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Shaping a strategy for e-books Louise Edwards JISC Collections Manager l.edwards@cranfield.ac.uk 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

Shaping a strategy for e-books

Louise Edwards

JISC Collections Manager

l.edwards@cranfield.ac.uk

outline
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
E-book devices

Gemstar

Franklin

Palm

GoReader

the e book industry
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
new economics new packaging
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
main supply issues for librarians
Main supply issues for librarians
  • Availability of electronic format
  • Quality of material
  • Distribution
  • Pricing models
jisc an introduction
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
content activity work in progress
Collection Development Policy

Collection Management Policy

Charging Policy

Licensing Policy

Communication Policy

Preservation Policy

Usage Policy

Content activity: Work in Progress
jisc current collecting areas
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”

jisc e books working group
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
jisc content acquisition programme
JISC content acquisition programme
  • Current activity
    • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
    • Wiley reference works
    • Portfolio of major general reference products
current marketing actions
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

jisc strategic studies
JISC strategic studies
  • Market mapping
  • Economics of e-textbooks
  • A vision for e-textbooks
  • Exploitation of free e-books
  • Access to e-books
market research exercise
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?
initial feedback
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
conclusions
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

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