Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices

March 19th, 2014 · Comments Off

I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin.  It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate.  The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library […]

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GVRL adds 200 new children’s reference titles from Encyclopaedia Britannica

October 23rd, 2013 · Comments Off

Nice to see new preK-6 content added to the GVRL interface, especially EB titles. Farmington Hills, Mich., October 23, 2013 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the addition of nearly 200 new children’s reference titles from revered publisher, Encyclopaedia […]

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Interview with Britannica’s Rick Lumsden about ebook platform and apps

June 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

Last Saturday at the ALA Conference I met with Rick Lumsden, Executive Director for Institutional Sales and Marketing for Britannica.  We discussed Britannica’s new ebook platform and their mobile apps.  More information about Britannica’s ebooks and previews of the books can be found at ebooks.eb.com. Rick’s interview and over 40 others are available on the […]

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Forthcoming audio interviews for NSR – OverDrive, Britannica, ebrary

June 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

ALA is a great time to connect with librarians and publishers for audio interviews.  Today I met with Dan Stasiewski at OverDrive to discuss the new OverDrive WIN platform features and Rick Lumsden from Encyclopaedia Britannica to discuss the new Britannica eBook platform.  Tomorrow I’ll be with Matt Barnes of ebrary to discuss the new […]

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Britannica launches a new web-based e-book service

June 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

Big news from Britannica today, they just launched a new web-based e-books product.  The first 15 pages of each single-volume, illustrated title are free.  Libraries can contact Britannica for pricing. Here is more information from the press release:  Students in elementary school through college can easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects they’re […]

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2 million images in Britannica’s Image Quest

October 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

From an Encyclopaedia Britannica Press Release:  Students and teachers who need photos and other images for research, papers and projects can now find them easily and conveniently in Britannica Image Quest, a new online database from Britannica Digital Learning.  The Web site, which is now available to schools, universities and libraries, currently provides images from […]

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New Britannica Online Academic Edition on September 20

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Britannica will premiere it’s new online academic edition on September 20th.  The improvements have been in testing mode since April, and after receiving rave reviews, are ready to launch.  Starting on Monday, September 20 , when subscribers access www.search.eb.com, you will be sent directly to the new Britannica Online. Among the improvements are: Powerful search […]

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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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Interview with Britannica’s John Russell, Director of Business Development

April 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last Friday I spoke with John Russell, Director of Business Development at Encyclopaedia Britannica.  John and I discussed Britannica’s mobile strategy including the new apps for the iPhone.   John’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with 24 other great interviews.  Have a listen.

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New Britannica site helps reading-challenged students

April 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

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), […]

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