ABC-CLIO content now on GVRL

March 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

There is some great news for librarians wanting their reference content to be searchable on one common interface.  ABC-CLIO has added 250 titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).  The titles are either ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Praeger, or Libraries Unlimited imprints and cover history, humanities, and general interest topics.  The addition of the ABC-CLIO titles […]

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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

Webinar – 21st Century Reference Collections

December 17th, 2009 · Comments Off

Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) will host a webinar on the 21st century reference collection on January 12th.  Register online for this free event. Here is the description of the event: Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist’s Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Reference Publishing

Survey – online reference databases

October 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

NSR Readers, I’m writing to ask for 10 minutes of your time to complete a survey about online reference databases.  I’m trying to gauge interest in a variety of features offered in online reference databases (think GVRL, Credo, SRO, ORO, ABC-CLIO, etc).  My results will be used in a presentation I am co-presenting at the […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Surveys/Statistics

New ABC-CLIO/Greenwood eBook Interface

September 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off

Got a chance to beta test the new ABC-CLIO/Greenwood interface this week – Digital Collections.  It’s a nice looking interface, easy to navigate with pleasant layout, colors, fonts, etc.  Basic/advanced/browse searching of over 6,200 titles.  They have some cool features too – cite this source ( I still need to check the citations against versions […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

The Cost of Publishing a Book

May 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments

One thing librarians are always ranting about is the cost of eBooks.  In some instances, the eBook can cost 150-200% of the list price.  The Kindle 2 blog just posted an interesting break down on the cost of print books.  When it comes down to it, printing costs are only about 10% of the total […]

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No Shelf Required – 10,000 Visitors and Growing

April 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Thank you for your support, No Shelf Required readers, subscribers, and supporters.  We hit a milestone in March with the 10,000th unique visitor to NSR.  Clearly, ebooks are a hot topic with this much interest in the blog in less than one year.  Let’s keep that interest and conversation going strong.  We welcome your comments, […]

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Reference Publishers Debate Single Platform

February 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

On the Friday of the ALAMW Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group met for a panel presentation/discussion on using one single platform to host all reference content.  It was an interesting discussion.  I’ve summarized the panel in my notes below. Independent Reference Publishers Group Meeting Friday, January 23, 2009 Representatives from the following organizations were […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Discovery · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing

ABC-CLIO will now Publish Greenwood Imprints

October 1st, 2008 · Comments Off

Big news in reference publishing today.  ABC-CLIO has licensed the content of Greenwood Imprints.  Here’s a clip of the press release: ABC-CLIO and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today announced an agreement granting ABC-CLIO a perpetual license to use the imprints and publish the titles of Greenwood Publishing Group, including Greenwood Press, Praeger Publishers, Praeger Security International […]

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The Evolution of the Reference EBook

July 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

At ALA Annual in Anaheim ABC-CLIO hosted focus groups for academic reference librarians to discuss the changing face of electronic reference books and hear what they had to say about what they hoped to see for the future of these products. Here are the items we discussed and the general feedback we received. We encourage […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News

ABC-CLIO Invitation.

June 10th, 2008 · Comments Off

Posted on behalf of Devon Bell. ABC-Clio. History Defined Discussing the Evolution of the Reference eBook ABC-CLIO would like your voice to be heard! Join ABC-CLIO on Sunday, June 29, 2008, at ALA Annual in Anaheim, CA. We’ll be hosting a focus group for academic librarians. These discussions will offer you an opportunity to express […]

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