Last week I interviewed Michael Bills, Director for Sales, Digital Products, from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio. Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader.
For more information on blio, visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm
Michaels interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.
The following is the second post from Sylvia Miller, Project Director, “The Long Civil Rights Movement,” University of North Carolina Press. This post discusses enhanced e-books and “portal books,” those that offer multimedia links from annotations within the book.
This is a follow up to a recent posting on what we have learned from the LCRM Project’s online publishing pilot.
This blog post has two sections:
1. Publisher-library partnerships and enhanced e-books
2. Links to related “portal books” projects and enhanced e-books Continue reading
Sylvia Miller, Project Director for “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement,” University of North Carolina Press has given me permission to post in entirety, the following. It is a summary of the Long Civil Rights Movement pilot project, which took place over the past 14 months.
This post contains 4 sections:
1. Close of the online pilot
2. The expected, the unexpected, and in between
3. What did we learn?
4. What is next for the LCRM Project?
From an Ingram Press Release: Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced that Vital Source has grown its e-textbook offering with the acquisition of VPG Integrated Media (VPG), a leading developer of award-winning enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects and e-whiteboard content, and state-of-the-art video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers.
The acquisition of VPG has expanded the ability of Vital Source to further enhance the digital learning experience. Vital Source and VPG, together, present an unmatched e-textbook offering that meets the demands of publishers, educators, and students in this new era of learning opportunities. The joining of VPG’s ability to turn a textbook into an interactive experience, Vital Source’s proven e-textbook platform and its strong relationships with publishers, institutions and students will streamline the creation and distribution of digital books globally. Continue reading
First Street™ was launched this month by CQ Press. The new database takes data from 20 years of CQ Press print directories and a variety of other political resources and cross references them for relationships. They have a visual aspect as well, called coalition builder. It’s fascinating to see how traditional print reference directories have come to new life in online databases. More information on First Street is available in an article from Information Today.
OhioLINK has been named a recipient of a $750,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a new initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults. OhioLINK’s winning project will build off of its successful Ohio Digital Bookshelf program by creating multimedia and self-assessment tools to help students succeed in fundamental math and applied engineering courses. OhioLINK’s proposal was one of 29 recipients chosen out of 600 pre-proposals and 50 finalists. Continue reading
From an iPublishCentral press release: Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization that produces Sesame Street, and Impelsys today announced the launch of the Sesame Street eBookstore iPad app. The app provides access to more than 150 Sesame Street eBooks, which are also available via an online subscription at http://ebooks.sesamestreet.org/.
The app is available for free in Apple’s App Store. Users can browse title selection free of charge. To read all eBook titles, the app invites users to subscribe to either one month of full access for $3.99 or one year of unlimited access for $39.99. Current subscribers of the Sesame Street eBookstore can use the app to access their bookshelf with an iPad and will not need to make an additional subscription purchase.
The app was just released this month and quickly rocketed into the Top 10 Free Apps in the “Books” category on Apple’s iTunes store. Continue reading