition to Ebook Central is being ensured with a dedicated ProQuest representative assisting customers throughout the simple upgrade process.

Ebook Central is a living product and represents the first step in ProQuest's vision to create a single workflow for print and e-titles by integrating Coutts Information Services and OASIS platform with Ebook Central.

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123Library offers publishers an affordable B2B eBook distribution tool
- 16 Dec 2015

Specialist eBook platform 123Library.org has developed an innovative service to provide publishers with their own branded cloud-based platform from which to deliver titles directly to institutions, corporations and libraries.

The UK-based eBook supplier to academic institutions is filling an existing gap in the market by providing an affordable tool to deliver eBooks, effectively levelling the playing field for smaller and medium-sized publishing companies.

Once hosted on the 123Library.org platform, publishers have access to 123Library's advanced streaming technology, search functionality and comprehensive management facilities for librarians to deliver eBooks to customers under their own brand. They can also opt to make collections visible exclusively to their customers.

Since the official launch of its hosted eBook distribution service at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, 123Library.org has been in discussions with a number of independent publishers. Leading independent global publisher Kogan Page has already signed up to the new service to distribute its specialist professional eBooks.

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ProQuest announces beta launch of new ebook platform - ProQuest Ebook Central
- 25 Jun 2015

ProQuest has announced the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform - ProQuest Ebook Central ™. The new ebook platform integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.

Beta users include libraries at Oxford University, University of Michigan, Fordham Law Library and University of Wollongong.

ProQuest Ebook Central combines the strengths of the EBL and ebrary platforms. The platform's administrative portal simplifies the ebook workflow. Librarians save time and eliminate problems through streamlined acquisition process, customizable administrative tools and support for all access models, including Extended Access, eliminating user turn-aways, real-time usage and expenditure analytics and built-in interoperability with key vendors.

Ebook Central's patron experience encompasses ebrary's new Reader. Designed to work on a variety of devices, the Reader's text and page quality boosts readability while new options, including direct chapter downloads from results and detail pages, give users more control of their reading experience. The beta also debuts a variety of other new features including Superior search, Smart Bookshelf and Library Visibility.

ProQuest expects to conclude beta and go live with ProQuest Ebook Central later this year.

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Jisc selects ProQuest to provide ebooks to UK Further Education colleges
- 23 Mar 2015

ProQuest has been chosen by Jisc to continue to provide key ebooks to Further Education (FE) Institutions across the UK. Following its 2014 tender announcement for provision of ebooks for the UK Further Education community, Jisc elected to renew its existing contract with ProQuest, which has been in place for over five years. The new agreement runs through 2016 and enables more than 400 colleges across the UK to access more than 400 key ebooks at no cost via ProQuest's ebrary platform.

The collection has now increased by 160 titles, topping 408 ebooks across a variety of subjects including fashion, design, childcare, health & social care, automotive engineering and hospitality; all of which make up various parts of the curriculum for Further Education studies. Now, libraries will have far more flexibility in acquisition and delivery to their users of these highly sought works.

The books are accessible through ProQuest's ebrary platform, which provides full integration of search results with many third party federated search products.

With more than 14 years of input from librarians, publishers and end-users, the ebrary platform enables researchers to easily find answers, 24/7, from all devices including the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and all Androids.

Currently integrating with EBL - Ebook Library®, fellow ebook pioneer and ProQuest business, the two companies will offer an unparalleled ebook experience in the new ProQuest Ebook Central service. Debuting in 2015, ProQuest Ebook Central will offer an exceptionally wide content offering, innovative and flexible acquisition models, and complete end-to-end workflow solutions. Customers are benefiting from the ongoing enhancements to both the ebrary and EBL platforms, including the new LibCentral administrative and acquisition module and the new ebrary Reader.

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Springer unveils German eBook package for psychology
- 19 Feb 2015

STM publisher Springer is offering a dedicated psychology package as part of its eBooks collection, effective immediately. The package contains all German-language titles from the field and will include over 100 individual works by the end of 2015. With this step, the psychology package will become part of SpringerLink, the most extensive online academic library in the world, currently comprising more than 176,000 books bundled by subject area, and expanded yearly.

Until the end of 2014, Springer's psychology titles were assigned to different areas, e.g. medicine or business. The choice to bundle all German-language titles into an eBook package for psychology reflects the field's growing importance for science and in practice. According to Dr. Reinald Klockenbusch, Editorial Director Psychology & Reference Works at Springer, it was decided to group all of these titles thematically as of the 2015 publishing year as part of a strategic decision on the part of Springer's management and in response to repeated requests from the market.

Through the variety of topics offered, the new German psychology package addresses the needs of a readership that is characterized by both a heterogeneous makeup and high standards. As such, the collection includes book series like Wirtschaftspsychologie and individual titles, such as textbooks, specialist books, self-help books, and the Essentials, the last of which concentrate on a selected topic within a complex subfield. The package is also home to Springer References in the field of psychology.

Beyond the library market, the new package also addresses professionals active in psychology or neighboring fields.

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ProQuest’s new integrated ebook platform to be called ProQuest Ebook Central
- 02 Feb 2015

ProQuest unveiled the name of its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform - ProQuest Ebook Central™. Launching in mid-2015, ProQuest Ebook Central will integrate key elements from both ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, delivering a next-generation experience for researchers and librarians around the globe.

Designed using the strengths of the EBL and ebrary platforms, ProQuest Ebook Central will feature a user-centered design that will improve ebook research and management experiences from end to end. Product engineers are working in close collaboration with researchers and librarians to create an exceptionally responsive resource.

The patron interface for ProQuest Ebook Central and the ProQuest Ebook Central Reader will be based on ebrary's fresh, modern reader. It will span the breadth of patron requirements, from discovery to reading to bookshelf. The reader was recently redesigned, setting a new standard for operability for all users. Device-neutral, the reader offers a robust experience for online reading.

The librarian portal - ProQuest LibCentral™- will be based on EBL's popular, newly rebuilt LibCentral administrative module. It will support discovery, selection, acquisition, customisable management and analytics of ebooks. LibCentral offers a powerful set of tools to simplify the workflow surrounding ebooks; from streamlined acquisition to customisable administrative tools, support for all access models, real-time usage and expenditure analytics as well as built-in interoperability with key vendors.

ProQuest will announce in early 2015 the launch of a beta program for ProQuest Ebook Central. A stepped rollout of the fully integrated platform will follow. The ProQuest ebooks team will be employing a consultative, step-by-step launch for the new platform, working closely with libraries to ensure a seamless transition for all ebrary and EBL customers and users.

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APA makes hundreds of ebooks available for individual purchase through ebrary
- 14 Nov 2014

The American Psychological Association (APA), the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the world's largest association of psychologists, has joined forces with ProQuest ebook business ebrary to make more than 250 titles published since 2009 available electronically on the ebrary platform. Libraries around the world can now acquire the essential Psychology and Behavioral and Social Sciences titles researchers need under flexible models that meet their budget requirements.

For the first time, individual scholarly, professional, and reference titles, select APA LifeTools® trade titles, and other ebooks will be available to libraries for individual purchase under Perpetual Archive (PA), Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA), and Short-term Loans (STL) models.

Libraries can purchase APA titles including the APA Dictionary of Statistics and Research Methods and Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care, Second Edition, directly through ebrary or global distribution partners including YBP and Coutts.

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World Scientific brings new e-book collections to Universiti Brunei Darussalam
- 29 Aug 2014

Almost 4,000 e-books published by STM publisher World Scientific Publishing and Imperial College Press were made available to students and faculty members at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) through a new agreement. The agreement is part of the university's mandate to develop better capability and resources to facilitate more rapid research.

Important considerations for the university include not just quality content, but also accessibility of the web platform.

World Scientific publishes about 500 new titles a year and 120 journals in various fields. Many of its books are recommended texts adopted by renowned institutions such as Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Princeton University.

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McGraw-Hill Professional’s eBook catalogue now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide
- 05 Dec 2013

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, US, and OverDrive, an eBook, audiobook, music and video lending service for schools and libraries, have announced that McGraw-Hill Professional's eBook catalogue is now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide. This catalogue claims to be one of the premier eBook collections for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available.

To celebrate this new offering, 2012 and 2013 McGraw-Hill eBook releases (more than 700 titles) will be offered at special bundled rates and packages for K-12 school and public library partners through the end of this year in OverDrive Marketplace.

Through OverDrive, K-12 school libraries and public libraries will be able to offer 24/7 access to McGraw-Hill Professional digital titles in four broad categories: Business/Consumer, Science/Technical, Test Prep/Education, and Medical. The eBook collection for schools and public libraries includes more than 700 recently released titles for researchers, business, medical, and technical professionals, and students preparing for ACT, SAT, MCAT or LSAT exams. These titles and more are available now for libraries and schools to lend for virtually any device with a modern browser, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only) through OverDrive Read or OverDrive Media Console.

Springer unveils French and Italian language-specific eBook collections
- 21 Jun 2013

STM publisher Springer has announced that it is now offering two more language-specific eBook collections, in French and Italian. The French collection comprises about 330 titles, and the Italian collection offers over 400 titles, both ranging from 2005 through 2013.

These collections aim to address the needs of the French- and Italian-language research communities who now have the option of accessing relevant scientific content from medicine, mathematics, computer science and other fields. The Italian package is available in three subject collections, while the French package can be purchased in two subject collections.

These eBook collections will strengthen Springer's position in France and Italy, and in other countries where French and Italian are prevalent, by bringing valuable research information to researchers and students in their own languages. It will also help meet the needs of public libraries in those countries.

Springer launched its eBook program in 2006 and now offers more than 100,000 titles via its online platform, SpringerLink. With the completion of the Springer Book Archives by the end of 2013, the total number of titles is targeted to reach well over 150,000 eBooks, including valuable historic research dating back to the 1840s. The French- and Italian-language eBooks were previously available only as part of the larger English/International package, but are now offered separately as well.

