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  1. Talis Integration

    I would like ProQuest to work with Talis to integrate supplier information (book & ebook prices) into the Talis Aspire product. Talis Aspire has become an integral part of our ordering workflow and other book suppliers have already taken the step to integrate using an API. For us, it would create greater efficiency in stock selection as we would not need to login to multiple websites to check for prices and would almost certainly lead to us buying more books and ebooks from ProQuest.

    It would also help massively if prices shown were inclusive of VAT & discounts. This links…

    27 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Make the Bookshelf function shareable across institutions

    The Bookshelf function is a brilliant function of Ebook Central. I work in a support role for Jisc, and we use Ebook Central to host our collection of e-books for FE. I created several Bookshelves to divide our collection into subject and qualification areas, but was disappointed to learn that I would not be able to share these with different organisations, I could only share them within Jisc. This is disappointing because it would be a fantastic support mechanism for Jisc's librarian members in the UK. Our members often don't have the time to create these Bookshelves themselves, and therefore this great tool…

    21 votes
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  3. Automatically email weekly usage summary

    Our institution is moving towards Power BI to live present our data. Therefore we need a way to export that data from ProQuest in a format that can be identified and harvested by other Microsoft systems. An Excel spreadsheet attached to an email might be able to do this with Flow

    5 votes
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  4. Add Readership Level to DDA profiling

    We would like to be able to profile by readership level, so that it is easy to filter out non-academic content which we do not want to acquire.

    14 votes
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    under review  ·  5 comments  ·  DDA and Profiling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Add print pdf button to Profile in LibCentral

    Profiles are managed by only a few staff -- myself and 2 others. Profiles are changed at least yearly in our institution. I would like to be able to provide a current copy of a librarian's profile(s) so that they can review them and tell me what changes they would like. A pdf print button would be nice to enable this action and would provide a nice clean copy.

    3 votes
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  6. Ebook Central license upgrade pricing relates to historical spend

    When upgrading to an unlimited license, it should be taken into account when the institution has previously paid for multiple 1 or 3 user licenses.

    In these cases the institution should be invoiced for the difference between the total spend to date on licenses for that title, rather than the current model of the difference between the unlimited user license and the cost of a single 1 or 3 user license.

    20 votes
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  7. Date title added to DDA

    Ability to see when a title was added to a DDA or list in LibCentral. The current 'Date added' column in LibCentral referring to when the title was added to the platform is confusing and not of real use. That Date Added field would be better to show when the title was added to the list or DDA.

    13 votes
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    3 comments  ·  DDA and Profiling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Hour Checkout

    We can customize downloads by the number of days. We need to be able to customize downloads by the hour as well.

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Access Permissions & System Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Enable users to return books using the return to library function in adobe digital editions

    It would be great if users could return books when they were done with them, instead of waiting to the end of the loan period, enabling other users access them sooner.

    12 votes
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  10. Curated Topics -- Would it be possible to customize the list? Example for users of healthcare establishments?

    Derired topics:

    Anesthesia
    Cardiology
    Dermatology
    Emergency medicine
    Endocrinology
    Family medicine and primary care
    Gastroenterology
    Geriatry
    Gynecology
    Hospital management
    Infection prevention
    Infectious diseases
    Internal medicine
    Medical imaging (Radiology, MRI, Ultrasound, etc.)
    Mental health (adult)
    Mental health (children)
    Neurology
    Neuropsychology
    Nutrition (Clinical nutrition)
    Nephrology
    Nursing
    Obstetric
    Occupational therapy
    Oncology
    Ophthalmology
    ORL (Oto-Rhino-Laryngology)
    Orthopedy
    Palliative care
    Pediatry and neonatology
    Perinatalogy
    Pharmacology
    Physiotherapy
    Pneumology
    Psychiatry
    Rheumatology
    Social work
    Surgery
    Urology

    4 votes
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  11. Disabling the scrolling page number

    There should be an option to disable the grey page number box from constantly showing and then disappearing when using the online reader. It's distracting and it makes online reader inaccessible to us who have difficulties with visual attention.

    2 votes
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  12. Bulk update Book Level Permissions for a set of owned ebooks

    We would like to have the ability to run a job to bulk update/change the Download Days and Online Reader Loan Days in the Book Level Permissions parameters for a list of owned ebooks. Ideally, this would be for both making initial changes to the individual book permissions and for reverting the permissions back to the default general settings.

    14 votes
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  13. We suggest that there is a note about OA when an e-book on Ebook Central is also available as Open Acces via OA platforms.

    A lot of the e-books at Ebook Central are also available as Open Access via OA platforms like DOAB or OAPEN. Therefore we suggest that there is a note that highlights when an e-book at EBC is available as Open Acess via OA platforms. By this we then know that the actual book is also available as Open Access.

    7 votes
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  14. Improvement of the EPUB format interface.

    It would be great if the EPUB format interface can be changed to be as similar as possible as the most common ebook interface that the majority of ebooks in EBC has got. An example is to have the table of contents to the left.

    The current interface for EPUB ebooks is not so easy to understand when the reader is used to the more common one.

    We also think, when setting the downloads to 0 for an EPUB ebook, (due to the current covid-19 we want to do that, so that as many users as possible can read it…

    1 vote
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  15. Allowing only a specific email domain for account creation

    Allowing only a specific email domain (the one of the institution) for account creation (via IP)

    4 votes
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  16. Move the carousel up to the top.

    Those of us that don't have many titles, we would like to showcase them at the top. A little overwhelming, if this is your first time to the website then you start searching and don't find a title. Users may become frustrated.

    1 vote
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  17. Find alternate solutions to manage downloads.

    Find alternate solutions to manage downloads. Our license is with you, not Adobe. We should not have to give Adobe our employees' data in order for employees to be able to download fulltext books we have licensed from you.

    19 votes
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  18. To add the print ISBN to Ebook Central

    To be able to find the title's alternative formats and editions If we search by the print ISBN or ISBN.

    1 vote
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  19. Titles that have changed to DRM-free

    This month we received a file of 150 titles - 61 of them will overlay existing records in our system. I found out by asking support that these titles are now DRM-free but there is no indication of this in the spreadsheet -- could a column be added that indicates this information, or better yet, these records be placed in a separate file to download? We keep track of the # of titles added and by call # area to report for statistics to various agencies. Downloading and counting 61 more titles inflates our statistics.

    1 vote
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  20. Show digital walk throughs of the exact downloading process for both Mac and PC --Thanks!

    Ebook downloads are very complicated and non-intuitive. Please walk us through the exact process using both a Mac and a PC.

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