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ProQuest Ebook Central: Simplifying Access to Ebooks

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ProQuest Ebook Central: Simplifying Access to Ebooks

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ProQuest wasn't a major player in the academic ebook space prior to its acquisition of ebrary in 2011, says Kevin Sayar, SVP and general manager of ProQuest Books. Now, the company is diving in headfirst with a new product, ProQuest Ebook Central, which combines ebrary and another of ProQuest's acquisitions, EBL (Ebook Library). It enhances the functionality of both services to create a unified ebook management platform.

ProQuest Ebook Central is currently in beta testing with university libraries in five countries (it will go live later in 2015). Customers will be upgraded from their existing ebrary and/or EBL platforms at no additional cost. ProQuest Ebook Central comprises "all of the previous business models and all of the content" libraries are used to seeing, Sayar says.

The platform has three main components: ProQuest Lib Central (built from EBL's LibCentral interface), which helps librarians set up their ebook program, specify demand-driven acquisition (DDA) or other access models, and purchase titles; Ebook Central (built from ebrary's Reader), which helps patrons search for ebooks, take notes in the text, read titles, and manage their personalized bookshelf; and content (about 700,000 ebooks from ebrary and EBL).

ProQuest Lib Central allows libraries to customize the platform with their logos and text, which helps them show students and faculty that the content in the platform is library-approved, says Diana Peterson, director of product management for ebooks. …

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