Springer eBook Collections (in both PDF and HTML formats) are fully searchable and free of digital rights management. Titles can be downloaded, printed and loaded onto mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones. In addition, once a library purchases a Springer eBook Collection, it has continuous access to the book content, without recurring license fees. There are currently 13 different subject collections available in the English/International package and five in German.

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World Scientific Publishing and YBP Library Services sign eBook agreement
- 18 Apr 2013

STM publisher World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, has signed a new agreement with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor.

Under the deal, customers will be able to access the publisher's 2012-2013 Front List Full Collection of eBooks that will be available for purchase from World Scientific Publishing through GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP's acquisition and collection management interface. Currently, more than 300 ebook titles have been added, with plans to expand and grow the business partnership.

Information on title availability for the full range of World Scientific Publishing handbooks and reference works will be accessible by libraries through GOBI3, enabling YBP's customers to view and select individual ebooks, as well as subject collection ebooks, from World Scientific Publishing with no change to their existing workflow. The result is a fully-integrated, user-friendly library acquisition process, from selection and profiling to ordering and invoicing.

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EBSCO Publishing introduces new eBook Subject Sets
- 20 Feb 2013

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has introduced 23 new eBook Subjects Sets. The eBook Subject Sets are prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific, high-interest topic areas chosen to meet libraries' needs while simplifying collection development.

This latest release of eBook Subject Sets addresses the demand from libraries for more offerings in religion and theology; ethnic and cultural studies; literary criticism and writing; and engineering. The new eBook Subject Sets are: Nursing; Healthcare Knowledge & Management; Allied Health; Engineering; Accounting & Finance; Environmental; Networking & Security; Education; Biology & Life Sciences; Psychology; and Energy & Green Technologies; and Computer Science.

The eBook Subject Sets are created by EBSCO's Collection Development Team of librarians and include titles published within the past two years.

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Wiley and O'Reilly Media sign ebook distribution deal
- 19 Nov 2012

Technology publisher O'Reilly Media recently announced an agreement with global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Beginning immediately, O'Reilly will become an online distributor for Wiley's extensive technology ebook programme, which includes such leading brands as Wrox, Sybex, and For Dummies. Nine imprints in all are included in this distribution model, totalling over 3,000 individual titles.

O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying 'faint signals' from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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Google to end eBooks partnership with independent booksellers
- 06 Apr 2012

Representatives of Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, have reportedly contacted the American Booksellers Association and Powell's Books to announce that the company would end its Google eBooks reseller programme worldwide. In February, it had seemed as if independent booksellers were getting a reprieve when Google reinstated some affiliate stores that had low sales. But in yet another sign of industry consolidation, Google will start selling e-books solely through its recently launched Google Play, beginning January 31, 2013.

In a statement, Emily Powell, President of Powell's Books, called the news 'extremely disappointing'. The company's decision three years ago to partner with Google and provide Google eBooks was seen to be an important move for Powell's to solidify its place in the e-book industry. She noted that Powell's offers e-books from other outlets, including Ingram Content Group, and would explore opportunities to expand that business.

According to a Google spokesperson, the reseller programme failed to gain the traction that it hoped it would with customers or retailers. Google, therefore, had to make the decision to discontinue it. The company will continue to work with its partners through the transition.

American Psychological Association releases APA Books E-Collection 2012
- 13 Dec 2011

The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced the electronic release of APA scholarly and professional book titles from the current copyright year within the new APA Books E-Collection 2012. APA Books E-Collections enable institutions to purchase and access electronically sets of APA titles based on their individual copyright year.

At release, the APA Books E-Collection 2012 contains electronic versions of 14 titles, and will add 20 additional titles as they are published throughout the remainder of the 2012 copyright year. Along with the release of the latest collection, APA has also reduced the pricing on most of the back-year collections. With reductions of as much as 20 percent for certain years, these changes will make APA Books E-Collections more affordable and allow library budgets to go further in providing valuable APA scholarly book content for their user communities.

Originally debuting in 2009, APA Books E-Collections are available for the copyright years 2001 through 2012. APA Books E-Collections provide the benefit of content ownership and include a host of value-added features, such as MARC records for each title. Additionally, access to the literature is provided on APA PsycNET, APA's platform developed specifically for searching psychological content.

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Google's eBookstore made available in Australia
- 08 Nov 2011

Internet search services provider Google has reportedly announced the availability of eBookstore, its e-books platform, in Australia. The platform allows locals the ability to purchase e-books across a range of Internet-enabled devices.

The move comes as the company kicks off its annual Google Developer Day in Sydney. It is said to mark a significant milestone in the local e-book industry which is currently heavily contested by the likes of Amazon with its vast array of digital books, Apple with its iBookstore, and a series of local retailers.

Google announced the 2-million-book eBookstore earlier this year. The service was not available in Australia until now with the company unable to provide a local launch date at the time. The search giant has now made the service and an associated affiliate programme available to Australian residents. Google has not only launched its own store but has also partnered with Booktopia and Dymocks to sell Google eBooks as well. According to the company, QBD The Bookshop and The Co-op Bookshop will also launch Google eBook integration soon.

Google has enabled the 'Books' tab in the Australian Android Market as well, allowing the purchase of books through the application market for reading on tablets and smartphones.

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Google launches eBookstore in Canada
- 02 Nov 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has expanded its online bookstore to Canada, offering hundreds of thousands of electronic books for sale and millions of others for free.

According to Google, the company is partnering with a number of Canadian publishers for the launch including McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi and Dundurn, and retailers such as Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson.

Google launched its eBookstore in the US in December 2010. The service was further expanded to the UK last month. Digital books sold through Google can be read on the Nook from Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader and other e-book readers. It is however not available on the Kindle from Amazon.

They can also be read on a variety of other devices including personal computers and Apple and Android tablets. The Canadian catalogue includes hundreds of thousands of books for purchase and two million free books in the public domain, according to Google.

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Google previewing 'infinite bookcase' to organise digital books
- 19 Oct 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is previewing an 'infinite digital bookcase' concept that seeks to organise vast libraries of digital titles. Instead of placing the books on a traditional bookcase, covers are placed on an infinite 3D helix. The books are organised into 28 different subjects.

To choose a subject, users should click the subject button near the top of the screen when viewing the bookcase. The camera then flies to that subject. Clicking on a book pulls it off the shelf and brings it to the front and centre of the screen. On clicking on the high-resolution cover, the book opens to a page with title and author information as well as a short synopsis, provided by the Google Books API. All of the visuals are rendered with WebGL, a technology in Google Chrome and other modern browsers that enable fast, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics right in the browser, without the need for a plug-in.

The infinite bookcase reportedly serves as a showcase for several Google products. These include the Google Books API and Chrome, along with the WebGL standard for web-based 3D graphics. The utility links directly to books.google.com, while also providing QR codes that can be scanned by smartphones.

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Google launches e-bookstore in UK
- 10 Oct 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly launched its e-bookstore in the UK. The store can be found at google.co.uk/.

According to a report published in The Bookseller, Google has signed deals with the UK's biggest publishers, including Hachette, Penguin and Random House. The company has said it has hundreds of thousands of commercially available books to buy at launch, in addition to 2 million public domain e-books. Google eBooks are stored in an online library and accessible across devices including laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and e-readers.

The development comes almost a year after its US e-book store went live. Google now plans to launch the e-book store in other English-language markets such as Australia and Canada. The European expansion is slated for next year. It is expected that the move will significantly improve Google's ability to compete with the likes of Amazon and Apple in the burgeoning e-books market.

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Google close to launching e-books platform in UK
- 03 Oct 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly preparing an 'imminent' UK launch of its e-books platform for selling digital titles, with members of Gardners Hive network able to sell the e-books from their websites.

According to reports published in The Bookseller, the company recently held a closed meeting with more than 100 independents at the Booksellers Association's Independent Booksellers Forum at the University of Warwick in Coventry, which outlined how the system could work. The service is expected to be launched within the next four weeks, with an announcement date at the Frankfurt Book Fair mooted.

While Google has refused to comment on any launch plans, the service will reportedly allow independents to have access to selling e-books. An independent can add a Google e-bookstore to its website, or act as an affiliate, which means it would receive a commission for sending a customer to Google's e-bookstore from its own website.

A third option was discussed by Gardners Commercial Director Bob Jackson at the conference. He said independents that have signed up to its Hive website will be able to sell Google e-books from their own page on hive.co.uk. It means an independent will have access to Google's catalogue of e-books, as well as the 180,000 e-books Gardners stocks.

Google launched e-books in the US in December 2010. Any e-books purchased are stored in an online library. Readers can access their books across laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and e-readers.

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iriver to launch Story HD e-reader integrated with open Google eBooks platform
- 12 Jul 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced that the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale at Target stores US-wide and on Target.com, beginning July 17, 2011. The iriver Story HD is projected as the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform, through which one can buy and read Google eBooks over wi-fi.

The iriver Story HD is stated to be slim and lightweight with a high-resolution e-ink screen and a QWERTY keyboard for easy searching. It includes over-the-air access to hundreds of thousands of Google eBooks for sale and more than 3 million for free. The Story HD allows users to buy and read Google eBooks with e-readers through wi-fi, rather than downloading and transferring them from computer to e-readers with a cord as one can already do with more than 80 compatible devices.

The Google eBooks platform was built to be open to all publishers, retailers and manufacturers. Manufacturers like iriver can use Google Books APIs and services to connect their devices to the full Google eBooks catalogue for innovative access to a complete e-bookstore.

