Friday, May 4, 2007

CISTI offers Ebook lending service

Press Release

"The National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) and MyiLibrary, the market leading eBook aggregator, have partnered to launch an innovative new service called eBook Loans, an electronic twist on the traditional library-interlending model. With the click of a mouse, eBook Loans offer instant access to tens of thousands of electronic books from major scholarly publishers, including Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Blackwell and Springer."

"Each loan costs US$25, payable online using a credit card. Users have access to an eBook for 30 days through a URL received in an e-mail immediately after payment has been received. There is no need to return a borrowed eBook because the link expires automatically, and there is no need to worry about lost or damaged books."

Very cool.

My questions so far -
1. We have clients in both the US and Canada. For all other CISTI services we need separate accounts, US and Canada.  Is there any differentiation between US and Canadian users for this service.

2. Since we are control freaks, can the library order the ibook to its email address and then forward to the original requester, or must the requester's email be used?

3. It appears to be credit card based. Can we charge to our CISTI account?

Since people have to know the books are there to order them, I guess I better start working on our ILS to get "remote" searching working.

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