Lux Digital Magazine Minutes 2015 07

Lux Committee Digital Magazine Meeting Minutes
7/27/15

This special meeting was convened to discuss the future of LION’s digital magazine platform. Our current subscription with Zinio ends in September, and there is a competing product available from OverDrive.

Alan created a comparison chart of the two products, which we shared prior to the meeting. The notes in red are comments from the meeting or information gathered after it.

 

ZINIO

OVERDRIVE

AVAILABILITY

Current issues and all back issues from
subscriptions.

AVAILABILITY

Current issues only.
Back issues if checked out by patron
when current (build own library)
Back issues – maybe Fall 2015

 READER

Zinio for Libraries app (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch,
Android, Kindle Fire HD/HDX)
ZINIO reader in any Browser (streaming)

 

READER

Nook DEVICES
Nook app (note: not available on Mac or Windows less than 8)
Some staff reported better usability in
nook app

 PLATFORM FEE

$12,500 for 2015/16
Cannot subscribe as a consortium to a
competing platform during contract. Can
subscribe to a competitor as an individual library.

 PLATFORM FEE

$0 for 2015/16
$7500 for 2016/17
Negotiable with multiyear commitment

 LENDING TERMS

Simultaneous use
Limits by issue – not a problem so far

LENDING TERMS

Simultaneous use
Limits by issue – Economist=5
Limits by issue are lower than Zinio generally

CHECKOUT LIMIT

none

 CHECKOUT LIMIT

We can set

CONTENT

Acceptable pricing
Over 100 titles of reasonable quality
Better selection in personal finance and
children’s

CONTENT

Acceptable pricing
Over 100 titles of reasonable quality

TRAINING

Staff and some patrons already familiar with
product

TRAINING

Staff and patrons would need to learn nook app, unless they already use it for other purposes

UPCOMING ENHANCEMENTS

Full-text article search (later this year) 

UPCOMING ENHANCEMENTS

Back issues (maybe Fall 2015, but maybe much later)

 

Most of the attendees felt that the shortcomings of the OverDrive platform (lack of back issues, fewer compatible devices and operating systems) and the need for patron and staff retraining overrode the benefits of the lower cost and one-stop shopping. We will have a one-vote-per-library survey available for the next two weeks to select the platform we recommend at the upcoming Board meeting.

 

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