ebrary launches food science collection

New from ebrary, a subscription database on food science.  According to the press release, “With more than 110 current and essential reference works, handbooks, manuals, and e-books from the industry’s top publishers such as CRC Press, Elsevier, Marcel Dekker, and Woodhead Publishing, the subscription database covers such topics as food manufacturing and processing, safety, quality assurance, nutrition, ingredients, storage and preservation, and government regulations.  To preview the selection visit http://site.ebrary.com/lib/foodscience.
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Pre-book Your nook!

Barnes & Noble nook

November 30th.  Barnes & Noble nook – $259.00.  It looks pretty cool, check out the nook video on the B&N site.  Here are some cool features:

  • runs on 3G network
  • wireless download of over 1 million titles
  • $9.99 titles
  • daily updates of news sources
  • full color navigation of titles
  • lending titles to friends!!!

In fact, here is the small print about lending titles to friends – “Most eBooks can be lent for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the book you want to share, then send it to your friend’s reader, cell phone, or computer.  You can share nook to nook, but it doesn’t stop there. Using the new Barnes & Noble LendMeâ„¢ technology… you will be able to lend to and from any iPhoneâ„¢, iPod touch®, BlackBerry®, PC, or Mac®, with the free Barnes and Noble eReader software downloaded on it.”

Library Bypass – SSP blog post

Interesting post in the SSP’s blog – the Scholarly Kitchen, written by Joseph Esposito.  Esposito discusses “library bypass,” which as he describes, is another way for publishers to reach paying customers.  Esposito says that libraries have limited money and are partial in these times to open access materials, not another high priced package from a profitable publisher, so library bypass presents opportunities for publishers to sell to the end user.  He questions why libraries aren’t getting into this practice and discusses some challenges.  Dave Tykoson commented on the need for a “library pass-through” in his comment, one that offers alumni access to online resources for a small fee through the library.

New articles of interest

Institutional Subscriptions to Google Books with Advertising? Google Won’t Rule It Out – 10/12/2009 – Library Journal

NY Times – Does the brain like e-books?

Why e-books are getting hotter and hotter

Ebook Accessibility Issues Trouble OverDrive and Adobe – 10/14/2009 – Library Journal

E helping to reduce book-sales decline

US Library of Congress’ Digital Collection Among World’s Largest

New ARL Publication – “E-book Collections”

Congrats to two fellow Ohioans (Cathy Anson and Ruth Connell) on the publication of an ARL Spec Kit – “E-book Collections“  Their research discusses the practice of ebook selection, acquisition, and marketing in major academic libraries, based on survey responses.  According to Cathy Anson from John Carroll University, “Our findings present a behind-the-scenes look at the difficulties experienced by ebook librarians in an academic library. The ebook process doesn’t work like the model for print books or for electronic journals and requires libraries to create new interdepartmental work flows. Publishers, vendors, and aggregators offer a variety of complex licensing agreements for ebooks which must be carefully reviewed and negotiated.  The most useful method of creating a new model of selection and acquisition is through the use of task forces.”

The press release and the executive summary for “E-book Collections” published by the Association of Research Libraries is available at http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec313.shtml .

Baker & Taylor partners with K-NFB

Lots of great press releases this week from the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Here’s one from B&T.

Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology Partnership to Deliver an Immersive, Next Generation Reading Experience, Baker & Taylor, Inc( 10/14/2009 )

World’s Premier Distributor of Physical and Digital Media Content Joins Forces with Pioneer in Reading Technologies

FRANKFURT, Germany – October 14, 2009 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Frankfurt Book Fair announced a partnership to provide digital media content for K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.’s e-reader.

In its latest in a series of digital media partnerships, Baker & Taylor will acquire and distribute digital media for the soon-to-be-released e-reader, which delivers the most advanced, flexible and open reading platform technology developed to date. K-NFB Reading Technology is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc., an innovator and pioneer in reading technologies and the creator of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. Continue reading Baker & Taylor partners with K-NFB

Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending – NYT article

Interesting article in today’s NYT about public libraries, eBooks, and digital lending.  Neat and nifty tools for users to easily download and read books without visiting the library, fears of publishers losing money and therefore not selling their ebooks to libraries, and eBook readers and the lack of content to download to certain ones are the main topics.  Good read.

Grzimek’s Launches

From a Gale/Cengage press release:

Farmington Hills, Mich., Oct. 12, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the digital version of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia as an interactive, media-rich online interface.
Based on the 17-volume print encyclopedia, long regarded as a leading source of information on “everything animal,” this digital resource is part of the next generation of resources from Gale, designed as a new knowledge portal to bring “power to the user.”
This knowledge portal includes information on more than 4,000 species, covering topics such as evolution, habitat, behavior, ontology, conservation status and more.  Continuously updated, the image-rich content provides a true educational experience, where users can find answers to specific questions, discover new details about animals they are familiar with, and learn more about little-known animals in new and exciting ways. Continue reading Grzimek’s Launches

New articles of interest

Articles from the past week include:

O’Reilly online web conference Ebook Strategy and Innovation – panel reports

Top 20 List of World’s Largest Publishing Co’s – an analysis

Harvard, National Library of China Embark on Digitization Project

Single Purpose E-Book Readers are Dead – Tennant: Digital Libraries – Blog on Library Journal

Three kinds of e-book illegals: Felix Torres tutorial for NYT columnist Randall Stross and publishers

New York Times columnist fears napsterization of e-books

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