Category Archives: New Products

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

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

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

O’Reilly Media offers DAISY formats in ebook bundles

From an O’Reilly Media press release:

For years O’Reilly Media has supplied digital files of our books to Bookshare, a non-profit that provides accessible reading material to the print disabled. For qualifying readers, these ebooks are made available worldwide. And now, through a collaboration with Bookshare, we’ve started making the easy-access DAISY (Digital Accessible Information Systems) formats available within our ebook bundles on oreilly.com for more than 800 titles. Continue reading

ebrary Now Offering CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles

ebrary announced today the availability of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) on their platform.  ebrary is the first aggregator to offer CHOICE OAT.

From the press release:

ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, has partnered with CHOICE to offer digital editions of more than 1,000 of CHOICE’s recent Outstanding Academic Titles. Published annually, the CHOICE OAT list represents the top 10% of more than 7,000 academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources reviewed by CHOICE that year. Continue reading

Elsevier’s SciVerse to Premier on August 28th

Elsevier is launching it’s SciVerse Hub on August 28th.  This new platform combines the searching of Science Direct, Scopus, Scirus and SciTopics.

From their website:  Elsevier is launching SciVerse to bring together solutions like ScienceDirect, Scopus, the web content from Scirus, and SciTopics into one point of access, enabling more efficient search and discovery for our users. Beginning in 2008, Elsevier interviewed over 3,000 researchers, research librarians and application developers to discern the obstacles the scientific community is encountering most. We found that researchers need a better way to search, discover, store, share and reuse the data that is most important to their individual research. Developers need access to research data to be able to develop the applications that will best assist them. Librarians are under pressure to maximize the content they already have in their collections, and prove a return on investment for the services they purchase. The launch of the SciVerse platform aims to fulfill all these needs by providing a new single-point of access that will enable collaboration across these three groups.

More information, including a video is available on Elsevier’s Accelerated Science website.