Short notice, but this one looks good and it’s FREE – EDUCAUSE E-Readers and E- Textbooks: Current Reality and Future Possibilities. Speakers include Jon T. Rickman and Roger Von Holzen from Northwest Missouri State University. Hopefully they will go into more detail on their pilot program, which was in an EduCause article earlier this year.
Abstract: This seminar will initially address the current state of e-reader devices and their functionality as platforms for the delivery of e-textbooks, as experienced by Northwest Missouri State University in its 2008–2009 pilot study. The presenters will then explore the full capabilities of e-textbooks for online, blended, and face-to-face classes, along with key practical considerations with respect to costs, infrastructure, and academic issues.
Have you tried out DailyLit? It’s a great ebook site that sends daily installments of books via email or RSS feed. Here are some tips and tricks they suggest. TIPS AND TRICKS ON DAILYLIT
Here are some useful tips you may not know that can help make DailyLit even easier to use:
—Customize: You can completely customize the delivery date, time, format (HTML or plain-text), and length (normal, 2X, or 4X) of your installments. Click on “Advanced” while you’re signing up for a book or click on the “Manage Your Book Settings” link at the end of any installment—then click on “More” next to the name of the book you want to edit.
iFactory is an web development company in Boston. They have developed Sage Reference Online, Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness, and several Oxford University Press products. NSR got to talk with Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory about eBook interfaces and the future of eBooks. Tom and 15 other interviews are listed on the NSR interviews page.
Infobase Publishing (Facts on File, Chelsea House, Ferguson Publishing) has just launched search widgets for their eBook platform. See the press release here.
The widgets search only the eBook content that your institution has access to. From the press release, “Infobase Publishing is pleased to
announce the launch of our new account-specific eBook Search Widgets, designed to expand access and promote usage within your institution. These customized Search
Widgets will allow users to search all the eBooks to which you have access from Infobase Publishing.”
The Charleston Conference has announced their pre-conference program. There is one on eBooks – Wednesday, November 4th.
eBooks: Not Just Another Binding
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Speakers: Keith Powell, Head of Acquisitions, The UC Irvine Libraries ; Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; and Holly Tomren, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloger and Interim Head, Monograph Cataloging, The UC Irvine Libraries; Other speakers TBA – but will include representatives from Springer,Ingram Digital, and the Publishers Communication Group. Continue reading
Last Friday at ALA I was part of a NISO/BISG panel on the changing standards landscape. There were many speakers, each discussing various aspects of eBook standards like business models, ISBNs, epub, DRM, and the standards and features needed by librarians (which was my part). I’ve summarized my presentation here and would welcome additional suggestions and ideas from librarians. Sue Continue reading
A press release from Gale concerning Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia is below. I suspect this transformation from multi-volume print sources to interactive subscription based “databases” will be the norm from here on. I really hope they have animal sounds, you never know when you might need to have lions roaring in your office.
Farmington Hills, Mich., July 10, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the transformation of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia into an interactive, media-rich online interface. This new digital version will be available this fall. Continue reading
Farmington Hills, Mich., June 24, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of PowerSearch 2.0, an enhanced version of the original PowerSearch platform which provides the library community comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information, providing greater “power to the user.”
PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale’s more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents. The new interface provides users a Web-like experience and includes added features that will appeal to and empower library patrons, students and other researchers. Continue reading
By Paul Biba
Several new features were announced today on Google’s Inside Book Search:
Embeds and links – This new toolbar option allows you to embed a preview of a full view or partner book in any of your websites or blogs–all with a simple html snippet. … Continue reading
While at ACRL, I met a Librarian at Wellesley College by the name of Deborah Lenares. She was in the midst of evaluating ebook aggregator platforms and shared with me her comparative spreadsheet. It’s quite thorough and I thought it could be a great community project to work on it together. So, Deborah has posted this spreadsheet to google docs and it is open and available for editing by anyone.
Document is available here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtHuZMbGK8S1dGpsZHdhYmZsLUhqbW50STZlcTZPT3c&hl=en_US#gid=0
The University of California – Irvine also did a comparison spreadsheet. It is available for download here: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/2010/01/06/checklist-for-evaluating-patron-driven-business-models/
Finally, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom maintains an academic database assessment tool for e-books. Users select vendors and the comparison data is displayed based on user choice. It is available here: http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl