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Step by step, we’re enhancing the features that librarians and patrons need in an effort to provide an unparalleled ebook experience.

On August 7, the first ebrary customers were upgraded to the new Reader. Designed to meet the continually evolving expectations of researchers, the new Reader delivers a modern experience, with a simple interface, intuitive navigation, and user-centered design.  The ebrary Reader was redesigned from the ground up to work seamlessly across the devices (especially increasingly-popular tablets) used most by researchers. Extensive user testing with library patrons, particularly university students in the midst of research projects, steered the Reader’s development.

Its features and benefits include:

-- Copying, printing, downloading, and searching within books is streamlined, and intuitive navigation gets users to popular features faster.
-- Improved text and page quality boosts readability.
--New viewing options (including vertical scrolling) give users more control of their reading experience.
-- Further accessibility features for those who are blind or visually impaired will be rolled out later in 2014.  

The new ebrary Reader will be the Reader for the integrated platform. Learn more.

Additionally, on August 4, we launched the 3-user lending model on the EBL platform as a replacement for the Textbook model.  While the Textbook lending model allowed for three concurrent loans, the 3-user model allows for three concurrent users.  

There are great benefits to the 3-user model:

--It allows more patrons to access titles they need as three users can use one title simultaneously, and do a continuous browse, without triggering a loan.
-- It also helps reduce the number of turnaways patrons experience, because with the 3-user model, loans are only triggered when they are actually required.
-- Frustrating turnaways are diminished even more by using the 3-user in conjunction with short-term loans.  The new 3-user model will be a feature of the integrated platform that helps libraries better manage their perpetual titles.

As always, we appreciate your input and support and encourage you to contact with any questions or comments.

Kari Paulson
Vice President and General Manager, Ebooks

28 Aug 2014

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