As the adoption of electronic content becomes an increasingly significant part of academic life, academic institutions without a delivery platform for their eBooks, eChapters, eJournals and eContent in general are forced to rely on third parties for the creation of eContent, marketing, sales and delivery. In extreme circumstances academic institutions have to buy their own titles back from third parties, which is costly and time consuming.
The format of written content is diversifying - eBooks are are becoming available in eChapters, eNewsletters and other derivative formats which can be delivered to readers electronically, which is fuelling increasing pressure on academic publishers to provide different methods of publishing electronic content. In order to satisfy this demand, academic publishers require the appropriate online tools to create, manage and distribute eContent.
End users increasingly require eContent in portable formats from streaming to downloads and in styles from eBooks to eChapters (which print does not allow), making it far easier for them to discover and access content.
Harnessing cloud technology, CloudPublish gives academic institutions access to an advanced eBook creation, management and delivery tool which would otherwise have taken years and significant cost to develop.
CloudPublish means academic institutions can power their existing website through CloudPublish’s simple API (Application Program Interface) or develop their own sophisticated eContent creation, management and fulfilment website complete with bespoke branding. Adopting CloudPublish effectively ends the dependency on third parties for eContent creation and delivery, and hands control over these vital functions back to academic institutions.
CloudPublish has been designed to complement, but not to interfere with existing publishing systems. Operationally, this means customer databases are not replaced, neither are existing eCommerce systems. Publishing workflows are also not disrupted.
The CloudPublish API allows integration at ‘arm’s length’, with no disruption to an existing website. Academic institutions use their own website (with the coding language used to create it) and simply and easily make connections to the array of CloudPublish tools through our API, with the resultant enhanced website presented in their own preferred way. Additionally, CloudPublish’s advanced eReader requires no installation on academic institutions’ servers.
Once integrated CloudPublish allows academic institutions to create content, catalogue and manage titles, and directly deliver their eContent to individuals and other institutions.
CloudPublish provides secure title management, user authentication (including Shibboleth and OpenAthens), subject code conversion, bibliographic referencing, MARC21 record creation, and download and subscription management. CloudPublish is pre-integrated with industry standard metadata solutions, including ONIX, OAI-PMH, OpenURL, and DOI.
CloudPublish technology means eContent can be made directly available to end users in formats which print does not allow, opening new avenues for business development. CloudPublish allows academic institutions to create and securely deliver eBooks, eChapters, eJournals and eContent in general in both streaming with ‘soft DRM’ and download with ‘hard DRM’. CloudPublish eContent management systems make it easier for end users to discover and access content, while providing the flexibility for publishers to offer a comprehensive range of business models from a concurrent user model to patron driven acquisition.
Adopting CloudPublish requires no capital investment in hardware or software, only the cost of website development, a set up fee and a subscription to the service. CloudPublish is the complete, end-to-end and affordable eBook creation and management solution for academic institutions.
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