Oxford and Google Wallet – bonus or bother?

Oxford Reference Online   had introduced a new service. Now instead of just having the titles that the library subscribes to, they have all titles available in the Oxford online catalogue. In practical terms, this means you may start reading a title you have sought an answer from, but then be requested for payment from “Google Wallet”.

The way to get around this is to tick the box to the left asking only to search for  content “provided by library”. You have to keep ticking this box after each search.  Oxford’s explanation for this development?

Google Wallet for Content provides a new model for purchasing short-form reference content designed to provide immediate answers for search queries. By making taster content available for free, this pilot is expected to make the OUP content within libraries’ holdings more discoverable and, ultimately, boost usage of these resources.

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