Over the last two years, The Charlotte Initiative for Permanent Acquisition of E-books by Academic Libraries (charlotteinitiative.uncc.edu/), a research grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has studied the current state of e-books in the academic market. At the heart of the project are three core principles proposed for e-book licenses:
• Provision of irrevocable perpetual access and archival rights.
• Allowance for unlimited simultaneous users.
• Freedom from any Digital Rights Management (DRM), including (but not limited to) use of proprietary formats, restricted access to content, or time-limited access terms.
Throughout the life of the grant, groups of librarians, publishers, library vendors, and consortia leaders discussed how these principles effect licensing, user experience, course use, and platform/preservation of content.
As the grant closes, project leaders share findings and seek to keep the discussion going among our peers as the market continues to evolve.