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  1. 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.

    42 votes

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  2. 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.

    7 votes

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  3. 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.

    4 votes

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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

    6 votes

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  7. 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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  8. Do not send mediated alerts when there are no options for upgrade

    Currently, Ebook Central will send a mediated alert via email when a user was unable to access a limited-concurrency title. This alert will be sent regardless if the ebook is available for upgrade or not.

    My suggestion for enhancement is to offer an option to either 1) send the mediated request or 2) treat it as a turnaway when the title in question is not available for upgrade

    2 votes

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  9. I'd like to analyze usage by series-titles, as well as individual titles and publishers.

    Currently I have no way of determining which series are most used by users without looking title by title. I'd like a quicker and easier way of determining which series have gained and lost usage year by year - so as to identify which series titles should be acquired or left out of selective purchasing.

    1 vote

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  10. Hour Checkout

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

    11 votes

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  11. 22 votes

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  12. Change page colour

    Ability to change page colour to a more muted one, as plain white is hard on the eye over a long period, this function is already in many other digital readers.

    8 votes

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  13. 1 vote

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  14. Music Category?

    We have recently signed up to ProQuest and love the resources. However when searching there is a great list of categories like Law, History, Science and Arts however Music is missing. Is there a way to put this in maybe under Arts?

    1 vote

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  15. Ability to create reading lists which then have a unified permanent proxied url

    Ability to create a reading list which has with a single proxied URL would be useful.

    1 vote

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  16. Offer KBART to customers

    It would be great if customers could get KBART of their holdings. It would help in maintaining collections in discovery systems.

    9 votes

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  17. Modify the label of "Settings" and "Language"

    My client suggests it's hard for them to get back to original language settings from other language settings.
    Because they can't understand the meanings of other language label.
    So I have 3 options to resolve the issue.
    1.Put English menu next to original label. Ex. 設定:Settings, 使用言語:Launguage
    2.Put images to each menu. Ex. Gear mark for Settings, globe mark for Language
    3. Place a language setting menu to top page menu bar like a Web of science.
    These would help clients to understand the meanings intuitively.

    1 vote

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  18. Automatically allow 7-day loan when 1-day and 7-day are same price

    In LibCentral, System Settings, General Permission, DDA tab, we checked off "1 day" and "7 day" loan periods for patrons. Many times, the price for a 1-day or 7-day loan is the same. In this case, we want patrons to choose "7-day loan", because this will help keep costs down. Sometimes they end up incurring multiple 1-day loans in the course of a week.

    The problem is, the patron doesn't know that the price is the same, and often checks "1-day".

    Is there any way to force a 7-day loan when the price is the same as a 1-day?

    1 vote

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  19. Ebooks: Make accessibility settings suitable for disabilities.

    For accessibility with text to speech, I'd like the option to centralise the reading area on screen by hiding the book details like the non-accessible version allows, and add easy to find ways to increase size too.
    This is for the benefit of less mobile readers following along, as looking to the right will cause either neck or eye strain as desk setups are usually optimised for safe working with as little turning of the head as possible, especially when engaging with lengthy documents.

    1 vote

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    Thank you for your feedback on this potential enhancement. We are currently reviewing this request, and gathering additional information and appreciate the users who are voting and commenting. Please check back here for updates and thanks for keeping our Idea Exchange active! Best, Rayna Stowe

  20. 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

    7 votes

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