In December, Google eBooks launched with the ability to read Google eBooks on any device with a modern browser, on Android and iOS devices using the Google Books mobile apps, through Chrome Web Store app and on compatible e-readers. Since then, the company has added new retailers - growing to include more than 250 independent bookstores - and made Google eBooks available in the Android Market. It has also extended its affiliate network and updated its family of Google Books APIs.

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Google invites publishers, retailers to eBooks affiliates programme
- 17 Jun 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced that retailers, bloggers, book publishers and other website owners in the US can now become Google eBooks affiliates. Affiliates can link to Google eBooks on their sites for any of the hundreds of thousands of titles available for sale, earning a commission for referring sales to the Google eBookstore.

Google launched the programme as a limited beta in December 2010 with its first affiliate, Goodreads, a social reading site. After becoming an affiliate, Goodreads was able to refer its avid book reading fans to the Google eBookstore. When Goodreads users buy a Google eBook, they gain immediate access to their book.

Google is now inviting all interested site owners to apply to join the expanded Google eBooks affiliate programme. Participating sites are seen to gain new revenue streams by giving their book-reading audiences an easy way to buy Google eBooks.

Google eBooks affiliates become part of the Google Affiliate Network (GAN). After joining GAN, one can subscribe to the Google eBooks product feed to get links to the full set of available Google eBooks. The new Google Books APIs can be used to query a more targeted set of e-books.

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RSC Publishing makes eBook Collection available to RLUK research libraries
- 03 Jun 2011

The Royal Society of Chemistry has partnered with Research Libraries UK (RLUK) to offer their library members value for money for the RSC eBook Collection. eBook options are now available to RLUK members for 2011 within a one-off purchase regime that will give standard indefinite access to quality research content from industry and academia.

The complete RSC eBook collection, dating from 1968 to 2011, includes 1,039 eBooks and can be purchased at great value or alternatively, an annual collection can be bought to suit a particular budget. RSC Publishing has an extensive portfolio of books ranging from food science and analytical chemistry to organic and physical chemistry.

OCLC MARC records are also provided free with any eBook collection purchase. Access is offered on the RSC Publishing Platform with PDF downloads and is perpetual. The collaboration between two not-for-profit organisations offers value at a particularly tough time for libraries around the country.

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Google sees substantial rise in number of free titles in electronic bookstore
- 24 May 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced that its eBooks electronic bookstore now contains about 3 million free titles. This is up from 2 million during its launch in December 2010. The books can be read in the free Google Books Web Reader, through a free Google Books app, or by downloading them to a compatible e-reader.

Additionally, the list of independent booksellers participating in the programme has reportedly grown from about 100 to about 250. According to Google, the number of publishers has also increased from about 5,000 to about 7,000.

The eBooks service and store are cloud-based, and can be accessed from Google and partner websites, as well as from applications for the Chrome browser and Apple iOS and Android devices. About 2.5 million eBooks applications have reportedly been installed until now.

Google will be revealing Google eBooks facts and figures, and some of the stories behind them, at the forthcoming BookExpo America and related events in New York.

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Google selling e-books via web version of Android Market
- 25 Feb 2011

The web version of Android Market, an online software store developed by Google for Android devices, has reportedly begun to display e-books. Users need to click the 'Books' tab at the top of the page, which will load the e-book interface. The default interface is 'Apps', which also has a number of 'Books and Reference' apps, but no path to the Books portion of the site.

Once downloaded, the e-book will be added to the user's Google account. According to a Google spokesman, users can also 'return' an e-book if it does not perform as described.

Earlier this month, Google unveiled the web version of Android Market, which allowed users to sample all of the Market's apps in a single web page, rather than on an Android device. By selecting and buying an app on the web store, users can push the app to a selected Android device. Google also announced support for in-app purchases.

Media reports have noted that e-books could be the gateway for Google's long-awaited Google Music service. It is expected that the service may possibly be rolled out along with Google's Honeycomb Android 3.0 operating system.

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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals improve healthcare services through Emerald research
- 21 Feb 2011

Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced that at a time when shrinking budgets require carefully considered decisions, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals have measured a positive impact on patient safety by using research published in Emerald Health Care Management collection of peer-reviewed journals. The Emerald Healthcare Management collection contains seven research journals and eight book series.

A case study, showing how the Trust's library service contributed to the development of safer care through evidence-based research, is now available on Emerald Management First. To answer queries from senior managers and requests received through the Clinical Librarian Service, the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Management Librarian relied on research evidence, including literature published in Emerald Healthcare Management titles. Under the skilled filtering and consideration of the librarian, selected articles were put forward to provide evidence of best practice and support the design and adoption of clinical pathways for all services.

Emerald Management First is an online library of management resources tailored specifically to help busy professionals with day-to-day management issues. It brings access to a combination of feature articles, executive briefings, interviews with industry experts as well as peer-reviewed content from research journals.

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Springer eBooks now available in Google eBookstore
- 15 Feb 2011

STM publisher Springer has announced that Springer eBooks can now be purchased via Google's eBookstore also. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year.

Springer eBooks are also available on Amazon for the Kindle, and in the near future Barnes & Noble for the NookStudy.com platform, Kobo Books, B & T BLIO, Entourage and Apple's iBooks, which is now receiving books in the free and open ebook format ePub. Springer will soon also deliver books in ePub format to Amazon for the Kindle.

According to Ray Colón, Director eProduct Management, Springer, a large percentage of Springer content is image, equation, and table based and used in education and research. The global publisher looks forward to working with partners who can bring the company closer its end-users via their devices and platforms.

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Google acquires eBook Technologies to offer better digital reading experience
- 13 Jan 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly acquired eBook Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of end-to-end e-book technology. According to Google, this acquisition is aimed at delivering richer reading experiences on tablets, electronic readers and other portable devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

eBook's technologies include an end-to-end electronic book platform offering a full range of e-book products and services. These include electronic reading devices, an online bookstore where readers can buy e-books, an online 'bookshelf' that lets users store their purchased content, and software that converts content into the company's e-book format.

The deal comes almost one month after Google launched its digital bookselling enterprise, Google eBooks, which is expected to help it challenge two of its powerful rivals - Amazon.com and Apple - in the digital books business. The business is valued at close to $1 billion and is expected to grow in the coming years.

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Author Solutions to distribute new titles via Google eBooks
- 05 Jan 2011

Publishing technologies and services provider Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), US, has announced that Google will distribute all new titles from ASI imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris, as well as titles from ASI partnership brands Balboa Press and WestBow Press, through the newly-launched Google eBooks.

Google eBook is a device-independent distribution platform, which means that books downloaded through the portal will be accessible through any Web-enabled computer, mobile phone or eReader. This provides an advantage over other digital platforms, as it doesn't bind readers to a single device.

A default price of $9.99 will be set for every ASI title made available through Google eBooks. However, each author will have the opportunity to set his or her price below $9.99. Distribution of ASI titles through Google eBooks will be included as a free service for all new ASI titles.

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Google eBookstore expected to significantly boost e-books market
- 16 Dec 2010

The recent launch of Google eBookstore by Internet search services firm Google, Inc., US, represents an important milestone in the e-books industry, media reports have pointed out. Through this venture, Google seeks to compete for a share of the digital books business, valued at about $1 billion and expected to grow in the coming years. The eBookstore concept, claimed to be much more than just another option for acquiring books, is seen to take e-books to the next level. It now incorporates key design innovations in user options and operation and also involves brick-and-mortar bookstores as partners in the enterprise. It is expected that Google will expand the service to European markets by March 2011 and to Japan later next year.

According to Forrester Research's James McQuivey, Google's entry into the market is significant as it will be reaching potential customers at a unique point in their book-buying journey. The combination of ads with the browsing of e-books is another plus point for Google, he says. Since Google plans to provide its books from the cloud, it will be able to deliver timely and targeted ads, it is expected. The buyer of a book will thereby no longer need to bear the entire cost of a book. The more pages they read (the more value they get), the more ads they get to see. This in turn will help publishers and authors to receive more value. Also, instead of relying on libraries as a method of accessing information or book, users can now search, preview, or read books (or portions of them) online anytime, anywhere.

Many devices are compatible with Google e-books - everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. The new Google eBooks Web Reader allows readers to buy, store and read Google e-books in the cloud. In addition to a full-featured web reader, free apps for Android and Apple devices will make it possible to shop and read on the go.

Users can connect to their collections of books anytime, anywhere using any Adobe e-book DRM-compliant device with a web browser that includes the Android, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Nook, or Sony. Users of these systems can easily download free applications tailored for eBookstore users from the homepage. They have the option to view the scanned-in pages of a book instead of the default flowing text as a result of the digitising work of Google Books. According to Google spokeswoman Jeannie Hornung, the service is not accessible on Amazon's Kindle, though it may offer support in the future.

NFAIS Director of Planning & Communication, Jill O'Neill, notes that Google Books meets the same set of benchmarks for acquiring and reading ebooks as established by Amazon's Kindle.

Google eBooks currently allows users to browse and search through the one of the largest ebooks collections in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale. While Amazon claims to offer 750,000 books for sale in addition to a stable of 1.8 million free books, Apple has a more limited catalogue.

According to an Information Today report, many publishers and bookstores see Google's model as a positive step in the right direction. In the long run, notes McQuivey, Google eBooks may just convert more people to e-reading. American Booksellers Association COO Len Vlahos notes that Google is acting as an aggregator or wholesaler. Google eBooks users can either purchase a title directly from the Google site or choose to purchase through an independent bookseller. Brian Elliott, CEO of Monsoon Commerce Solutions, parent company of Alibris, sees Google eBooks as providing a new way for independent booksellers to provide their local customers access to eBooks through a familiar channel.

Just two days after Google released the eBookstore, STM publisher Elsevier announced that it would be selling a substantial part of its science and technology e-books through Google eBooks.

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Elsevier announces participation in Google eBooks store
- 10 Dec 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it is participating in the recently launched Google eBooks store by including a large selection of its eBook titles. Elsevier regards Google eBooks as a valuable new distribution channel to increase reach and accessibility of its scientific and professional ebook content in the US.

Google eBooks covers more than three million ebook titles, and was officially launched on December 7, 2010. Google eBooks users can access and read purchased book content via a web browser on their computer or mobile device as well as through native apps for devices such as the iPad. Individual publishers can decide which titles in their ebooks portfolios they choose to sell full access to through Google eBooks.

To start with, not all Elsevier eBooks will be included. Elsevier determines on a title-by-title basis which books it sells through Google eBooks. The global publisher expects Google eBooks to have a positive effect on the distribution of its ebooks and is planning to include more titles over time.

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Google launches e-books service - Google eBooks
- 07 Dec 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has launched Google eBooks, its digital bookselling enterprise. The service features about 3 million titles for free and hundreds of thousands for sale. Publishers include HarperCollins Publishers and Random House Group Ltd. Through this venture, Google seeks to compete for a share of the digital books business, valued at about $1 billion and expected to grow in the coming years.

Google eBooks, formerly called Google Editions, has been designed to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks - everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. The new Google eBooks Web Reader allows readers to buy, store and read Google eBooks in the cloud. In addition to a full-featured web reader, free apps for Android and Apple devices will make it possible to shop and read on the go.

According to Google spokeswoman Jeannie Hornung, the service will work on some e-readers as well, including Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook. It is, however, not accessible on Amazon's Kindle, she said. The new service claims to be an extension of the controversial Google Books search project that aims to make all of the world's written works available online. Google will now sell books directly through an online store, and will allow independent booksellers to set up digital stores to sell Google eBooks on their own sites and get a share of the revenue.

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Google set to launch Google Editions e-book store
- 01 Dec 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly set to launch Google Editions later this month. Early reports of Google Editions ebook store first appeared in October 2009. According to Google product management director, Scott Dougall, Google Editions will debut in the US later this month and offer international services by Q1 2011.

Google had initially planned to start the venture this summer but delayed it due to technical and legal hurdles, it has been reported. The venture will allow users to buy books directly from Google or from online retailers and add them to an ebook library tied to their Google account.

More than 200 independent US booksellers are expected to sign up with Google to join the e-book service. Media reports indicate that Google has already signed deals with several major book publishers and is expected to offer hundreds of thousands of titles for purchase and millions more for free.

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Google to launch Google Editions in Japan in 2011
- 14 Sep 2010

Internet search services provider Google Inc., US, has announced that it will launch an electronic books service in Japan next year. According to Yoichi Sato, a strategic partner development manager at Google Japan, the Japanese version of Google Editions will start with a limited number of titles.

E-books are still relatively rare in Japan, and local publishing houses have only recently started considering how best to approach the new technology. Major Japanese publishers are still uneasy about handing over book data, especially of in-copyright titles, to Google. They fear that the content may be used for unintended purposes. Japanese copyright laws also require strict and complicated permission processes involving authors and publishers, before Google can use book contents for online searches and sales.

Google Editions is similar to but separate from the controversial Google Books search project that aims to make all of the world's written works available online. While Google Books shows a small portion of the book at a time for free, Google Editions offers access to the entire content of the scanned books for a price.

In the US and Europe, Google plans to start Editions and sell electronic books that people can read on any Internet-connected device including Apple's iPad tablet computer.

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University of Texas at San Antonio opens bookless library on university campus
- 09 Sep 2010

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has announced that it has opened its Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Library, projected as the US' first completely bookless brick-and-mortar library on a college or university campus. The 80-person capacity library, which caters to UTSA's College of Sciences and College of Engineering students, is a satellite to the university's larger John Peace Library.

Electronic research is stated to be central to UTSA's AET Library. Instead of storing printed volumes, the library offers students a collection of electronic resources including 425,000 e-books and 18,000 e-journal subscriptions. Skilled science and engineering librarians are available during library hours to help students who need research assistance.

UTSA's electronic library is said to be quickly catching on with students, who are finding that library staff is more available to assist them now that it does not have to circulate and re-shelf books. The publications students want to read are also more accessible, because the online format allows many students to simultaneously access the same volume.

The trend to move higher education library collections online began in October 2000, when Kansas State University opened its Fiedler Engineering Library. The branch library's collection is completely electronic, with the exception of a series of reference books and a few journals that are unavailable electronically. Earlier this year, Stanford University continued the trend when it removed all but 10,000 printed volumes from its Engineering Library.

UTSA designed its bookless library to engage students in an online format within a contemporary new space. The library features ultra modern furniture and space age décor as well as 10 desktop computers, a printer, a scanner and five large LCD screens. To support student study sessions and spontaneous collaboration, the library also offers a series of group study niches and three group study rooms outfitted with whiteboards. The spaces seek to reflect an emphasis on teamwork, communications and problem solving, skills integral to the success of professional engineers and scientists.

With the e-library now open, UTSA is exploring ways to take the bookless concept even further. In the next few months, it expects to start providing pre-loaded collections of e-books on e-reader devices like the iPad or Kindle for students to check out and take home.

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Stanford's Engineering Library shifts to new site, opts for more e-books
- 03 Aug 2010

Stanford's Engineering Library has moved from the Terman Engineering Center to the new Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center. The shift is seen to mark the forefront of a movement toward the 'bookless library'. The new 'bookless' Engineering Library at Stanford University - that opened August 2, 2010 - will not actually be bookless, but will only feature about 10,000 of its 80,000 titles on the shelves. The rest will be available electronically.

The revamped library will have a completely electronic reference desk with four Kindle 2 wireless reading devices. It will be the first on campus to have a self-checkout and book security system. By this fall, it will also have 15 e-book readers that library patrons may take home like regular books. Librarians will not be staffing a desk to help students and faculty, but will be available through e-mail, online chatting and Facebook.

An online journal search tool called xSearch will scan 28 online databases, a grant directory and more than 12,000 scientific journals. The library includes a digital bulletin board at the entryway that will display RSS feeds updating visitors with the latest research.

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Combined Book Services to join PubEasy community as affiliate
- 22 Jul 2010

Books enquiry and ordering services provider PubEasy, UK, has announced that Combined Book Services (CBS) will join the e-community of PubEasy as an affiliate. CBS is an independent book distributor known for its tailored distribution service for trade, academic and STM publishers.

When CBS goes live (scheduled for Autumn 2010), titles serviced via its UK distribution facilities will be available to registered booksellers with a PubEasy account for ordering and enquiry needs. Booksellers will be able to check price and availability and place orders with CBS using PubEasy. Booksellers who wish to receive free access to PubEasy can go to www.pubeasy.com and register online.

A division of US-based bibliographic information provider Bowker, PubEasy offers publisher imprints and titles to over 16,000 booksellers across 125 countries. Publishers, distributors and wholesalers are seen to join PubEasy to get exposure to a large universe of potential clients, while increasing the ease with which those booksellers can conduct business with their suppliers.

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Google to launch Google Editions in Japan in early 2011
- 09 Jul 2010

Internet search services firm Google, Inc. will reportedly launch its e-bookstore Google Editions in Japan early next year. The service is expected to enable the purchase of e-book titles for reading on devices such as smartphones, PCs as well as e-book readers.

Google currently offers the Google Books service which allows free access to sections of at least 2 million titles from more than 30,000 publishers across the world. However, Google Editions will offer access to entire publications for a fee.

Google Editions is claimed to be among a growing number of game-changing distribution and reading models available to publishers and book consumers. The service is projected to allow users to procure e-books from various websites via different devices, including Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle. According to sources, Google is calling on publishers to sign a contract as it plans to distribute over half of its sales to publishers.

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Google ties up with American Booksellers Association for digital books
- 27 May 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) have reportedly formed a partnership. The partnership was announced at a session on Google Editions at the BookExpo America 2010 during the ABA Day of Education with ABA COO Len Vlahos and Tom Turvey, director of strategic partnerships for Google. Both Google and ABA will partner on digital books starting with the official launch of Google Editions later this year.

Google anticipates having 400,000 books - STM, trade and professional - at the launch. The books will be compatible with all e-readers except for Amazon's Kindle. These books can be read offline using Google Gear, which allows for caching in the browser. ABA currently offers e-books on the IndieBound.com website through Ingram, and it will continue to do so. The Google agreement is not exclusive.

While Google will not sell print titles, its system will support print books bundled with the digital edition. Also, Google and ABA will allow bookstores to geo-affiliate in order that bookstores will share in the sale when customers download a Google digital book in the store.

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Most US publishers sign up for new e-bookstore, Google Editions
- 10 May 2010

Online search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly garnered the support of almost all publishers in the US for its digital bookstore, which is expected to be launched next month. More than 25,000 publishers and authors have agreed to participate in Google Editions, the company’s venture to distribute books online.

Assuming books with expired copyright are included, Google is projected to handle more than 4 million books, including about 2 million handled by the publishers that have agreed to join. This is set to be the world's largest virtual bookstore. The entry of Google is likely to accelerate the growth of the e-book business, already pioneered by rivals like Apple and Amazon.

While the company did not elaborate on details of Google Editions, an official emphasised that it would include almost all publishers in the US. Google Editions is projected to allow users to easily buy books via its online search service and is likely to involve a model where publishers decide the retail price.

Google Editions claims to be among a growing number of game-changing distribution and reading models available to publishers and book consumers. In a recent announcement, publishers in Australia have welcomed Google’s decision to launch Google Editions. While it remains unknown about when the service will become available in Australia, local response to the US announcement has been positive.

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E-books market expected to undergo sea-change with Google Editions entry
- 07 May 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is making all the right moves that will help it dominate the e-book space, reports eWeek.com. The e-book marketplace is observed to be turning increasingly crowded. Initially, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com were competing for customer dollars. But after Apple launched its iBooks service for the iPad, all that reportedly changed.

