Europe’s eBooks on Demand Service Now Available From 30 Libraries
From an eBooks on Demand Announcement:
The eBooks on Demand (EOD) service, which enables to order digital copies from copyright free books, is now provided by 30 libraries in Europe.
The recent libraries offering the EOD eBooks are: National Library of Sweden, Library Am Guisanplatz in Switzerland, the Central Library of Slovak Academy of Sciences and Salzburg University Library in Austria.
Already digitised items as well as books offered for digitisation are made available by the EOD search. However, only half of the EOD libraries are ingested at this time. “It has been a pleasure to see that already 600 registered users have found the EOD search a useful tool,” says Silvia Gstrein, the EOD Project Coordinator. “We will continue to include more libraries in the EOD search,” she assures.
Once a book is digitised and delivered as eBook, EOD members are encouraged to integrate the digitised version into their digital library as well as to submit the metadata to Europeana.
European libraries are hosting millions of books published from 1500 to 1900. Due to their age and value, they are often only accessible to users actually present at these libraries.
With the EOD service these hidden treasures now become available to everybody – just a few mouse clicks away. Users are to order eBooks via library catalogues; the libraries then digitise the requested item and send it to the user via the EOD service network. The books digitised in this way are incorporated into the digital libraries of the participating libraries and thus be accessible on the Internet. As of 2009, these books can also be ordered as a reprint in the form of a “real” trade paper book in addition to the digital version.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.