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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. Patrons can change the color of the page in the reader

    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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  4. 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)

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  5. Update citation styles offered, and describe these more fully

    The version of the Chicago style offered in Ebook Central is not the latest - could it be updated? There may be other citation styles that would benefit from updating too. Please also let readers see which version of each citation style is available - e.g. labelling it as Chicago/Turabian - Notes-Bibliography (17th edition) rather than just Chicago/Turabian - Notes-Bibliography. These two improvements would bring Ebook Central into line with other ProQuest/ExLibris products such as Art & Architecture Archive and Summon.

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  6. Mediate Request library preferences

    For mediated requests and the mediate request form, we also have our settings set as "No" for mediated requests, and yet the system overrides the library's expressed preferences for mediated requests by providing users a mediate request form when the user limit has been exceeded for a title. The library's expressed preferences should take precedence over the system.

    3 votes

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  7. 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?

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. Allow user to save ebook to more than one bookshelf from the book info page

    On the info page ("Table of Contents and more") for an ebook, users can click the button to save the ebook to the bookshelf, but it's not possible to save it to an additional bookshelf from that same page. Users can go to the bookshelf and then copy the ebook to an additional bookshelf; it would be more intuitive if this were possible on the ebook info page as well.

    3 votes

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  11. Invert colors for accessibility

    Those with dyslexia and eyesight problems have difficulty reading when the background is white and the letters are black.
    The online reader overrides the desktop inverse color for the reader, so it's not possible for me to invert the colors in the reader--so it's very difficult for me to read the text in the reader.
    For greater accessibility, it should be possible to invert the colors. Thanks!

    3 votes

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  12. Direct links to specific subscription packages

    We recently added two ebook subscriptions to the DDA and owned titles we already had on Ebook Central. Several librarians have asked for direct links to the specific collections so we can send faculty/students straight there rather than everything on Ebook Central. The closest we can get currently is by sending them to the advanced search page with instructions for searching just that collection.

    2 votes

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  13. Allows users to move an ebook from one bookshelf to another

    Users can copy an ebook to another bookshelf and remove the ebook from a bookshelf; both of these functions are very useful. A useful addition would be the option to move an ebook from one bookshelf to another, without having to copy it and then remove it from the original bookshelf.

    3 votes

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  14. Change the Availability Messaging on titles to be customizable

    We would like to replace the current default availability message that occurs to patrons that have not signed in/authenticated, but have clicked on the ebook url link from library catalog or discovery layer. from "Sorry this book is not available. Please contact your librarian...' etc to another more meaningful message (for example)

    "Please login to continue using this and many more Ebooks on ProQuest Ebook central portal"

    If we can choose, we would rather have this workflow:
    a. Find a title through discovery MARC records search in our internal search – click on the link – observe the title record…

    1 vote

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  15. Enhance Show More Option in EBC Facets

    When clicking on Show More under facets, we end up with tens and sometimes hundreds of options and need to scroll down and down in order to collapse the options again! Please make the options available in a better way like the options in Summon where we can select multiple options at the same time easily.

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  16. Add author names in ToC of editorial works

    At the moment ToC doesn't show author names in case of editorial works.
    Example: Information Literacy and Social Justice, edited by Lua Gregory, and Shana Higgins, Library Juice Press, 2013. ProQuest Ebook Central

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  17. Override login throttle

    Every couple of weeks, a student will contact me for assistance because s/he has been throttled after making too many attempts to log in with the wrong password. I'm able to reset the account's password easily, but the student must still wait 24 hours to log in, and most of the people who phone me aren't inclined to wait 24 hours. Therefore, my only solutions are to say "Sorry, you have to wait" or to delete the account and create a new one, which obviously isn't ideal when the student's bookmarked or highlighted content.

    Could LibCentral's user-management system be configured…

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  18. Normalize Highlighting

    Highlighting sentences is inconsistent where it either highlights the sentence continuously or highlights each individual word. The latter creates a distracting white lattice of un-highlighted space over the text which makes it very difficult to read.

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  19. To add Brazilian standard citation format

    I would like to suggest the Brazilian standard citation format called ABNT-Associacao Brasileira de Normas Tecnicas, in order to avoid rejection from customers.

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  20. 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.

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