New Taylor & Francis eBooks platform

For some years ebooks@cambridge have subscribed to a collection of 250 Taylor & Francis ebooks, which since summer 2011 have been hosted on the MyiLibrary platform. During summer 2012 we reviewed this arrangement, in consultation with the ebooks Advisory Group and Faculty and Departmental librarians from Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, Divinity, Education & Geography. This was done in the context that Taylor & Francis subscription costs were due to rise considerably in 2012 and some of the ebook titles in our collection were no longer attracting high usage. Taylor & Francis also launched their new ebooks platform this summer so we needed to make a decision as to where this collection of ebooks was going to be hosted and which titles should remain accessible.

Following extensive consultation, ebooks@cambridge have retained and purchased 62 of the most popular Taylor & Francis ebooks which are now available on the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform. Subjects covered are Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, Divinity, Education and Geography. These ebooks are not new to University of Cambridge users, but from Tuesday 1 January 2013 they will only be available on the Taylor & Francis eBooks platform. T&Ficon

All our current  250 Taylor & Francis subscription ebooks currently hosted on MyiLibrary will be removed from that platform at the end of the day on Monday 31st December 2012.

The ebooks@cambridge team will remove the 250 MARC records pointing to MyiLibrary from the erdb/LibrarySearch early in 2013, and 62 new MARC records containing links to the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform will be loaded before Christmas 2012. A list of the 62 purchased titles can be found here.

A link to the Taylor & Francis eBooks platform is available on the ebooks@cambridge public collections web page, along with tips and hints on accessing the ebooks from off-campus and other useful access information.

Most of the ebooks are DRM-free and benefit from unlimited user concurrency, although 14 of them are DRM-protected; further details can be found on the ebooks@cambridge collections page.  All of the ebooks can currently be downloaded to a PC, Mac or laptop; further developments to enable downloading to mobile devices will be forthcoming and ebooks@cambridge is encouraging the publisher to prioritise these advances.

If you have any queries or comments about the new Taylor & Francis platform please email the ebooks@cambridge team on



MyiLibrary ebook concurrency change

Since 2007 MyiLibrary have been supplying ebooks@cambridge with ‘multi-user’ ebooks across a wide variety of publishers and subjects. These ebooks are legally licensed for 3 concurrent users, but MyiLibrary did not enforce the 3 user concurrency and instead preferred to monitor usage, averaging out the concurrent uses across the year. This practice benefitted our users who often need to simultaneously access popular ebook titles in substantial numbers as they were not usually denied access to MyiLibrary ebooks. MyiLibrary logo

During the last year, Pearson, Wiley (including the Blackwell imprint) and Cambridge University Press etextbooks have already enforced 3 user concurrency on their ebooks hosted on MyiLibrary.

Following growing pressure from many of the large publishers MyiLibrary have informed ebooks@cambridge about forthcoming changes to the way their ebook platform will police concurrent ebook usage.

From Thursday the 20th of December 2012 ALL of our MyiLibrary ebooks will be subject to enforced 3-user concurrency.

If more than 3 users attempt to access the same title simultaneously the 4th user will see the following message:
This book is currently being viewed by another patron. It will become available when the patron has finished viewing the selected book.
The University of Cambridge community can access 1,391 ebooks on the MyiLibrary platform so the numbers of titles affected is substantial. ebooks@cambridge will be working with the aggregator to try and work out a cost-effective solution for our most popular MyiLibrary ebooks, to try and keep disappointment and disruption to a minimum. ebooks@cambridge have also asked MyiLibrary to develop an automatic notification system which emails previously denied users to alert them when a busy ebook title becomes available for access.

It should be noted that pressure from publishers is affecting academic library ebook aggregators generally; Dawsonera have recently notified us of immediate large price rises on selected Elsevier Health Sciences and McGraw-Hill – Open University Press titles along with reductions in annual credits.

The tips and instructions page on the ebooks@cambridge web site will be updated to reflect these enforced user concurrency changes soon.

For any comments or questions about this change, please drop us a comment on this blog post or contact the ebooks@cambridge team on

The LibrarySearch factor

Yes this is the golden ruleThere is a golden rule when searching for ebooks purchased for University of Cambridge staff and students, ALWAYS use the LibrarySearch catalogue.  This is REALLY important!

But why you cry? Why can’t we use Newton?

Well, you will find ebooks in Newton, but you will not find any ebooks added to the collection after July 2011. This is because all those ebooks have been loaded into an e-resources database, known as the ‘ERDB‘.

The ERDB was created to allow Cambridge University library staff timely access to brand new ebook orders created by the ebooks@cambridge team, there is a read only view, a link to which is available on the ebooks web pages for librarians.

New ebooks added to the ERDB are reflected in LibrarySearch from around noon the following day, following a re-indexing process which automatically happens overnight.

Because new ebook catalogue records are loaded into the ERDB and are searchable in LibrarySearch very soon afterwards, this removes the previous time consuming need to load ebooks into all 7 Newton databases.

For those libraries not using the Voyager library system, new ebook records are regularly archived by Rhiannon and made available for those libraries to load into their own library systems.

For those who prefer to refine LibrarySearch by location, your search results should show all available ebooks, alongside the printed resources relevant to that site.

iconTo help find ebooks when scrolling through a LibrarySearch results list, look for the golden ebook icon next to the record. Students and staff can access the full text by clicking on the link next to Online which they can find near the top or at the very bottom of the ebook record. They will need to use their Raven logins if they are off-campus or for Dawsonera ebooks from anywhere.

So to ensure students and staff are finding all the ebooks on their reading lists, please direct them to LibrarySearch.

Flying books

Enabling students to find available ebooks is crucial, it allows them extra choice and increased access to the books they need, when they need them.

Want ebooks, think LibrarySearch!