Electronic Access

Turning Online Books on Their Ear

If books had ears then Inkling, a company that makes textbooks interactive for the iPad, would be turning them on their ear.  Currently most of us are familiar with ebooks through AccessMedicine, MDConsult, StatRef, and even Unbound Medicine.  These types…

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What’s Happening With E-Books

Apple announced today the release of iBooks 2 which is supposed to revolutionize the etextbook market.  The area of ebooks is very tumultuous in general but then add specialty books like medical texts, volume usage (libraries buy one book for…

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E-Books

It seems a lot is being discussed about e-books and e-readers lately.  Sigh… e-books what a tangle web you weave.  I think Mark Funk said it best in the recent 2011 Medical eBook Publishing Trends Webcast, ebooks are at the…

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When Reading Becomes Social

I stumbed across an interesting post from the MARquee which described a Small Projects Award which studied the use of e-readers and nursing students.  Nursing informatics students sampled e-readers to see if they could be used effectively as tools to…

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2011 Medical eBook Publishing Trends Webcast

Yesterday I viewed the 2011 Medical eBook Publishing Trends Webcast hosted by Ovid and it was very interesting.  If you missed it the webcast will be available to watch in the archives in a few days. (As of 7/12/2011 the…

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Free Webcast: 2011 Medical eBook Publishing Trends

Ovid is hosting a free webcast on medical ebook publishing trends Tuesday June 28, 2011 12:00pm EST.  Former President of MLA, Medical Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College, Mark Funk will be moderating a “lively conversation” with panelists about the rapid…

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The Mobile Web Is Not An Alternative

Wednesday’s post on medinfo alerted me to this interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “As the Web Goes Mobile, Colleges Fail to Keep Up.”  The article states that more and more college students access the web using the mobile…

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Ebooks and Usage

Recently I have been writing a series of posts on ebooks.  The blog posts didn’t start out as a series.  It all started from an update post about our video from the MLA webinar where I added a few things that we…

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Ebooks: The Library Catalog and Federated Searching Part 1

After participating and watching the MLA ebooks webinar two things became very apparent to me.  Patrons do not use the catalog We need a federated ebook search system If I tried to address both of these issues it would be…

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Ebooks and Small Libraries

This morning I was scrolling through the #mlaebooks Twitter feed to help fill in my notes from yesterday’s webinar and I ran across a tweet from LibrarianLizy asking for any advice I could give to small hospital libraries just getting started…

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