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What is the difference between ebrary and desLibris?

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2017 07:44PM EDT
  • desLibris delivers all CEL content, so any title on the CEL/ebrary platform is now available on desLibris. In addition, desLibris is adding new content sources such as the Government of Canada Checklists which were not available on ebrary.
  • Books: desLibris/CEL covers only Canadian publishers, both scholarly and trade. Ebrary covers international publishers
  • desLibris content is updated weekly
  • User licenses are similar in all meaningful respects. See here for the desLibris license
Subscription term:
  • Both services operate on a 365-day subscription term which may start anytime
Perpetual Access:
  • desLibris provides perpetual access for Documents to any documents subscriber.  For Books, desLibris offers perpetual access models similar to ebrary’s
Local Hosting:
  • Permitted in both. In desLibris, the license contains this statement: “Open Access Titles may be downloaded, stored in local storage devices and shared freely under the terms of the CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.”
Offsite Access and Authentication:
  • Content is IP-authenticated in both systems. Both allow for offsite access through proxy servers
Channels and Open URL
  • There is a significant difference between the two platforms. ebrary uses customer-specific channels to deliver content, which means that urls referring to any title are specific to the channel. deslibris on the other hand, because it does not use customer-specific channels, is able to offer "open urls" which are available to anyone, allowing public visitors to the site to view all titles in preview form. When a user from an authenticated site views the same title, however, the full document is displayed. 
  • Free in both services. But because desLibris does not use site-specific urls, the 856 field in desLibris is standard. Thus desLibris MARC records are “generic.”
Online Reading:
  • Both services offer online viewing; no reader is required. The online reader in desLibris is an HTML reader accessible online on any device
Offline Reading:
  • The desLibris HTML reader provides offline access to authorized books on any device equipped with a browser
Download to devices:
  • Public Documents: desLibris supports unlimited download in DRM-free PDF
  • Books: epub download will be available in Fall 2017
  • The desLibris viewer has built in printing and copying, with limits placed at 10% of the book
Usage Reporting:
  • Both Platforms provide usage reporting
Fulltext Search:
  • Both platforms offer search based on the fulltext of the document.  In desLibris, this may be turned off or on by the user

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