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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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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