PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that Elsevier Science & Technology Books is adding over 1,000 titles to Academic Complete™, the industry's first and most scholarly subscription database of more than 78,000 e-books with unlimited, multi-user access. This marks the first time that these Elsevier titles, covering subjects such as mechanical engineering, chemical and process engineering, and civil engineering as well as environmental energy and alternative energy, have ever been available under a subscription model. The titles include classics of science publishing, including some of Elsevier's most respected backlist titles.
Elsevier Science & Technology Books now distributes over 12,500 e-books under all of ebrary's acquisition models including subscription, patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive, supporting ebrary's new strategic approach to e-book acquisition.
"We are pleased to provide science and technology researchers with Elsevier's ground-breaking research through ebrary's Academic Complete," said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of Elsevier Science & Technology Books. "Elsevier is intent on providing librarians with a variety of acquisition models and ebrary's Academic Complete program is an innovative, affordable solution."
"As the e-book industry is thriving, and more books are available digitally, it will be increasingly important for vendors, publishers and libraries to work together to develop models that enable researchers to have access to as much authoritative information currently available in the marketplace," said Kevin Sayar, ebrary's President and General Manager. "ebrary was first to offer a subscription model over a decade ago based on input from librarians, and we are very excited that a growing number of publishers such as Elsevier are recognizing its value, especially when combined with additional business models."
Many ebrary customers use Academic Complete as an affordable base collection with coverage in all academic subject areas, then examine their usage statistics to determine where to apply additional budget. For example, high-use subject areas can be expanded with additional e-books acquired through patron driven acquisition where titles are only purchased if used. Lower use subjects can be supplemented with short-term loans, where there is no commitment to purchase. Essential titles can be purchased outright through ebrary's perpetual archive model.
Additional features and benefits of Academic Complete include the following:
- Continued collection growth
- Dedicated apps for the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and Android™
- DASH!™ (Data Sharing, Fast) for fully searchable digital repositories
- ebrary InfoTools™ turns words into portals to additional knowledge
- COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
- Multiple search and navigation options
- Chapter ranking of search results
- Personal bookshelves
- Highlighting and annotating
- Automatic citations
- RefWorks and EndNote integration
- Integrated with Summon and the ProQuest platform
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby's Nursing Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)
ebrary helps customers acquire e-books strategically through a three step approach: Transition, Diversify and Streamline™. The company believes that by challenging the e-book status quo, organizations can effectively serve the diverse and growing needs of researchers and maximize their budgets. Founded in 1999, long before e-books were popular, ebrary is a ProQuest business located in Palo Alto, CA, USA.