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 level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond. Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in. The press release below has more information. Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.
CHICAGO, March 11, 2014—Britannica Digital Learning today announced Britannica Library, the next generation of its comprehensive reference and research service for library users of all ages.The newly designed site is Britannica’s richest library product to date and includes new and continuously revised articles from encyclopedias, journals and periodicals, related multimedia, primary sources, links to useful Web sites and ebooks. Continue reading
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 Britannica, to its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction from more than 100 publishers to all types of libraries. The addition of these new titles brings the total eBooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading
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 NSR interviews page.
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 PDA business model and a recent survey ebrary conducted on downloadable ebooks. I hope to get these posted early next week. Stay tuned.
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 studying through a new Web-based e-books service available to schools and libraries from Britannica Digital Learning.
The new service, at ebooks.eb.com, makes it easier than ever to use Britannica’s expert-written single-volume titles for research, papers, homework and projects. More than 300 non-fiction digital books are now available. They cover the full range of curriculum, including math, science, language arts, social studies and health. Continue reading
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 more than 40 of the best collections in the world, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dorling Kindersley, Getty, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society and Oxford Scientific. Continue reading
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 capabilities to help users find the content they need. Robust new article pages with related content and rich media integrated within each article
- An enhanced Workspace for saving content from Britannica in one place that is easy to access and share with others
- “Suggest Edit” feature that allows users to suggest edits to Britannica articles or create new articles to be considered by Britannica editors for publication
- “Article History” and “Contributors” features that allow users to track changes to Britannica articles and get recognition for all accepted edits and additions they make to Britannica
Highlights of these improvements are included in this short introductory video: Britannica Video
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 bring e-Textbooks together on the platform. Some bits and pieces of the press release are below, highlights: coming this fall, higher education, dual screen, wi-fi enabled, e-reader/tablet/notepad/AV player. Of note, Britannica, Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, O’Reilly Media, F.A. Davis, and the Univ. of Chicago Press have also partnered with the eDGe. Continue reading
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.
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), English as a Second Language (ESL) students and adult-literacy students. Continue reading