Does your library have professors, researchers, students or other readers searching for which is hard to access, missing from your collections or can be read only on site? The eBooks On Demand (EOD) service, a collaboration between 36 European libraries, is one possible solution to this dilemma
Members of the service aim to offer their public domain collections as eBooks (PDF files, mostly with full-text search option) on users’ request. At the moment, the search engine already gives access to the full text of nearly 24,000 copyright-free books and some 3.9 million other books could be digitised for a small fee, at the request of users.
Other interesting facts about the service include:
- The total collection spans items in more than 30 languages.
- Over 60% of customers are researchers. The rest are book collectors, amateur historians, ethnographers and others.
- Through the digitisation orders, libraries have found unique items in their collections, which they were not aware of, and metadata has been improved.
- The EOD network received the American Library Association’s Presidential Citation in 2013 for Innovative International Library Projects
For more information, watch the video below. The EOD network is also hosting the Digital libraries and repositories conference on October 17-18th, 2013 in Prague.