Some interesting articles and blog posts these past couple weeks on e-books. The New Yorker article on the iPad, the Kindle and the future of e-books is particularly good.
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.
Great news for eBook exposure! In an effort to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections, OCLC is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these rich digitized collections.
OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis.
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
In honor of National Library Week, Gale is providing free access to 5 databases. They include:
- Archives Unbound – A vast new electronic resource that combines the best of legacy microfilms from Gale and Primary Source Media along with new, never-before-published collections of historical and scholarly documents sourced from institutions worldwide.
- Career Transitions – A new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change.
- Global Issues in Context – An electronic resource that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance.
- GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) – A new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources.
- Grzimek’s Animal Life – An interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species.
Gale announced a new account management tool for libraries this week called “My Account.”
Using “My Account,” libraries are able to easily –
• Manage account contact, billing and shipping information
• Order print and eBook titles from the Gale catalog
• Renew subscriptions of electronic resources
• View detailed pricing, including any freight
• Build, save, print and email a “Wish List” to aid ongoing collection development
• View and print invoices and order history
• Track the status of print, eBook and electronic orders
The launch of My Account is coupled with a contest for $500 product credits. More information on the contest can be found online.
For more information, please contact Linda Busse at email@example.com.
Last week ebrary announced the addition of a 6,000+ eBook collection for school libraries. The collection, selected by a librarian, is designed for high school, vocational schools, and college prep schools and the public libraries that support them. The collection is subscription based, allowing for unlimited simultaneous use – which will be much needed in a classroom environment. A list of titles is available online.
ebrary’s long time partner, e-Libro also announced a Spanish language eBook collection to support school libraries. Their title list is also online.
More information is in the press release.
Middle and High School librarians looking for eBooks will be happy to hear that over 250 titles from Facts on File and Ferguson Publishing will now be available through Gale’s GVRL platform. The titles will cover the areas of careers, teen health, global warming, and science. For more information and a list of titles please visit www.gale.com.