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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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

    1 vote

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  4. 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.

    175 votes

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  5. 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.

    2 votes

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  6. 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.

    6 votes

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  7. 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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  8. Imprints should be visible and searchable in patron portal

    Imprints should be visible and searchable in patron portal.

    3 votes

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  9. 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.

    2 votes

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  10. 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.

    8 votes

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  11. Better Search Experience - Some Miscellaneous Ideas for Finding Content More Effectively

    A set of ideas from a librarian who would love to see enhancements to the search interface and the lists that are provided within the system.

    Who is curating the list?
    How often is it updated?
    How is it updated/description of what’s on the list
    More specific lists (i.e. Social Justice is great, but it’s way too broad for practical reasons and should be narrower by specific SJ topic)

    Better filtering:
    Popularity within LibCentral
    Critical Acclaim
    Awards
    Community Selections/Picks
    Highlights/Spotlights around specific events or contexts
    Promotions/Sale Items
    Review ratings (like Amazon)
    New releases/future releases
    Rather than “year of publication,” which…

    2 votes

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  12. Ebook viewing options

    Offer a two page view for ebooks. This would be particularly useful for graphic novels and material with graphics and tables. Adding a thumbnail option would also be a good idea

    8 votes

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  13. Linking and re-running search

    We'd like to be able to link into Ebook Central from another ebook database and re-run the same search on Ebook Central that was just performed on that other database

    1 vote

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  14. 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.

    3 votes

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  15. Add setting to allow removing 'Cite Book' option on Ebook Central

    Harvard Referencing on Ebook Central does not match the Harvard referencing style used at our institution. This can sometimes cause confusion and inaccurate details on students' reference pages.

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  16. 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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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

    3 votes

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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

  19. By adding information about the licence model on the Detail page

    Improve usability by adding information on the Detail page for books purchased under a NL model that the options “Download PDF Chapter” and “Download PDF” in ToC does not work unless you first Download the book (check-out). As I was told when asking about it, this information is available in Libcentral. However, endusers does not have access to Libcentral. I would also suggest that you change “Download Book” on the Detail page to “Download Book (check-out)”. As a librarian I understand what check-out means and so does teachers and researchers, but necessarily not new students with low library skills. Think…

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  20. 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.

    9 votes

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