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eBooks for Libraries: 2004. Charleston Conference Rick Lugg, Partner, R2 Consulting. November 5, 2004. eBooks in Libraries. Industry Drivers Where’s the content? Where’s the equipment? Where’s the money? What do users want? Successful products? Uptake of eBooks in libraries limited by:

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Ebooks for libraries 2004

eBooks for Libraries: 2004

Charleston Conference

Rick Lugg, Partner, R2 Consulting

November 5, 2004


Ebooks in libraries
eBooks in Libraries

  • Industry Drivers

    • Where’s the content?

    • Where’s the equipment?

    • Where’s the money?

    • What do users want?

    • Successful products?

  • Uptake of eBooks in libraries limited by:

    • Evolving and unfamiliar business models

    • Uncontrolled duplication between print and electronic

    • Unsolved problems – related to lending, user rights, archiving

    • Screen-based reading experience



  • Ebooks disrupt the market
    eBooks Disrupt the Market

    • Publishers selling directly to libraries

    • Vendors marginalized initially

    • Consortial and national-level deals

    • Increase in ongoing vs. one-time costs

      • Subscriptions

      • Hosting/platform fees

    • New entrants to market

    • Old players in new roles

    • New issues


    What do ebook users want
    What do eBook users want?

    Mick O’Leary: “Information Today”

    Yes No

    Use Read

    Aggregation Single Works

    Institutions Individuals

    Subscription Purchase


    What libraries want in ebooks
    What Libraries Want in eBooks

    • Ability to be loaned

    • Discovery (cataloging records, linking)

    • Easily scrubbable

    • Preserve privacy and confidentiality of users

    • Provide aggregated usage statistics

    • Downloadable to the hardware device of choice

    • Title page and bibliographic information

    • Segmentable


    Criteria for success
    Criteria for Success

    • Library chooses content (within available universe)

    • Content is aggregated:

      • Single interface for critical mass of content

      • Full text searches across multiple resources

    • Provider adds value:

      • Embedded dictionaries, authoring tools, linking

      • Multiple simultaneous users – remote access

      • Interactivity – discipline specific

      • Multi-media (digital audio, video, mapping, MLEs)

    • Content is “consulted” not read


    Acquisition of ebooks
    Acquisition of eBooks

    • Online Collections

      • Pre-defined collections by subscription

        • Publisher (Springer, Wiley-Interscience, ABC-CLIO)

        • Subject (Safari, knovel, books 24x7, ebrary)

        • Purpose (ORO, xrefer, GVLR, netLibary Ref Center)

      • Self-selected collections by subscription

    • “Inventories” of individual titles

      • 10,000-70,000 e-monographs (nL, ED, EBL, OD)

      • For purchase: “owned” but require hosting and secure lending capability

      • Selections decided by library/customer

      • Online or download to patron device


    Library direct vs intermediary
    Library: Direct vs. Intermediary?

    • For Selection, Acquisition

      • Libraries cannot sustain direct dealings with hundreds of publisher

      • Preferred: Few sources covering many publishers

    • For User Access

      • High expectations re: interface functionality, linking

      • Preferred: Few interfaces covering many publishers

    • Types of Intermediaries

      • Consortia

      • E-aggregators (netLibrary, ebrary, ED, OverDrive, EBL, xrefer)

      • Book Vendors

    • Wanted: Granularity in selection; Consolidation in purchase, delivery, service, searching, MARC records


    Library subscribe vs purchase
    Library: Subscribe vs. Purchase?

    • Static content vs. dynamic content

    • Concern over steady transition to one-time expenditure (purchase) to ongoing expenditure (subscription)

    • Hosting/Platform fees add ongoing expenditure even to purchased eBooks

    • Archival rights

    • What libraries say vs. what they do

    • Do eBooks act more like e-journals or print monographs?

    • Book series in full-text e-journal databases: ScienceDirect, Springer…what next?


    Library content and selection
    Library: Content and Selection

    • Beware of duplication—same content in too many channels

    • Avoid pre-packaging, but limited time available for selecting: role for approval plans & book vendors?

    • Coordinated decision-making between print & electronic editions for new monographs


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