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  1. Make the Bookshelf function shareable across institutions

    The Bookshelf function is a brilliant function of Ebook Central. I work in a support role for Jisc, and we use Ebook Central to host our collection of e-books for FE. I created several Bookshelves to divide our collection into subject and qualification areas, but was disappointed to learn that I would not be able to share these with different organisations, I could only share them within Jisc. This is disappointing because it would be a fantastic support mechanism for Jisc's librarian members in the UK. Our members often don't have the time to create these Bookshelves themselves, and therefore this great tool…

    25 votes

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  2. Improve visibility for the user

    To improve visibility for the user, are you able to do anything such as add a message to explain why they can’t access a title e.g. in use by someone else and advise to try later rather than “request still pending”.

    1 vote

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  3. 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

    2 votes

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  4. Extended access: Separate automatic purchase options (price limit/copy limit) for 1 user/3 user

    Provide separate automatic purchase options (price limit/copy limit) for 1 user / 3 user titles under extended access

    1 vote

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  5. Non-Linear days

    Show Non-Linear loan days remaining to Patrons

    1 vote

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  6. 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.

    2 votes

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  7. Batch deleting patron accounts

    It would be very useful to be able to batch delete patron accounts, rather than having to do them one by one. It would save a lot of time if you could input a list of names or email addresses and delete them all in one go.

    1 vote

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  8. STL Price Threshold

    Allow the ability to hide STLs where the STL price is above a selected amount (currently there is only the ability to hide STLs where the price is above a certain percentage).

    1 vote

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  9. allow for more attributes to be passed in reports

    there are more elements that can be extracted from the info our users pass you to authenticate that could be added to reports, for example role (undergrad, grad, faculty, staff) or school (Medicine, Engineering, Business, etc.).

    1 vote

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  10. 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!

    2 votes

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  11. Partner with Perusall.com to make Proquest ebooks available there.

    Perusall.com is an online tool for flipped classroom teaching where students can collaboratively annotate the textbook for reading assignments. ProQuest should partner with Perusall to make eBook licenses purchased by universities work in Perusall's course content.

    1 vote

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  12. Add Readership Level to DDA profiling

    We would like to be able to profile by readership level, so that it is easy to filter out non-academic content which we do not want to acquire.

    18 votes

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    5 comments  ·  DDA and Profiling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This idea is still under review by the product team. We will continue to update our customers on the Idea Exchange. We appreciate your comments and votes as we evaluate and triage your great ideas! Best, Rayna

  13. Customising Ebook central Availibility message

    Our patrons have IP authenticated access to all purchased ebooks and to access the full DDA collection they need to login.
    We are now considering importing MARC with our DDA titles to our discovery system. However there is a problem - the link opens the title showing at the very top Availability message "Sorry, this book is not available. Please contact your librarian about purchasing it, or search for another book."
    We need to be able to customise this message to a wording of our choice. Suport advised this is not doable for IP patrons.

    2 votes

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  14. Publisher Improvement to Advanced Search

    The Publisher filter in Advanced Search is a welcome addition. However, it takes forever to load and crashes my browser. It renders advanced search useless. And I need advanced search to create reports.

    1 vote

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  15. 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.

    2 votes

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  16. Only add files with page number

    Academic customers can only really use eBooks if there are page numbers included in the files. It would be great if you could ask publishers to think about that when delivering the data - If a title is to be incluced in an academic project, is has to be citable.

    2 votes

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  17. 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.

    1 vote

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  18. Alerts for new volumes of a book series

    Our library is interested in alerts for new volumes of a book series. Not like a subscription, only an alert, so we still have full budget flexibility.

    Or does ebook Central already offer a service like this?

    1 vote

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  19. Ebook Central license upgrade pricing relates to historical spend

    When upgrading to an unlimited license, it should be taken into account when the institution has previously paid for multiple 1 or 3 user licenses.

    In these cases the institution should be invoiced for the difference between the total spend to date on licenses for that title, rather than the current model of the difference between the unlimited user license and the cost of a single 1 or 3 user license.

    27 votes

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  20. Provide forthcoming ebook information, especially for new editions

    It would be wonderful if you could provide information on when you will receive an ebook from a publisher, especially when new editions of print are available. I'm often asked this question when the title can't be located in your catalog but it is known to be available in print and the ebook is available directly with the publisher. Being able to pre-order these books would also be great. When I e-mail support with these questions, I'm often never provided with a response.

    15 votes

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