Need a ruling on Freading


Original Post 1/8/13

 

Susan Mark (WY)

 

Before I submit this: Freading: 20,000 ebooks or 1 database? 

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SDC Comments:

 

Katina Jones (MO)

 

Isn’t that the one that has unlimited, simultaneous checkouts for each purchased unit??

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Susan Mark (WY)

 

Yes it is. Usage is throttled through a token system so downloads per patron is limited somewhat, but if every patron in the state wants to download the same book, it will do it.

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Nelson Worley (VA)

 

Did we not decide that that Freading wouild be counted as "units of purchase?"

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Rob Geiszler (VIT

 

Don’t we have to answer the question as to whether the librarian “selects” the items included?

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Susan Mark (WY)

 

Yes, we do. I have an email in to our WYLD office to see how much selection (if any) goes on with this one.

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Juan Lee (UT)

 

My understanding is that there is NO selection of titles in Freading and Freegal. You just purchase access to the entire catalog. To me, that sounds more like a database...

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Daria Bossman (SD)

 

I agree. That was my understanding.

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Diana Very (GA)

 

Looks like database to me.

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Susan Mark (WY)

 

OK. Works for me. Database it is. Thanks, all!

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Nicolle Steffen (CO)

 

Agreed. After reviewing the PLS definitions and licensing/usage agreement (and much hand-wringing), in CO we decided to counted Freading as a database last year.

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Scott Dermont (IA)

 

The question I’ve been asking myself in these cases is “Does the library have any control over what titles are in this resource.” If the answer is yes, I’d count the individual titles. If the answer is no, I count it as a database.

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Katina Jones (MO)

 

But even if they have control over the content, if multiple/every patrons can use one copy simultaneously (like a PDF of an article on engine repair), then it should be counted as a database. Right?

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Susan Mark (WY)

 

That's where we get back to the "units of purchase" concept. For a one-file, one-use, the unit of purchase is the copy. For an unlimited use, the unit of purchase is the title. 

 

The distinction between database and ebooks is dependent on whether the library is selecting content, not dependent on the licensing model. 

 

Clear as mud?