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50 Benefits of eBooks – New Edition

Michael Pastore has released a revised and expanded edition of his book – 50 Benefits of eBooks.  It is packed with information about how to understand, and enjoy, the digital reading revolution. The book, soon to be released as a 368-page paperback, is now available in ebook editions which contain all the same information as the paperback — yet sell for less than four dollars.

Published by Zorba Press (in Ithaca, New York), ==50 Benefits of Ebooks== is a lively introduction to the brave new worlds of ebooks and electronic publishing. This revised edition (now 66,000 words) is 25% larger than the September 2009 edition, and contains ten new chapters. The ebook — now available in PDF and EPUB — is priced at $3.99.

To buy the ebook, visit the ebook’s web page: http://www.zorba.us/?page_id=142

Full News Release is here: http://www.zorba.us/?page_id=318


ebrary adds new pharmaceutical eBook collection and breast cancer information center

ebrary® announced this week the availability of two new resources.  First, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ebrary® has collaborated with librarians from other organizations to create an open access database of breast cancer publications.  The site is available today at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/breastcancer.   ebrary’s Breast Cancer Searchable Information Center features a range of authoritative fact sheets, posters, and other materials from government agencies such as the National Cancer Institute, National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, United States Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women’s Health, and other authoritative sources.

Second, is a new program for pharmaceutical companies that supports their digital content needs throughout the entire product lifecycle. From research and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to marketing and sales, ebrary provides the e-books and digital content services that can help pharmaceutical companies increase productivity, while extending their information budgets.  Publishers include:  CRC Press, Elsevier Health Sciences, Informa Healthcare, Springer, and Wiley. Several Doody’s core titles are also available with this collection.  Preview the selection at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/pharma/home.action.

IGI Global offers array of eBooks, databases, and forthcoming library science series

I knew upon seeing the mailing address of IGI Global – Chocolate Ave. in Hershey, PA, that I would like them.  But, upon leaving the NY offices I was presented with a box of chocolates, and I liked them even more.  What I didn’t know but soon came to discover, was the enormous amount of eBooks, journals, and databases they have produced since their founding in 1988.

Here are some highlights of the products, available and forthcoming, from IGI Global: Continue reading IGI Global offers array of eBooks, databases, and forthcoming library science series

Gale Launches Biography In Context

From the Booklist Points of Reference blog:

Gale  announced yesterday the availability of Biography in Context, a new next-gen resource evolving from, and soon replacing, the Biography Resource Center database.

Biography in Context includes the following:

  • Read Speaker text-to-speech technology, available on every page, is an ideal option for struggling readers and the visually impaired
  • Document translator allows students to translate any document into French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, and Korean Continue reading Gale Launches Biography In Context

New Articles of Interest

Standards & Best Practices – Identifiers – Roadmap of Identifiers …BISG

Video – Students Love AccessMyLibrary School Edition – Gale/Cengage

Hands-On with a New e-Reader – NYTimes.com

Library Labs Turn to Their Patrons for Project Ideas – Wired Campus

Why Share Open Educational Resources? – College Open Textbooks Blog

Library can’t lend an eBook to Kindle user | StarTribune.com

Xerox to sell and service Espresso Book Machines

Kobo announces WiFi ereader – faster processor, new screen

Ready to ditch paper? Here are the top 10 e-readers

Kno announces 14-inch single-screen tablet

Amazon Patent Could Charge For Browsing A Book Online – eBookNewser

Amazon launches “Kindle on the Web”

blio available for download today – mixed reviews

Below is the press release from K-NFB announcing the official availability of the blio reader for Windows.  There’s been a lot of chatter on twitter today about reviews, download issues, complaints from MAC users, etc.  The CNET coverage of blio is worth a look.  For a more colorful review, try The Digital ReaderKNFB responded the next day – first day jitters.

I had some download issues of my own, the attempted download froze up Firefox two times, so I had to revert to IE, which worked just fine.  I also noticed in the small print on the blio site than an accessible version will be out in October.  So, MAC users and those requiring the accessible version will have to wait for the blio experience. Continue reading blio available for download today – mixed reviews

Gutenberg Android eReader app

From PRWeb:  The new Gutenberg eReader Android app, which delivers free ebooks on demand, is now shipping through the Google Android Market. The Gutenberg eReader provides an intuitive interface to browse through the Project Gutenberg catalog and lets users read any ebook on the device.

Reading enthusiasts can catch up on the latest Project Gutenberg releases with the stylish and sleek new user interface. The beautiful icons and large titles allow customers to easily navigate through hundreds of categories, such as Science Fiction, Children’s Literature, Poetry, and Fantasy, etc. The attractive user interface works on any Android phone or tablet devices. A variety of searches–author, title, subject, Google–help the users find exactly what they are looking for. Continue reading Gutenberg Android eReader app

Reference Works From Idea to Reality

New article in Booklist, Reference Works From Idea to Reality.  The article summarizes a presentation from the ALA Annual Conference by 3 reference publishers representing Gale/Cengage, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Reference.  Each describes a different aspect of the reference publishing experience – exploring a new topic and selecting a format, publishing a work, and determining when and how to revise content.

Interview with NetLibrary’s Scott Wasinger about changes to NetLibrary

Last Friday I had a great discussion with Scott Wasinger, the Senior Director of Sales for eBooks and eAudiobooks for NetLibrary.  Scott and I discussed how EBSCO is implementing the NetLibrary content into the existing EBSCOhost interface, what changes we can expect to see with the Netlibrary interface, new plans for business models, and how the input from librarians is helping them to shape the future of NetLibrary.

During our interview, Scott mentions screen captures available for preview – NetLibrary EBSCOhost screenshots.

Comments can be sent to: information@ebscohost.com.

Questions for Scott can be directed to his email at swasinger@ebscohost.com.

Listen to all of the NSR interviews, found on our interviews page.

Project MUSE to offer eBooks in 2011

Thanks to Resource Shelf for this information.

Project MUSE just announced the launch of an eBook program for 2011, Project MUSE Editions.  There are currently 9 university and institute presses on board with more negotiations in process. From the press release:   Continue reading Project MUSE to offer eBooks in 2011