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Digital Books. Committee on the Library December 2010. Current situation for libraries. Device-based books are problematic, due to licenses and digital rights management (DRM) Books sold as packages, as subscriptions, or as individual books

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digital books

Digital Books

Committee on the Library

December 2010

current situation for libraries
Current situation for libraries
  • Device-based books are problematic, due to licenses and digital rights management (DRM)
  • Books sold as packages, as subscriptions, or as individual books
  • Contracts, vendor features, and DRM limitations are very unique and very non-standard
  • Fondren is emphasizing content that is not tied to a specific device, and is using non-proprietary formats
  • Fondren seeks to expand purchase of individual books and struggles with packages
  • Fondren is trying to work with vendors who allow readers the greatest use of content
questions
Questions
  • Digital Books versus Print Books
  • “Patron initiated acquisitions” aka Order On Demand
paper vs e book
Paper vs. E-book?
  • E-only acceptable for books?
  • All or only for specific types of material?
  • What criteria? For example:
    • Delay following print availability
    • Nature of content/use
    • Features (simultaneous use, print/export restrictions, sign on requirements, etc.)
order on demand ood
Order on Demand (OOD)
  • Can be digital books or print books
  • Records are loaded into catalog
  • Selecting print item issues order
    • (Paper received in 8-10 weeks)
  • Selecting/entering e-book equals

buying e-book

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Order on Demand (OOD)
  • Ensures all purchased material has

immediate audience

    • Long term/future scholars?
  • All or specific types of material?
  • What criteria?
readings
Readings
  • Librarians Put Their Trust in Patrons (November 7, 2010 - http://chronicle.com/article/Librarians-Put-Their-Trust-in/12529/)
  • Reader Choice, Not Vendor Influence, Reshapes Library Collections (November 7, 2010 - http://chronicle.com/article/Reader-Choice-Not-Vendor/125275/)
  • 4 Very Different Futures Are Imagined for Research Libraries (October 19, 2010 - http://chronicle.com/article/4-Very-Different-Futures-Are/125011/)

Committee on the Library

December 2010