Category Archives: New Products

eShelf℠ Service e-book platform from Amigos

Back in November, 2015, Amigos Library Services announced the launch of their new eShelf℠ Service e-book platform as an affordable, flexible option for libraries seeking to capitalize on their patrons’ growing use of electronic books and readers.  The full press release announcing the product is available here.

Christine Peterson, Project Manager for eShelf℠ Service, conducted a webinar earlier this month highlighting the services and features of the new platform.  The webinar recording is about 45 minutes in length.  Check it out.

Chris told me via email that “as of today, we have 61 imprints from 9 publishers, 5 libraries currently on the service (3 public and 2 academic), and 25,400 titles.”

Great job Chris and Amigos!

BiblioBoard’s Public Access Curated Platform Launch Set For Early 2016

CHARLESTON, South Carolina—In advance of the 2016 ALA Midwinter Conference, BiblioBoard has made a number of announcements about their 2015 growth and business direction for 2016.

  • Most recently they unveiled Pressbooks Public, a robust self-publishing tool that lets libraries help authors write, edit, design and publish their manuscripts as professional-quality electronic and print books in a variety of formats.
  • This new service works alongside existing BiblioBoard community engagement programs including  SELF-e (a partnership with Library Journal) and Creator, resulting in a comprehensive suite of multi-media publishing tools for patrons.

Continue reading BiblioBoard’s Public Access Curated Platform Launch Set For Early 2016

Gale demos new science products with 3D models at the ALAMW conference

According to Gale, these new products have not yet been named, but see the info below about this new partnership with CyberScience to bring interactive 3D models to Gale science content for anatomy, chemistry, and more.

Farmington Hills, Mich., January 7, 2016 — Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is offering three new science products for academic and school libraries. The products are designed to help students understand science beyond the text, and combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned reference content with partner CyberScience’s interactive 3D models to bring science learning to life. Two products, geared primarily for the academic market, cover the topics of human anatomy and chemistry, while a third resource combines multiple science topics and can be used as refreshers in introductory college science courses or as a basic science learning tool in high schools. Continue reading Gale demos new science products with 3D models at the ALAMW conference

NYPL Digital Collections, download 180,000 images in the public domain

NYPL Public Domain Collections – http://www.nypl.org/research/collections/digital-collections/public-domain

From the site:

Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain?
That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.

No permission required. No restrictions on use.

Below you’ll find tools, projects, and explorations designed to inspire your own creations—go forth and reuse! Continue reading NYPL Digital Collections, download 180,000 images in the public domain

Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

Farmington Hills, Mich., Nov. 5, 2015 — Putting research technology directly into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded the integration of Google Apps for Education – Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more – into its most-popular product lines. Researchers can seamlessly log into many of their school or library’s Gale resources with their Google Account credentials and easily save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) using Gmail, Drive, and Docs. In December, the new Google Classroom share button will be integrated with these resources, allowing educators to seamlessly link third party content, including Gale content, to classroom assignments. Continue reading Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians and Users

Suzanne M. Ward, Robert S. Freeman, and Judith M. Nixon are the editors of a forthcoming book from Purdue University Press. The description of the book is below.  I got a look at the pre-pub copy and it’s  full of useful information.  I was particularly interested in the chapters that focused on how ebooks are being used in academia.
Book Description from Purdue University Press site:

Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, and Users provides readers with a view of the changing and emerging roles of electronic books in higher education. The three main sections contain contributions by experts in the publisher/vendor arena, as well as by librarians who report on both the challenges of offering and managing e-books and on the issues surrounding patron use of e-books. The case study section offers perspectives from seven different sizes and types of libraries whose librarians describe innovative and thought-provoking projects involving e-books. Continue reading Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians and Users

ODILO expands in Canada with eBOUND partnership

(Denver, CO) September 15, 2015:

ODILO , one of the leading eBook providers in Europe and Latin America, has recently partnered with eBOUND Canada, a not-for-profit agency that assists independent Canadian publishers in
developing and supporting digital publishing programs.
“We look forward to working with ODILO to bring Canadian books to new international audiences, and introduce new readers to our publishers,” shares Krystina Ross, CEO at eBOUND Canada. Continue reading ODILO expands in Canada with eBOUND partnership

Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 26, 2015 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.

“We set out to create a next-generation experience that truly delivers simplicity, providing users with the functionality they need to discover and enjoy digital content instantaneously, no matter where they are, in three steps or less,” said Amandeep Kochar, EVP Software Products & Services of Baker & Taylor. “To create the optimal, seamless app we aspired for, the process could not be rushed. Baker & Taylor is excited and proud of the end result — an all-encompassing design that’s intuitive, efficient and accessible to deliver the ultimate reading experience.” Continue reading Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App

Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

For immediate release. Also at http://ebookfoundation.org/

June 26, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projects to be supported by the Free Ebook Foundation, have shared the goals of making free ebooks more available while focusing on different problems.

Unglue.it launched in 2012 with a focus on sustainable funding models for freely-licensed ebooks. For the last two years, it has worked to improve the access and distribution of these books by building a database of over 1200 Creative Commons licensed ebooks. Unglue.it has been incubated by Gluejar, Inc., a privately held company founded by Eric Hellman Continue reading Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015 – ProQuest continues to innovate the ebook research and management experience with the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform. ProQuest Ebook Central integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.

“Going live with our beta program for ProQuest Ebook Central means that we’re on the doorstep of offering librarians and researchers the complete solution they’re seeking,” said Kevin Sayar, vice president and general manager, ProQuest Books. “We’re taking a collaboration-focused approach to our launch, working closely with those who will be using the platform to ensure it fits seamlessly into their workflow. The response is very encouraging.” Continue reading ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity