Some interesting articles and blog posts these past couple weeks on e-books. The New Yorker article on the iPad, the Kindle and the future of e-books is particularly good.
21st Century Explorer, a new product from Britannica, is a resource for high school students with low reading levels or specific learning problems. It is designed to provide resources (dictionaries, atlases, time lines, encyclopedias), news, videos, and more to assist with student assignments. 21st-Century Explorer is also ideal for reluctant readers, English Language Learners (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL) students and adult-literacy students. Continue reading
Wow, great news for those of us with Apple devices. OverDrive announced today the availability of their free app – OverDrive Media Console for iPhone – in the iTunes store. Users can now download audiobooks (from their local library or a retail site) via wireless network directly to their Apple device. I am very excited about this since I was unsuccessful at downloading library audiobooks from OverDrive for my recent vacation, something to do with using a MAC instead of a PC. The For more information and to download the app, visit – http://bit.ly/OverDriveiPhone or see the press release. Android users, hold on to your hats, your app can’t be that far behind.
Baker & Taylor recently announced a partnership with Information Age Publishing and Wiley (announcement) for print on demand services. Using B & T’s Textstream Digital Print Service, over 1,000 backfiles from Information Age Publishing and a wide variety of backfile titles from Wiley will now be available POD for B & T customers.
B & T launched it’s Textstream Digital Print Service in the fall of 2009. Textstream offers digital print and bind options with a variety of options including: hardcover, spiral bindings, dust-jackets, and 4-color inside pages.
Ingram announced that it will provide publisher content to Apple’s new iBookstore. Using their CoreSource® program, Ingram’s solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on Apple’s new iPad. Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple. This will enable a publisher’s catalog to be ingested, converted into ePub, Apple’s required format, and submitted to the iBookstore. To learn more about Ingram’s Apple Referral Program and CoreSource, visit: www.ingramcontent.com/apple.
Last week, ebrary announced the availability of Software as a Service (SaaS) for government documents. According to the press release, “With ebrary’s SaaS, agencies, institutes, and centers can transform any PDF documents into searchable, highly interactive databases that can be integrated into master sites, providing a seamless way for end-users to find the important information they need online.” Continue reading
I wrote a piece on Credo’s Topic Pages a couple of weeks ago, but here is the official press release announcing the launch of the Topic Page Beta.
Credo Launches Topic Page Beta
The Librarian’s Answer to Wikipedia
Boston and Oxford, (April 8, 2010) – The data is undeniable, a significant majority of today’s researchers turn to Wikipedia at some point in the research process, very often at the beginning, or “presearch” phase of research. Now, Credo Reference is pleased to announce an easy-to-use alternative for researchers – Credo Topic Pages – that help answer the question, “Where do I start?”
While not the full Encyclopaedia Britannica, the app contains “a version of one of the world’s most trusted encyclopedias with accompanying images and maps, fast article search and look-up functions, minimal memory space, and much more – directly on the iPhone!”
Some of the features available for the app include:
- 25,024 unique articles covering all aspects of human life;
- 800 accompanying colorful images and maps;
- “History” feature shows the last 100 looked-up articles;
- Auto-complete function;
- “Wildcard” search feature allows the user to find names, even if their exact spelling is unknown;
- ‘On This Day’ feature allows you to learn what happened on any calendar day in history;
- Access links within articles for immediate information… and much more!
The app may be downloaded from iTunes for $24.95.
Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference, gave me a tour of the new Credo Topic Pages yesterday. What a great tool they are for background/overview information on 10,000 different topics! The stimulus for creating the Topic Pages was context. A University of Washington study on how students research in the digital age found that students struggle to find context for the masses of information available to them in the digital age. Enter Credo’s Topic Pages. The pages are designed to offer context and vocabulary, subject orientation, and pathways to further exploration of the topic. The pages include simple definitions, encyclopedia entries, tag clouds showing the vocabulary of the topic, images, and a title list of the most common references from subject encyclopedia articles (all part of the Credo Reference content). Sharing the topic page content via social tools, links to the library’s chat/IM service, and article citations via EasyBib are included as well, and that’s just the basic topic page. (side note, have you heard of EasyBib? 16 million students are using it….probably some of yours) Continue reading
I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious. There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up. So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month.