Flat World Knowledge releases Make It Your Own platform

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

Reprinted in full from Information Today NewsBreaks, by Paula Hane. Flat World Knowledge, a publisher of free and open college textbooks for students, announced the release of a new platform called MIYO (Make It Your Own). The fully-automated system gives professors greater control over textbook content, and the ability, with one click, to make their […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Interfaces/Platforms · Open Access · Publishing · Textbooks · Vendor News

The Future of Academic Reading – BGSU Discussion

March 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

Today I attended a discussion at Bowling Green State University on the future of academic reading.  It was a day long session involving a panel discussion of students and faculty, along with Amy Pawlowski, the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library and myself as respondents. The panelists were mostly upper-class and graduate students, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Library News

Oxford Dictionaries Online

June 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Oxford University Press recently released it’s product, Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO).  This collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and usage guides contains 350,000+ entries and definitions, 600,000+ synonyms and antonyms, and audio pronunciations.  The collection will be regularly updated. Can I insert this into Word and other programs?  That would be great if offered.

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Press Releases · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

ebrary launches natural disaster information center

March 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

ebrary launched a natural disaster and extreme weather information center last week.  The information center was created using ebrary’s DASH (data sharing, fast) API and includes a collection of publicly available PDF files and Word docs.  Every word on every document can be searched and content is also organized by broad categories like floods, hurricanes, […]

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Tools of Change – Making the Case for Digital Printing

February 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Making the Case for Digital Printing –  Tools of Change Conference – Feb. 22, 1:30 – 3:30 Brian O’Leary and Ashley Gordon This session was directed to publishers who are thinking about digital printing opportunities.  The speakers were obviously pro-digital printing and provided many examples of the benefits of digital printing for publishers.  But, libraries […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Discovery · Print on demand

Tools of Change – Practical Ebook Formatting Workshop

February 22nd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Practical Ebook Formatting: Limitations and Optimizations – Joshua Tallent (Ebook Architects) and Phil Frank (Hendrickson) TOC Conference, Monday, Feb. 22nd 9 – 12:30, Mariott Marquis, NYC About 200 folks in the room, 1/2 do the ebook formatting on a regular basis, 1/2 are managing people who do this, and me. I decided to attend this […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats