Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

EBSCO eBooks integrates Choice outstanding titles

IPSWICH, Mass. — August 26, 2014 — An agreement between Choice magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) and EBSCO Information Services will highlight the EBSCO eBooks that have been named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles. This agreement will allow librarians to easily identify and acquire the titles that have been designated as excellent in presentation and scholarship, bringing exceptional support to the research of their students and faculty and increasing the value of their overall library collection. Continue reading

McGraw-Hill and Unbound Medicine deliver AccessMedicine to mobile clinicians with new app

McGraw-Hill Professional Chooses Unbound Medicine to Deliver AccessMedicine® to Mobile Clinicians - New App Leverages Institutional Capabilities of the Unbound™ Platform

Charlottesville, VA, July 31, 2014 –(PR.com)– Unbound Medicine, a leader in knowledge management solutions for health care announces the availability of McGraw-Hill Professional’s AccessMedicine App powered by the award-winning Unbound Platform. Now subscribers can download trusted resources to iOS and Android® smartphones and tablets and consult critical information on the go without an internet connection. Continue reading

World Book’s new and improved Early World of Learning

I took a spin through World Book’s new Early World of Learning.  It’s now optimized for iPads (although my test run was on my PC) and offers three interactive learning environments designed for easy integration into classroom and library programming.  These environments are:

  • Trek’s Travels
  • Welcome to Reading
  • Know It

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EBSCO eBooks now offering eBooks from Hachette Book Group

IPSWICH, Mass. — July 31, 2014 — Popular fiction and non-fiction e-books published by Hachette Book Group are now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Hachette, a “Big 5” trade and educational publisher, has partnered with EBSCO to give customers of EBSCO eBooks access to titles from authors like David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, Anne River Siddons and more.

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EPUB3 fixed layout eBooks live for public libraries via OverDrive

OverDrive’s browser-based OverDrive Read™ allows seamless reading on any device with a modern web browser and now optimizes the reading experience on desktop and mobile devices for a variety of graphic children’s titles, comics, and other illustrated titles as beautifully as the author and publisher prepared for print. This EPUB3 fixed-layout breakthrough gives OverDrive partners unprecedented access to thousands of never-before-available eBooks, including highly-illustrated series of DK titles such as Ancient Rome and Star Wars Jedi Battles, as well as iconic and popular children’s titles like Corduroy and Armadilly Chili from publishers such as Penguin and Albert Whitman & Company. Continue reading

Axis 360 Digital Media Platform now integrated with Boopsie

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 29, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that it has integrated its Axis 360 digital media platform with Boopsie, the leading mobile app platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide. Continue reading

ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks.  Panelists included:

  • Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
  • Elizabeth Joseph – recently appointed Coordinator of Information and adult services at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Stuart Smith -  Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
  • Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
  • Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
  • Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.

I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch,  They both agreed to share their slides, which are available here:

Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks.  For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take.  But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words:  create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading

Odilio partners with eVoke Colorado for customization of local ebook interface

The statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs.

By project end, eVoke Colorado endeavors to create an alpha-stage, end-to-end cloud e-content infrastructure that can provide digital content purchasing and lending capabilities to all Colorado libraries. Earlier this year, the project achieved milestones allowing library users to search and access e-content alongside physical content, see real-time availability, and download titles from within library catalogs. Continue reading

ebrary to retire mobile app in August

ebrary will be launching a new and improved ebrary reader in the next few months.  Many of the new features are listed below (and also available in a ppt).  As a result of the new reader, ebrary will be retiring the dedicated mobile app on August 4th.  The new ereader is designed with laptop and tablet use in mind, tablets using the Bluefire app as access point (which has already been available for some time).

New features of Reader:

  • Clearer user permissions & information on ebooks for patrons
  • Intuitive navigation to find popular features faster
  • Higher text quality & display options for better readability
  • Focus on streamlining key tasks:
    Copy, print, download, in-book search
  • Enhanced support for accessibility needs (Q4)