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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Tags: Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers

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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Tags: Articles of Interest · Vendor News

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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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Vendor News

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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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

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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What do you want from us? Reference Publishers want to know.

July 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The last question asked during the ALA panel was asked by panelist, Michael Ross from Encyclopaedia Britannica.  He wanted to know from the librarians in the audience, “what do you want from us?” Librarians were not shy in extending several responses: §  I need to make my purchasing decision based on reviews. So, I need […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Reference Publishing

ALA Program – The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View From the Top

May 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

Headed to Anaheim?  Mark your calendars for this not to miss event: 2008 ALA Annual, Anaheim Monday, June 30, 2008 10:30 – 12:00 Anaheim Convention Center 204B Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) sponsored program: The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top. Top managers from reference publishing share their views about planning for […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Reference Publishing

Britannica Opens Site for Free Access to Web Publishers, Linking

May 1st, 2008 · Comments Off

Britannica Opens Site for Free Access to Web Publishers, Linking CHICAGO, April 29, 2008 Bloggers, webmasters, online journalists and anyone else who publishes regularly on the Internet can now get free subscriptions to Britannica Online (www.britannica.com). Anyone interested in participating in Britannica’s new WebShare initiative can apply for a free subscription at http://signup.eb.com or get […]

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ALA Program – The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off

2008 ALA Annual, Anaheim Monday, June 30, 2008 10:30 – 12:00 Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) sponsored program: The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top. Top managers from reference publishing share their views about planning for tomorrow in a digital age and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Speakers: John Barnes, […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events