Google’s eBook Store launched yesterday, with over 3 million books available for download to multiple devices. Most of these (2.8 million) are in the public domain, and therefore are free, as a result of their massive book scanning project. The remaining titles will have a “buy” button which takes a user to the eBook store for purchase options. There are lots of articles written already about Google eBooks, so I won’t duplicate here. Try a few of these:
Springer is launching a new product line SpringerBriefs. Featuring cutting-edge research and practical applications in compact volumes of between 50 and 125 pages, SpringerBriefs will be available as eBooks and in print.
SpringerBriefs will cover a wide range of content from professional to academic across a variety of subject areas including business and economics, computer science, human and behavioral sciences, life sciences, mathematics and physical sciences. Typical topics might include a report on state-of-the-art techniques, a snapshot of a hot or emerging topic, an in-depth case study or a presentation of core concepts for students.
Expert advisory boards and collaborations with academic societies will contribute to generating high-quality content. Streamlined publishing processes and accelerated schedules will take authors’ ideas to market more swiftly than with previous methods. The first titles are scheduled to release in November and December 2010.
All SpringerBriefs titles will be included in the Springer eBook packages that are delivered to libraries and institutions via SpringerLink. They will also be available for sale, through Springer’s retail partners, in print or as eBooks for around US$40−50. SpringerBriefs will also be available in print at lower prices through MyCopy, Springer’s print-on-demand program for registered patrons of libraries that subscribe to the Springer eBook Collections.
Elsevier recently launched SciVerse Hub, which provides a discovery layer for ScienceDirect, Scopu, and Scirus. A few weeks ago, they launched Image Search, new functionality within ScienceDirect, that offers searching of images within eBook content as well as millions of scholarly journals. I wrote an article about the new Image Search for Information Today which offers lots more details on the service.
A few weeks ago, Gale tweeted about the college version of it’s mobile application, AccessMyLibrary. This week, they have officially announced the College Edition and an Android version for public libraries.
From Gale’s Press Release: The AML College Edition is the first Gale app for college students and gives them anytime, anywhere access to the Gale resources available through their college library. Students can use the app to locate their school and then authenticate for the school year by providing their school-issued email address.
The AML Public Edition Android app allows researchers using an Android device to access Gale resources through public libraries within a 10-mile radius, similar to the Public Edition applications already created for Apple devices.
Rather than sifting through internet sites that aren’t always reliable, AccessMyLibrary (AML) apps allow students and patrons instant access to credible library reference sources in seconds. With a simple click of the app, users can find reliable information from over 20,000 magazines and journals and thousands of encyclopedias covering many topics. Whether looking for health and science information, business plans or auto repair manuals, all is available from any location on the go.
More information on Gale’s apps is available on their website.
From an Encyclopaedia Britannica Press Release: Students and teachers who need photos and other images for research, papers and projects can now find them easily and conveniently in Britannica Image Quest, a new online database from Britannica Digital Learning. The Web site, which is now available to schools, universities and libraries, currently provides images from more than 40 of the best collections in the world, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dorling Kindersley, Getty, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society and Oxford Scientific. Continue reading 2 million images in Britannica’s Image Quest
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
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 (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