|Weekly News Digest
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H.W. Wilson Introduces Book Review Digest Plus
H.W. Wilson Co. has announced that more than a million reviews of 700,000 books are now searchable with its expansion of Book Review Digestónow named Book Review Digest Plus. Available on the newly redesigned WilsonWeb (see http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17056), Book Review Digest Plus draws content from thousands of periodicals beyond the former base of just 109. Users can now retrieve full-text reviews, excerpts, and citations for general fiction, nonfiction, reference works, children's books, and textbooks.
Book Review Digest Plus lets users search reviews by keyword, book title, article title, author, source, and more. "Master" records for each book, which link to reviews from various publications, allow for convenient and comprehensive searching. A library holdings indicator that links to the library's OPAC lets users know if they can find cited books and periodicals on the shelves.
Book Review Digest Plus draws review content from such WilsonWeb periodicals databases as Readers' Guide Full Text, Wilson Business Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Education Full Text, Art Full Text, General Science Full Text, Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index, Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, and Social Sciences Full Text.
Book Review Digest Plus is updated daily. Retrospective coverage extends to 1983.
Source: H.W. Wilson Co.
eBookAd.com Unveils New Software, Services
eBookAd.com, Inc., an e-book content and hardware retailer, has unveiled its newest software and service solutions. The eBookAd Server Suite is a customizable set of Web applications that allow e-publishers to easily build and manage e-commerce Web sites for selling e-books.
The software includes modules for managing customer accounts, an e-book-specific shopping cart, management of e-book catalogs, Web-based uploading of content, a search engine, graphical sales reporting, marketing and promotion, an online bookshelf to store customer purchases, integration with eBookAd's news feed, an e-book review system, and an optional hardware store. The server software has been designed to run on Linux/UNIX servers or on Windows NT-based computers.
The new services include full Web and e-mail hosting for e-publishers, credit card processing, Web site design, e-book storage, and marketing. As the system is completely modular and customizable, an e-publisher can select from any or all of the services or software modules as needed. The solution can be installed to run as a stand-alone system, or it can be seamlessly integrated into an e-publisher's existing Web site.
Source: eBookAd.com, Inc.
Adobe Updates Web Collection, GoLive
Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced the release of the Adobe GoLive PDF Module and a new version of the Adobe Web Collection. These two offerings further integrate PDF into the Web publishing work flow.
The GoLive PDF Module enables Web developers to convert HTML files to PDF for easier client review and also speeds publishing of PDF files to the Web. In addition, the updated version of Adobe Web Collection now includes a full version of Adobe Acrobat, which complements GoLive, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator in a complete, integrated Web design suite. The Adobe Web Collection provides tight product integration and helps customers improve productivity and streamline the Web publishing work flow.
The GoLive PDF Module is designed to accelerate and enhance the publication of PDF documents to the Internet. This enables Web developers to view PDF documents without having to open a separate application. Through new toolbar options, GoLive users will be able to navigate, edit, export, and print Adobe PDF files from within the application.
Source: Adobe Systems, Inc.
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