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Evaluating e-Book Offerings


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Presented at LLAGNY Going Digital: The Challenges of eBooks in Law Libraries Program January 24, 2013 …

Presented at LLAGNY Going Digital: The Challenges of eBooks in Law Libraries Program January 24, 2013
Given at the DLIS St. John's Symposium, March 24, 2012.

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  • 1. EvaluatingE-Book Offerings Ellyssa Kroski Manager of Information Systems The New York Law Institute
  • 2. Why e-Books?Amazon now sells more Kindle titles thanprint books29% of Americans own a digital readingdevice of some kind (eReader or tablet)According to Forrester, 15 million e-readerssold in U.S. in 2011By 2015, Americans are predicted to spend $3billion on eBooksOver 40 million iPads sold in 2011
  • 3. Tablets in Law Firms ILTA’s 2011 Technology Survey
  • 4. of academic libraries of public libraries of school libraries…are offering e-Books
  • 6. No Shelf Space Required!
  • 7. Instant Access
  • 8. Increased Portability
  • 9. Full-Text Search
  • 10. Added Features • Bookmarks • Annotations • Highlighting • Adjustable Text • Built-in Dictionaries • Copy-paste
  • 11. Enhanced Publisher Content
  • 13. Long Waiting Lists
  • 14. Different Vendors/Interfaces
  • 15. E-Book Devices
  • 16. Popular e-Book Formats & Readers ios Nook Color Kindle 3Windows 7 android Nook Sony Kindle Fire Reader
  • 17. Access & Pricing Models• Single User vs. Multi-User vs. Unlimited Users• Individual eBook Purchases vs. Subscriptions• Perpetual ownership vs. ongoing access fees• Short-term loans• Patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) or Demand- driven acquisitions (DDA)• “Non-linear lending”
  • 18. Publisher – Library Tension
  • 19. Software Installation
  • 20. Firewall Issues
  • 21. Mediated Loans
  • 23. Purchase OptionsAggregators PublishersWholesalers Consortia
  • 24. Major e-Book Aggregators• Overdrive – 1 million digital titles, 1,000 publishers, used by 18,000 libraries, schools, and colleges worldwide – LexisNexis Digital Library of 1,200 primary law, deskbooks, code books, treatises and other titles.• EBL – Ebook Library (Acquired by Proquest on Jan 22, 2013) – 300,000 e-books, 500 publishers8,650 law-related titles• eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary) – 350,000 e-books, 8,000+ law-related titles• MyiLibrary – 300,000 e-books, 1,000 publishers, 8,000 law-related titles• Proquest ebrary – 70,000 e-books, 6,000 law-related titles
  • 25. Major Publishers• LexisNexis Digital Library – 1,200 primary law, deskbooks, code books, treatises and other titles.• Thomson Reuters ProView – 431 law-related titles which link to WestlawNext• PLI Discover Plus – 1,600 treatises, course handbooks, and answer books. Access to transcripts of PLI seminars and downloadable legal forms.• Wolters Kluwer International eBook Store ˉ 100 titles in the areas of law and business.• Fastcase eBook Advance Sheets – Currently 50+ with plans for hundreds. All FREE!
  • 26. Major Wholesalers• Yankee Book Peddler – 600,000 eBooks from Proquest ebrary, EBL, eBooks on EBSCOHOST , Gale, and a host of publisher-direct titles.• Baker and Taylor – eBooks from Proquest ebrary, eBooks on EBSCOHOST, and Gale, as well as many individual publishers.
  • 28. Technical Requirements• Browser compatibility• Plugins or software required?• Device compatibility?• Are you using or plan to use EPUB?• Data metrics available?
  • 29. Content• Scope• Number of titles• Number of publishers• MARC records?• Embargo period?
  • 30. Functionality• Can User copy/paste?• Can User print? (is there a limit?)• Full-text search of books?• Download for offline reading?• Annotations?
  • 31. Sales Model• Platform fee? (Annual, one-time, etc.)• Single or multiple or unlimited use?• Title cost relative to print cost?• Perpetual access?• Subscription available?• Free viewing period?• Short term loans?• Patron-driven acquisitions?• Minimum commitment?• Pricing discounts for consortia?
  • 33. Purchasing Direct from Publishers • Cleveland Law Library Association - LexisNexis • Cooley LLP – Matthew Bender titles through Lexis contract • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP - PLI Discover Plus • Con Edison Law Department Library - PLI Discover Plus
  • 34. Highlighting Existing Collections• The New England Law Library - HeinOnline Legal Classics Library, LLMC’s digital books, and Oxford Scholarship Online• The University of Oklahoma Law Library - Gale Making of Modern Law Collection, Hein Online’s Legal Classics, LLMC’s digital books, the main University’s subscription to Proquest’s ebrary.
  • 35. Purchasing eBook Collections Through Aggregators• The Florida State Law Research Center (FSU) & The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center at the University of Florida - joint eBooks program powered by MyiLibrary.• Hofstra Law Library - eBooks on EBSCOhost• Ava Maria School of Law - eBooks on EBSCOhost• CUNY Law School Library - Proquest ebrary• The New York Law Institute – EBL – Ebook Library
  • 36. Accessing eBooks through Membership Libraries• Debevoise & Plimpton – The New York Law Institute (EBL – Ebook Library)• All NYLI Members - The New York Law Institute (EBL – Ebook Library)• CLLA Members - Cleveland Law Library Association (LexisNexis titles on laptops)
  • 37. Combining eBook Strategies• Squire Law Library at the University of Cambridge - eBooks on EBSCOhost & MyiLibrary aggregators and Oxford Scholarship Online, Cambridge Companions Online, and Westlaw Commentary.• Peter Rodino Law Library at Seton Hall - highlighting collections from Gale’s Virtual Reference Library, subscribing to eBooks on EBSCOhost and MyiLibrary.• The University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library - Yankee Book Peddler for eBooks on EBSCOhost, Proquest ebrary, and Cambridge Books Online.
  • 38. Combining eBook Strategies• The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law - EBL – Ebook Library, eBooks on EBSCOhost, Proquest ebrary, MyiLibrary and key publishers LexisNexis and Cambridge Books Online.• Also Vermont Law School and the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University combining eBook strategies.
  • 39. Creating Their Own• Massachusetts Trial Court Lowell Law Library - Massachusetts Court Rules and Documents (downloaded 4,500x in first year) – /ebooks.html
  • 40. Further Resources• The No Shelf Required Guide to E-book Purchasing. Sue Polanka. Library Technology Reports.• JISC E-book Platform Comparison Tool:• Wellesley College e-Book Vendor Evaluation Matrix:
  • 41. Access this Presentation ELLYSSA KROSKI