Yesterday we had a visit from our Elsevier Account Manager who updated us on the SciVerse Hub as well as e-book content within ScienceDirect. I learned several interesting things during the session including:
- ScienceDirect e-books can be downloaded for offline reading in EPUB and Mobipocket formats. I believe they said chapters, not the entire book. This was launched in May.
- E-books contain no DRM, so there are no limits on printing, copying, etc.
- E-books follow the same rules as journals for ILL (at which they said their ILL rules finally allow for the direct download/sharing of a PDF rather than printing and faxing/scanning)
- ScienceDirect has an application called “related reference work articles” which lists relevant articles from their encyclopedias and new SciTopics content for any search done in the interface. The applications are available for download in the applications marketplace and can be customized by individuals or institutions for the SciVerse interface.
- In the ScienceDirect use logs, they find that most users who are looking for books get to ScienceDirect via the University Library site, as compared to those looking for journals, who primarily come from Google.
Additional information on the use of e-books on ScienceDirect is available in a white paper, “A Study on the Usage, Application, and Value of Online Books on ScienceDirect in an Academic Environment.” It can be downloaded from their site at no cost, but registration is required. The white paper includes the charts/graphs showing how users get to content on ScienceDirect.