FIRST eBooks Overview

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An overview document supplied by Bill Fatouros from FIRST Software Solutions. This document provides an overview of FIRST, eBooks and Digital Rights Management. It covers DRM eBooks, non DRM eBooks and ePub. Bill also includes diagrams that demonstrate the model for DRM content and the process for handling eBooks in FIRST library management software.

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FIRST eBooks Overview

  1. 1. FIRST eBooksFIRST now offers a hosted eBooks repository to assist libraries in managing and circulating electronicpublications to their patrons.What are eBooks?eBooks (or electronic books) are publications that are wholly digitized with the intention of being read via anelectronic platform (eBook reader, tablet, PC). These publications may be digitised copies of existinghardcopy items or they may have been created solely in an electronic format.What is Digital Rights Management?Digital Rights Management (often referred to as DRM) is the method whereby publishers of electroniccontent can protect the copyrights of the publications after purchase. In the case of libraries this generallyextends to how many people may access a specific electronic publication at any given time and for how longthey may have access to it.FIRST and eBooksDue to considerable interest from a number of clients FIRST has developed a hosted eBook repository thatcan be provided as an add-on module to the current FIRST Admin and FIRST WebAdmin. This repository willhold copies of electronic publications that each library has uploaded and allow their users to loan/reserveeBooks from the repository via the library’s OPAC.Non DRM ebooks/epubAll FIRST installations support the distribution of NON DRM ebooks; these can be uploaded to the FIRSTWeb server and deployed the same as any other electronic document.
  2. 2. FIRST eBooksDRM ContentThe Model Publisher Supply eBook FIRST eBook Service Licence Key service Library Licence Issuing Service Install Licence (Link) FIRST Web Server Browse eBook Supply lcience (acsm file) Licence Content (Epub-eBook)
  3. 3. FIRST eBooksThe Process
  4. 4. FIRST eBooksSupported Devices: http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

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