The LJ/SLJ eBook Summit on September 29th offers a variety of speakers and panel discussions relating to eBooks and libraries. One such session, eBooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice, will discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges in purchasing, acquiring, and accessing eBooks in an academic library. Speakers, representing publishers, libraries, and consortia, include: Michael Levine-Clark, an expert on patron driven acquisition from the University of Denver, Emily McElroy, who heads up the eBook Team for the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and Brett Rubinstein, manager of library sales for Springer. I’ll be moderating the session, live from 3:00 – 3:55 EDT.
Some of the topics our panel will discuss include:
- acquisitions options
- the role of aggregators and distributors
- approval plans
- managing duplication of content
- Access and DRM
- shared collections
- patron driven business models
- future of ebooks
From a press release: Springer has relaunched its online platform SpringerLink ( www.SpringerLink.com ), which hosts nearly five million documents, including eBooks, journals and reference works. The redesigned site has a new and fresh concept that includes semantic linking and connects related content across eBooks and journals.
SpringerLink now also contains a PDF Preview feature that provides all readers with a free look inside eBook chapters to be certain that the content matches their information needs. Subscribers not only have access to an instant overview of the entire eBook, they can also scroll and browse within different chapters of the book and can immediately download the desired content. Continue reading SpringerLink Relaunches with semantic linking and cross searching of formats
I can tell that fall is in the air, nearly every article on my list this week has to do with eTextbooks. Other good ones are there too, check them out. Happy reading.
The new SpringerLink platform is scheduled to be launched on 7 August 2010. On this date the current site will be discontinued and all users will automatically enter the new platform. All authentication methods, including, IP, Proxy, Shibboleth, Athens, username and password, and referring URL will continue to work seamlessly. Linking will also remain the same and unaffected. The new SpringerLink platform has greatly improved based on comments and feedback from an extensive usability study. Continue reading New SpringerLINK interface August 7th
I received this press release from Springer and am reposting as written. It’s not eBooks, but it is in support of open access and I do like to promote things open access!
Springer is expanding its open access offering to all disciplines. SpringerOpen (www.springeropen.com) will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields and will be offered in cooperation with BioMed Central. The entire content of SpringerOpen journals — including research articles, reviews, and editorials — are fully and immediately open access, and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No subscription is needed.
“We are seeing an increasing interest from our authors and from funders in all areas for open access publishing options and have responded to a need in the current market,” said Wim van der Stelt, EVP Business Development, Springer. “We are happy to serve our authors and editorial boards with the publishing options they want and are also pleased to supply universities, research institutions and our other patrons with the ability to use this content online freely and conveniently.” Continue reading Springer Introduces New Open Access Journals
Springer has offered the MyCopy service in the US and Canada since 2008. It was so successful, they are now expanding the service to European library users. MyCopy offers a POD copy to users at $24.95. More from Springer:
After the successful launch in the US and Canada, Springer Science+Business Media has extended its MyCopy service with immediate effect to library users in Europe. In line with this service, all registered library patrons will be able to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for their personal use by clicking on a button on the Springer platform www.springerlink.com. The softcover copies are priced at a flat fee of EUR 24.95, which includes shipping and handling within these European countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Continue reading Springer’s MyCopy Service now available in Europe
Received this message from Springer the other day concerning OCLC MARC records.
In the past, libraries downloading OCLC MARC Records for Springer eBooks through OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets were charged a delivery fee.
Recently, Springer finalized an agreement with OCLC: the library will no longer receive any invoices from OCLC for MARC 21 (AACR2) records for Springer eBooks delivered via the WorldCat Collections Sets Services. Springer will cover these delivery costs.
For additional information on MARC Records for the Springer eBook Collection click here.
Some interesting eBook white papers, surveys and reports:
Springer eBook white papers
eBooks — Costs and Benefits to Academic and Research Libraries
eBooks — The End User Perspective
ebrary ebook survey results
Received this press release via email.
Springer launches SpringerMaterials at London Online Information 2009
New database for material scientists, physicists, chemists and engineers will encompass all 400 volumes of Landolt-BÃ¶rnstein
Springer Science+Business Media has announced the launch of SpringerMaterials — The Landolt-BÃ¶rnstein Database (www.springermaterials.com). It is the world’s largest content platform of selected and critically assessed data in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. The breadth and depth of information is exhaustive: 91,000 online documents, 165,000 substances and materials systems, 3,000 properties and more than one million literature references. SpringerMaterials is the most comprehensive and timely resource of data in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering on the market.
Continue reading SpringerMaterials to launch this month
Heather Staines, Global eProduct Manager for SpringerLink, Springer Science + Business Media, and I had a nice conversation about Springer’s eBook preservation strategy. The conversation was based on Heather’s article in Against the Grain, February 2009. Heather discusses Portico, LOCKSS, and general eBook preservation issues.
