NASHVILLE, TN AND ANN ARBOR, MI – Ingram Content Group Inc., and ProQuest LLC today announced an expanded e-book collaboration that benefits libraries worldwide.
Earlier this year, the companies teamed to make titles from Ebook Library (EBL) available through Ingram's OASIS content platform. Ingram has now added ebrary's vast range of titles, integrating all ProQuest e-book titles within the platform, simplifying acquisition for the companies' shared customers. In addition to adding titles to the OASIS platform for firm orders, EBL has also been integrated with Ingram's e-book approval plans and Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) services.
"Our goal is to provide the widest choice for libraries as to how and where they acquire their e-book titles," said Kari Paulson, ProQuest Vice-President and General Manager, Ebooks. "Our agreement with Ingram helps us take another step forward in meeting that goal by opening new avenues for e-book discovery and acquisition."
Libraries using Ingram's OASIS platform can now search and purchase both EBL and ebrary e-book content through OASIS. Users can view and select from 600,000+ EBL and ebrary e-book titles from more than 1,000 publishers that serve the unique research needs of students, scholars, professionals and other information seekers, alongside existing e-books and print books on the platform, with no changes to existing preferred workflows. Billing is consolidated, offering libraries integrated acquisition services and invoicing for all ProQuest e-book content.
"Libraries have relied on Ingram's library and distribution expertise and our breadth of content for decades," said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Library Services. "The libraries of today are searching for comprehensive collection development and supply chain solutions to fulfill the needs of their patrons. Through our collaborative work with ProQuest, libraries now have access to an expanded selection of content from one platform."
Ingram has been a content solutions provider to libraries for decades and understands the valuable role that libraries have in their communities. Ingram is committed to serve the needs of libraries long-term, and continuously reviews and develops its services to provide the comprehensive and relevant tools that libraries need to successfully meet the needs of their patrons.
Ingram recently announced that it will be integrating its OASIS platform with its leading ipage search and order content management tool in the fourth quarter of 2014, and will transition customers to the integrated platform in phases through mid-2015. All the features and benefits of OASIS will be integrated with Ingram's comprehensive ipage platform, giving libraries enhanced tools to efficiently manage content. EBL and ebrary content will continue to be supported in the combined OASIS platform.
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information. The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest and Dialog, businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, the ProQuest Flow collaboration platform, the Pivot research development tool and the Intota library services platform. ProQuest's ebooks businesses -- ebrary and EBL -- are renowned for their breadth of content and flexible models including subscription, perpetual archive (purchase), demand-driven acquisition, and short-term loans. The two platforms are being integrated to provide an unparalleled ebook solution, built on their 24 years of combined experience. ProQuest is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world. For more information visit www.proquest.com
Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company got its start in 1964 as a textbook depository and has since grown and transformed into a comprehensive publishing industry services company that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. Learn more about Ingram Content Group at www.ingramcontent.com.