If you’re going the ALA Annual Conference later this month, mark your calendar for the for the Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin program “Reference Work from Idea to Reality.” How does an idea turn into a reference book–or a reference database? Some heavy-hitters from reference publishing will discuss the process from initial concept to publication and beyond. [...]
June 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off
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.
May 17th, 2010 · Comments Off
Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students. Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource. The [...]
May 11th, 2010 · Comments Off
Last week I was in NYC visiting with the great crew at Oxford University Press. I got the complete, unedited tour of their new product, Oxford Bibliographies Online. While there, I had a chance to speak with Colleen Scollans, VP of Sales and Marketing for OUP, about OBO and the user research involved in the [...]
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 [...]
January 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off
The Dartmouth Medal, honoring a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, is awarded each year by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. This year, 3 titles were honored, one as the Dartmouth Medal winner and two for Honorable Mention. All 3 multivolume titles are available in ebook [...]
January 19th, 2010 · Comments Off
Excited to see that OUP is working with iFactory, and their new platform, PubFactory. I haven’t seen PubFactory since beta, so I’m anxious to try it out. Am hoping to get a grand tour via webinar this month, so look for an informal PubFactory review on NSR soon. Here’s the press release: iFactory chosen for [...]
November 12th, 2009 · Comments Off
I’ve gotten a flurry of press releases in the past 2 weeks from a variety of reference publishers. Some are offering mobile search, others are teaming up to distribute content, or they are offering new products. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on (in no apparent order): Oxford University Press launched Oxford Handbooks Online SAGE [...]
November 9th, 2009 · Comments Off
65 of OUP’s handbooks are now online (as of November). Details are below from an OUP Press Release.
July 24th, 2009 · Comments Off
iFactory is an web development company in Boston. They have developed Sage Reference Online, Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness, and several Oxford University Press products. NSR got to talk with Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory about eBook interfaces and the future of eBooks. Tom and 15 other interviews are listed on the NSR interviews page.