I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.Â Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.Â This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th.Â The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors).Â A free preview issue is now available for download.
Last Saturday at the ALA Conference I met with Rick Lumsden, Executive Director for Institutional Sales and Marketing for Britannica.Â We discussed Britannica’s new ebook platform and their mobile apps.Â More information about Britannica’s ebooks and previews of the books can be found at ebooks.eb.com.
Big news from Britannica today, they just launched a new web-based e-books product.Â The first 15 pages of each single-volume, illustrated title are free.Â Libraries can contact Britannica for pricing.
Here is more information from the press release:Â Students in elementary school through college can easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects theyâ€™re studying through a new Web-based e-books service available to schools and libraries from Britannica Digital Learning.
From an Encyclopaedia Britannica Press Release:Â Students and teachers who need photos and other images for research, papers and projects can now find them easily and conveniently in Britannica Image Quest, a new online database from Britannica Digital Learning.Â The Web site, which is now available to schools, universities and libraries, currently provides images from more than 40 of the best collections in the world, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dorling Kindersley, Getty, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society and Oxford Scientific.Â Â Continue reading 2 million images in Britannica’s Image Quest→
Britannica will premiere it’s new online academic edition on September 20th.Â The improvements have been in testing mode since April, and after receiving rave reviews, are ready to launch.Â Starting on Monday, September 20 , when subscribers access www.search.eb.com, you will be sent directly to the new Britannica Online. Among the improvements are:
Powerful search capabilities to help users find the content they need. Robust new article pages with related content and rich media integrated within each article
An enhanced Workspace for saving content from Britannica in one place that is easy to access and share with others
“Suggest Edit” feature that allows users to suggest edits to Britannica articles or create new articles to be considered by Britannica editors for publication
“Article History” and “Contributors” features that allow users to track changes to Britannica articles and get recognition for all accepted edits and additions they make to Britannica
Highlights of these improvements are included in this short introductory video: Britannica Video
Brought to my attention by @xplanarob.Â Â I first saw the enTourage eDGe at the O’Reilly TOC conference last February.Â I was so intrigued with it I put it in my list of top 10 takeaways from the conference.Â It appears the appeal is widespread, as enTourage Systemsâ„¢ and Cengage Learning just announced a partnership to bring e-Textbooks together on the platform.Â Some bits and pieces of the press release are below, highlights:Â coming this fall, higher education, dual screen, wi-fi enabled, e-reader/tablet/notepad/AV player. Of note, Britannica, Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, O’Reilly Media, F.A. Davis, and the Univ. of Chicago Press have also partnered with the eDGe. Continue reading Cengage Learning Textbooks Available on enTourage eDGe Platform→
Last Friday I spoke with John Russell, Director of Business Development at Encyclopaedia Britannica.Â John and I discussed Britannica’s mobile strategy including the new apps for the iPhone.Â Â John’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with 24 other great interviews.Â Have a listen.
21st Century Explorer, a new product from Britannica, is a resource for high school students with low reading levels or specific learning problems.Â It is designed to provide resources (dictionaries, atlases, time lines, encyclopedias), news, videos, and more to assist with student assignments.Â 21st-Century Explorer is also ideal for reluctant readers, English Language Learners (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL) students and adult-literacy students. Continue reading New Britannica site helps reading-challenged students→
Just received a press release from EB and Paragon Software Group announcing the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 app for the iPhone and iPod touch.Â Congratulations!
While not the full Encyclopaedia Britannica,Â the app containsÂ “a version of one of the worldâ€™s most trusted encyclopedias with accompanying images and maps, fast article search and look-up functions, minimal memory space, and much more â€“ directly on the iPhone!”
Some of the features available for the app include:
25,024 unique articles covering all aspects of human life;
800 accompanying colorful images and maps;
â€œHistoryâ€ feature shows the last 100 looked-up articles;
â€œWildcardâ€ search feature allows the user to find names, even if their exact spelling is unknown;
‘On This Day’ feature allows you to learn what happened on any calendar day in history;
Access links within articles for immediate informationâ€¦ and much more!
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