65 of OUP’s handbooks are now online (as of November). Details are below from an OUP Press Release.
Received a press release from Gale/Cengage today. Baker and Taylor will now distribute the GVRL e-book collection, Lit Crit, and the Directory Library. B&T is the first wholesaler to sell GVRL. See the full press release below.
ebrary is launching a monthly sweepstakes for a free ebook a month for one’s institution – complete with ebrary’s InfoTools. To enter, just recommend an ebrary title. Details of the contest are below, in the ebrary press release. This is a fun idea, but I have to chuckle. Can you imagine having a sweepstakes for a free print book? Oh, what technology will do. Continue reading
New from ebrary, a subscription database on food science. According to the press release, “With more than 110 current and essential reference works, handbooks, manuals, and e-books from the industry’s top publishers such as CRC Press, Elsevier, Marcel Dekker, and Woodhead Publishing, the subscription database covers such topics as food manufacturing and processing, safety, quality assurance, nutrition, ingredients, storage and preservation, and government regulations. To preview the selection visit http://site.ebrary.com/lib/foodscience.
Lots of great press releases this week from the Frankfurt Book Fair. Here’s one from B&T.
Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology Partnership to Deliver an Immersive, Next Generation Reading Experience, Baker & Taylor, Inc( 10/14/2009 )
World’s Premier Distributor of Physical and Digital Media Content Joins Forces with Pioneer in Reading Technologies
FRANKFURT, Germany – October 14, 2009 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Frankfurt Book Fair announced a partnership to provide digital media content for K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.’s e-reader.
In its latest in a series of digital media partnerships, Baker & Taylor will acquire and distribute digital media for the soon-to-be-released e-reader, which delivers the most advanced, flexible and open reading platform technology developed to date. K-NFB Reading Technology is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc., an innovator and pioneer in reading technologies and the creator of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. Continue reading
From an OCLC press release:
OCLC now offers Metadata Services for Publishers to enhance title metadata for use in the supply chain
Service makes publisher metadata available to libraries earlier in selection, acquisition and technical services process
DUBLIN, Ohio, October 14, 2009—OCLC now offers Metadata Services for Publishers, a new service that takes publishers’ ONIX title metadata, enriches it using WorldCat mining and mapping techniques, and delivers the enhanced ONIX metadata back to the publishers for use in their systems. The publishers’ enhanced metadata is then made available early in the data creation process to libraries for use in selection, acquisition and technical services workflows. Information seekers also benefit from Web discovery of this metadata via WorldCat.org, the Web destination for discovery of library resources.
From a Gale/Cengage press release:
Farmington Hills, Mich., Oct. 12, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the digital version of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia as an interactive, media-rich online interface.
Based on the 17-volume print encyclopedia, long regarded as a leading source of information on “everything animal,” this digital resource is part of the next generation of resources from Gale, designed as a new knowledge portal to bring “power to the user.”
This knowledge portal includes information on more than 4,000 species, covering topics such as evolution, habitat, behavior, ontology, conservation status and more. Continuously updated, the image-rich content provides a true educational experience, where users can find answers to specific questions, discover new details about animals they are familiar with, and learn more about little-known animals in new and exciting ways. Continue reading
Received this press release from Bob Murphy at OCLC:
35 new publishers add more multilingual content to NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook collections
NetLibrary now offers more than 200,000 eBooks and more than 13,000 eAudiobooks from more than 550 publishers
More titles, more choices for library users worldwide
Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:
CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 – London, UK – The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading
In honor of Banned Books Week, NetLibrary and HarperCollins are featuring Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word, edited by Toni Morrison as the eBook of the month. The book is freely available from October 1 – 31, 2009.
From NetLibrary – Published in conjunction with the PEN American Center, Burn This Book explores the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. Contributors including Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, David Grossman, Nadine Gordimer and other literary heavyweights, discuss the importance of writing from various views, both political and social. They illustrate the need for freedom of speech and human rights, and they emphasize the target writers become in a tyranny.