Follett invests in Vocabulary.com

Partnership to expand online adaptive learning approach to driving vocabulary proficiency and literacy development

CHICAGO, Feb.4, 2015 – Follett Corporation today announces a strategic investment in Vocabulary.com, a leading learning platform in the K-12 and consumer space. The investment reflects Follett’s support and development of new technology with the potential to enhance the delivery of education and improve student outcomes.

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Gale enhances accessibility and usability in GVRL, InfoTrac and InContext products

Farmington Hills, Mich., Feb. 5, 2015 — In response to extensive user testing and usage data, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will introduce a number of enhancements to its most widely-used product lines – GVRL, InfoTrac and In Context, including the optimization for mobile devices through responsive design. The adoption of a common design and toolset across all products will provide a unified experience as researchers move from one resource to the next, while other changes will enhance accessibility for those with disabilities and increase usability overall for desktop and mobile researchers. Continue reading Gale enhances accessibility and usability in GVRL, InfoTrac and InContext products

Gale announces several new collections for Artemis: Primary Sources platform

Farmington Hills, Mich., Feb. 3, 2015 — Continuing to connect researchers to treasured historical content, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced several Gale Digital Collections for academic and special libraries around the world, including the next three installments of Associated Press Collections Online as well as Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library. These new collections are available on the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform, giving researchers the ability to cross-search with other digital archives and access to graphing and search visualization tools that will help them explore the content in new ways. Gale has also completed the migration of several historical newspaper and periodical collections onto the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform, which now boasts more than 125 million pages of content.

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Baker & Taylor launches new Axis 360 app, for Android and iOS devices

CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 2, 2015 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today the launch of its new Axis 360 app for both Apple and Android devices. The Axis 360 app offers mobile users the ability to discover, download and listen to digital audiobooks, as well as access ebooks to read, within a single application.

Axis 360 app users will enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to content from their public or school library. Users can browse the library or school’s entire digital collection or search for a specific title. Once they discover that perfect new release or longtime favorite, they can check it out using a built-in audiobook player in addition to the existing ebook reader. Axis 360 also presents recommendations from the library’s collection, based on the user’s selection. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches new Axis 360 app, for Android and iOS devices

eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News Summary For the Week Ending Sunday, February 1

bibaI am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks. I now run a curated Twitter feed devoted to ebooks, elibraries, and epublishing.

This is a listing of those tweets for the last week. A new listing will be published on No Shelf Required each Monday morning.

If you are interested in following the feed in real time, follow me on Twitter: @paulkbiba — Paul Biba
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Joe Wikert What’s the biggest obstacle facing Oyster, Next Issue, Spotify, et al? http://t.co/8eYCIsGIWO

Mobile Boom Spurs Ebook Growth in China http://t.co/wdOlFJ2std
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DK, HarperCollins Publishers and Penguin Random House added to Ingram’s MyiLibrary platform

Nashville, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the expansion of titles available to libraries and their patrons through its MyiLibrary® e-book platform, offered through Ingram’s Coutts Information Services Inc., with the addition of a wide range of bestselling content from leading publishers.

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EBSCO introduces Explora, a new interface for schools and public libraries

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 30, 2015 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Explora, an appealing new EBSCOhost® interface for K12 schools and public libraries. EBSCO designed Explora following a series of user research studies with the goal of better assisting students in completing research and classroom assignments and providing a more intuitive search experience for public library patrons.

Multiple versions of Explora will be released for schools and public libraries. Each version features a unique landing page designed to best support the needs of students, patrons, teachers and librarians in their respective settings. Continue reading EBSCO introduces Explora, a new interface for schools and public libraries

Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million to 22 projects that reinvent libraries

CHICAGO – Jan. 30, 2015 – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today named 22 projects as winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for their ideas.

The projects will provide new tools and approaches that leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities.  They propose a range of ideas from library-driven toolkits that communities can use to share and archive their histories online to digital platforms that improve access to education and information in developing countries. Eight of the winners will receive investments of $130,000 to $600,000, while 14 early-stage ideas will receive $35,000 each through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps innovators take media and information projects from idea to demo. Continue reading Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million to 22 projects that reinvent libraries

Introducing ProQuest Ebook Central, a new integrated ebook platform

ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 30, 2015 — ProQuest unveiled the name of its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform: ProQuest Ebook Central™. Launching in mid-2015, ProQuest Ebook Central will integrate key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, delivering a next-generation experience for researchers and librarians around the globe.

“We selected a simple name that captures the essence of what this platform will be: the ‘go-to’ source for ebooks for both researchers and librarians,” said Kari Paulson, vice president, market development, ProQuest. “ProQuest Ebook Central will have the widest selection of quality content and the most acquisition options in an intuitive, user-friendly platform that simplifies the workflow for both librarians and patrons. It will be the complete solution that our customers and their users want.” Continue reading Introducing ProQuest Ebook Central, a new integrated ebook platform

Ingram offers new Edelweiss Analytics tool

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Library Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group Inc. company, expands the services it provides libraries with the addition of timely analytics and data powered by Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss Analytics, a web-based, interactive collection analysis tool. It gives libraries access to the most accurate and up-to-date information available on library circulation, retail sales data, title data and much more.     Continue reading Ingram offers new Edelweiss Analytics tool

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