Bowker’s new Books-In-Print Improves Discovery of eBooks

Bowker has released a new version of Books In Print.   The new Books In Print is visually appealing and easy to navigate; robust for professional use by librarians, booksellers, and publishers, yet easy enough for novice users.  Even better, ebooks are easier to discover.  Mark Tullos, MLIS and Senior Product Manager at Bowker, offered some step-by-step instructions on discovering ebooks in print.  “From the new Books in Print advanced search, the user can enter the keyword in subject for example  “politics”, filter by forthcoming, book, and ebook, and receive a list of forthcoming ebooks within that subject. Next, you can open an item record and navigate to the ebook tab to review the various distributors/publishers, formats and prices.  Through Bowker’s title linking feature, major review sources for all formats are linked to the item record.  Later in 2011, Bowker will provide links in the ebook tab that with take the user to major distributor platforms to either browse further or acquire.”

From the Press Release:  The New Books In Print has a number of advanced features to allow users to search, discover, and connect to what they need. After an initial search, four paths to greater discovery are revealed including a  list of relevancy-ranked titles, a list of all editions of a given title (“FRBR edition grouping”), a list of 50 data elements to help refine results (audience, awards, price, language, format, characters, etc.), and a word cloud that offers more choices associated with the original search

Also as a result of user feedback, the new Books in Print is title-driven rather than item-driven. A search delivers each title related to the keyword and provides users the tools to broaden or to refine the search. From the title page, users can connect to in-depth information, including annotations, chapters, reviews, author biographies, as well as a variety of availability criteria.  Further, an Advanced Search enables users to develop complex queries containing up to five different terms and 85 different ISBNs.

Social media features enable users to interact with the database.  With My Discoveries, users can make lists, tag items, rate them, and write their own reviews. Users can also create RSS feeds from any search, which gives them a powerful way to stay connected to information about that topic. On the librarian side, there’s a Collection Development List feature where “wish lists” for purchases can be saved with relevant bibliographic details. And, if the library enables the Hook to Holdings feature, anyone can easily search the current collection for any title they find in Books In Print.

The New Books In Print incorporates all of the information available to Global Books In Print subscribers through the same interface. The New Books In Print will eventually replace all Books In Print sites including the current Books In Print®, Global Books In Print, Children’s Books In Print, Spanish Books In Print, and Patron Books In Print. The popular readers’ advisory services, Fiction Connection™ and Non-Fiction Connection™, will become part of new Books In Print subscriptions.

Bowker is offering free online training for customers to help them switch from the legacy version of Books In Print. Go to http://www.booksinprint2.com/MainSite/getting_started.html to learn what’s involved in the training and to set up a session that will address your needs and questions.