Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students.
Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource. The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications. These new features include the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSource’s “MathSpeak” program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags. With this release, VitalSource is the only eTextbook platform on the market to offer full accessibility in downloads, online, and mobile access points for content. Windows, Macintosh®, and online updates are expected in June, and iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad™ releases in August. Continue reading Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf
Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010. They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers. For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire. Continue reading Publishers beef up on eBook offerings
Last week I was in NYC visiting with the great crew at Oxford University Press. I got the complete, unedited tour of their new product, Oxford Bibliographies Online. While there, I had a chance to speak with Colleen Scollans, VP of Sales and Marketing for OUP, about OBO and the user research involved in the formation of the product, and the continuation of the product. Colleen’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with many other interesting interviews. Have a listen. I’ll blog soon about my thoughts on OBO.
Caught this info on a tweet from @mlharper:
As the silos crumble…
OCLC has added 18 EBSCO databases to the WorldCat Local metasearch central index, which allows quick, easy access to the content. Libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services can now offer easy online access to a wide range of authoritative electronic content for their users. EBSCO’s content, which includes some of the most popular databases in libraries, will be more visible to authenticated library patrons through WorldCat Local, the OCLC service that provides single-search access to libraries’ print, electronic and digital resources. Continue reading WorldCat Local adds more EBSCO Databases
Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness database recently upgraded the interface to include two exciting new features – translation and social bookmarking.
The translation widget offers content in 50 languages, instantly.
Articles can also be shared on Facebook and other social networking sites. Family and friends will be able to read the full text of the Rosen content with no authentication required.
New features will appear this Fall including – new content, video, mobile apps, health calculators, expanded photos, and customized local hotlines.
This summer, Wiley will launch it’s online library, a congregation of journals, books, reference works, lab protocols, and databases. The Online Library will replace the current Wiley InterScience website. Imprints include Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley- VCH, and Jossey-Bass. More information, including a description of interface options, use data standards, and alert services is available on the Wiley site.
Last Friday I spoke with John Russell, Director of Business Development at Encyclopaedia Britannica. John and I discussed Britannica’s mobile strategy including the new apps for the iPhone. John’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with 24 other great interviews. Have a listen.
21st Century Explorer, a new product from Britannica, is a resource for high school students with low reading levels or specific learning problems. It is designed to provide resources (dictionaries, atlases, time lines, encyclopedias), news, videos, and more to assist with student assignments. 21st-Century Explorer is also ideal for reluctant readers, English Language Learners (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL) students and adult-literacy students. Continue reading New Britannica site helps reading-challenged students
Wow, great news for those of us with Apple devices. OverDrive announced today the availability of their free app – OverDrive Media Console for iPhone – in the iTunes store. Users can now download audiobooks (from their local library or a retail site) via wireless network directly to their Apple device. I am very excited about this since I was unsuccessful at downloading library audiobooks from OverDrive for my recent vacation, something to do with using a MAC instead of a PC. The For more information and to download the app, visit – http://bit.ly/OverDriveiPhone or see the press release. Android users, hold on to your hats, your app can’t be that far behind.
Ingram announced that it will provide publisher content to Apple’s new iBookstore. Using their CoreSource® program, Ingram’s solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on Apple’s new iPad. Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple. This will enable a publisher’s catalog to be ingested, converted into ePub, Apple’s required format, and submitted to the iBookstore. To learn more about Ingram’s Apple Referral Program and CoreSource, visit: www.ingramcontent.com/apple.