Just saw an article about Kno, a new company launching a digital textbook platform and reader. The device offers a two panel tablet for viewing textbook material in true form by maintaining page structure, charts, graphs, and other non-text elements. The device allows note taking and highlighting and offers Wi-Fi and 3-G access. Kno has already contracted with 4 academic textbook publishers including Wiley, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Cengage Learning. For more info, see this article from gigaom or the press release on business wire. Twitter @GoodtoKNO
ebrary announced a new pilot program for it’s new public library collection. The collection contains 20,000 titles ranging from fiction to life skills, and careers to arts and crafts. Simultaneous, multi-user access is available for this collection in addition to ebrary’s DASH (Do-it-yourself publishing platform). Local public high schools get free access with the public library subscription. The ebrary school library program (announced earlier this year) is a subset of the public library collection.
Last week LJ and Credo Reference sponsored the webinar, Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery. I had the pleasure of presenting at the webinar with Joe Janes from the University of Washington. The archive of the webinar is available on the LJ site.
Several questions were asked by participants which Joe and I could not answer live. Those questions, and answers, are below. We welcome your comments and further discussion on the future of reference. Continue reading
Elmo, Abby, and Grover are into eBooks! Partnering with Impelsys and the iPublishCentral platform, more than 100 Sesame Street eBooks are available with unlimited access for an annual subscription of $40 per year.
Some features of the educational and playful titles include: read along features, audio books, interactivity, full-color animation, auto-play options, and text highlighting. More information can be found at www.ebooks.sesamestreet.org
Gale announced today the availability of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) School Edition app for the iPhone. The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library – (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf. Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
Red Chair Press and Ripple Readers have joined efforts to bring a series of 12 humorous children’s books together with the ability to record your own voice. FUNNY BONE READERS is, according to the press release, “the first safe and free eBook reader for kids.” Families have the opportunity to purchase the stories as digital eBooks that can be recorded by a parent, grandparent, or even by the child. The book themes focus on being a good friend, sharing, never giving up, and obeying rules. Books are designed for children ages 4 – 8.
More information can be found at www.ripplereader.com or www.redchairpress.com.
Last week I was in NYC visiting with the great crew at Oxford University Press. I got the complete, unedited tour of their new product, Oxford Bibliographies Online. While there, I had a chance to speak with Colleen Scollans, VP of Sales and Marketing for OUP, about OBO and the user research involved in the formation of the product, and the continuation of the product. Colleen’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with many other interesting interviews. Have a listen. I’ll blog soon about my thoughts on OBO.
This summer, Wiley will launch it’s online library, a congregation of journals, books, reference works, lab protocols, and databases. The Online Library will replace the current Wiley InterScience website. Imprints include Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley- VCH, and Jossey-Bass. More information, including a description of interface options, use data standards, and alert services is available on the Wiley site.
Originally posted at Points Of Reference blog, 4-27-10
Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online – Free Access
Posted by: Sue Polanka
Alexander Street Press is offering free access to it’s Ethnographic Video Online collection. The collection contains more than 1,000 of the most frequently used films in anthropology courses. Classic works from the pioneers of ethnographic film, including Robert Flaherty, Timothy Asch, John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Jean Rouch, and many more—together with contemporary works by innovative filmmakers from around the world are included.
I watched a video called El Sebou’ : Egyptian Birth Ritual. While watching and listening (video non-english with sub-titles, narrator in english) the text the narrator was reading was highlighted in yellow in the transcript. This adjusted as the text was read through the sync feature, which could be disabled. ASP also offers the option to make clips of the movies. It is so easy, just click and drag a green arrow to start the clip and a red arrow to end the clip. Each clip can be saved with a specific title and be made viewable by the individual user, everyone, or just those from my institution.
Free access is available until May 31st. Register online for an immediate username/password. Make sure you have lots of time, because it’s quite addicting.