[Libs-Or] INFORMATION: 15 Essential Ebook License Terms

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 15:05:55 PST 2013


15 Essential Ebook License Terms
Posted on January 25, 2013 by Jazzy Wright |

View the ALA Ebook Scorecard

With all of the licensing conditions presented by publishers and vendors,
it can be challenging for libraries to determine which ebook business
models offer the best terms.

To help libraries navigate through the ebook environment, the American
Library Association (ALA) released today "The Business Model
(pdf) a report that examines specific variables often seen in library ebook
license contracts (Download the pdf

The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content & Libraries
Working Group (DCWG), can be used by librarians to weigh ebook contract
variables most important to their library. The report assesses 15 ebook
contract variables of importance to libraries, ranging from ebook title
inclusion, to ebook pricing, to immediate patron access. These variables
include important ebook lending characteristics, such as ebook revenue
streams for publishers and ebook accessibility for people with disabilities.

"We developed the 'Scorecard' to ensure that librarians have the
information they need to better negotiate ebook licensing agreements with
publishers," said Erika Linke, co-chair of the DCWG's business models
subgroup. "While no single business model will offer the best terms for all
libraries, this report details lending terms that libraries can use to
craft model contracts that work for their library systems."

The report is a follow up to the 2012 ALA report "Ebook Business Models for
Public Libraries," a report that describes general features and attributes
of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and restrictions
of current business models.

View the full report<http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ebook_Scorecard.pdf>


*Diedre Conkling**
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