EBSCO Information Services to Release DRM-Free E-Books to Expand E-Book Options for Libraries and Improve End-User Experience

~ EBSCO eBooks™ Will Soon Make 70,000 Titles Available DRM-Free to Libraries ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 5, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) continues its commitment to providing libraries and their patrons with access to high-quality e-book content by making more than 70,000 EBSCO eBooks™ Digital Rights Management (DRM) free. The DRM-free initiative reinforces EBSCO’s commitment to working with publishers to increase e-book options for libraries. 

With thousands of DRM-free titles available, libraries will soon be able to purchase both DRM-free and DRM-protected e-books from EBSCO. Titles will be available on an unlimited concurrent user (UU) basis, and users will avoid any limitations on printing, saving, or downloading. No sign-in or Adobe ID will be required, and no special software will be needed to access these titles. Librarians will have the choice between the DRM-free unlimited user version of a title or a limited user model (1U or 3U) with standard DRM-protection, enabling them to maximize their budgets and customize their collections to meet user demand. Users will enjoy quick, intuitive access to both PDF and EPUB DRM-free downloads, either for the entire book or at the chapter level. DRM-free EBSCO eBooks can be purchased on a title-by-title basis through preferred ordering services, including EBSCOhost Collection Manager (ECM), OASIS®, and GOBI®, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for academic libraries. Libraries that purchased limited concurrent user models can easily upgrade to the DRM-free versions.

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Strategy and Product Management for Books Ken Breen says the availability of DRM-free EBSCO eBooks demonstrates EBSCO’s mission to make more research materials available to libraries and their students. “EBSCO is dedicated to working with our publisher partners to provide more high-quality e-book content for our library customers and their patrons. Making more than 70,000 of our e-book titles available DRM-free — with thousands more to be available in the future — helps provide more choices for libraries and improves user access to e-book content.”

In addition to the DRM-free initiative, EBSCO is committed to optimizing the user experience for library patrons, and has made several enhancements to the EBSCO eBooks platform. A new chapter-download icon in the Table of Contents now allows users to download individual chapters easily, ensuring they can consume only the portions of the e-books they need for their research. Users may also export DRM-free content directly into Google Drive to streamline their research process. EBSCO continues to invest in several accessibility initiatives including viewer enhancements and support for EPUB, the technological standard for e-books, which enables links to end-of-chapter references, reflowable text, and is natively accessible to screen readers.  

EBSCO eBooks offers access to the world’s finest collection of e-book content, and is fully integrated with EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service™. In addition to thousands of DRM-free titles, EBSCO eBooks offers more than one million high-quality e-books and 100,000 audiobooks from more than 1,500 major academic publishers and University Presses from around the world.

For more information about DRM-free e-books from EBSCO eBooks, please visit: https://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks.

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


For more information, please contact:
Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
(800) 653-2726 ext. 3485

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