What is the difference between ebrary and desLibris?
- 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
- Both services operate on a 365-day subscription term which may start anytime
- desLibris provides perpetual access for Documents to any documents subscriber. For Books, desLibris offers perpetual access models similar to ebrary’s
- 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 www.delibris.ca 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.”
- Both services offer online viewing; no reader is required. The online reader in desLibris is an HTML reader accessible online on any device
- 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
- Both Platforms provide usage reporting
- Both platforms offer search based on the fulltext of the document. In desLibris, this may be turned off or on by the user