Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

Kno – a new digital textbook platform and reader

Just saw an article about Kno, a new company launching a digital textbook platform and reader.  The device offers a two panel tablet for viewing textbook material in true form by maintaining page structure, charts, graphs, and other non-text elements.  The device allows note taking and highlighting and offers Wi-Fi and 3-G access.  Kno has already contracted with 4 academic textbook publishers including Wiley, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Cengage Learning.  For more info, see this article from gigaom or the press release on business wire. Twitter @GoodtoKNO

Students Give E-textbooks Failing Grade

Interesting blog post from ereads summarizing several articles about student reactions to eBook readers and digital textbooks. A quote from the article states, “Students around the nation are flunking the format. They want their paper books back. It seems that e-readers are okay for reading, but textbooks are seldom read immersively like novels, and so far the e-books can’t match the functionality of good old paper.”

Thanks @mlharper for the tweet.

Webinar – Power to the User: Interactive Online Reference

Booklist is sponsoring a webinar next Tuesday, June 1st, Power to the User: Interactive Online Reference.  Librarians and vendors will discuss the interactive features available today, and in the future, for online reference products.  For more information and to register, visit the Booklist webinar page.  Participants will be invited to take a survey on interactive reference features, voting for their own favorites.

Summer Reading Club eBook style with One More Story

One More Story, an online library of classic children’s literature, is offering 3-month home subscriptions for $15.00. The collection features over 60 titles from 10 publishers, including many Caldecott Award titles.  Children can see, hear, and read the books, each with personal narration and custom music.  Read along features highlight words in the text.  Stellaluna, The Snowy Day, and Peter’s Chair are just a few of the titles.  One More Story plans to add new titles continuously until they reach 108 titles.  I don’t know the meaning of 108, other than there are more books to come!

One More Story is also available for school, public, and hospital library subscriptions.

ebrary announces public library program

ebrary announced a new pilot program for it’s new public library collection.  The collection contains 20,000 titles ranging from fiction to life skills, and careers to arts and crafts.  Simultaneous, multi-user access is available for this collection in addition to ebrary’s DASH (Do-it-yourself publishing platform). Local public high schools get free access with the public library subscription. The ebrary school library program (announced earlier this year) is a subset of the public library collection.

Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar

Last week LJ and Credo Reference sponsored the webinar, Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.  I had the pleasure of presenting at the webinar with Joe Janes from the University of Washington.  The archive of the webinar is available on the LJ site.

Several questions were asked by participants which Joe and I could not answer live.  Those questions, and answers, are below.  We welcome your comments and further discussion on the future of reference. Continue reading Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar

CalState University launching digital textbook pilot

From an Ingram press release:

The Digital Marketplace, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor, announced plans today to launch a digital textbook pilot this fall using the Ingram VitalSource digital content delivery platform.

Starting in the fall 2010 semester, the pilot is planned to begin at San Diego State University and will be implemented through the university bookstore. Students will receive their content through the Aztec Bookstore portal, and will access their e-textbook titles through the industry-leading VitalSource Bookshelf® software.

ABOUT THE DIGITAL MARKETPLACE
The Digital Marketplace is an innovative one-stop-shopping platform for the discovery, selection, authoring and acquisition of digital course materials.  Priorities include improving faculty and student choice, improving accessibility of materials, and significantly reducing the cost of course materials.  For more information, visit www.dmproject.org.

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street eBooks?

Elmo, Abby, and Grover are into eBooks! Partnering with Impelsys and the iPublishCentral platform, more than 100 Sesame Street eBooks are available with unlimited access for an annual subscription of $40 per year.

Some features of the educational and playful titles include:  read along features, audio books, interactivity, full-color animation, auto-play options, and text highlighting.  More information can be found at www.ebooks.sesamestreet.org

Gale’s AccessMyLibrary School Edition iPhone app

Gale announced today the availability of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) School Edition app for the iPhone.  The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library – (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf.  Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
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