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Shaping a strategy for e-books Louise Edwards JISC Collections Manager [email protected] Outline Let’s agree what an e-book is! What’s happening in the e-book industry? What does it mean for us? Strategic issues for e-books Questions and discussion E-book devices Gemstar

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Shaping a strategy for e-books

Louise Edwards

JISC Collections Manager

[email protected]


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Outline

  • Let’s agree what an e-book is!

  • What’s happening in the e-book industry?

  • What does it mean for us?

  • Strategic issues for e-books

  • Questions and discussion


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E-book devices

Gemstar

Franklin

Palm

GoReader


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The e-book industry

  • Phase 1 (Late 1990s to late 2000)

    • Entrepreneurial activity in the US

      • New digitisation companies

      • New aggregators e.g. NetLibrary, Questia, Ebrary

  • Phase 2 (Late 2000 to Late 2001)

    • Funding dries up

    • Lower than expected sales

  • Phase 3 (Late 2001 onwards)

    • Consolidation

    • New players and products


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New economics/new packaging

  • Financial transactions

    • outright purchase

    • subscriptions

    • other short-term leasing

    • pay-per-output

  • Content delivery

    • ‘complete’ individual e-books

    • subject bundles

    • chapters; sub-sections


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Main supply issues for librarians

  • Availability of electronic format

  • Quality of material

  • Distribution

  • Pricing models


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Joint Information Systems Committee

Committee of the funding councils

New further education remit

Network infrastructure

Content services

Data centres

Resource discovery

Training and support

Monitoring and advisory services

Learning environments

JISC: an introduction


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Collection Development Policy

Collection Management Policy

Charging Policy

Licensing Policy

Communication Policy

Preservation Policy

Usage Policy

Content activity: Work in Progress


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JISC current collecting areas

  • e-Books

  • Geospatial data

  • Primary research data

  • Moving pictures and sound

  • Images

  • Learning materials

  • Archives/special collections

  • Journals

“ A managed environment for accessing quality assured

information sources”


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JISC E-Books Working Group

  • Mission: to provide leadership in establishing a strategy for the develop of electronic books for the benefit of the academic community

    • Monitor and influence e-book industry

    • Acquire content for HE and FE sectors

    • Achieve a sustainable economic model

    • Promote content exploitation

    • Understand impact on institutions, libraries and users

    • Advise on content creation


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JISC content acquisition programme

  • Current activity

    • Early English Books Online (EEBO)

    • Wiley reference works

    • Portfolio of major general reference products




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Current marketing actions

need to consult community extensively

e-book community established

market research to map UK requirements

Joint marketing plans with publishers and suppliers


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JISC strategic studies

  • Market mapping

  • Economics of e-textbooks

  • A vision for e-textbooks

  • Exploitation of free e-books

  • Access to e-books


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Market research exercise

  • For each discipline:

    • Seek consensus on essential titles for electronic collection

    • Agree on top 5 publishers

  • Core questions:

    • Key challenges in managing print collection?

    • Does going electronic provide the answer?

    • Where would you prioritise your e-book acquisition?

    • What are your preferred economic models?


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Initial feedback

  • Priority on high demand books and distance/part-time learners

  • More content for our money

  • Ease of access

  • Collection management tools

  • Multi-user model licence


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Conclusions

  • Collection development plan for 2002/03

    • Core reference works

    • Critical mass of material for UK HE/FE

  • Strategic development of e-books

  • Marketing plan for e-books

www.jisc.ac.uk


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