Publishers are now able to send their books for selling on several different e-platforms and make profit in a space they originally feared. Another competitor – Google – is making its way to the market. The company plans to release its service in July this year. Amazon.com, Apple and the others are already wondering what the search giant has planned.

Google is known for its tendency to enter the market, find the right place to promote its service and win out or perform well enough to succeed. So far, the mainstream public is still opting for hardcovers over e-versions of a book. But as more and more people become aware of e-books, they will be looking for the best solution, it is observed. While Amazon.com's Kindle or Apple's iPad lead the market today, Google's service, Google Editions, may change that soon. eWeek.com looks at how Google Editions could help the company win the e-books market.

The biggest challenge in the e-books space today is trying to get mainstream consumers to buy titles. Google reportedly has the ability to draw the mainstream. While Apple is convincing consumers to look at tablets, it is debatable whether iBooks will really turn out to be the killer app. Google plans to make the new service available in as many places as possible. Users will be able to buy e-books online from a slew of retailers, including independent book stores. Google also plans to make Editions available to mobile-device users. A major impediment for Google's competitors in the e-books market is that they rely on their own mobile devices to sell books. Google, on the other hand, realises that relying so heavily on a single device will hold it back. It therefore plans to offer its books on as many products as possible.

While publishers had earlier criticised Google for its books digitising project, they are now beginning to warm to the search giant, as they realise the profit potential of e-books. The company is yet to announce any partnerships with publishers, making it difficult to state how many books will be available on the service. Given the success of the iBooks and the Kindle, both big and small publishers are expected to ink deals with Google.

To roll out Editions in as many places as possible, Google plans to share a majority of its profit with partners. While publishers are already making big profits on their deals with Amazon.com and Apple, it is obvious that they will migrate to the e-books platform that will deliver best returns. If Google Editions becomes as successful as it is expected to be and continues to share the bulk of its profits with retailers and publishers, it could put competitors in a dangerous position.

The iPad is not the dominant player in the e-books market, even though it is seen to deliver a fine reading experience. In a few years time, Apple would have likely dominated the e-books market if not for Google's intervention. Google’s new service could help its chances of taking on Apple. With a slew of e-books available for download quickly for the device, the Kindle is claimed to be the most successful e-reader currently. But it is expected that once Google enters the market, Amazon.com will need to drastically change its strategy just to stay relevant.

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Bowker, Google in deal to optimise the identification, cataloging and discovery of Google Editions
- 06 May 2010

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, a business unit of ProQuest, has reached an agreement with Google to provision and facilitate the assignment of ISBN numbers to Google Editions, Google’s digital book offering launching later in 2010. The agreement sets an important publishing industry precedent, helping to ensure a standards-driven framework for the identification of digital and print-on-demand book products made available and sold through Google Books. Bowker operates the U.S. ISBN Agency.

Under the agreement, Google will assign ISBN numbers to Google Editions in cases when book publishers have not assigned their own unique ISBNs to works they intend to make available for sale. Both Google and Bowker will encourage publishers to retain primary responsibility for assigning their own ISBNs to their respective Google Editions and including these records as part of the catalogue data they distribute to their trading partners.

One of the core principles of the ISBN Standard is that it identifies a unique and separately available edition of a book. This is as important for e-books as it is for different formats of printed books, especially where trading models involve multiple partners. For more than four decades, ISBN adoption across the supply chain has facilitated pinpointed discovery and acquisitions, e-commerce, distribution and aggregation of product information, and sales data reporting practices.

Recently, the International ISBN Agency issued a position paper reinforcing that publishers should assign ISBNs to each separately available e-book format and supply their ISBNs to downstream intermediaries and channels. The paper also recognised that there are instances of compressed supply chains where an e-book in a particular format is available exclusively through a single channel, such as Kindle and Amazon, and that in those circumstances there is no requirement for an ISBN.

Google Editions are claimed to be among a growing number of game-changing distribution and reading models available to publishers and book consumers. The service is projected to allow users to procure e-books from various websites via different devices, including Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle. While publishers have not yet publicly committed to participate in the new service, Google is unlikely to face problems here, since publishers have no reason to object to an increased number of retail outlets. Australian publishers, in a separate announcement, have welcomed Google’s decision to launch Google Editions. While it is remains unknown about when the service will become available in Australia, local response to the US announcement has been positive.

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Google readying sales strategies for new e-books retail service
- 05 May 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is planning to enter the digital books sales market by July 2010, media reports indicate. Such a move would pitch the company against existing players in the market such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple. The online sale of digital books has been part of Google’s strategy for several years now. Dubbed Google Editions, the service is projected to allow users to procure e-books from various websites via different devices. This would differentiate the service from existing rivals that require proprietary devices and software.

The Google service would allow users to purchase digital versions of books they come across via its book search service. Also, book retailers, including independent shops, would be able to sell Google Editions via their websites. This would give Google partners the bulk of the revenue. The company’s servers would hold copies of works for which it forges agreements to sell. Whether the prices will be set by publishers or Google is yet to be decided upon.

Google Editions would allow users to read books from a web browser, doing away with the need for a specific e-reader device. Plans are also afoot to develop software to enhance reading on certain devices – such as the iPhone or iPad. On the other hand, Amazon has built its digital books strategy largely around its proprietary Kindle e-reader and software that operates on certain other hardware.

While publishers have not yet publicly committed to participate in the new service, Google is unlikely to face problems here, since publishers have no reason to object to an increased number of retail outlets. Also, Google Editions would ensure that small independent bookstores also gain access to the e-book sales service offering a wide range of titles.

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Japanese publishers take industry-wide efforts to address issues related to e-books
- 04 May 2010

The Japanese publishing industry is reportedly taking combined efforts to comprehend the opportunities and challenges put forth by the advent of e-books. The issues being examined include whether traditional paper books will totally disappear, and whether e-books will significantly change reading patterns.

In March, 31 publishers including Kodansha and Shinchosha joined to form the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan (EBPAJ). Around the same time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry brought together writers, publishers and telecom executives to discuss the promotion of vaster utilisation of publications. The group examined the use of a ‘Japanese-style’ publishing business model. By June-end, it expects to release a report on issues such as the creation of e-book data standards.

There are multiple factors that have triggered the public and private sector debate on e-books. One is the digitisation project of Internet search firm Google. The other is the significant popularity of Kindle, an e-reader launched by US-based online retailer Amazon.com. Apple's newly launched tablet computer iPad has also contributed to the discussion.

Japanese media research firm Impress R&D has reported that the e-book market has been expanding annually. Mobile phones are said to be a major growth driver for this market, as comics read via cell phones reportedly account for nearly 80 percent of the market.

Critics have pointed out that by boosting the digitisation of books, the publishing industry may hurt the sales of traditional books, just as the online availability of music decreased CD sales. EBPAJ representatives argue that the association is only seeking a way to generate revenues from a medium that is currently in vogue. They contend that it takes industry-wide efforts to address key issues - such as striking a balance between print and digital publications, and the issue of copyrights.

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London Libraries Consortium working towards supplying free e-books to customers
- 29 Mar 2010

London Libraries Consortium has announced that 10 of its 12 members are already offering e-books to library customers. Their move comes ahead of the recommendation for free access to e-books outlined in the Modernisation Review of Public Libraries: a Policy Statement published on March 22, 2010. The consortium represents 12 London Public Library Services, a third of London’s boroughs.

Library resources are shared across London. Library members can borrow from and return stock to any library within the consortium, giving them access to over 100 libraries in the city and effectively creating one card across a third of the Capital. The consortium believes measures such as these, which are of genuine help to the public, will work on reversing the decline in use of public libraries.

Established in 2004, the consortium uses joint working to improve innovation and back office efficiencies and to negotiate reduced supplier rates through joint procurement. The Review recommends consideration of a new strategic body for libraries.

The consortium’s local offer includes keeping some monies in reserve for ‘local flavour’ titles. This helps to ensure that the libraries do not just replicate bookshops but also stock popular out-of-print items – the service that no bookshop can offer - and maintain their educational and social role.

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Emerald to exhibit at VALA’s 15th Biennial Conference and Exhibition
- 04 Feb 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced that it will be exhibiting at VALA’s 15th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, February 9-11, 2010. Delegates are invited to visit booth 36 to discover the latest update of Emerald Management First - with the launch of its new ‘Collections’, bringing together the content of Emerald’s eBook series and eJournals, for the first time.

Emerald Management First is an online library of resources tailored for the day-to-day business needs of management professionals. Now, with journals and book series available through one integrated platform, and organised into specific subject areas, users can access and manage the information they need quickly and effectively.

Emerald business manager Andrea Gilbey will be joined on the stand by Emerald’s new Australasia account manager, Judy Reeves. During the Conference, Emerald will also introduce the new interface as well as the improved browse and search functionality of its website.

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Emerald offers pay-per-view access for eBook Series
- 15 Jan 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced that pay-per-view access is now available for its eBook Series. Non-subscribers can now select only the specific chapters that they need to consult. Emerald offers two eBook Series Collections - The Business, Management and Economics collection and the Social Sciences Collection.

The Business, Management and Economics collection includes 380 volumes across 65 series titles. It covers subjects such as Strategy, Accounting and Finance, Organizational Studies and Economics. The Social Sciences Collection complements and extends the current Emerald portfolio, with titles in Sociology, Education and Psychology, adding over 180 volumes across 37 series titles.

Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services. Emerald is both COUNTER and TRANSFER compliant. The organisation is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.

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ebrary extends Patron Driven Acquisition programme for academic libraries
- 06 Jan 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it is extending the Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) pilot programme for academic libraries through Spring 2010. The company intends to launch its finalised PDA product this summer.

