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  1. To allow return of book earlier after download, so that the book can be available for other users.

    Each ebook will have a specific number of concurrent user access. However, if a user downloads a book, this is tied to a fixed number of days, before the book can be free-up for other users to access. The function should allow users to return the book earlier, so that others can also access the eBook earlier.

    33 votes

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  2. Newer edition available flag

    There should be a newer edition available flag to prevent people ordering older edition eBooks when newer editions are available. Why are the older edtions there anyway.

    7 votes

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  3. Ability to sign up for notification when an ebook is available again, especially for one user titles.

    One user ebooks should allow users to sign up for notification when an ebook is available again on the platform. Useful tool especially for the academic institution that uses the text in the curriculum as recommended reading where we know demand is high.

    46 votes

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  4. Account Creation Requirements

    Require patrons use a root email address selected by the institution (example: @[institution].edu), and verify the legitimacy of that address before creating account (patrons receive email with link to complete the setup process).

    3 votes

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  5. Link editions/ Pearson versions

    We have had turnaways from a 2nd edition of a book where we own the 3rd edition and have an issue now with additional copies of Pearson books having different URLs due to the removal of print/copy by Pearson. It would be very helpful if you could provide a link between editions /versions along the lines of Amazon's 'There is a newer edition' link.

    5 votes

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  6. Daily turnaway email option

    It would be helpful to have the option to have a daily compilation of turnaways sent automatically. We don't always upgrade a licence on the first turnaway notification, and the inbox can fill very quickly. I also don't want to run a manual report every day

    8 votes

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  7. DDA - Date Removed

    It would be nice to have a "date removed" field for DDA titles. As titles are removed between file loads, patrons occasionally come across a record that has been removed from ProQuest but not from the catalog yet because the monthly file has not been created yet. If a title had a note of when it was removed from DDA, that would help clear up these problems. It would be similar to the "date added" field, but would be "date removed from DDA".

    2 votes

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  8. Schedule usage report

    Schedule a customize usage report every week, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually and send to an email.

    1 vote

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  9. To send notification when a book is about to be returned online

    It would be good if users got a notification when a book they were borrowing online was about to be returned. We have users that have lost notes because they made notes on Adobe DE and then when the book was returned and then re-loaned the notes were not there.

    1 vote

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  10. Support HAN server (reverse) authentication

    Please officially support authentication methode via HAN server.
    https://www.hh-han.com/en/concept.cfm

    1 vote

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  11. Discovery of resources - browse subjects

    We have a strong curriculum of Arts and Performing Arts, particularly Dance, at our institution. Could Performing Arts - and Dance - be added to the 'Browse Subjects' page to make it easier for academics and students to engage with texts in those areas? There are already ones which have been created for Architecture and Fine Arts, which are very helpful.

    2 votes

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  12. Alma CZ collection for Ebook Central specific to geographic regions

    In Alma, the PQ-provided CZ collection for Ebook Central includes titles which are not available to some regions of the world. This means that all libraries in the United States and Canada who use the CZ collection are showing their patrons records for titles to which we do not actually provide access.

    Please create a region-specific collection for the CZ that we can use. The scale of this problem is significant: all libraries in the US and Canada who use Alma and the CZ are having the same problem with the same titles.

    Thank you!

    1 vote

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  13. Include subtitles in display for items added to a bookshelf.

    Items on an Ebook Central Bookshelf are displayed using the title only; the subtitle is omitted. This means that if items share a title it is difficult to differentiate them when they are on the same Bookshelf, for example items that belong to the same series.

    1 vote

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  14. Timeout on eBooks

    There is no option to change the timeout on eBooks. It also times out if you click from the catalogue so could affect members.

    1 vote

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  15. Expand available popular management/D&I books available to government libraries

    Our customers are increasingly requesting electronic access to popular management (e.g., http://thetelosinstitute.com/library/) and diversity and inclusion (e.g., https://www.businessinsider.com/12-books-diversity-in-2020-every-leader-should-know-about-2020-1) books. Currently, our government library is unable to access many titles like these, but I understand that non-government libraries have access to a larger number of titles, due to publisher/EBC license agreements.

    We would like to be able to provide access to these kinds of titles through EBC. Our alternative is to add another platform like Overdrive, which makes it difficult for our customers to find eBooks between different platforms.

    3 votes

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  16. Track ebook upgrade costs

    If using a DDA deposit account and using this money for upgrades too, it would be useful to be able to track the cost of upgrades via the budget tracker or a separate upgrade tracker

    1 vote

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  17. Permalinks need to have the option to always include proxy info

    Our faculty work sometimes from campus and sometimes from home and send permalinks to students who may be on or off campus. The permalinks will only consistently work if they are proxied all the time. Our faculty or students are not going to think to check the URL every time...mainly because every other vendor we use just allows us to turn on proxied version 100% of the time regardless of where they are when they are accessing the resource so they don't have to think about it.

    4 votes

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  18. Receive notifications for titles removed from the DDA pool outside of the biannual ebook process

    We've had instances where faculty members ask if we have an ebook available for a class that they'll be teaching in a different semester. At the time we receive the question, we have access to it as we have activated it as part of our DDA pool. By the time the class comes, it has been removed by the publisher and we no longer have access.

    We would like to receive notification of the titles that will be removed by the publisher outside of the biannual ebook removal process. By the time it hits the MARC removal list, we are…

    1 vote

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  19. Add a 'Recent additions' carousel along with the 'Recently viewed' one

    We regularly purchase additional titles to our package and we would like to promote those to our patrons. We are a specialised library and it would be good to be able to highlight those titles that have been chosed specifically for our patrons. Other e-book platforms have such carousels in place.

    2 votes

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  20. Improve pricing transparency

    Some publishers such as Elsevier or Springer multiply the base cost of the ebook. On LibCentral the price shown is not what we end up getting charged for in these cases. Could you calculate the actual cost of the ebook at the point of ordering? That way we can assess whether we want to purchase the ebook at that price or not. For example, we recently purchased one ebook for $57.51 but when the email confirmation came it was for $115.02 as Elsevier charges twice in that case.

    1 vote

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