Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 26, 2015 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.

“We set out to create a next-generation experience that truly delivers simplicity, providing users with the functionality they need to discover and enjoy digital content instantaneously, no matter where they are, in three steps or less,” said Amandeep Kochar, EVP Software Products & Services of Baker & Taylor. “To create the optimal, seamless app we aspired for, the process could not be rushed. Baker & Taylor is excited and proud of the end result — an all-encompassing design that’s intuitive, efficient and accessible to deliver the ultimate reading experience.” Continue reading Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App

Ex Libris and EBSCO collaborate for streamlined acquisition of journals and ebooks

Ipswich, Mass., and Jerusalem, Israel — June 25, 2015. Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a worldwide leader in library technology, content and services, are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost® platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as well.

According to the agreement, all print and electronic book and journal orders placed via an EBSCO online collection-development or ordering system will be automatically updated in the Ex Libris Alma® library management service through EBSCO’s use of the Alma Real Time Acquisition application programming interface (API). This first phase of the integration will streamline and further automate the acquisition process for libraries. In addition, EBSCO is making its proprietary linking technology available to Ex Libris to improve the accuracy of links from Ex Libris solutions to full text articles hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. Continue reading Ex Libris and EBSCO collaborate for streamlined acquisition of journals and ebooks

Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

For immediate release. Also at http://ebookfoundation.org/

June 26, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projects to be supported by the Free Ebook Foundation, have shared the goals of making free ebooks more available while focusing on different problems.

Unglue.it launched in 2012 with a focus on sustainable funding models for freely-licensed ebooks. For the last two years, it has worked to improve the access and distribution of these books by building a database of over 1200 Creative Commons licensed ebooks. Unglue.it has been incubated by Gluejar, Inc., a privately held company founded by Eric Hellman Continue reading Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015Through its robust partnerships with university presses, ProQuest has launched an inventive new option that helps libraries quickly build comprehensive e-book collections in one of the most valued content areas in academic libraries. ProQuest’s new University Press Ebook Subscription offers the most authoritative university press content from one convenient source. The new collection is an example of ProQuest’s commitment to enable libraries’ to build diverse, digital collections that stay ahead of the needs and expectations of students, faculty and scholars.  

“At ProQuest we are committed to creative product development that combines our strengths in ways that benefit libraries and their users,” said Kevin Sayar, ProQuest senior vice president, Books. “In this case, we’re leveraging the breadth and quality of our partnerships along with our renowned subscription model to enable any academic library to get the best university press content in a budget-friendly way.” Continue reading ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015 – ProQuest continues to innovate the ebook research and management experience with the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform. ProQuest Ebook Central integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.

“Going live with our beta program for ProQuest Ebook Central means that we’re on the doorstep of offering librarians and researchers the complete solution they’re seeking,” said Kevin Sayar, vice president and general manager, ProQuest Books. “We’re taking a collaboration-focused approach to our launch, working closely with those who will be using the platform to ensure it fits seamlessly into their workflow. The response is very encouraging.” Continue reading ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

ProQuest expands History Vault, three new modules

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 23, 2015 – ProQuest aims to improve outcomes of research on 20th century events and the people who made them happen by expanding its visionary ProQuest® History Vault collection of digitized primary sources. Three new modules provide online access to hard-to-find original documents chronicling the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century (Federal Government Records supplement); the New Deal and World War II (President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies); and critical intelligence efforts during wartime from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961). History Vault is part of ProQuest’s expansive digitization program that enables students and scholars to explore history as it happened and from diverse, often personal vantage points.

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Recorded Books and iVerse Media Form Exclusive Partnership to Deliver Digital Comics and Graphic Novels to Libraries

Libraries using any ILS can now offer seamless access to an exclusive collection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga on all major mobile devices and desktop systems

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – June 22, 2015 – Through an exclusive partnership, Recorded Books and iVerse Media will offer libraries and their patrons access to a selection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga titles both inside the library and remotely.

This partnership gives Recorded Books’ international sales team the exclusive right to sell Comics Plus: Library Edition (CP:LE) to public libraries in the United States and Canada. The Comics Plus product allows libraries to make the most diverse and unique content available to their patrons. As a result of this new partnership, libraries will have the flexibility to offer these titles either in a traditional desktop environment or via a mobile application for smartphones and tablets. Continue reading Recorded Books and iVerse Media Form Exclusive Partnership to Deliver Digital Comics and Graphic Novels to Libraries

EBSCO Discovery Service adds new resources

With EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) the highest quality information resources are available at your fingertips. To improve your experience with EDS, new content is regularly made available from the world’s top publishers.

Here are 3 new resources we’ve added to EBSCO Discovery Service:

1. Boardroom Insiders  

Boardroom Insiders provides more than 6,000 profiles of C‐level executives at major companies nationwide, as well as consulting services around key account marketing and CXO engagement strategy. Boardroom Insiders helps patrons start the right conversations with the right people to close more deals and build deeper relationships. All customers may search Boardroom Insiders metadata in EDS, but only subscribers have full access to their platform.

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Odilo brings leading publishers to libraries

(Denver, CO) June 18, 2015:

Odilo’s global reach and rapid expansion in the United States continues to attract publishers from around the world. Just six months after launching their innovative eBook lending library, Odilo now offers digital content from all of the leading publishers, including frontlist and backlist titles, along with pre-orders.

With the addition of Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, Odilo customers can easily choose from over 200,000 bestselling and popular titles, from over 550 publishers, in order to meet the needs and demands of their library patrons. Competitive pricing allows Odilo customers to use their savings for other essential library needs. Continue reading Odilo brings leading publishers to libraries

OCLC signs agreements with leading publishers worldwide

OCLC partners with global STEM and Open Access publishers to make content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services

DUBLIN, Ohio, June 9, 2015—OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and other subject areas to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.

“OCLC continues to partner with leading content providers to ensure discovery and access to libraries’ most critical resources,” said Suzanne Kemperman, OCLC Director, Business Development and Publisher Relations. Continue reading OCLC signs agreements with leading publishers worldwide