eBook strategies for building collections and framework models
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As adoption of ebooks continues to grow, libraries are being presented with a growing range of access and pricing models, including (but not limited to) single-user purchase, multi-user purchase, subscription, collections and bundles, demand-driven acquisition, rental and consortia programs. Choice is naturally a good thing but with many options, it can often be confusing and difficult for libraries to know which models will offer the return on investment. It’s truly not a case of ‘either/or’ with ebook access models. Models perform differently depending on the types of content and library. With a substantial and growing body of usage and expenditure data, we are now in a prime position to exploit the interplay between usage and expenditure and provide better analytics and recommendations tools to aid libraries in making informed decisions about which content will work best under which access models. These tools should include better automation around access models so that we avoid the dreaded turn-away and ensure true value for budget dollar – benefiting both libraries and publishers alike.