E-books availability, demand and provision are rapidly evolving realities – even more so in unpredictable recent times! In this panel, representatives from three well-established book vendors specializing in foreign languages will share their (sometimes common and often very different) experiences of working in the e-content marketplace.
Join Casalini Libri, East View Information Services and Librería García Cambeiro for an insight into their ongoing efforts to obtain unique and important materials as their operations evolve to embrace e-content. Between them they bring decades of experience in foreign-language print books, and all have moved deeply into delivering the same items as e-content—all the while retaining major print operations. Each will discuss the challenges of navigating the differing characteristics and expectations of publishers across their areas of expertise, as well as their evolving collaboration with North American libraries to ensure that platform performance, metadata and business models respond to library needs. The discussion will also address key issues such as the fast-evolving marketplaces of born-digital and open access publishing, challenges from Big Tech, library licensing expectations, publisher restrictions, and managing different acquisition options for e-books.
As the recent events of Covid, conflict and austerity have shown us, the future’s not ours to see – and each new development leads to new expectations and demands from the e-world. The input of libraries and publishers is essential to the evolution of e-content and we look forward to lively participation in this conversation.