eBooks & more


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Silvia Gstrein, University of Innsbruck
2nd LIBER-EBLIDA Digitisation Workshop, The Hague, 19 October 2009

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eBooks & more

  1. 1. eBooks & more: New services from the eBooks on Demand (EOD) network Silvia Gstrein, University of Innsbruck/A, Library silvia.gstrein@uibk.ac.at
  2. 2. Background #1 Library‘s own Public funds funds EC/national funds ? Any other model possible? Not project based PPPs / the Google Not timely limited approach Bottom up = reader driven
  3. 3. Background #2 ? [source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/timetrax/376152628/] What are the criteria for current selection? Who will take care of those materials slipping through the fingers of all those projects? Who will digitize books of minor languages or those from special or smaller collections? From the user´s point-of view: how can someone who needs a book in digital form receive this book, here and now, if it has not yet been digitized?
  4. 4. EOD – the service Incorporation into Digital Library EOD button: digitising this book on request Library: scans & transfers images
  5. 5. EOD: The Libraries‘ point of view Order Data Manager – Central database with web-interface Each library has access to its own orders only According to its needs each library is able to customise the website texts, automatically generated email texts, etc. Central management of credit card payments Digital Object Generator – Central service for generating eBooks OCR recognition (antiqua and gothic) Automated cover generation PDF & RTF delivery Abbyy XML for library Streaming link for download generation
  6. 6. Who is currently offering the service?
  7. 7. Co-ordinator: University of Innsbruck, Library More than 20 libraries from 10 countries
  8. 8. EOD members University Libraries of Innsbruck, Graz and Vienna (2x), Austria Vienna City Library Bavarian State Library (Munich), University Libraries of Germany Regensburg, Greifswald, Berlin (Humboldt University), Saxon State Library (Dresden) Czech Moravian Library (Brno), Research Library in Olomouc, Republic National Technical Library, Library of the Czech Academy of Science Denmark Royal Library Estonia National Library, University Library of Tartu France Medical and Dental Academic Library of Paris Portugal National Library Slovakia University Library of Bratislava Slovenia National and University Library National Széchényi Library of Hungary, Library of the Hungary Hungarian Academy of Science
  9. 9. Facts & Figures Delivery time – average 1 week Quantities: – Approx. 3200 books = approx. 840.000 pages – Top 3 libraries: 1 order / working day – Quite big differences between libraries 1900 customers Average price of order: about 50 EUR / order
  10. 10. Experiences Access to books Fast! otherwise inaccessible User reactions How can I get Good books from 20th quality! century?
  11. 11. B. Price Evaluation 30 % of respondents perceived the price as high or very high, but the price-value relation was evaluated positively by the majority. The perceived price-value relation does not depend on the price actually paid for the eBook. (in % of respondents; n = 106; source: EOD user survey 2008) Mean Price-value relation 1,4 Price compared 2,8 to competitors 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% very low/good (1) low/good (2) high/poor (3) very high/poor (4) don't know
  12. 12. Perspectives Quantity of digitisation The price The catalogue situation EOD as brand ⇒EOD in Culture programme
  13. 13. EOD in Culture Programme 2009-2013 Objectives: Disseminate the EOD service Enlarge the EOD network Explore EOD as best practise model for European wide cooperation for other institutions (e.g. archives, museums,…) Support the cultural dialogue among readers and users of historical books by supplying Web 2.0 social platforms with details about selected historical books
  14. 14. Perspectives Quantity of digitisation The price The catalogue situation ⇒Shared and union catalogues, EOD central search engine EOD as brand ⇒EOD in Culture programme
  15. 15. EOD in „The European Library“
  16. 16. Perspectives Quantity of digitisation The price ⇒Need of taking into account institutional and regional conditions The catalogue situation ⇒Shared and union catalogues, EOD central search engine EOD as brand ⇒EOD in Culture programme
  17. 17. Perspectives Quantity of digitisation ⇒ARROW project The price ⇒Need of taking into account institutional and regional conditions The catalogue situation ⇒Shared and union catalogues, EOD central search engine EOD as brand ⇒EOD in Culture programme
  18. 18. EOD & ARROW www.arrow.net Duration: September 2008 – March 2011 ARROW = “Accessible Registries of Rights Information and Orphan Works towards Europeana” Goal: finding ways to identify rightholders, rights and clarify the rights status of a work including whether it is orphan or out of print WP 7 “Validation” - EOD libraries as use cases
  19. 19. More „on demand“ products What we would like to realise: − Digitisation on demand for blind and visually impaired − Creation of „real“ eBooks with corrected full text approximating 100% accuracy What we have already realised: – Reprint on demand
  20. 20. Used functions of EOD files (in % of respondents; n = 181, source: EOD user survey 2008) other unused Copy & Paste Full text search Print whole book Print single pages Browse & Zoom 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
  21. 21. Reprints I From the user’s point of view: one more click
  22. 22. Reprints II From a member library‘s point of view: just some more metadata – BISAC Subject – Number of colored pages From the co-ordinator‘s point of view – Image enhancement – Creation of pre-press PDF, ONIX file and cover file – Delivery to print service provider – Overall management
  23. 23. Reprints: Business Model How does it pay off? – First customer pays only printing costs (EUR 6 + EUR 0,02 p.p) – Re-selling via Amazon – First revenues from re-selling => co-ordinator – Subsequent revenue => library
  24. 24. EOD & EuropeanaConnect www.europeana-connect.eu Task 5.7: – Delivery of EOD eBooks to Europeana – Prototype of Print on Demand in Europeana Goal: – First books will be delivered before May 2010
  25. 25. Thank you for your attention! Silvia.Gstrein@uibk.ac.at