Digital subscriptions - Licensing, Pricing & Formats


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Digital subscriptions - Licensing, Pricing & Formats

  1. 1. Digital Subscriptions – Licensing, Pricing & Formats<br />Kathy Petlewski<br />Electronic Resources Librarian<br />Plymouth District Library<br />
  2. 2. eAudiobooks – <br />wma(Windows Media Audio) most popular format for bestselling e-audiobooks on Overdrive. <br />MP3 - Best for use with iPods and other Apple devices. No DRM, so many publishers are reluctant to release books in this format.<br />Formats for Digital Subscriptions<br />
  3. 3. eBooks –<br />pdf(Portable Document Format) developed by Adobe Systems in 1993. Printed page acts like an image.<br />EPUB (Electronic Publication)<br />Designed for reflowable content. Newer format- especially good for e-readers & smartphones with changing text sizes.<br />Formats for Digital Subscriptions<br />
  4. 4. Always Available Collection Sets<br />Unlimited, multi-user access <br />Primarily non-fiction & grouped into subject areas<br />Must be read online, limited printing.<br />Normally an annual subscription<br />Proquest’sebrary, Gale’s Virtual Library, EBSCO’s eBook sets, NetLibrary’s sets<br />Subscription Models<br />
  5. 5. Always Available Subscriptions<br />Unlimited, multi-user access <br />Some are read online only – Tumblebooks & Disney’s Digital Brower Storybooks (OverDrive.)<br />Others may be downloaded – Blackstone Audiobooks (OverDrive)<br />Normally an annual subscription<br />Subscription Models<br />
  6. 6. 1 license = 1 book = 1 user at a time<br /> Majority of OverDrive digital content uses this model.<br />May be downloaded to computer and/or portable device.<br />Includes both e-audiobooks and e-books<br />Subscription Models<br />
  7. 7. 1 license = 1 book = 1 user at a time (with a twist!)<br />NetLibrary now has downloadable e-books for e-readers, both fiction & non-fiction as well as downloadable MP3’s for iPods and other devices<br />*In order to purchase individual titles, you must also have an active subscription to one of their collections.<br />Subscription Models<br />
  8. 8. Collection Sets are normally priced by size of audience served.<br />In an academic environment, by number of full time enrolled students.<br />In a public library environment, in a variety of ways:<br />Number of branches in system<br />Number of cardholders<br />Population served<br />Pricing Models<br />
  9. 9. 1 license = 1 book (Heartwood by Belva Plain)<br />Amazon Hardcover edition: $16.22<br />Amazon Playaway edition: $59.99<br />Nook, Google or Kindle edition: $12.99<br />Audible Audio edition from Amazon: $23.95<br />Downloadabe MP3 from Barnes & Noble: $16.60<br />OverDrive EPUB format: $26.00<br />OverDrive WMA format: $76.00<br />Pricing Models<br />
  10. 10. Michigan Digital Libraries Consortium<br />Pay for each license (title) purchased.<br />Duplicate license automatically purchased once request threshold has been reached.<br />Pay for a subscription to “Always Available” Blackstone audiobooks. (50 per year)<br />Annual maintenance fee divided equally among member libraries.<br />Pricing Model for Overdrive<br />
  11. 11. What will their 26 download limit mean to libraries?<br />Wake-up call to all of us – reality of buying licenses vs. buying books.<br />At what cost will libraries remain in the digital book market?<br />Time to pull together to have meaningful discussions with publishers.<br />In the News !! HarperCollins<br />
  12. 12. One standard for e-books and one for e-readers.<br />Format agnostic e-readers / audio devices.<br />Licenses that are consistent.<br />No more DRM !!<br />In a Perfect World…<br />