MODERATOR: Dick Kaser, VP Content, Information Today, Inc.
Leslie Lees, VP of Content Development, ebrary
Ken Breen, Director, eBook Products, EBSCO Publishing
Rick Rosy, VP & General Manager, Library Services, Ingram Content
Ebook publishers talk about the ebook models available from their companies - here are a few points I took away:
NetLibrary and EBSCO
- 1997 ebooks - came on a CD with a 100+ print user guide
- NetLibrary brand is going away
- Ebooks are available for preview on EBSCOhost
- 3 Users Models - Single User, Three User (Single User with lending), Unlimited
- Patron model will have lease model - lend books for 1, 7, 14, or 28 days at a time, with payment made for every time a lease is done
- EBSCO continues to listen and evolve
Ebrary and ProQuest
- Subscription model - 50,000+ backlist titles available, instant digital library, unlimited access
- Perpetual Access Archive - purchase and own many titles, many front-list titles, source through various vendors
- Patron-Driven Acquisition - reduce cost, save selector time, and ensure titles get used (patrons choose what library buys) - model similar to Netlibrary
- Short Term Loans - rent titles and mediate use (model similar to Netlibrary)
- Future holds that ILS' will eventually stop being inventory control software, and more access control to a variety of formats
MyiLibrary and Ingram
- Nashville is a nice place
- Use model single owner, multiple owner, and patron-driven acquisition
- Among large academic library, 43% have an ebook copy of the physical book they also own - shows ebooks and books coexist peacefully
- Focusing on how to keep access to information (ebooks) safe and available no matter what - especially with academic libraries
Overdrive ("and their relationship with the devil")
- There's been a lot of controversy lately, but the future of ebooks, and the current state of things, is extremely strong
- Overdrive sees itself as a library advocate - to fight for library rights and provide a marketplace in which all types of libraries have access to econtent
- Continually innovating - mobile apps already available for Apple products, soon coming to Blackberry, always updating Overdrive Media Console software, always adding new content (new titles and new publishers) to the library - it's all about providing options
- You will see more and more DRM-free books - there will be more self-publishing options
- Most Overdrive libraries are experiencing 600% circ growth - Jan-Apr 2011 will see more circs than total circs for 2010
- If you can, attend Digipalooza - this is the best opportunity to sit down with Overdrive and publishers and have your voice heard and your opinions known
Questions & Answers
- What's going on with DRM and ebooks? How does that mechanism work?
Overdrive: More DRM-free is coming. Copyright is set by the publishers, not Overdrive (OD advocates for libraries). Adobe is the main mechanism to make download, transfer, and file expiration possible
Ebrary: some publishers are more willing than others to loosen policies in some channels - we're pushing for more consistency across the board
Ingram: Most publishers require DRM, but some large consortium have been able to negotiate reduced-DRM or DRM-free options - this shows that money talks
- Could you please develop a standard so ebooks download to all devices easily?
Adobe isn't actually very good, it was just the first one. Overdrive is working on direct-download options, and Adobe is working to improve. Each ebook supplier having their own proprietary software is a problem, and difficult for libraries to get full support. Vendors usually do this because of the standards they are trying to meet. Overdrive has a front-line tech support in beta with NYPL(?), and will be available soon - hopefully by ALA.
- Do all of you work with the same publishers?
There is probably differences between Overdrive (which focuses on public libraries) and those vendors that focus on academic libraries
- Do you allow more than 10 pages to download/print before new charges?
It is growing - standard options seems to be about one page, one chapter, or any 60 pages