[Mla-cds] Question about options when a current textbook is not available online
r-kubilius at northwestern.edu
Tue Apr 15 11:18:44 CDT 2008
I am looking for any insights, suggestions, or success stories folks
There are some publishers that just do not seem to be rolling out
electronic versions of their textbooks. Books- yes, book series- yes,
but textbooks seem to hit a business model snag with some publishers.
One publisher's rep told me they haven't figured out the digital
rights management (DRM) issues yet for their textbooks....With so
many business models out there, and so many third party e-book
vendors--that excuse is not very acceptable anymore, in my
mind...Maybe they're afraid of losing print textbook revenue? For
now, we're still buying library copies of many popular textbooks,
even when they're available online.
Case in point. One very very frequency requested title by our faculty
(for at least 3 years on my "waiting to see if it becomes available
online" list) is:
Maternal-fetal medicine : principles and practice / editors, Robert
K. Creasy, Robert Resnik
The imprint is Saunders, the publisher is Elsevier.
The textbook is available in print and CD-ROM only, as far as I can
tell, but not available through Elsevier's e-book packages (via the
ScienceDirect platform), or any third party vendor I could think of
(R2, STAT!Ref, Ovid, ebrary, netLibrary, etc.). There is a spot on
the publisher's Web site to send a blind "permissions to re-use book
material not on ScienceDirect", so I suppose I can start there. I
thought I'd also pick my collection development colleagues' brains on
their experience with this or other publishers...
Has anyone successfully sought permission to somehow mount book
CD-ROMs onto a (Citrix?) server? Has anyone worked out any other type
of permission with the publisher to electronically offer a textbook
to its institutional users when the textbook is not available online
through the usual channels - publisher or third party vendor e-book
gateways? If so, how did that work out? What e-book platform was
used- the publishers' or a third party that doesn't normally offer
that publisher's e-books? Purchase or subscription licensing model?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Ramune Kubilius, MALS
Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library
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