From a SAGE press release:
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2012) SAGE’s entire online journal collection is now available in a mobile-optimized format with the help of HighWire Press’ Mobile Web Interface.
Visitors to one of the more than 640 SAGE journal sites using their iPhones, Androids or other smartphones are automatically redirected to the mobile version. Subscribers can now view content in a format designed specifically for the small screen size and functionality of their mobile device. Continue reading
An ebrary press release on a new app for offline reading of content – for iOS device. January 20, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – The demand for e-book accessibility, especially on mobile devices, is growing significantly. In ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey, announced today and available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys, 60 percent of respondents indicated that downloading e-books onto mobile devices is “very important” – a 16 percent increase over results from a similar survey that ebrary sponsored in 2008. In ebrary’s recent Download Survey, librarians marked the iPad® as more important to providing offline access than desktops and laptops. Continue reading
Below is a summary of various news articles and related Apple sites discussing the Apple announcement today about digital textbooks.
General news articles:
The January 1, 2012 issue of Booklist features Sue Polanka’s Off The Shelf column on reference apps. Titled, “Reference- I’ve got an App for That,” the article highlights iOS and Android apps from 7 reference publishers. Here is an excerpt and list of reference publishers included:
Excerpt: “These days, it seems there’s an app for everything. So it should come as no surprise that several reference publishers are producing apps for Apple- and Android-based tablets and phones. Why should reference publishers develop apps? “Our focus is on helping libraries reach new users where they reside. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is through apps,” says Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing for Cengage Learning. Mike Robinson, e-book sales and marketing manager at Oxford University Press, agrees, stating, “Apps represent a means by which people all over the world are using devices to help them. We provide authoritative content to meet people’s reference needs, and it’s important to us to do so in the most useful ways possible.” Gale/Cengage, OUP, and a host of other reference publishers have a variety of apps available.”
Publishers featured include:
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Gale/Cengage Learning
- Oxford University Press
- World Book
49,000 eBooks from Springer are now a little more accessible for those with iOS devices. The new app, available for free in the iTunes App Store, provides access to springerlink.com. According to the press release, the new mobile app works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nathan Brothers, Springer’s Product Manager for Mobile Application and Platform Development said the app can be used on the iPad in “x2″ compatibility mode. When asked about a forthcoming Android app, Brothers replied, “In general, Springer will continue to deliver high-quality electronic products and information services – designed to meet the specific needs of researchers and information professionals.” Continue reading
ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years. They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access. The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151. Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.
According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading
Great news from Follett. Their Digital Reader App is coming this winter and will allow mobile access to content.
Here is a brief statement from the Follett website. Read Follett eBooks anytime, anywhere with the FREE Follett Digital Reading App.
Provide your patrons mobile access to the widest selection of K-12 specific eBooks including picture books, fiction, reference and graphic novels.
Thanks to Anthony Hosmer for the tip on this.