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  1. Persist Zoom Level

    Every time when opening an Ebook (or re-load it after the session timed out once again ...) I have to adjust the zoom level to get an appropriate zoom level for my display. I use either my laptop display or an external monitor (4K). In either case the zoom level is too high, s.t. I have to zoom out first.

    The following features would ease that (mild) pain:

    • best: have the zoom level persisted in the browser's local storage

    • good: make the zoom level a request parameter, s.t. I can have the zoom level fixed via bookmark

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  2. Icon to cancel mediated request/Auto-reply when submitting a mediated request

    Currently, once a mediated request is submitted, it cannot be canceled, so it would be useful to be able to cancel it. To make it happen, it would be nice if a use receives an automatic reply when submitting a mediated request - ideally a cancel icon is included in that reply.

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  3. Include the DRM Allowances as columns on an exportable report

    Include the DRM Allowances (40% Print, 5% Copy) as columns on an exportable report such as the Title report and/or Expenditure report.

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  4. When Accessibility Mode has been enabled, return the user to their previous location.

    Currently users are returned to an Ebook Central search page. From there they have to search for, correctly identify and re-access the book they were reading, and navigate back to the location within the book where they were when they changed their accessibility setting. For users who navigated in via their institution's Catalogue record for the book, this can be confusing and disorienting.

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  5. Include a direct link from the menu bar to the Accessibility Settings

    Currently the settings are accessible via Settings > Profile. Including a direct link would reduce steps for users with disabilities.

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  6. Ebook Central Upgrade Report

    Create a report that can be routinely pulled in LibCentral that provides --turnaway data, unique access data, highest owned license, highest available upgrade, current price for highest available upgrade, upgrade path and Is the title included in any subscribed products. A report such as this will help with making ebook upgrade decisions in bulk on a routine basis.

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  7. Change Full Download Options

    The behavior for downloads is confusing. If you download a chapter, you get a PDF document. When you are downloading the book and are offered a selection of e-Pub and PDF, no matter what you chose, you always get an .acsm file for Adobe Digital editions to retrieve the information. Students do not understand that the only thing you are choosing is how the scrolling will be: e-pub (side to side) and PDF (up and down). They are looking for a PDF document. Solution - Add descriptors? Change the choices? Change choices from e-pub & PDF to:
    - Side-to-side scrolling…

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  8. Retain and provide usage for full calendar years

    This idea is closely related to another that address availability of 2018 usage. It is very important for subscribers to have monthly usage totals for titles for a full calendar year in order to have complete and accurate usage counts. When titles with usage are deleted or omitted from a report based on the run date of the report rather than retained and provided for the date range selected, valuable product history is lost – history that customers use for making renewal and/or purchasing decisions.

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  9. Add selected titles from a list to your cart before ordering

    Currently you can only add an entire list to your cart. Our institution would like the ability to add selected titles from each list to a cart in order to place an order. Currently, Ebsco and Midwest both have a function where certain users have the ability to suggest purchases and one user can actually place the order from the other users lists/carts.

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  10. LibCentral title reports enhancement request - total user access

    For limited user access titles (1U or 3U licenses) we often want to know the total user access we have currently, and as far as I'm aware there's no way to extract this from the current admin reports.

    Generating title reports, there is no total user access information. There are "copies" and "access model" but there is no way to easily calculate the total access from these columns.

    For example we have a title that shows as 4U access when you search in LibCentral. However the same title on the title report has:
    Copies - 3
    Access model - 1-user,…

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  11. Add an audiobook platform/option to ebook Central

    Our patrons are asking for audio books. When an audio book is available for an ebook, it would be great to be able to offer that option directly in ebook central.

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  12. Export EBC Search Results to Excel/CSV

    It would be helpful if end users could export their Ebook Central search results (and accompanying metadata) to Excel/CSV files. This functionality is already available on the ProQuest academic database platform and should also be available on Ebook Central.

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  13. The Library should be able to stop patrons from Request title if the Library has purchased max amount of 1user only.

    Ebook Central Admin: Why did I get a mediated request for this title?

    1. Extended access enabled and set to upgrade automatically, but no upgraded access model is available, or the upgrade price exceeds the upgrade price limit.

    Suggestion for change:

    The Library should be able to stop patrons from Request title if the Library has purchased max amount of 1user only. Example: A library owns 3 copies of a 1-user copy of an ebook and the ebook is currently in use. The Library have purchased total 3user access so the Library have enough licenses according to their policies. The patron…

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  14. Simply E app

    It would be great if the platform was compatible with the Simply E app, as an alternative to Digital Editions.

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  15. Automatically prevent purchasing multiple Unlimited Access copies of the same book

    Please automatically prevent purchasing multiple Unlimited Access copies of the same book.

    Also when sending removal list of titles or any other promotions to customers for possible purchase, please de-dupe this list against our holdings. I do not need to review titles that we have already purchased as UU. These lists should also include a note if a newer edition is available and whether or not the title is in our current dda pool and/or eligible for dda.

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  16. Compatibility required with ELOGIM SSO for Ebook Central

    By acquiring ELOGIM as a proxy solution, we identified there is no current compatibility of Ebook Central with ELOGIM SSO. Previously we used EZproxy SSO, now we want to use ELOGIM SSO to offer back the bookshelves to our community of users as we used to do with EZproxy SSO.

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  17. Encourage/incentivize use of MathML to ensure better access for persons who are blind

    More actively encourage or incentivize publishers to ensure that mathematical content in their e-books are accessible to persons who are blind or visually impaired. This can be done by including equations formatted as MathML (rather than just text or images of equations) and by including detailed descriptions of graphs as alt-text. Since eBook Central is situated between users and publishrs, it is in a strong position to help advocate for this type of improved accessibility.

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  18. Allow owned ebooks to be withdrawn

    I would like us to be able to weed our (owned) Ebook Central titles in the same way that we weed our physical collections. At present, if we manually remove an item from the Ebook Central collection in our discovery tool, it is automatically put back the next time the weekly auto-update runs, which effectively means we can't withdraw access to ebooks we own. It would be especially useful in cases where we own multiple editions of the same title.

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  19. Allow Title Reports to merge across multiple consortial holdings

    We have books we've DDAd and own directly. In addition we have two different consortia that we have owned/subscribed books through. I want to be able to generate a single report (and choose the columns myself) that merges ALL of our institutional "holdings" - owned, subscribed, DDA, ATO. Right now I have to download all of them separately and then merge them myself, and since the subscribed is huge (and I can't pick the columns so I get them all), it is unwieldy to work with in Excel.

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  20. Remove requirement for patrons to log in when downloading a DRM free title.

    I would like to see the removal of th requirement for users to login on title that are DRM-free. I see this as removing an extra step and relieving some of the frustrations that some of our users experience.

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