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Cambridge Books Online, a glimpse at the new interface

Cambridge launched a new and improved interface for their eBooks, Cambridge Books Online.  It’s a great looking and intuitive interface with a wide array of features.  There are a couple of important things to know about searching CBO up front.  First, the basic citation and table of contents information is freely available for anyone to search, logins and authentication are only required for viewing PDFs of chapters.  Second, Cambridge journal content is also indexed in the CBO interface.  Once selected to view, a user is then taken to the journals interface for the content (CJO).  I’ve listed some general comments about the content and interface features below. Most of the interface changes were implemented based on user feedback.   I’m sure there is much more to explore in this product, but here are a few things to start:

Cambridge Books Online (searching eBooks and journal content)

Content - The platform contains 10,000 book titles  (and simultaneously searches thousands of journal articles) from across all of the subject areas that Cambridge publishes — Humanities, Social Science, Science and Medicine.  Additionally, Only Cambridge University Press titles appear on the platform and new titles are added each month during the first week of the month.   Cambridge will be migrating their existing and new reference titles in early 2011. Textbooks are not included. Continue reading

Mad World of eBooks, part two – ALA discussion

For the introductory material on the session, please see part one of this blog post.

Second group – Lenny Allen, OUP, Erin Igoe, Cambridge UP, Tony Horava, OCUL, Joy Kirchner, COPPUL

  • Lenny – budget and workflow are concerns, always looking a year in advance.
  • Erin – CBO general ebook platform focused on perpetual access of titles; forthcoming developments – digital collections from Cambridge Libary, New Cambridge history of Islam; discussing the best use of delivering print materials in a digital format that will be most useful, relevant and user friendly.  Always looking at discoverability and functionality, they really want to be at the simultaneous release of p and e, it’s the workflow issue that is holding things up.  Lots of opportunities for ILL, PDA, metadata (better and more consistent fashion), use reports. Suggests that librarians keep pushing the envelope with publishers. Continue reading