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June 16, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Britannica Ebook Service for Schools and Libraries

Students in elementary school through college can easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects they’re studying through a new web-based ebooks service available to schools and libraries from Britannica Digital Learning, a division of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. The new service, at http://ebooks.eb.com, makes it easier than ever to use Britannica’s expert-written single-volume titles for research, papers, homework, and projects. More than 300 non-fiction digital books are now available. They cover the full range of curriculum, including math, science, language arts, social studies, and health.

Each ebook contains the entire text of the print edition and illustrations—many of which are striking, high-definition, and full-color. Tables of contents, indexes, and glossaries are hyperlinked and fully searchable.

“These books are extremely valuable in digital form. They can be searched by several students at once, making them more accessible and useful than a single bound book,” said Michael Ross, senior vice president and general manager of Britannica Digital Learning.

Ebooks are whiteboard ready, making them ideal for use both in small classrooms and in large lecture halls. Schools do not have to spend additional funds on reading devices; these ebooks can be accessed 24/7 by students, teachers, and library patrons through any web connection. All titles in a school’s or library’s holdings can be searched with a single keyword. Password-protected notes can be saved and the material can be printed. 

Britannica plans to add hundreds of additional ebook titles in the next few years. The first 15 pages of each title are available free.

Source: Britannica Digital Learning



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