The British Library, Adobe and Elsevier Science Set Standard for Secure Ejournal Delivery

Dec 06, 2002

The British Library and Adobe have leveraged the Library's expertise in distributing digital content with Adobe's encryption technology to set a new standard for secure electronic document delivery (EDD) services. The British Library has integrated Adobe Content Server encryption and Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader software into its electronic document delivery operations, allowing customers of the Library's inside service to order PDF files of articles from Elsevier Science and other publishers on a strict pay-per-view basis. Working together, the British Library and Elsevier Science have used Adobe's technology to answer publishers' needs to help provide secure delivery of articles and to help companies and publishers enforce copyright and manage rights in the digital environment.

The British Library's approach has won the endorsement of Elsevier Science, a leading publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. Elsevier Science will make articles from 1,700 of its titles available in PDF format to the Library's document supply customers. Titles covered by the agreement include journals such as The Lancet, Tetrahedron and Brain Research, through to more specialist periodicals.

The British Library can now supply PDF files of journal articles from over 2,500 key titles from the top research publishers (including 800 titles covered by separate deals with S. Karger AG and Kluwer Academic Publishers). Using the Library's inside service, customers can search for relevant articles; select the items they require; and quickly obtain print-quality copies of articles delivered directly to their desktop. Articles can be viewed on screen and printed using Adobe's Acrobat eBook Reader.

Prices for the new PDF electronic delivery service include copyright fees and customers can pay using a secure credit card payment facility. In the future, PDF electronic delivery will also be available on other British Library Web-based services.

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