Based on experience in the field of ebooks, which EAP began in 2005, the e-reading virtual library called Edu-library was presented (March 22, 2011). This portal allows the online reading of academic publications in both EPUB format and PDF format.
The Edu-library portal, absolutely pioneer in Spain, has been collaborating, as prescribers, with the library service of the University of Girona, the University Institute of Applied Linguistics and the Research Unit in Audiovisual Communication (both from the University Pompeu Fabra) and, finally, the Institute of Cultural Industries of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
On the other hand, since 2012 and in collaboration with the CBUC (now part of the CSUCA), the portal offered free access to the entire university community (CSUCA-affiliated centers).
With the partnership of the consortium, which is expandable at the UdG and in the rest of Catalan universities, the Edu-library portal is considered as an aggregator of academic content where you can upload content from any university publishing house or publications service.
For the whole of the university communities, the Edu-Library portal, implies initial advantages, which can be multiplied to the extent that the portal multiplies its technical possibilities. In general, we note that:
- It allows the dissemination of the titles, immediately of contents, without the current costs of distribution, to all the researchers and members of the community.
- The publication in ebook, completely discarding the paper edition, allows the reduction of up to 60% of the cost of publications.
- The publication in ebook does not imply, at all, the disappearance of the publication on paper. It allows the publication of the strictly necessary copies, with the consequent reduction of costs that this implies.
With present and future benefits, Edu-library offers the university community a very powerful tool for the dissemination of research results at much lower costs than the current ones. To guarantee it, EAP modified the portal during the year 2013 so that it was possible not only to read publications in EPUB format but also in PDF format. Given the foreseeable difficulty (technical and, therefore, economic) of converting the fund into EPUB, the PDF format offers a very simple and accessible outlet for any university publisher or service of publications such as PDF, unlike EPUB, is a file of common use and, in any case, it is very economical and simple to generate by digitization (with OCR) of printed copies.