ebrary Launches OnDemand Platform for Distributing Dynamic Databases of PDF Content Online
Press release from the issuing company
November 1, 2005 – Palo Alto, CA – The same platform that is trusted by more than 700 libraries to distribute online books from more than 200 publishers to over 4 million patrons worldwide is now available as a hosted application service. ebrary (www.ebrary.com), a leading information services and technology provider, today announced the availability of the ebrary OnDemand platform, which enables libraries and publishers to affordably and efficiently distribute their own PDF content online. ebrary OnDemand is powered by the ebrary Dynamic Content Platform (DCP) and features all of its rich functionality including the ebrary Reader software, which optimizes online viewing by delivering documents to an end-user’s desktop page-by-page, and InfoTools software, which integrates existing content databases and information on the web.
For libraries, OnDemand provides an easy and cost-effective way to archive, manage, and share digital content such as theses and dissertations, reports, historical books, manuscripts, or other documents in PDF that have been digitized by the library. OnDemand enables libraries to build PDF databases that can be accessed over the Internet without having to hire additional IT staff to implement and maintain the system. For publishers, OnDemand provides a hosted software platform that is integrated with their existing website to efficiently market their digital content, providing “look inside the book” and “electronic samples” features. And, publishers can sell their digital content online under a variety of different business models, including subscription or perpetual access collections.
“The ebrary OnDemand platform has enabled us to quickly and cost-effectively create dynamic archives from our own content. We specifically like how our SULAIR website integrates with ebrary’s InfoTools, our OPAC, and ebrary’s databases,” said Michael Keller, University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources for Stanford University. “It is easy for our staff to upload PDFs, though ebrary implements and maintains the databases of PDFs for us.”
“ebrary is extremely excited to offer our technology platform to organizations that need to distribute their own content online,” said David Bass, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ebrary. “We believe our platform can help address both the needs of libraries, who need a cost effective way to archive and disseminate important information they are digitizing, and publishers that need to market and sell their titles online.”
Key features and benefits of OnDemand include the following:
•Easy PDF submission – ebrary supports multiple file types including; PDF normal, web PDF, and rasterized PDF.
•Integrates with a customer’s creation and dissemination workflow.
•Simple meta-tagging – There is no need for complex XML development or meta-tagging of PDF files to let end-users search and index key words, phrases, and images within a file.
•Multiple search options – OnDemand features its own search engine or can be integrated with a customer’s search engine. OnDemand supports full-text, keyword, Boolean, and proximity search.
•InfoTools – This customizable software application integrates existing content databases, search engines, and information on the web. The InfoTools menu is activated by selecting any word or phrase of interest in any document submitted into the OnDemand system.
•Reporting Tools –OnDemand provides statistics about how each page of content is used while protecting end-user privacy.
•ebrary eXtend APIs – ebrary offers an application programming interface that allows customers to customize the look and feel of their OnDemand site and leverage existing end-user authentication mechanisms.
•The ebrary Reader – This unique software application delivers documents page-by-page, eliminating bandwidth or connectivity limitations. The ebrary Reader also provides the ability to:
Highlight and take notes within a document
Automatically save highlights, notes, and bookmarks on a Personal Bookshelf
Copy and paste text into Word, HTML, or email application with an automatic bibliographical citation and a URL hyperlink back to the source.
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