Additionally, ebrary is conducting a survey to better understand libraries' needs and challenges with regard to PDA models. The questionnaire is available through January at http://tinyurl.com/ebrarypdasurvey. Results will be available later this year.

ebrary’s PDA pilot participants are given access to a selection of about 100,000 e-books and other titles from publishers such as Wiley, Elsevier and McGraw-Hill. Purchases are automatically triggered based on usage measured by page views, copies and prints. Titles purchased through the PDA pilot integrate with other ebrary products and services including Academic Complete, ebrary’s subscription product that seeks to provide cost-effective, multi-user access to a selection of more than 45,100 titles.

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PennWell ties up with ebrary to take oil and gas e-books content online
- 17 Dec 2009

B2B publisher PennWell Corporation, US, has announced a partnership with US-based digital content products and technologies provider ebrary. Under the deal, information from PennWell’s oil and gas e-books will be made available online for the first time. Corporations in petroleum, power and related industries can now expect to make it easier for employees to find, use and manage the information they need online.

All PennWell titles will be delivered via ebrary’s interface and include technology that seeks to make it easy to pinpoint and manage relevant information from multiple sources within the organisation and on the web. With InfoTools, scientists and engineers can select words of interest in a PennWell e-book, and automatically link to additional statistics, regulations, process charts, and other information within the collection and other online resources. Additionally, personal bookshelves make storing, managing, and sharing highlights, notes, and hyperlinks quick and efficient.

Corporations may subscribe to the entire PennWell collection with unlimited organisation-wide access and new titles added at no additional cost, or purchase different packages to meet their needs. The selection may be previewed at http://tinyurl.com/pennwell.

Sixty-nine titles in Petroleum address the technology and business of the petroleum industry, from upstream to downstream. Topics include basic petroleum, business, exploration, logging, drilling, reservoir engineering, production, offshore, machinery, pipeline and refining. Forty-four titles in electric power provide both detailed overviews of how electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed, as well as specific technology and industry trends. Topics include electric power basics, business issues, deregulation, generation, transmission and distribution, and natural gas. Fifty-six titles in fire service feature materials that the modern fire service needs to train and operate properly, from basic firefighting to managing the departmental budget. Topics include strategy and tactics, safety and risk management, management, technical rescue, career/advancement, apparatus/hydraulics, EMS, hazardous materials, training, public education/information and investigations.

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Emerald’s eBook series and eJournal content now available via one integrated platform
- 26 Nov 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced the latest update of Emerald Management First, with the launch of its new Emerald Management First Collections. As part of Management First, Emerald Management First Collections brings together Emerald’s eBook series and eJournal content.

This development offers private and public organisations the flexibility to enhance their Emerald Management First subscription with access to the latest articles and chapters tailored to a specific management discipline.

Emerald Management First is an online library of resources tailored for the day-to-day business needs of management professionals. It offers quality validated management research that is accessible in a digestible format, making it easy for users to cut through the overload of information available on the internet and consult essential, up-to-date resources. Now, with journals and book series available through one integrated platform, and organised into specific subject areas, users can access and manage the information they need quickly and effectively.

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Maney Publishing joins NESLi2 SMP e-journals content collection
- 05 Nov 2009

Academic books and journals publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has announced that it has joined the NESLi2 SMP (Small and Medium-sized Publishers) collection. Maney expects the move to make its e-journals available for licensing to a greater number of higher and further education and research communities. The complete e-journal collection is available, as well as Maney’s five specialist collections in health sciences, materials science and engineering, archaeology and heritage, history and humanities, language and literature.

NESLi2 SMP features e-content from 22 publishers around the world which are licensed by more than 190 higher and further education institutions and research councils. It seeks to provide its members with high quality e-journal content from publishers not covered by the original NESLi2 agreements. The collection is projected to offer the benefits of negotiated JISC banded subscription pricing and the security of the NESLi2 model licence.

NESLi2 is the UK’s national initiative for licensing e-journals on behalf of the higher and further education and research communities. It is estimated to have delivered savings of $13.2 million to the community in 2009. The collection offers over 7,000 e-journals to more than 190 higher and further education institutions and research councils.

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Five new publishers join ebrary’s Half-Off Sale programme
- 11 Sep 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that five new publishers have joined ebrary's Half-Off Sale, adding over 1,800 eligible titles to the industry's biggest cost savings programme of the year. The most recent publishers to make backlist titles available through ebrary at 50 percent off list price through December 15, 2009, are ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, Informa Healthcare, IOS Press, John Benjamins, and University of British Columbia Press. To date 35 publishers have signed up to participate in ebrary’s new programme.

More than 51,800 titles are now available through ebrary's first-of-its-kind sale from publishers such as Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, Wiley, Springer, and many others. The selection may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/librarytitles1/home.action.

ebrary offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other valuable content from over 350 of the world’s leading publishers under flexible subscription, purchase, and usage-based models. Additionally, the company offers e-publishing services for customers to cost-effectively distribute their own PDF content online on ebrary’s servers or their own. With this new initiative, ebrary is offering an opportunity for libraries, corporations, and other organisations to purchase and own authoritative content at discounted rates from an esteemed group of renowned publishers. Simultaneously, the company is providing participating publishers with new revenue opportunities for their backlist selections.

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Fourteen new publishers join ebrary’s Half-Off Sale programme
- 21 Aug 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that 14 new publishers have joined its Half-Off Sale, bringing libraries, corporations, and other institutions the best cost savings of the year on full-text e-books. To date, more than 21 publishers have signed up to participate in ebrary’s new programme including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, IGI Global, Springer, Taylor & Francis and Wiley. Others are expected to sign up shortly.

The most recent publishers to make backlist titles available through ebrary at 50 percent off list price through December 15, 2009, are Brill Academic Publishers; Brookings Institution Press; Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters; Continuum; Hunter Publishing; M.E. Sharpe, Inc.; National Science Teachers Association; Peterson Institute for International Economics; Smithers Rapra; Temple University Press; Thorogood Publishing; University of Chicago Press; University of Michigan Press; and W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

ebrary offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other valuable content from over 350 of the world’s leading publishers under flexible subscription, purchase, and usage-based models. Additionally, the company offers e-publishing services for customers to cost-effectively distribute their own PDF content online on ebrary’s servers or their own. With this new initiative, ebrary is offering an opportunity for libraries, corporations, and other organisations to purchase and own authoritative content at discounted rates from an esteemed group of renowned publishers. Simultaneously, the company is providing participating publishers with new revenue opportunities for their backlist selections.

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Leading publishers join ebrary’ Publisher Half-Off Sale programme
- 17 Aug 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced a first-of-its-kind programme that brings libraries, corporations, and other organisations the best cost savings of the year on full-text e-books from leading publishers across the globe.

Under the Publisher Half-Off Sale programme, institutions around the globe can save 50 percent off list price when they purchase as few as 15 to 25 backlist titles from a single participating publisher through December 15, 2009. The vast majority of these titles are unavailable in Academic Complete or other ebrary subscription products. To date, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, IGI Global, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of North Carolina Press, and Wiley have joined the programme, with additional publishers expected to participate shortly.

ebrary offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other valuable content from over 350 of the world’s leading publishers under flexible subscription, purchase, and usage-based models. Additionally, the company offers e-publishing services for customers to cost-effectively distribute their own PDF content online on ebrary’s servers or their own. With this new initiative, ebrary is offering an opportunity for libraries, corporations, and other organisations to purchase and own authoritative content at discounted rates from an esteemed group of renowned publishers. Simultaneously, the company is providing participating publishers with new revenue opportunities for their backlist selections.

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Springer and Sitronics Labs in deal for trial access to Springer eBooks and eJournals
- 25 Jun 2009

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, and Sitronics Labs, the corporate research center of Sitronics, have announced the launch of a trial access to Springer eBooks and eJournals in Mathemathics and Statistics, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science.

With immediate effect, all Sitronics R&D staff will gain access to SpringerLink, the global digital content platform. The agreement between SITRONICS Labs and Springer library is a new step in the international scientific cooperation between the Russian researchers and one of the largest international sources of the information.

SITRONICS Labs is a corporate research center of SITRONICS founded in conjunction with Russian Academy of Sciences. The primary purposes of SITRONICS Labs are to foster scientific research, maintain ties with academia and facilitate technology commercialisation. Currently SITRONICS Labs focuses on telecommunications and e-medicine, the key technology areas of SITRONICS.

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Emerald signs new consortium agreement with Biblioteca do Conhecimento Online
- 22 Jun 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced a new consortium agreement in Portugal. Lisbon-based Biblioteca do Conhecimento Online (B-ON) has signed a deal with the publisher, giving B-ON's 78 members the opportunity to subscribe to Emerald Management Xtra or Emerald Subject Collections at discount rates.

Seven institutions have already confirmed their subscriptions to Emerald online collections of journals through this agreement.

Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services. The Emerald online collection of journals, abstracts and resources, Emerald Management Xtra, serves business schools and management departments world-wide. For managers in corporate and public organisations, Emerald Management First provides fast access to applied research, ideas, insights and interviews from the world's best management thinkers.

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New version of Emerald Management First on display at SLA Conference
- 09 Jun 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that the new version of Emerald Management First will be on display at the Special Libraries Association's Annual Conference (SLA), scheduled for June 14-17, 2009, at Washington, DC.

Emerald Management First, an online knowledge and information resource designed for managers and business professionals, has recently been updated to incorporate Emerald's scholarly journals and subject collections. It is now customisable with a choice of up to 175 publications or subject collections in 21 areas, such as Information and Knowledge Management, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, and Health Care Management.

Emerald Management First offers managers quality-validated content which can be applied in their organisations. Its intuitive design and smart searching capabilities enable targeted browsing through interviews, case studies, executive briefs and a host of other high quality features to help users deal with day-to-day business issues.

Also on display at the Conference will be Emerald's Books and Book Series along with the two eBook series collections.

