This post was reprinted in full from the Points of Reference blog at Booklistonline.com.
Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin sponsors a program to discuss various topics related to reference and reference publishing. This year RBB’s session focused on the process of creating a reference work, from idea to reality. The speakers included Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, and Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage. The session was moderated by Sue Polanka, Chair of the RBB Editorial Board. Each panelist provided a 15 minute presentation on a particular aspect of the publishing process and a general Q/A followed. I’ll summarize the comments of each panelist below. Continue reading
I received this press release from Springer and am reposting as written. It’s not eBooks, but it is in support of open access and I do like to promote things open access!
Springer is expanding its open access offering to all disciplines. SpringerOpen (www.springeropen.com) will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields and will be offered in cooperation with BioMed Central. The entire content of SpringerOpen journals – including research articles, reviews, and editorials – are fully and immediately open access, and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No subscription is needed.
“We are seeing an increasing interest from our authors and from funders in all areas for open access publishing options and have responded to a need in the current market,” said Wim van der Stelt, EVP Business Development, Springer. “We are happy to serve our authors and editorial boards with the publishing options they want and are also pleased to supply universities, research institutions and our other patrons with the ability to use this content online freely and conveniently.” Continue reading
Great article in the WSJ from June 29th summarizing the Internet Archive’s initiative for openlibrary.org. The IA along with several libraries, plans to digitize and make available thousands of eBooks for public download to a PC/MAC or reading device. According to the WSJ article, “with its latest project, the organization is making inroads into the idea of loaning in-copyright books to the masses. Only one person at a time will be allowed to check out a digital copy of an in-copyright book for two weeks. While on loan, the physical copy of the book won’t be loaned, due to copyright restrictions.”
On Saturday morning at ALA, a group of librarians and publishers gathered together to discuss the world of eBooks, particularly aspects of consortial purchasing. Each hour of the discussion a panel of publishers and librarians was on hand to lead the discussion.
The event was organized by Michael Zeoli at YBP, Julie Gammon at the University of Akron, and Tony Horava at OCUL. Michael began the event with general slides about eBook and print book availability and sales. He also offered a few anonymous comments from librarians. I’ll try to get copies of his slides to post. Continue reading
The June Off The Shelf column featured Credo’s Topic Pages. If you’d like to see one of the pages, here is a link to the one on Censorship. Credo welcomes your comments and feedback.
All of the Off The Shelf columns are linked from the NSR articles page.
Oxford University Press recently released it’s product, Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO). This collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and usage guides contains 350,000+ entries and definitions, 600,000+ synonyms and antonyms, and audio pronunciations. The collection will be regularly updated.
Can I insert this into Word and other programs? That would be great if offered.
ebrary announced the availability of two new ebook collections, one for business and the other for aerospace.
The Business Complete collection offers about 1600 business eBook titles ranging in topics from leadership to accounting and HR to sales and marketing.
The Aerospace collection (number of titles not mentioned in PR) contains such topics as aerodynamics and aeronautics, turbulence, fluid dynamics, shipbuilding, and vibration.
Ingram announced on June 9th a partnership with Pedia Press to POD customized books created from wiki material. Pedia Press supports the “Create a Book” feature within Wikipedia and other wiki based sites.
Another batch of good reads out there this week. Digital textbooks for higher education, eBook readers for schools in MA and FL, and Sony stating eBooks will overtake print within 5 years.