Britannica launches a new web-based e-book service

Big news from Britannica today, they just launched a new web-based e-books product.  The first 15 pages of each single-volume, illustrated title are free.  Libraries can contact Britannica for pricing.

Here is more information from the press release:  Students in elementary school through college can easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects they’re studying through a new Web-based e-books service available to schools and libraries from Britannica Digital Learning.

The new service, at ebooks.eb.com, makes it easier than ever to use Britannica’s expert-written single-volume titles for research, papers, homework and projects. More than 300 non-fiction digital books are now available. They cover the full range of curriculum, including math, science, language arts, social studies and health.

Each e-book contains the entire text of the print edition and illustrations – many of which are striking, high-definition and full-color.  Tables of contents, indexes and glossaries are hyperlinked and fully searchable.

“These books are extremely valuable in digital form. They can be searched by several students at once, making them more accessible and useful than a single bound book,” said Michael Ross, senior vice president and general manager of Britannica Digital Learning.

E-books are whiteboard ready, making them ideal for use both in small classrooms and large lecture halls. Schools do not have to spend additional funds on reading devices; these e-books can be accessed 24/7 by students, teachers, and library patrons through any Web connection. All titles in a school’s or library’s holdings can be searched with a single keyword. Password-protected notes can be saved and the material can be printed.

Britannica plans to add hundreds of additional e-book titles in the next few years. The first 15 pages of each title are available free at ebooks.eb.com. Pricing, titles and more are available at 1-800-621-3900.