In 2011, nine Maine library partners formed the Maine Shared Collections Strategy (MSCS): Portland Public Library, Bangor Public Library, the Maine State Library, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, Colby College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, and Maine InfoNet. MSCS was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). One of the outcomes of the project was the implementation of a state-wide delivery service for both E-book-On-Demand (EOD) and Print-On-Demand (POD) to complement the physical delivery service.
Maine libraries look for innovative ways to improve the patron experience. Large-scale digital collections such as the HathiTrust and Google Books provide an opportunity to expand access to books previously inaccessible to patrons in Maine library catalogs.
These guidelines are intended to make Maine library patrons aware of the EOD and POD services available to them and provide guidance on how to take advantage of these services.
What is E-book-On-Demand?
Is this service available now?
Yes, approximately 1.4 million HathiTrust digitized titles have been added to the state-wide library MaineCat to make the digital copies easily discoverable alongside any available MaineCat library copies. The records contain links to Google Books when available, HathiTrust, and the Print-On-Demand request service (see below). See example:
What can I view?
Clicking on the “Read online from HathiTrust” link will take you to the HathiTrust catalog where you can view fully works that are public domain when viewed from anywhere in the world. These are works published anywhere in the world prior to 1873. Also viewable are works that are public domain only when viewed from the United States. These are works published prior to 1923 in the U.S.
Clicking on the “Access via Google Books” link (when available) will take you to the Google Books catalog where you can also view a copy of the work.
What can I download?
Clicking on the “Read online from HathiTrust” link will take you to the HathiTrust where as well as viewing the work you can also select in the “Get this Book” heading (on the left side of the window) “Download this page” which allows you to download single-page PDFs of all public domain works.
Clicking on the “Download whole book” link in the “Get this Book” heading (on the left side of the window) will allow you to download a full-PDF of public domain works that are not subject to third-party agreements.
One such third-party agreement is for material digitized by Google. HathiTrust have taken steps to prevent bulk download of materials Google have digitized, which means that some works will have “Partner login required” under “Download whole Book” and can only be downloaded by a patron of a HathiTrust partner institution (see ”What more can I access as a patron of a HathiTrust partner?”).
However, those works with Google restrictions should also have a link to Google Books in the MaineCat record and clicking on this link will take you to Google Books where in most cases the work will be available for anyone to download in full.
The easiest way to download a work in Google Books is to click on the “EBOOK-FREE” or “READ EBOOK” links on the left hand side of the Google Books window.
In most cases you can choose whether you want to download a EPUB or PDF version.
Some Google Books works will have the text “No eBook available” on the left hand side of the Google Books window.
However, in most cases you can still download a PDF copy by going to the the gear/settings drop down link on the right hand side of the Google Books window and selecting “Download PDF”.
Note: Downloaded works can be saved to your computer. If you have a Google account you can add the downloaded work to your Google Drive.
Can I download a portion of a book?
No, both HathiTrust and Google Books currently don’t offer the ability to download a portion of a book such as an article or chapter.
What more can I access as a patron of a HathiTrust partner institution?
Patrons of HathiTrust partner libraries have increased levels of access to works within the HathiTrust. Currently the University of Maine (Orono) and Colby College are the only Maine library partners. Patrons of the University of Maine (Orono) and Colby College can download works only available to partner institutions (indicated by the “Partner login required”) message by clicking on the “Download whole Book” link.
This link will open a window where you will be required to log in with the name of their partner institution and your campus login information.
Partner libraries also have specialized access to in-copyright materials for patrons who have print disabilities. HathiTrust also allows other lawful uses of in copyright materials such as those afforded by U.S. copyright law: Section 108 (print replacement copies, digital access to applicable works) and fair uses of in-copyright materials.
Do I have to go via MaineCat to access HathiTrust & Google Books?
No, independently of MaineCat you can go directly to the respective HathiTrust and Google Books online catalogs to search for available works. Bibliographic and full text search are available in HathiTrust for all volumes (including in-copyright works) in the HathiTrust.
How can I get a physical copy of something I’m viewing?
You have a number of options for getting a physical copy of a work you are viewing:
- In the HathiTrust catalog in the “Get this Book” heading (on the left side of the window) you can click on the “Find in a library” link to find a copy (using OCLC WorldCat.org) at a library near you. If you do not have access to a nearby library or the item is not available locally, you may request it through inter-library loan.
- In Google Books clicking on “Get this book in print” will give you the option to “Find in a library” which will allow you to find a copy (using OCLC WorldCat.org) at a library near you. The “Get this book in print” also has different options for purchasing a copy of the book from commercial vendors.
- Some works in the HathiTrust will have a “Buy a copy” link in the “Get this Book” heading which will send you to Amazon.com.
If a print copy is not available you can request a Print-On-Demand (POD) copy using the guidelines below.
Is there a fee for the EOD service?
What is Print-On-Demand?
Print-On-Demand (POD) is a service where individual requests are submitted to create a new printed copy of a digital title. The requestor keeps the POD copy permanently: it’s not a loan.
Who can make a POD request?
The Print-On-Demand (POD) Service is available to ALL Maine library patrons with a Maine postal address. To request a POD copy you must click on the “PURCHASE” link and fill in the order form.
What can I request?
HathiTrust digital copies are being used to generate the POD copies. Only public domain works made available by HathiTrust can be printed. Only books where POD is available will have a link in the E-book-On-Demand/Print-On-Demand record that says “Purchase Print Copy from University of Maine Bookstore”.
Who keeps the POD copy?
The book is yours to keep: it’s not a library loan.
Is there a fee for POD requests?
Yes. Prices below include shipping and handling, but be aware that 5.5% sales tax will be collected at the University Bookstore site when the transaction is placed. When you get a confirmation email from UMaine Printing Services, please click on the link to pay for your order on the the official UMaine Bookstore website to complete your order.
- If the requested book has 1-150 pages, cost will be $29.99.
- If the requested book has 151-300 pages, cost will be $34.99.
- If the requested book has 301-500 pages, cost will be $42.99.
- Any request over 500 pages will require being printed in two or more volumes, and you will be notified directly with the cost.
How do I submit a POD request?
If you have found a book in MaineCat and see the “Purchase Print Copy from University of Maine Bookstore” link in the record then a POD copy is available. Click on the “Purchase Print Copy from University of Maine Bookstore” link and then if you want to proceed with the request click on the “PURCHASE” link and fill in the form to request a print copy (some fields are mandatory). See example:
How will I know if my request was successful?
After completing the request form you will be directed to a page which looks like this:
Within 1 hour you will receive an email confirming your order. The confirmation email will contain a link to a payment form where you can use a debit or credit card to pay for the book. You will then receive an email confirming your order.
Whom do I contact if I have problems with or questions about the POD service?
Please contact Valerie McTigue, Customer Service, University of Maine Printing and Mailing Services on (207) 581-3765 or printing_services
Who prints the POD copy?
A bound copy of the book will be printed by the University of Maine Printing and Mailing Services.
Please note that text, illustrations, photos and maps may not print as clearly as they display online.
How will I receive the POD copy?
The University of Maine Printing and Mailing Services will send the book to the mailing address included in the request form.
How long before I receive my POD copy?
Generally within two business weeks after confirmation of payment. However, the time may vary depending on the size of the order and/or how pages are in the book.