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Thousands of e-books are published each year; and rather than holding steady, e-book prices are rising—some 3.5% this year alone. With so many titles out there, how do you know which ones will actually circulate? Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) may be the answer for your library, and getting started needn’t be daunting. This LITA Guide includes more than 200 criteria questions to help you develop a DDA e-book program that’s right for your library, offering perspective on

  • Why DDA is worth considering, and how it increases instant access to more e-books for library users while holding down overall library book purchasing cost increases
  • Prioritizing goals to better negotiate with vendors
  • Workflow with library services providers and e-book aggregators
  • Managing trade-offs between staff time and direct costs
  • Factors in policy decisions, such as single or multiple vendors, short term loans, and mediating purchases
  • Using MARC records and discovery services
  • Vendor reporting, cost per use, processing costs, and other metrics for assessment
  • Incorporating DDA titles into your catalog

Focusing on the unique requirements and processes of e-book acquisition, this guide will help ensure that your library’s e-book collection is both vibrant and cost-effective.


This published version is made available on Dickinson Scholar with the permission of the publisher. For more information on the published version, visit American Library Association's Website.