The Bibliotheca eBook Solution
What makes Bibliotheca’s eBook approach different from others?
Unlike existing proprietary models, Bibliotheca seeks to support the excellent work that is already being done by libraries to make eBooks more widely available to library users, more friendly to library budgets, and more fully integrated with libraries’ ILS/LMS.
How will libraries save money on the purchase of eBooks?
Working in partnership with the library community, Bibliotheca will support a cooperative purchasing platform that will aggregate eBook purchases and provide a secure Digital Rights Management environment in which publishers can deliver content. The cooperative will allow libraries to enjoy discounts that publishers make available to eBook resellers.
Will libraries also save money in the implementation and maintenance of the eBook acquisition and delivery system?
Many of the tools needed to accomplish the solution’s objective are already available to the general library community as open-source products so that libraries can do it themselves, allowing them to save money. Bibliotheca intends to provide hosting services as well as help to those that need implementation and customization assistance at very competitive rates.
Who is Bibliotheca’s point of contact for its eBook solution?
Monique Sendze, currently serving as Associate Director of Information Technology at Douglas County Libraries (DCL), is joining Bibliotheca to lead our work in this area.
When will Bibliotheca eBook solution be available?
Our current target is to launch at the beginning of 2013. Some elements of the solution, particularly those that are built upon the platform developed and already being used by Douglas County Libraries, may be available earlier. Further evaluation and planning will be undertaken to confirm these key details.
Will the Bibliotheca solution be identical to that developed at DCL?
Where the model developed at DCL is sufficiently robust and scalable, together with the library community, we intend to collectively build upon it. Bibliotheca is also exploring a number of other options, some of which may differ somewhat from DCL’s model but all of which follow the fundamentals of the DCL concept.
Will Bibliotheca seek to integrate its eBook solution with Bibliotheca’s existing product portfolio?
As a global leader in self-service technology, self-checkout kiosks in particular, we plan to make the self-checkout of eBooks as seamless as the self-checkout of physical materials. For those library users who enjoy coming to the library to explore the world of reading pleasures, we seek to make the experience of discovery and content delivery user-friendly and fun.
Where will the Bibliotheca eBook solution be offered?
Our initial work will be undertaken and targeted on North American requirement. However, Bibliotheca, with wholly owned entities in over 10 countries around the world and distribution partners in many others, is uniquely positioned to provide a global solution for library eBooks and we would hope to take the solution global.
Does Bibliotheca have a name for its eBook solution?
Not yet. In keeping with our mission to make this a solution developed by libraries for libraries, we welcome your suggestions.
How can we learn more?
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. Please note that our eBook division is in its formative stages. Therefore, please forgive us if we may not have additional information to share with you immediately. However, don’t hesitate to contact us now so that we can keep you abreast of our eBook news.