Category Archives: New Products

Cambridge Books Online, a glimpse at the new interface

Cambridge launched a new and improved interface for their eBooks, Cambridge Books Online.  It’s a great looking and intuitive interface with a wide array of features.  There are a couple of important things to know about searching CBO up front.  First, the basic citation and table of contents information is freely available for anyone to search, logins and authentication are only required for viewing PDFs of chapters.  Second, Cambridge journal content is also indexed in the CBO interface.  Once selected to view, a user is then taken to the journals interface for the content (CJO).  I’ve listed some general comments about the content and interface features below. Most of the interface changes were implemented based on user feedback.   I’m sure there is much more to explore in this product, but here are a few things to start:

Cambridge Books Online (searching eBooks and journal content)

Content – The platform contains 10,000 book titles  (and simultaneously searches thousands of journal articles) from across all of the subject areas that Cambridge publishes — Humanities, Social Science, Science and Medicine.  Additionally, Only Cambridge University Press titles appear on the platform and new titles are added each month during the first week of the month.   Cambridge will be migrating their existing and new reference titles in early 2011. Textbooks are not included. Continue reading Cambridge Books Online, a glimpse at the new interface

Articles of Interest

Macmillan POD Shift: Kiss Your Warehouses Goodbye – eReads

Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? – CNET News

New Attributor study on pirated ebooks – of dubious value

How Amazon is Winning the eBook Wars

Frankfurt 2010: Google Editions Makes a Strong Impression at the Fair

The Kobo and the Alex Ereaders Compared

Trying to borrow library e-books a frustrating exercise – Cover to Cover

Toronto startup cracks the electronic textbook – The Globe and Mail

Amazon Can Exterminate Everyone Else In eBooks

Barnes & Noble Launches Self-Publishing Platform PubIt | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Gale adds college version of Access My Library

Gale released a college version of the Access My Library iPhone app.  Using a college email address, students can gain access to Gale resources using their mobile device.  The public library version, which was released a while back, offers apple and android apps, the school library and college versions are for apple products only right now.  More info on all Gale AML apps is on their website.

SAGE Research Methods Online – Free access to beta until Jan. 2011

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO): the essential tool for researchers has been release in beta.  SRMO provides advanced search and discovery tools to support researchers and students as they explore relevant content across the social and behavioral sciences, covering quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. It was designed by iFactory.

“SRMO combines world-leading content from a broad range of sources—books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, journals, videos—with a truly unique search and discovery solution which we think is going to offer everyone from new students to advanced researchers a really useful service,” said Martha Sedgwick, Senior Manager, Online Products, SAGE. “We’ve had an incredibly positive response from both librarians and faculty since we opened the Beta version of SRMO, and their feedback during this period will enable us to enhance the platform even further.” Continue reading SAGE Research Methods Online – Free access to beta until Jan. 2011

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