Ebook distributor Impelsys is entering the library ebook market with its new eBook Ordering System, joining OverDrive and 3M in a small but growing market. The new technology was developed with the help of the Douglas County Libraries in Colo.
Ebooks in libraries is a contentious issues in the industry. Librarians are keen to stock their digital shelves economically. Most U.S. publishers cooperate by selling their ebooks to libraries through OverDrive and 3M; some of the largest, however, do not sell ebooks to libraries at all or sell them at an inflated price compared to what consumers pay.
Company Develops New Title Acquisitions System for Libraries to Order eBooks Directly From Publishers
NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Impelsys, a global leader in providing electronic content delivery solutions, today announced the commercial launch of a new title acquisitions system for libraries that enables library staff to order eBooks for their collections directly from participating publishers.
Impelsys’ new eBook Ordering System was developed in partnership with Douglas County Libraries (DCL), a seven-branch public library system in Douglas County, Colorado. The eBook acquisition dashboard was beta tested by DCL’s professional staff and system modifications were made prior to commercial launch this week.
“The Library eBook Ordering System is an important addition to the 21st century librarian’s toolchest,” said James LaRue, director of Douglas County Libraries. “This acquisition dashboard greatly simplifies the process of managing purchases and relationships with a whole new universe of content creators.”
“The concept of this new management system is to allow a library’s collection development and acquisitions staff to receive new title metadata directly from publishers and then order the eBooks they want directly from those publishers, without the need of a third-party ordering system,” said Sameer Shariff, founder and CEO of Impelsys. “A publisher simply uploads its entire catalog to the Impelsys dashboard, which displays all of the crucial information library professionals need in order to consider purchasing eBooks for their collections, such as cover art, book description and pricing.”
There are five components to the new system:
— Catalog Feed
— Import catalog lists from publishers.
— Create List
— Select and add the titles for eContent acquisition.
— Purchase Orders
— Generate multiple purchase orders based on the number of different publishers.
— User Management
— Set up a new librarian user, new acquisition account or reset existing account passwords.
— Automatically generate email alerts to librarians for all new catalog updates, to acquisitions staff when a selection list is being submitted for purchase, and to a user when an account has been setup or updated.
“This new service is very compatible with the ‘DCL Model’ for eBook acquisition and circulation,” said Jimmy Thomas, executive director of the Marmot Library Network. “Librarians leery of the high costs of eBooks will appreciate a tool that facilitates the direct purchase of eBooks, and eliminates needless mark-ups, without requiring too much extra effort by library staff.”
Impelsys, a leader in providing electronic content delivery solutions to the global publishing market, helps its clients compete, evolve and grow in an increasingly complex marketplace. Impelsys-powered products such as iPublishCentral(TM) help publishers increase their revenues by delivering content online quickly and cost effectively. Impelsys’ passion for client success has helped it build long-term partnerships with its customers becoming critical in the client’s electronic delivery strategy. Leading clients include McGraw-Hill, MIT Press, Elsevier Science, F&W Media, Wolters Kluwer, Thieme Publishers, Benchmark Education, Marshall Cavendish, Houghton Mifflin, American Academy of Pediatrics, Sesame Street, Lerner Education and Hong Kong University Press. Headquartered in New York, Impelsys operates across North America, Europe, Middle East and India.