32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Do We Need E-book Aggregators?

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The current model of academic e-book distribution, either via aggregators or directly from publishers is fraught with inherent inefficiencies and pitfalls. Specifically, aggregators, by adapting titles to their unique platform requirements, are delaying the digital release of titles. Publishers, by promulgating a multitude of proprietary platforms or insisting upon bundled purchases, create problems of discovery and access as well as budgetary dilemmas. In both instances, there is also the issue of true ownership of the material bought. Might the solution to these problems be the creation of a new method of e-book distribution mirroring traditional book vending? That is, might traditional booksellers and publishers create a system to supply e-books in a standardized format (PDF?) which would then be housed either on local college/library servers or in cloud servers controlled by the library?

A panel consisting of two librarians, a traditional book wholesaler, a publisher, and an e-book aggregator will tackle the idea.


Jay Askuvich

General Sales Manager, Midwest Library Service
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Forrest Link

Acquisitions Librarian, The College of New Jersey
Forrest has been the Acquisitions Librarian at TCNJ since 2010.  His research interests include collection development and assessment and ebook applications.   Prior to his appointment at TCNJ, he was a vendor rep for Blackwell Book and Midwest Library Service.  A lifelong resident... Read More →
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Kari Paulson

President, EBook Library
Kari Paulson is the President and founder of Ebook Library (EBL), a subsidiary of Ebooks Corporation and has more than a decade of experience with ebook technology, working closely both with publishers and libraries to continue to innovate ebook access models and technology. Kari... Read More →
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Rebecca Seger

Vice President, Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships, ITHAKA

Luke Swindler

Collections Management Officer, University of North Carolina
Luke Swindler has been working in collections for over three decades. In his current position he has a leading role in analyzing, planning, and managing library collections generally and spearheading e-books initiatives specifically for the University Library, University of North... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Cypress Ballroom South 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401