Delegates at the SLA Conference are invited to visit Emerald Booth # 528 to find out more about the latest enhancements to Emerald Management First. Donna Reynolds, Business Development Account Manager Corporate and Federal US & Caribbean, and John Eggleton, New Business Development Manager, will be available at the booth throughout the Conference to answer questions regarding Emerald Management First and other products.

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ebrary launches integrated products for corporations, expands corporate sales team
- 04 Jun 2009

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced the availability of new collections in Engineering and Business under flexible subscription and purchase models. These collections can be enhanced with purchases of individual titles and discounted bundles as well as a corporation's own mission critical documents submitted into the ebrary system.

Additionally, ebrary has announced the recent expansion of its corporate sales team with the appointment of Matt Shill as Director, North American Corporate & Government Sales. Shill has over 14 years of sales management experience with companies such as EBSCO Publishing, Ovid Technologies and SirsiDynix.

ebrary now offers subscription databases of technical handbooks, e-books, manuals, reference works and other materials from publishers such as Pennwell, CRC Press, AMACOM, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Professional and John Wiley & Sons.

Corporations may enhance their subscriptions by purchasing pre-packaged subject bundles or choosing from more than 100,000 titles available for purchase individually. They may also use the same ebrary system to integrate their own content (manuals, handbooks, reports - anything in PDF). ebrary's e-publishing services are available as a hosted solution or developer toolkit.

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Emerald to exhibit at BookExpo America 2009
- 25 May 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that the company will be exhibiting at the BookExpo America 2009 to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, NY, May 29-31 2009. Emerald will join over 1500 exhibitors at the event ranging from publishers, booksellers, librarians and authors.

Emerald's book publishing programme comprises over 200 book series and over 300 text and reference books, expanding the company's core portfolio of over 200 journals. The books and book series collection also adds depth and breadth to Emerald's subject coverage, moving Emerald into exciting new areas of research and practice including language and linguistics, politics and policy, psychology and sociology and anthropology. The eBook series collections in Business, Management and Economics, and Social Sciences offer international content from a worldwide author base, with new content to be added each year.

Delegates at the conference are invited to visit Emerald booth 3451 to find out more about Emerald books and book series, along with the newly launched eBook series collections.

British Library offering trial of e-readers from Sony and iRex
- 20 May 2009

The British Library, the national library of the UK, is giving readers the chance to test drive three e-readers from Sony and iRex Technologies currently available in the UK. The e-reader display will give visitors the chance to familiarise themselves with these new devices and to freely explore the possible recreational and research benefits of the e-book revolution. Devices on display include Sony Reader, iRex DR1000 and the iLiad.

E-readers have seen an explosion of interest in recent months, with leading publishing experts suggesting that the industry has finally hit its 'iPod moment'. The British Library seeks to ensure that readers are equipped with the digital literacy skills to be able to use such technology and thrive in the 21st century research environment.

Traditionally, e-readers have struggled to compete with the traditional book due to issues with low battery life and the use of harsh back-lit screens. Overcoming these obstacles through the use of e-ink technology, e-reading devices are more capable of satisfying reader expectations and can deliver a variety of additional functions such as the ability to vary font size, access WiFi and make annotations.

The e-readers on display have been pre-loaded with material currently available on the market. However, in the future, the British Library hopes to exploit e-reader technology to facilitate access to its own digital collections, allowing readers to explore rare and often out of print items. These include the 80,000 editions of 19th century English literature recently digitised in partnership with Microsoft.

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Emerald announces enhancements to Emerald Management First
- 18 May 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the latest update of Emerald Management First, now customisable with content from the Emerald portfolio of scholarly journals. This development offers private and public organisations the flexibility to enhance their Emerald Management First subscription with access to entire subject collections or up to 175 publications of their choice.

Emerald Management First is an online resource that seeks to meet the specific needs of managers in daily business situations. Designed for quick and easy access during everyday work conditions, the online research library offers quality validated management research that is accessible in a digestible format. This makes it easy for users to cut through the overload of information available on the internet and consult essential, up-to-date resources.

Emerald Management First's intuitive interface and intelligent browsing capabilities have also been instrumental in its success. At the end of 2008, new technologies were introduced to enhance usability and functionality. A host of features such as widgets and predictive searching assist users while they browse the site to help them access and manage all the information they need.

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Cornell Library removes restrictions on use of public domain reproductions
- 14 May 2009

Cornell University Library, a US-based academic research library, has announced that it will no longer require its users to seek permission to publish public domain items duplicated from its collections. Instead, users may now use reproductions of public domain works made for them by the library or available via web sites, without seeking any further permission.

Cornell, as the producer of digital reproductions made from its collections, has in the past licensed the use of those reproductions. Individuals and corporations that failed to secure permission to repurpose these reproductions violated their agreement with the library.

The immediate impetus for the new policy is Cornell's donation of more than 70,000 digitised public domain books to the Internet Archive (details at www.archive.org/details/cornell).

Institutional restrictions on the use of public domain work, sometimes labelled 'copyfraud', have been the subject of much scholarly criticism. The Cornell initiative goes further than many other recent attempts to open access to public domain material by removing restrictions on both commercial and non-commercial use. Users of the public domain works are still expected to determine on their own that works are in the public domain where they live. They also must respect non-copyright rights, such as the rights of privacy, publicity and trademark.

Cornell will continue to charge service fees associated with the reproduction of analog material or the provision of versions of files different than what is freely available on the web. All library websites will be updated to reflect this new policy during 2009.

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Anaheim University set to become the world's first paperless university
- 21 Apr 2009

Anaheim University, a US-based institution which pioneered online education in the mid-nineties, has now committed to being paperless by 2010. This directive has caused Anaheim to push publishers to produce e-books, as well as adopt technical innovations such as the Sony book reader that allow the entire university's curriculum of textbooks to be stored in a portable palm-sized electronic reader.

The Anaheim University President Dr. William Hartley signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment in February 2009. The ACUPCC is a highly visible effort organising U.S. college and university presidents and chancellors to address global warming by minimising global warming emissions and providing education in an effort to achieve climate neutrality.

According to a University representative, Anaheim's students have submitted assignments electronically and accessed online library resources since 1998. This year the university switched from paper to e-catalogues, and digital publishing has replaced the submission of multiple copies of bound theses. The university is expecting to convert all administrative procedures into digital format by 2010.

ebrary to provide e-books to FE Colleges in the UK
- 17 Apr 2009

e-content services and technology provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has been appointed by JISC Collections to supply e-book content and delivery platform for its multimillion-dollar e-books for Further Education (FE ) Project. Under the terms of the contract, negotiated in partnership with the company's authorised distributor 2info, the JISC will fund a collection of over 3,000 multidisciplinary e-books from ebrary and use ebrary's technology to deliver the content to over 440 Further Education colleges in the UK. Participating colleges may also supplement this collection by purchasing additional titles through a framework agreement.

E-books in the collection were selected by librarians and instructors from FE institutions for relevancy to the curriculum, including content of special interest to colleges in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The multidisciplinary database features titles from leading publishers such as Berg Publishing, Elsevier, Hodder Education, John Wiley & Sons, Pearson Education, Springer and Taylor & Francis.

Additionally, JISC Collections and ebrary will create five new collections, to be made available annually through 2014, of the top 100 e-books chosen by the FE community from ebrary's growing catalogue of over 100,400 titles available for purchase. Participating colleges can pick and choose individual titles to develop a custom collection for its specific needs that will be delivered alongside the centrally funded core collection.

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Emerald Management First on display at American Association of Community Colleges conference
- 06 Apr 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it is exhibiting at the ongoing American Association of Community Colleges Conference, Phoenix Convention Centre, Arizona. Delegates are invited to meet Emerald representative at stand #527, to find out more about Emerald Management First, an online library of resources for practicing and aspiring business managers.

Emerald Management First is now customisable with content from the Emerald's portfolio, allowing institutions to choose from 175 journals or among 21 subject collections to add to their subscriptions. The online library contains only quality validated management research that is accessible in a digestible format, making it easy for users to cut through the overload of information available on the Internet and target essential, up-to-date resources.

An intuitive interface and the latest online technologies help subscribers gain access to précis of research articles, interviews with industry experts, and a host of other bespoke features.

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ebrary offers Shibboleth authentication option to access products
- 01 Apr 2009

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that customers can now use the Shibboleth authentication system to access any of the company's integrated products. These include e-books licensed under subscription and purchase models; ASP e-publishing services for distributing digitised documents online; and ISIS, its standalone e-publishing system that runs on customers' servers, behind their firewalls.

Shibboleth allows libraries and other organisations to control and manage individual access to protected online resources offered by the institution, third-party vendors, or both. End-users can be authenticated for multiple electronic resources using a single username and password.

As with the Athens system, end-users that access ebrary through Shibboleth will have personal bookshelves automatically created for them, allowing them to use folders to organise and manage entire documents as well as highlights and notes. ebrary also offers additional tools that enhance the research process, such as a choice of viewing technologies, including QuickView for instant document viewing in a browser; InfoTools that integrates content in the ebrary system with additional resources in the library and on the web; multiple options for searching and navigating; and automatic citations when text is printed or copied and pasted, with a URL hyperlink back to the source.

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Safari Books Online ventures into German-speaking markets
- 01 Apr 2009

Safari Books Online, a US-based e-reference joint venture between publishers O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced that it has expanded into German-speaking markets by launching the Safari Books Online German Basic Tech Library. The German Basic Tech Library currently offers over 200 titles for corporate teams with German-speaking developers and IT professionals and will grow by several hundred additional titles by the end of 2009.

