E-Reference Ratings from LJ

November 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

LJ just released E-Reference Ratings, “an evaluation of nearly 180 subscription based electronic resources in 14 subject categories.”  Of course, many of these are eBook platforms like Britannica, Credo, GVRL, Oxford, and Sage.   There was no category for eBooks, instead you’ll find them listed under the various subject categories. Products were reviewed by a team […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

eBooks, DRM, and ILL, a superior blend or a toxic cocktail?

October 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My recent discussion with Cynthia Cleto from Springer got me thinking about some issues.  I’m curious if Springer’s model – no DRM and ILL rights – is unique or if other ebook publishers and aggregators offer similar things.  To me, it’s a superior blend, but I’m thinking that most publishers and aggregators feel it’s a […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Standards

A View From the Top Panel at ALA

July 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s a snapshot from the ALA Presentation – A View from the Top. Left to right: John Barnes, Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke, Sage, Sue Polanka, WSU, Michael Ross, Britannica, Casper Grathwohl, Oxford To start the session, each of the panelists was asked: Will we have reference in 10-15 years?  If so, what will it look like? […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events