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The Ebook impact on interlending has so far been minimal but the performance of ebrary might change this. Or is it a case of the cake simply growing bigger? Paula Hane writes in Newslink (Ed.):
... it's heartening for me to begin the new year by reporting on a company that has just ended 2003 by exhibiting tremendous forward momentum and success. ebrary, a provider of interactive, electronic full-text databases, just announced that it has increased its customer base by 300 percent in the last year, achieved a renewal rate exceeding 95 percent for its database subscriptions, and now offers a collection of more than 35,000 titles.ebrary uses its technology to create online databases of content from leading publishers, which it then licenses to more than 350 libraries and other institutions. It offers the content in the form of searchable, simultaneous-use databases rather than as separate e-book titles for individual use. ebrary currently features more than 35,000 full-text books, sheet-music titles, maps, reports, and other documents from more than 175 academic, trade, and professional publishers. The company increased its aggregated databases by more than 30 percent in 2003 at no additional cost to its customers, while adding more than 30 new publishers. It also launched ebrary Discover, a fee-based consumer site designed for individuals who don't have access to the ebrary database collections through a library.
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Source: Newslink Issue 51, Jan 2004, available at: www.infotoday.com