Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

ebrary announced DASH – Data Sharing, Fast

Subscribers to ebrary’s Academic Complete now have the ability to upload and share their own PDF documents.  It’s all part of a new service called DASH – (Data Sharing, Fast).  Those attending the ALAMW meeting in Boston next week can check it out.  The complete press release is below.

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American Libraries new website

American Libraries is rolling out a newly redesigned website, tentatively scheduled to appear January 4. The site, which is live now but still carrying the “beta” label, is at www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org. We encourage you to take a look and update your bookmarks and any links to us in your blogs and websites. The AL Online RSS feed will relocate to www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/rss.xml. Making the switch to a new domain could be tricky—we could risk losing readers who are used to our old domain (of course, redirects will be in place, but it’s still going to be a bit confusing), so we wanted to get the word out early. Continue reading

Stress Test for a Healthy Ebook

Michael Pastore at Epublishers Weekly blog posted a stress test for ebooks.  His test gives points to ebooks for the ability to complete tasks, like sharing with friends, converting, and printing.  The full test is on the blog, check it out.

Here’s the intro material:  How healthy is your ebook? … Is your ebook free, flexible, strong (long lasting) and brimming with useful features? … Or is your ebook feature-challenged, a hapless prisoner of one specific device, format, or content protection system?

There is much debate about ebook pricing; there should be much more talk about ebook value. A free and healthy ebook is worth much more than a feature-reduced ebook.

Gale Announces New iPhone Application

From a Gale/Cengage Press Release:

Gale Announces New iPhone Application
Library research? There’s an application for that!

Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 16, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone – making access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone.  Continue reading

ebrary announces Title Preview service

From an ebrary press release:

November 30, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA, USA –  ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced the availability of Title Preview™, a new Software as a Service (SaaS) feature that enables publishers, aggregators, corporations, and others to effectively market their digital content and increase leads. Anyone may try Title Preview by visiting http://librarytitles.ebrary.com.

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EBL’s new patron interface ready for testing

From an EBL press release:

ImageEBL’s new patron interface is now ready for it’s final stages of testing. We’ve created a preview account where we encourage customers to login, test the new interface, and email all feedback to support@eblib.com . The interface will be going live December 15th, 2009.

As well as a fresh, clean, brand new look, you’ll notice that the new EBL Patron Interface also has the following new features:

  • * Bookshelf: access current loans, collections, and recently accessed titles from a centralized location.
  • * Collections: add and organise titles in “My Collections”.
  • * Bookmarks: access and export patron ebook notes without having to enter the ebook itself, and bookmark ebooks at page level.
  • * Search Result Filtering: filter down search results at the click of a button, by Publication Date, Publisher, Category or Language.
  • * Metadata Hyperlinking: link to similar titles in the EBL catalog using LCCH, Dewey, LCCN, Author or Category hyperlinking.

As this is a beta testing period, please keep in mind you may notice further enhancements, fixes and tweaks to the interface while testing is in progress. Also, during this testing period, we’ve disabled the “Help/Feedback” function while we finalise functionality and assess just how intuitive the patron experience is. Continue reading

Interactive Online Reference – Survey Results & Charleston Presentation

Last month I posted a link to a survey about interactive online reference features.  The survey was used to gauge the interest in 30 different interface features, ranging from video and sound to course packs, Web 2.0 features, and sharing materials.  The results of the survey were used during a presentation at the Charleston Conference on November 6, 2009.  The presentation was titled “Interactive Online Reference” and was presented by Tom Beyer from iFactory and myself.  The slides from our presentation are available here, and do include the results of the survey.  Overall, the respondents favored all 30 features, as everything received greater than 50% approval.  But, there were definite favorites, which are listed.  During our presentation, we used audience response systems to tally the interest of the attendees.  The results of those impromptu surveys are also included in the slides.

The January 2010 Booklist will include a summary of the presentation and survey in my Off The Shelf column (which I will post of course), and the full paper will be available in the 29th Annual Charleston Conference Proceedings sometime in 2010.   If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Sue

Adobe eBook Platform Webinar

I attended the Adobe eBook Platform webinar today.  Some notes and thoughts are below:

Dave Dickson, Product Manager, was the primary speaker

Publishers want to produce eBooks in a single file format, but consumers want to purchase the eBook in the format of their choice

Adobe’s role – to be an enabler.  Publishers author in either pdf or epub, use adobe’s content server 4 (pdf,epub) and deliver in either adobe digital editions or the reader mobile software for multiple devices. Continue reading