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EBSCO Unveils New Subject Sets To Its e-Book Collection
Information Services has unveiled 12 new e-book subject sets to its
that now numbers more than 200 sets.
e-book subject sets are pre-packaged collections of titles in
high-interest subject areas designed to make it easier for a library's end user
search for information they need and, at the same time, make the
of developing a collection of e-books less complicated.
a library patron or a student using a college library who is looking
for information on diseases or pharmaceutical science (two of the new
sets now being offered by EBSCO) can go to one of these subject sets to
for e-books that would be most helpful to him or her.
end user has identified the e-book, and if it is already one that the
library has purchased from EBSCO, he or she can download it immediately.
library has not already purchased the e-book, it may make the decision to
it immediately and, if not, at least be aware of the e-books its end
subject sets EBSCO is adding to its collection are:
titles essential purchases;
has more than 600,000 e-books and audiobooks in all of its
collections and is constantly acquiring new content, based on the
the clearly most popular subject sets — like American history, health
wellness and personal growth — have as many as 600 titles each. Others,
specific scientific or technical fields, have fewer but are targeted at
niche audience that would be interested in them. None of the titles
more than one subject set — meaning there is no overlap between them.
although EBSCO releases new subject sets each year in some very popular
areas, there is no year-to-year overlap either.
users access to EBSCO's database in this way increases the amount and
of information libraries can provide them with. At the same time, it
costs for libraries by making the e-book and audiobook collections its
most want available to them.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.