Monday, June 15, 2009

JISC National e-Books Observatory Project

The national e-books observatory project is about exploring impacts, observing behaviours and developing new models to stimulate the e-books market, and to do all this in a managed environment.


Why the project
  • There is a demand for course texts including textbooks in e-format from UK HE course taught students and their teachers which is not being met E-book publishers are nervous about providing course texts online as there is a lack of evidence about demand and concerns over impacts on print sales
  • JISC Collections, e-book publishers, librarians and aggregators are unsure about what are the most realistic and sustainable pricing and licensing models for providing students with online access to course texts
Project aims
  • To licence a collection of e-books that are highly relevant to UK HE course taught students in four discipline areas:
>Business and Management Studies
>Engineering
>Medicine (not mental health or nursing)
>Media Studies
  • To evaluate the use of the e-books though deep log analysis and the impact of the free at the point of use materials upon publisher, aggregator and library processes
  • To transfer knowledge acquired in the project to publishers, aggregators and libraries to help stimulate an e-books market that has appropriate business and licensing models
Contents

Overview / E-Books / Business Models / MARC 21 / Deep Log Study / News & Blogs / Events / FAQ & Links

Podcast

e-Books provide ‘safety valve’ for librarians

[http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2009/09/podcast87ebooks.aspx]

Meebo Chat

[http://www.jiscebooksproject.org/home/live-chat/]

Project Management

Caren Milloye / Books Project Manager

JISC Collections / Ground Floor, Brettenham House (South) / 5 Lancaster Place / London / WC2E 7EN

Work : 020 3006 6003 ; Mobile : 07817 030 769 / c.milloy@jisc.ac.uk

News Coverage

THE > Librarians Desperate For e-Books As Demand Outstrips Supply ...

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2009/09/librarians-desperate-for-e-books-as.html ]

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