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
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, minimal memory space, and much more – directly on the iPhone!”
Some of the features available for the app include:
- 25,024 unique articles covering all aspects of human life;
- 800 accompanying colorful images and maps;
- “History” feature shows the last 100 looked-up articles;
- Auto-complete function;
- “Wildcard” search feature allows the user to find names, even if their exact spelling is unknown;
- ‘On This Day’ feature allows you to learn what happened on any calendar day in history;
- Access links within articles for immediate information… and much more!
The app may be downloaded from iTunes for $24.95.
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 to military service members, their dependents, and National Guard members through MyiLibrary®, Ingram’s market leading online e-content aggregation platform. Continue reading
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 of library and publishing experts as they talk about how the traditional reference collection is being transformed. Panelists include David A. Tyckoson, Associate Dean, California State University Henry Madden Library; and representatives from Encyclopaedia Britannica, M. E. Sharpe, World Book, and ABC-CLIO.