Taylor & Francis eBooks – a new ebooks platform

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Taylor & Francis have launched a new ebooks platform, Taylor & Francis eBooks. This new platform replaces the old Taylor and Francis eBooks and CRCnetBASE platforms and will be a single destination for University of Cambridge registered users to access library-purchased publisher ebook content across the Taylor & Francis imprints; these include CRC Press, Psychology Press, Routledge, Routledge Academic, and Routledge India .

Searching and finding accessible content

The new platform offers an enhanced user experience, with searching at the book title and chapter level and the ability to limit search results to owned content. You can also filter search results by subject, publication date and imprints (e.g. Routledge or CRC Press). Owned ebook content displays in search results or browse screens with a green tick icon, and Open Access content displays with a yellow @ symbol, both of these are shown in the screenshot below. (There are currently over 1,300 owned ebooks hosted on Taylor & Francis eBooks, and an additional 30 Open Access titles, these titles span mainly the Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects, with a few owned titles in Veterinary Sciences, Engineering and other Sciences.)

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Downloading and reading online

Plugins are no longer needed to be able to download chapters or whole ebooks as PDFs, or to read books online. *Note: not all books and chapters will be able to be read online but all of our owned ebooks should be available for downloading as PDFs. Below is an example of an entry page for a library-purchased ebook, indicated by the green ‘Full Access’ icon. This title is not available for reading online but is available for downloading, as indicated by the text in the pale blue bar.

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The publisher states that IE11 and above, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome web browsers are all supported and that the site is fully responsive on a mobile phone and tablet. *Note: the online reader should work fully on a PC or tablet devices but some features will not be enabled on a mobile phone.

Redirecting links

As of Tuesday November 7, 2017, permanent redirects have been activated from the old content to the new platform. So the vast majority of the authenticated URLs in our owned ebook records searchable in iDiscover will now lead to the ebook content hosted on the new platform. *Note: there are currently a very small number of Routledge and CRC Press titles which will continue to be hosted on the old platforms, this is for a variety of reasons which are being worked on by the publisher, and in time all of these titles will be migrated on to the new platform. A list of these titles are available on request from the ebooks team.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new platform are available from the publishers website.

If you want to send feedback or report any issues with access to Routledge or CRC Press ebooks hosted on the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform, then please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team, on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

*Note: it is anticipated that the Routledge Handbooks Online collection will migrate to the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform during 2018. It is also planned that the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics will migrate to the new platform, at some future date.

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New platform for Taylor & Francis eBooks

Taylor & Francis have updated their platform. Here’s a quick guide to how it looks and what has changed.

T&FTaylor & Francis say that:

The combination of filtered search, sorting and search history brings you a far more effective tool for finding the ideal content, whether for research, course work or personal interest.

T&F searchWith the new look platform Taylor & Francis have introduced filters to search results that allow users to see only full or open access content.

You can then sort your results by relevance, online publication date, most read, author or by A-Z of title. Or you can filter your search by subject, publication dates, book title or author or editor.

Details of up to 10 searches will automatically be saved for you per session, showing the number of results found, which can be saved to your personal account.

Search tips are offered here: http://www.tandfebooks.com/action/doSearch

The T&F ‘news & events’ page details the new features.

 

 

 

Taylor & Francis ebooks just got faster

In response to customer feedback, Taylor & Francis ebooks have introduced new functionality which means you do not have to wait for a full PDF download to start reading an ebook.

You now have a choice of ways to access both DRM-free and DRM-protected titles. This has meant some changes to the way users open Taylor & Francis ebooks.

So, what does this mean for me?
The Open and Read button has been changed to Access.  When this is clicked, a pop-up will offer further options. Users are able to choose whether they want to access the content instantaneously, or wait a little longer for a full PDF download.

Most of our ebooks are DRM-free, which means that they allow unlimited concurrent users and there are no print/copy/paste/access restrictions but full copyright law applies.

This is what it will look like for a DRM-free title:

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Some of our ebooks are DRM-protected, which means that they allow 20 or 50 concurrent users and there are restrictions on the amount that can be copied and printed. For DRM-protected titles, you will need to choose ‘standard access’ to open a PDF in order to copy and/or print. You can choose ‘download a copy’ to download an ebook for 3 days, but it is not possible to copy or print from a downloaded copy. For more details about the restrictions on DRM-protected titles see the ebooks@cambridge tips and instructions.

This is what it will look like for a DRM-protected title:

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If you have any comments or queries, please let the ebooks@cambridge team know on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk or comment on this blog.

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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 ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

JK