Elsevier’s SciVerse to Premier on August 28th

August 25th, 2010 · Comments Off

Elsevier is launching it’s SciVerse Hub on August 28th.  This new platform combines the searching of Science Direct, Scopus, Scirus and SciTopics. From their website:  Elsevier is launching SciVerse to bring together solutions like ScienceDirect, Scopus, the web content from Scirus, and SciTopics into one point of access, enabling more efficient search and discovery for […]

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Cengage Learning Textbooks Available on enTourage eDGe Platform

July 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

Brought to my attention by @xplanarob.   I first saw the enTourage eDGe at the O’Reilly TOC conference last February.  I was so intrigued with it I put it in my list of top 10 takeaways from the conference.  It appears the appeal is widespread, as enTourage Systems™ and Cengage Learning just announced a partnership to […]

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Mad World of eBooks part one – ALA discussion

June 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

On Saturday morning at ALA, a group of librarians and publishers gathered together to discuss the world of eBooks, particularly aspects of consortial purchasing.  Each hour of the discussion a panel of publishers and librarians was on hand to lead the discussion. The event was organized by Michael Zeoli at YBP, Julie Gammon at the […]

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Library as Purchaser, Analyzing Site Licensing

June 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Very interesting post in SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen from June 14th – “The Latest Library As Purchaser Crisis:  Are We  Fighting the Wrong Battle?” by Kent Anderson.   Anderson discusses the site licensing issues between libraries and publishers, using examples from Nature, Elsevier, and Univ. of California system.  He says, ” The fatal flaw of site licensing […]

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Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

May 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students. Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.  The […]

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Publishers beef up on eBook offerings

May 13th, 2010 · Comments Off

Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010.  They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers.  For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire.

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New Articles of Interest

February 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Apple is Up to Something Publishers May Not Like Erik Christopher follows up on “The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads” Elsevier Introduces New Features For Online Health-Science Textbooks – Wired News – CHE Four Universities Settle Suit over Accessibility to Kindle for the Blind – 1/28/2010 – Library Journal Apple’s new […]

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ebrary PDA pilot extended, PDA survey announced

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

Glad to see (press release below) that the patron driven model is going well for another e-book aggregator.  Librarians – please take a look at the PDA survey from ebrary.  It’s extensive, detailed, and asks very specific questions about workflow.  The results should be really interesting. 

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ebrary launches food science collection

October 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Baker & Taylor partners with K-NFB

October 15th, 2009 · Comments Off

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, […]

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