Last Saturday, Sue Polanka of No Shelf Required sat down with Rick Lumsden, Britannica’s Executive Director for Institutional Sales and Marketing, to find out a little more about the publisher’s new ebook platform. The interview is only eight minutes long, but here are some of the key points if you don’t have an opportunity to listen:

  • * Ebook platform launch coincides with new Britannica Education Publishing project, which is in partnership with Rosen Publishing and consists of hundreds of nonfiction titles.
  • * Platform offers standard user interactivity features like notes, highlighting.
  • * Britannica’s own platform is browser-based, but will offer downloading to external devices sometime this fall. Formats will be announced then.
  • * Books are available through OverDrive and other platforms as well as Britannica’s.
  • * There’s no platform fee—buy once, have access permanently.
  • * MARC records are included.
  • * Books are authenticated at the library level, so users don’t have to create individual accounts unless they want to (to store notes or highlights, for example).
  • * Multiple pricing models: single volume purchase, multi-user, unlimited user.
  • * All titles listed at, and include 15-20 page samples.

Via No Shelf Required


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