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.
Kno Introduces Groundbreaking Digital Textbook and Learning Platform That Helps College Students “Break Free” from the Drudgery of Studying
Headmaster says eliminating books in library is working fine – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe
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 Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar
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.
Continue reading Gale’s AccessMyLibrary School Edition iPhone app