From a Credo Reference press release:
Hundreds of encyclopedias added to Credo’s award-winning reference platform this year. Enhanced platform provides even more value for researchers
Boston and Oxford, (September 16, 2009) — It’s been a year since Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, released its new platform, raising the standard for how online reference services should work for libraries. Since then, Credo has substantially expanded the academic content available on the platform, all at no additional cost for Credo Unlimited customers. Continue reading Credo Reference adds new content
I recently posted about the ebrary 50% off ebook title sale, which included a few publishers. We’ll it’s grown now to include many more publishers. See the press release below and use the real-time link of publishers for the most accurate list. Continue reading 50% off ebook titles – more publishers added
I’ve resisted posting information about sales and specials from various publishers and aggregators for fear of favoritism, but this eBook deal is pretty good, crosses many publishers, and could save libraries lots of money (which is the main reason I’ll post it). If other aggregators have similar announcements, I’ll be glad to post those in order to be fair. Here are the details: Continue reading Attention Libraries – Discounted eBooks – backlist titles 50% off
Picked up these two white papers from Springer at the ALA Conference. They are in pdf at the Springer site.
eBooks – Costs and Benefits to Academic and Research Libraries
eBooks – The End User Perspective
The Charleston Conference has announced their pre-conference program. There is one on eBooks – Wednesday, November 4th.
eBooks: Not Just Another Binding
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Speakers: Keith Powell, Head of Acquisitions, The UC Irvine Libraries ; Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; and Holly Tomren, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloger and Interim Head, Monograph Cataloging, The UC Irvine Libraries; Other speakers TBA – but will include representatives from Springer,Ingram Digital, and the Publishers Communication Group. Continue reading Charleston Conference – eBook preconference program
Pilot project successfully completed / Library users in the USA and Canada can order soft cover copies of Springer eBooks
Way to go Springer! I loved this idea as a pilot, and love it even more now. This is fantastic news for eBooks and end users. I’ve never met an end user who didn’t want to push the print button on an eBook. I wish you much success. sp Continue reading Springer’s MyCopy Launches!
Those of you heading to Denver this weekend might want to check out several of the vendors presentations in the Technology Showcase (Show floor, aisle 800 or 2200). The event is Monday, January 26th from 10:00 to 1:00. Here are several eBook related vendors and times:
Credo Reference – 11:20 – 11:50 Pueblo Theater (aisle 800)
ebrary – 10:40 – 11:10 – Mesa Theater (aisle 2200)
Springer 12:40 – 1:10 – Mesa Theater (aisle 2200)
Springer announced it’s new pilot print on demand service – MyCopy – for “registered” patrons. The service allows a library’s registered patrons to order a softcover print copy of an ebook the library has ALREADY purchased. The copy is to be used by the patron for personal use. 11,000 titles are currently available, assuming your library owns all of those! Books are printed in black and white with a color softcover.
Publishing will never be the same folks. I hope Springer shares the title data with libraries. That could be a useful collection development tool.
I couldn’t help but think about this on the way home today….but wouldn’t this be the best way for students to buy cheap textbooks? Libraries subscribe to the ebooks of major textbook publishers and they all do print-on-demand for patrons at $24.95. Oh wait, we are talking about textbook publishers here, better make that $99.95!ï¿½
My recent discussion with Cynthia Cleto from Springer got me thinking about some issues. I’m curious if Springer’s model – no DRM and ILL rights – is unique or if other ebook publishers and aggregators offer similar things. To me, it’s a superior blend, but I’m thinking that most publishers and aggregators feel it’s a toxic cocktail….
DRM – Digital Rights Management. Springer uses none. What about others? I know the services with one book – one user biz models use DRM to control access and checkout/due dates. But, there are many other services with unlimited simultaneous user access, full print and cut/paste features. Are they using DRM? Ones that come to mind are GVRL, Sage, Oxford, Greenwood, and Credo.
Interlibrary Loan – wow, I’ve never heard of any eBook service offering ILL. Springer allows full ILL on its content, following normal ILL procedures. Is anyone else doing this? Typically, ebooks and ILL don’t mix, which is a major disadvantage of ebooks, probably one that is preventing many from taking the eBook route. Traditionally, we’ve been able to send most of our purchased items via ILL, but with the advent of licensing agreements and authorized uses, we are losing our ILL rights. It’s nice to see that Springer is not following that road.
I think I’ll start investigating more about DRM and ILL in the eBook world. That will give me something else to rant about instead of my usual rant – one single platform!
If you have comments or more information on these issues, I’d love to hear them.