Kennedy Library purchased more than 28,000 eBooks from various publishers this year. This content covers a range of disciplines including psychology, history, media and cultural studies, religion and philosophy, theatre and performance, business, finance and economics. All content features perpetual access, multiple simultaneous users and permissive or no digital rights management. This means that downloading, printing and inter-library lending of eBook chapters are largely unrestricted.
“Data tells us that eBook usage is rapidly growing at Cal Poly,” said Tim Strawn, director of information resources. “While usage is strongest in engineering and physical and life sciences, we are seeing a steady uptick in eBook usage in other disciplines, such as psychology, political science, history and business.”
Content was purchased from Springer, John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier, Palgrave, ProjectMUSE, Taylor & Francis and Business Expert Press.
“Just as we provision a rich array of eJournal content, we are dedicated to enhancing access to eBook content,” Strawn said. “Digital rights management (DRM) free content purchases allow us to expand access without restrictive terms for our users.”