EBL (www.eblib.com) provides libraries with access to an extensive catalog of academic ebooks for free browsing, short-term rental, title-by-title ownership, reserves, and patron-driven acquisitions. In North America, EBL has partnerships with both Blackwells Book Services and YBP.
EBL is a radically innovative ebook library service whose features set it apart from its peers. It has hundreds of library customers around the globe, including some of the world's most prestigious academic and research institutions.
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* An ebook lending service that integrates seamlessly with your collection management and catalog systems * EBL has a unique pay-per-view feature * Ebooks can be downloaded and read offline on a laptop or ebook reading device * EBL provides a cross-platform, multiple-devices, online-or-offline ebook system for academic and research libraries * Non-LinearTM Lending.
One stand-out feature of EBL is its signature lending system called Non-LinearTM Lending (NLL). NLL enables you to buy one copy of an ebook and lend it simultaneously to multiple patrons - potentially hundreds of users - all for the price of one book. All EBL titles enable multiple-concurrent access - there are no single user restrictions on any of our titles.
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EBL has pioneered a range of Demand-driven Acquisition options, designed to meet the needs of libraries and patrons alike. Harnessing the immediacy of the digital medium, EBLs Demand-driven Acquisition provides cost-effective access to titles when they are needed, as they are needed - taking the guess-work out of selection and removing barriers to access. Using EBL's Demand-driven Acquisition tools, you can catalog and display thousands of ebooks that you haven't bought.
Patrons are provided with a free preview of the full-text and then either allowed further access to the title either on an automated or request basis. Libraries can choose to automatically purchase those ebook titles after a specified number of uses, or pattern of demand has been established. As a stand-alone acquisition tool or side-by-side with EBLs upfront title-by-title selection option, EBLs Demand-driven Acquisition is being adopted by a growing number of academic, corporate and research libraries worldwide.