'Active readers are already getting their teeth into the app'

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague is committed to digitization. An app on which readers can borrow sixteen magazines - from Vrij Nederland and Psychologie Magazine to Margriet - is part of this. Graphit set up this pilot together with partner SPRYLAB. It is a digital environment in which publishers place the magazines and the app MagazinesBieb, on which they can be read.

The question

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek had previously played with the idea of making individual articles available to its members, but took a different approach: “The purchasing committee of the online library and our members wanted to be able to read entire magazines digitally. Graphit and SPRYLAB have the necessary experience in making magazines available on apps. That is very difficult, because journal articles often contain heavy images that have to be loaded, ”says Petra Rijkelijkhuizen, strategic account manager at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

On top of this, she believes, additional matters that the parties in the development took into account: a digital environment in which publishers make their content available, the fixed loan period, publishers who want to know how often articles are read and the privacy of the readers.

The process

Joris de Jong, consultant at Graphit, managed the process by means of workshops, testing and reviewing the app and monitoring the planning. In the workshops, the requirements just mentioned were translated into the app. Joris and Ronald Leusink, partner at Graphit, explain: “It was a voyage of discovery: how do you unlock the content via an app - with the expectations of the reader, library and publisher in mind? How do publishers want to present their content? What does the lending process of the library members look like? ”

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The result

“We have not made the Graphit and SPRYLAB easy, but the process went well and we are satisfied with the result. Readers can borrow the magazines for three weeks, on a tablet or smartphone. Always the penultimate issue, but also previous editions. The app, a pilot that will run until the end of 2021, already seems to meet a need. Active readers have put their teeth into it and come up with missing editions or suggestions for new magazines. ”

There may also be titles for the youth. These are now lacking due to the demands placed on apps for readers under the age of sixteen. Ronald and Joris emphasize that the app has more potential than the current representation of the content in PDF form. “Richer content experiences are possible. Think of videos in the text or improving readability. "

About SPRYLAB

SPRYLAB is a German software company that offers an efficient end-to-end solution for digital publishing of mobile and tablet apps with Purple DS®.

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