The German books featured in the library are published by the top technical publishers in Germany. These include Markt+Technik Verlag, Addison-Wesley Verlag, O'Reilly Verlag, dpunkt Verlag, and Wiley-VHC Verlag. The content from all publishers but Wiley-VHC Verlag is exclusively available in subscription form through Safari Books Online. The books included in the German Basic Tech Library have been written by leading German-speaking subject matter experts and in many cases address the specific needs of European technologists. In addition, subscribers to this library can access thousands of English-language books and videos.

Safari Books Online features the ability for users to download a book and take it with them on a mobile device. Once subscribers have access to Safari Books Online, they can simply access the books they want to read remotely through a special mobile interface or iPhone bookbag application - and take Safari Books online with them wherever they go.

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ebrary partners with three book distributors to target European markets
- 18 Mar 2009

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that it is partnering with three book distributors to make its e-books and other digital materials available to academic libraries in Europe and Israel under various subscription and purchase models. The company's new representatives are Massmann Internationale Buchhandlung in northern Germany; Dietmar Dreier Wissenschaftliche Versandbuchhandlung in southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland; and Ziur Information Systems Ltd. in Israel.

Massmann International Booksellers was founded in 1989 by booksellers Dorothea and Kay Massmann in Hamburg and has operated since then as supplier and service provider for university and research libraries in Germany. The company specialises in the worldwide procurement of books, monographic continuation orders, databases and e-books.

Dietmar Dreier is focused on university libraries, research institutions and other scientific libraries. It specialises in the supply of monographic titles and monographic periodicals from all over the world. Dealing with e-content has increased the range of titles Dietmar Dreier supplies.

Ziur Information has been in the information business in Israel since 1978. It is mainly active in information management within organisations and in marketing and distributing academic and scientific information. The information management activities include information work flow within the organisation, archives construction and management, operating a large microfilm and imaging service bureau, and hardware & software supply for these activities. Ziur also distributes in Israel academic and scientific information as per customer preference and need: online databases, journals and books in printed and electronic versions, information on microform and dissertations & theses from around the world.

ebrary seeks to help libraries, publishers and other organisations disseminate information to end-users, while improving end-user research and document interaction. The company has developed a flexible e-content platform, which customers may use in a number of different, integrated capacities.

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Baker & Taylor and ebrary announce licensing partnership to launch first phase of integrated digital media distribution platform
- 11 Mar 2009

Information services company Baker & Taylor, Inc., US, has launched the first phase of its integrated digital media distribution platform through a strategic worldwide licensing partnership with US-based e-book technology firm ebrary.

The partnership enables Baker & Taylor to develop its own digital content products and services, as well as to integrate tens of thousands of e-books and other titles that ebrary has aggregated from more than 350 leading publishers. The new Baker & Taylor digital media distribution platform will be seamlessly integrated to efficiently deliver physical and digital content across its broad customer markets.

ebrary seeks to help libraries, publishers and other organisations disseminate information to end-users, while improving end-user research and document interaction. The company has developed a flexible e-content platform, which customers may use in a number of different, integrated capacities.

ebrary is a leading provider of e-content services and technology. The company helps libraries, publishers, and other organizations worldwide disseminate valuable information to end-users, while improving their research and document interaction. ebrary customers may purchase or subscribe to e-books and other content under a variety of pricing and access models, and they may license the ebrary platform to distribute, sell, and market their own content online. All options are delivered using a customizable interface and include a choice of ebrary Readers with QuickView for instant viewing in a browser and InfoTools software which provide contextual searching and integration with multiple online resources.

ebrary currently offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 e-books and other titles from more than 350 leading publishers and aggregators.

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ebrary announces 2009 Starter Packs
- 11 Feb 2009

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced the availability of its 2009 Starter Packs. Now offered in 21 subject areas, ebrary Starter Packs make it easier and more affordable for libraries to purchase high-value, front-list e-books and other titles from publishers such as Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, and Taylor & Francis.

ebrary Starter Packs include 25 to 60 essential e-books that are not available in any ebrary subscription database. Librarians and other information professionals may purchase Starter Packs in their entirety at a discount, or use them as selection tools to pick and choose individual e-books. The 2009 Starter Packs do not duplicate titles from the packages introduced in 2008, enabling customers to affordably and efficiently build and enhance their e-book collections. Additionally, libraries and other organisations may complement the Starter Packs with individual e-books from ebrary's growing selection of over 81,300 titles available for purchase.

In the past few months, ebrary has added over 6,300 new titles to its purchase offering, with strengths in History & Political Science; Language, Literature, & Linguistics; Life Sciences; Medical; Physical Sciences; and Religion, Philosophy, & Classics. As with other ebrary products, Starter Packs and individual purchased titles offer tools to help end-users quickly find, access, and manage digital information including multiple search options, personal bookshelves, highlighting, annotating, automatic citations, and seamless integration with other ebrary databases and online resources in the library and on the web through ebrary InfoTools.

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ebrary selected to conduct E-book Think Tank at ER&L
- 04 Feb 2009

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that it has been chosen to conduct the 2009 E-book Think Tank at the ER&L09 Conference, held February 9-12, 2009, in Los Angeles, CA.

In addition to covering successful innovations regarding e-books and electronic content, panelists will discuss how libraries can integrate electronic content across multiple vendors and platforms. They will also address the functionalities and technologies needed to achieve cohesiveness and make content accessible and useful for their end-users.

Moderated by ebrary CEO Christopher Warnock, the panel includes Xan Arch, Acquisitions Librarian at Stanford University; Caroline Crouse, Electronic Resources Librarian at George Washington University; Kat McGrath, Serials Librarian at the University of British Columbia; and Kristen Anderson, Collection Development Librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Ingram Digital and ALPSP launch exclusive e-Book Collection
- 02 Feb 2009

Digital content services provider Ingram Content companies, US, has announced the launch of a new eBooks cooperative service enabling members of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) to offer multi-publisher collections to libraries. The ALPSP eBook Collection (AeBC) consists of over 1,200 titles contributed by specialist society, academic and university press publishers. Many titles have not previously been available in digital format.

The collection's 1,200 titles cover 11 subject areas including education, law, medicine, political science and technology. Institutions may choose the entire core offering or create a custom package of various sub-collections. The AeBC is available as a one-time purchase, with multi-user access delivered exclusively through MyiLibrary, Ingram Digital's next-generation e-content aggregation platform.

The AeBC is available to libraries and other institutions through the extensive network of MyiLibrary distribution partners, which include Swets, the current provider of the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection, Coutts Information Services and ProQuest. The Collection also may be enhanced with any of the 175,000 additional titles already available for purchase through MyiLibrary. With over 5,000 new titles added every month, MyiLibrary claims to be the fastest-growing and most comprehensive online e-content platform on the market today.

Publishers participating in the ALPSP eBook Collection will also benefit from access to Ingram Digital's full range of content solutions including the MyiLibrary platform for individual e-book sales, the CoreSource digital asset management platform and print-on-demand services from Lightning Source.

The AeBC is not available through any other aggregator or platform.

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Elsevier set to launch more than 600 Health Science e-book titles on ScienceDirect
- 27 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that more than 600 medical, veterinary medicine, and health professions book titles will be launched in Health Science eBook Collections on ScienceDirect, in April 2009. Elsevier's health science books are published under the imprints W.B. Saunders, Mosby, Churchill Livingstone, and Hanley & Belfus.

To date, Elsevier's medical and health science book titles have only been available through MD Consult for clinical practitioners and medical education, Evolve eBooks for health professions education, and Veterinary Consult for veterinary medicine education. The thousands of authors represented in the Elsevier medical and health science collections on ScienceDirect will now enjoy greater market visibility, increasing the potential for research collaboration and recognition.

The addition of the Elsevier Health Science Collections follows the successful launch of Elsevier's Science & Technology book titles late in 2007. The initiative contributes to the evolution of the ScienceDirect platform into a comprehensive and complete source of global scientific knowledge.

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Cleveland Public Library offer EPUB e-book downloads
- 19 Jan 2009

OverDrive, a US-based digital distributor of e-books, audio books, music and video, has announced that Cleveland Public Library has become the first public library to offer e-book downloads in the industry standard EPUB format. More than 8,500 libraries powered by OverDrive will also soon be able to offer e-books in the EPUB format, along with over 150,000 titles in audio book, e-book and video formats. Many of these are compatible with both Mac and iPod.

OverDrive distributes thousands of EPUB e-books from top publishers. All EPUB e-book downloads from the OverDrive-powered library download website are borrowed just like a print book. A library customer can browse a library's digital catalogue for titles, check out a title with a library card, and download the e-book to his or her home computer. The titles can be transferred from the library customer's home computer to a Sony Reader PRS-505 (with proper firmware installed) or PRS-700 using the Adobe Digital Editions software. At the end of the lending period, the file automatically expires and Adobe Digital Editions prompts the user to delete the title from his or her computer.

Readers at both Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member libraries can check out and download EPUB e-books from the library's download website. Patron-defined lending periods will also be available for the first time at Cleveland Public Library site, http://emedia.clevnet.org. The new feature allows libraries to offer a variety of borrowing options, such as 7, 14, or 21 day lending periods. Fast readers can now select a shorter checkout time, allowing them to borrow more titles from their library. Patron-defined lending periods, EPUB e-books and other upcoming enhancements will be demonstrated at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2009 on January 23-26.

EPUB is a reflowable, XML-based format for e-books and other digital publications developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum and adopted by several publishers and technology firms as the industry standard for e-books. OverDrive, an IDPF member company, is claimed to be the only library download service supporting EPUB and integrating the format into a single platform for delivering digital audio books, e-books, music and video to library customers.

Earlier this month, STM publisher Hindawi Publishing announced the addition of EPUB to its online platform for all of its journal and book publications. The new digital format is expected to allow the publisher to produce and make available a single digital file that combines the benefits of the high fidelity typography typically found in PDFs along with the benefits of XML structured content, high resolution images, scalable vector graphics, and font embedding.

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