Carry Britannica in Your iPocket – with a new app

April 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Just received a press release from EB and Paragon Software Group announcing the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 app for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Congratulations! While not the full Encyclopaedia Britannica,  the app contains  “a version of one of the world’s most trusted encyclopedias with accompanying images and maps, fast article search and look-up functions, […]

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DOD offers audiobooks

February 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

I received the following Press Release concerning the DOD and audiobooks.  I’m glad to see government agencies making the leap to electronic books. Department of Defense offers downloadable audiobooks through MyiLibrary La VERGNE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. announced today an agreement with the US Department of Defense (DOD) to offer downloadable digital audiobooks […]

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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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New Articles of Interest

December 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

Bill Clinton Pens New Britannica Article on Dayton Accords IDPF elections: Faster e-book standards-making expected—given BOTH presidential candidates’ platforms Springer Group, Second-Leading STM Publisher, Sold by/to Private Equity Firms – 12/11/2009 – Library Journal Canadian Private School Switches to Sony e-Readers   – 12/9/2009 8:28:00 AM – Publishers Weekly Baker & Taylor Acquires Blackwell North […]

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The Future of the Book – From One Perspective

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

Britannica’s Michael Ross (also on the NSR Advisory Board), has an interesting blog post of the future of the book.  It is a summary of his thoughts and impressions from attending two book related conferences “down under.”  The article appears on the Britannica blog.  Michael discusses some eBook readers and devices, copyright, green thinking, and […]

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Britannica’s Overhaul

April 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Original article in Boston Globe.  By Hiawatha Bray Boston Globe Staff / March 31, 2009 Enter Britannica For 241 years, it’s been the gold standard of reference books, a premium-priced digest of the world’s accumulated knowledge. Now it’s being overwhelmed by an eight-year-old online upstart authored by amateurs and available at no charge. How can […]

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Widgets guide usage of eReference/eBooks

November 18th, 2008 · Comments Off

I love widgets.  Last week at the Charleston Conference I was on a panel discussing “bridging the google gap.”  I was to discuss ways libraries were bridging that gap through reference services.  Widgets was one of my answers. Widgets can be embedded on multiple library web pages, course management systems, facebook, teacher/faculty websites, anywhere really!  […]

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Britannica’s Widgets

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

A really neat feature from Encyclopaedia Britannica – Content Widgets .  I’m a big fan of widgets, particularly ones with nice visuals.  They draw the users attention and can lead them to authoritative reference content.  Here’s the official info from Britannica: Check Out Britannica’s New Widget Feature! Britannica Widgets are here, and with them you […]

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Encyclopaedia Britannica partners with MyiLibrary

August 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

While visiting Michael Ross of Britannica last week, he mentioned a new partnership with Ingram Digital.  Ingram’s Myilibrary will now distribute 27 Britannica ebook titles.  For more information, see the press release.

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A Visit to Encyclopaedia Britannica

August 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Monday, August 11th I stopped by the Encyclopaedia Britannica offices on LaSalle street in Chicago.  I visited Michael Ross, Senior VP of Corporate Development.  Michael gave me a nice tour of the Britannica headquarters and I took some photos to share with everyone.  You’ll see some remarkable similarities between an international publisher and a library. They have […]

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