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.
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