By H. Anthony Bandy

On-line ebook websites reminiscent of the Google Books venture, the Open Library, HathiTrust, and others are remodeling our suggestions on simply what a library is and does, and increasing the probabilities of what a library may be. Library employees have to be familiar with those websites, yet regrettably many libraries- really these within the public arena-do now not have the funds or employees time to profit approximately those websites and combine them into their library providers. eBooked! Integrating unfastened on-line e-book websites into Your Library assortment fills this urgent desire. This publication examines 4 of the biggest and most well liked unfastened, on-line ebook websites. every one is mentioned intimately in its personal bankruptcy, profiling the carrier in query, choosing its origins and association and providing particular, concrete info that describe how one can make powerful use its on hand assets. Screenshots, acceptable library eventualities, and pattern questions that readers can use to quiz themselves are integrated. the tip of every bankruptcy includes a priceless precis that recaps the details. different important websites are mentioned to boot.

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Ebooked!: Integrating Free Online Book Sites Into Your Library Collection

On-line ebook websites resembling the Google Books venture, the Open Library, HathiTrust, and others are reworking our techniques on simply what a library is and does, and increasing the probabilities of what a library could be. Library employees must be acquainted with those websites, yet regrettably many libraries- fairly these within the public arena-do now not have the funds or employees time to profit approximately those websites and combine them into their library providers.

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6 topics, which is something our patrons so often do, the list of available titles grows exponentially. This is just one example, of course, but your patrons could find similar resources related to any number of topics. The end result? Local libraries can acquire and maintain only a finite number of physical copies, but with almost infinite space and certainly no collection restrictions, the digital volumes maintained by the Google Books project can incredibly boost your library’s quality. Primary Resource for Research In today’s library environment, databases and access to the Internet in general have become more widespread than ever, but many patrons still have the need to use primary resources, especially for some of the more esoteric subjects in genres such as history, literature, scientific research, and genealogy.

Collection Backup For most libraries, the budget determines the size and scope of the collection. This is an unfortunate but real aspect that we must deal with. However, utilizing and integrating Google Books into your collections as a backup or supplement to your paper resources can substantially enhance your library’s collection offerings, enlarging both subject coverage and depth while at the same time incurring no additional costs. With the ability to import these listings into your integrated library system (ILS) via the Google Books application programming interface (API) as well as various book cover and book embedding options, this opens up a world of access to resources that your patrons would otherwise be without.

However, it’s important to be aware that any use of the service will appear on your or your library’s Google profile12 and might also appear in the regular Google search results. 12 40 \ eBooked! this can be an effective marketing and visibility tool, especially if your library makes use of Google-based products and services. From broadcasting new digital items in your collection or even books that have been added in the standard method, it’s a fast and unique method of getting your message out!

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