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ebrary Announces eBook Ordering Platform

ebrary (http://www.ebrary.com) announced that it has released the ebrary eBook Ordering Platform (eBOP) version 1.0 Beta. The new self-service platform enables librarians to search through ebrary's perpetual access e-books, recommend titles for acquisition by selectors, and build a custom database of e-books online. 

ebrary offers perpetual access e-books under both a simultaneous multi-user and single-user access model that does not require a check-out period. eBOP will also support ebrary's subscription e-book products in future releases. 

The key features and benefits of eBOP include:

  • Ability to upgrade purchased titles from a single-user to a multi-user license—ebrary offers usage statistics to help with the decision-making process
  • Browse before buying—eBOP allows librarians to view e-books in full text online before making a purchasing decision
  • Multiple search options including simple, advanced, and Boolean
  • Ability to preview pricing before ordering
  • Recommendations (eBOP allows librarians to view a listing of others who have recommended a given title; recommendations are immediately accessible by a library's authorized purchasing agent)
  • Ability to control access based on roles and responsibilities or authorization levels
  • Easy access to order histories
  • Immediate availability of purchased titles for existing ebrary customers
  • Ability to determine if the library already owns or subscribes to a given title before ordering

The eBOP beta is currently available to a select test group of ebrary customers and will be rolled out to the library market during the next quarter. Additional ebrary customers who are interested in beta testing eBOP are encouraged to send e-mail to Badsah Mukherji, ebrary's senior strategic product manager, at badsah@ebrary.com.

Source: ebrary



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