Category Archives: New Products

Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary

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

Springer Introduces New Open Access Journals

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

Openlibrary.org offers thousands of free eBook downloads

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.”

Mad World of eBooks part one – ALA discussion

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

Articles of Interest – eReaders, textbooks

Some really interesting articles and blog posts this week about a variety of eBook issues including:  eReader prices, lending eReaders in libraries, open source textbooks and new Cengage textbook content.

4 Reasons Why the Library Should Affect Your College Choice – US News and World Report

May a library lend e-book readers?

Open-sourced textbooks could ease college costs | NetworkWorld.com Community

Cengage Launches Course System with Content

E-readers race to the bottom as tablet market solidifies

eReader Price Wars Have Commenced

Ray Kurzweil & Blio e-reader: Is it really all that?

Untethered – The future of book publishing

Are Kindle Prices Edging Up?

Will the iPad Kill eReaders?

Send selected full text ebooks from Open Library to a Kindle with only a couple of clicks

Oxford Dictionaries Online

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 adds Business and Aero collections

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.

New Articles of Interest

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.

Kno Introduces Groundbreaking Digital Textbook and Learning Platform That Helps College Students “Break Free” from the Drudgery of Studying

Sony: ebooks to overtake print within five years

Headmaster says eliminating books in library is working fine – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe

Clearwater High School in Florida will ditch textbooks for ALL students and go to Kindles

Google’s eBook Cloud Still Cloudy