ProQuest announced today that it is acquiring Coutts and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. It is also “entering into a strategic partnership” with Ingram for print distribution.
Without knowing how long this has been in the works, the easiest interpretation of this move is that it is a response to EBSCO’s purchase of YBP (see earlier coverage of that development here). ProQuest is selling this acquisition as a further expansion of its ebook content (adding MyiLibrary titles to the Ebrary and EBL titles already available from ProQuest). At the same time, these statements say that nothing will change immediately for current MyiLibrary customers. ProQuest also promises this will not delay the ongoing integration of the Ebrary and EBL platforms.
It’s been ten days since the announcement that EBSCO bought YBP from Baker &Taylor, but the benefit of being late to comment is that we can corral much of what’s already been said.
Here is the original press release from EBSCO that it is buying YBP (including its GOBI platform) from Baker & Taylor.
Here is a PDF of FAQs for current customers.
Both of these documents promise minimal disruption in the near future.
Notably, within an hour of receiving the EBSCO press release over email, I received ProQuest’s press release assuring customers that its ongoing relationship with YBP would not change. ProQuest elaborated on this here, promising that its ebrary and EBL ebooks would continue to be available through GOBI. ProQuest is often seen as EBSCO’s big rival in academic ebooks and online journal databases, and both EBSCO’s and ProQuest’s ebook platforms have been playing reasonably nice with YBP’s GOBI platform.
Here is Baker & Taylor’s press release about the sale of YBP to EBSCO.
Meredith Schwartz at Library Journal did a write-up, with her same-day article containing quotes from three EBSCO executives, as well as an academic librarian from EBSCO’s advisory board.
The February issue of The CRIV Sheet is online and on its way to your mailbox!
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by Brian Huffman, Dakota County Law Library
ProQuest Congressional and Legislative Insight: A Few Thoughts from a Future Law Librarian
by Clanitra L. Stewart, M.L.I.S. Candidate, University of South Carolina
Law Library as Purveyor of Appellate Briefs
by Liz Reppe, Minnesota State Law Library