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eBooks in EDU--A Comparison of Current Models


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Covers Pros/Cons and a brief description of Overdrive, Brain Hive, Follett Shelf, Axis360, Mackin Via, SEBCO, Storia and individual publishers.

Covers Pros/Cons and a brief description of Overdrive, Brain Hive, Follett Shelf, Axis360, Mackin Via, SEBCO, Storia and individual publishers.

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  • 1. CC Image via
  • 2. The market is explodingA variety of models existNew options are constantlybeing developed
  • 3. Overdrive Individual BrainHive Publishers FollettStoria eBooks Shelf SEBCO Axis 360 Mackin Via
  • 4. Overdrive• Website• Think: “Subscription”• Access via Media Console• 2 part fee: ―50% Annual Service Fee ―50% Purchase of Titles Image via
  • 5. Overdrive Popular books Do not own eBooks and audiobooks Expensive Can separate by age Annual cost Works with most devices Cannot migrate
  • 6. BrainHive• Website• “Pay-Per-View” of eBooks• Each click = $1• Can set a “do not exceed” amount Image via
  • 7. BrainHive No fees Do not own Huge catalog Cannot download/migrate Simultaneous access No money, no access Can opt to buy Not available on Kindle
  • 8. Follett Shelf• Website• Can keep purchased eBooks • Fine print: eBooks only accessible via FollettShelf• Focus on educational titles• Access via library catalog/web, or app Image via
  • 9. Follett Shelf “Own” books “forever” Simultaneous access No fees = expensive eBooks and audiobooks Cannot migrate Simultaneous access Login required available Access to many publishers
  • 10. Axis360 • Website • “True” ownership (credit to migrate to a new system) • Fine print: The other vendor must accept the credit • Uses Blio eReading software • Can download in multiple formats (ePub/PDF) • ADA compliant Image via
  • 11. Axis360 Own” books “forever” One time setup fee Migration is possible Fewer titles than Can download Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks May involve hidden fees (iPad voice) Access for most devices Works with assistive tech
  • 12. Mackin Via • Website • Integrates eBooks and databases (even prior purchases) • Many educational features: • Highlight/Notes • Citations • Can create groups • Can search/browse by subject Image via
  • 13. Mackin Via Features support No audiobooks educational use available “Own” books “forever” Fewer titles than Overdrive No annual fees Variety of DRM to Can download manage (publisher dependent) Access for most devices
  • 14. SEBCO• Website• All simultaneous access, all can be downloaded without deletion• Multiple book types (interactive/hybrid)• Access via website/app Image via
  • 15. SEBCO Own books forever One-time setup fee ($50) All books are simultaneous access Titles can be expensive— Can download, no interactive books deletion average $50/title per building Many publishers
  • 16. Storia • Website • Scholastic Platform = 60% Scholastic, 40% other publishers a • Working toward 50/50 • Access ONLY via Storia eReading app • Limits access on devices other than PC or tablets Image via personalized-teacher1.jpg
  • 17. Storia “Own” books No access on Mac “forever”/ Can (yet) download All single user Read aloud/interactive Access restricted to features Storia app •No web-based Includes student access—only for management system PC/Mac/Tablets
  • 18. Individual Publishers • Some publishers host their own eBooks • A few examples: ―Marshall-Cavendish ―Capstone • Each one has different rules/features
  • 19. Individual Publishers Can shop around— DRM is not not locked into one streamlined service Multiple publishers = Rarely involve multiple platforms subscription fees Limited to a single publisher
  • 20. There is no perfect solution…yet. Ownership Subscription Model Model Own books Potential loss of “forever” collection Cost varies Higher cost Less flexibility More flexibility Fewer choices Bigger variety
  • 21. Before You Buy:• What is most important to you? • Use this chart as a guide:
  • 22. References“With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market.” The Digital Shift, 2012, March 7. Retrieved from: taylor-establishes-a-foothold-in-the-ebook-distribution-market/“BrainHive Frequently Asked Questions.” BrainHive, n.d. Retrieved from:“eBooks for K-12 Schools.” Overdrive, Inc., n.d. Retrieved from:“Follett Shelf FAQs.” FollettShelf. Follett, n.d. Retrieved from:"Purchase or Lease? Options for School Library eBook Acquisition." K-12 Digital Decisions. Follett, n.d. Retrieved from:
  • 23. Thank you to:Susan LeBlanc, DCMO BOCES School Library System DirectorDiana Wendell, Madison-Oneida BOCES School Library SystemDirectorCandace Portzer, Questar III BOCES School Library System DirectorClaudio Salomone, SEBCORegina Yeager, FollettHugh Ahern, MackinBonnie Fredenburg, Storia/Scholastic
  • 24. Contact Information:Nicole Waskie-LauraaEmail: nwaskiel@btboces.orgTwitter: @nwaskielauraTutorials:http://broometiogasls.wordpress.comBroome-Tioga BOCESSchool Library System: