|ebrary, Inc. has announced that it has added an "all-you-can-eat" pricing
option for its ebrarian for Libraries service. The company also announced
that it has partnered with three international resellers to distribute
ebrarian for Libraries to global markets.
According to the announcement, many libraries favor the all-you-can-eat
option because it permits easier budget allocation. It also includes an
annual license fee plus a fixed charge based on FTE, which allows patrons
unlimited print/copy transactions.
Alternatively, libraries can choose the initial pricing option in which
patrons set up accounts with ebrary and pay for their own print/copy transactions.
The average cost per print/copy transaction is 15 to 50 cents per page.
ebrary is continually expanding its collection, and there is no extra
charge during the subscription year as its database grows. ebrary has recently
added approximately 1,000 new titles from established publishers to its
online collection, which it is now offering as part of the ebrarian service.
According to the announcement, ebrarian for Libraries is an affordable
new service for desktop delivery of authoritative content. It integrates
with existing catalog systems and other digital resources through the use
of MARC records, which are included. With ebrarian, libraries can now give
patrons simultaneous, multiuser access to more than 6,000 full-text titles
from more than 100 publishers.
ebrarian for Libraries also features advanced research tools that enable
patrons to automatically link from any word or phrase in any document to
additional resources such as bibliographies, maps, and translations.
Under terms of an agreement, Coutts Library Services, which has been
selling products and services to libraries since 1969, will resell ebrarian
to libraries throughout the U.K., Europe, North America, and the Middle
iGroup, one of the largest providers of information services in the
Asia-Pacific region, is distributing ebrarian throughout Asia, Australia,
and New Zealand.
E-libro.net, a provider of information services for the Spanish-language
market, is distributing the ebrarian service throughout Latin America and
Spanish-language libraries in the U.S. Additionally, E-libro is licensing
the ebrarian platform to market the service to Spanish-speaking customers
and is providing ebrary with Spanish-language content to distribute via
its online channels.
Source: ebrary, Inc., Mountain View, CA, 650/230-0708; http://www.ebrary.com.