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NetLibrary Adds eAudiobooks from Blackstone Audio
NetLibrary (www.netlibrary.com), a division of OCLC (www.oclc.org), now offers a selection of more than 1,600 classic eAudiobooks from Blackstone Audio. Sample titles from Blackstone Audio include The Civil War; Mere Christianity; The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Beyond Band of Brothers; Charlie Wilson's War; and A Confederacy of Dunces.
Librarians can select from a growing catalog of Blackstone Audio titles and order now for delivery in February 2007. NetLibrary will also waive access fees on purchases of all Blackstone Audio titles made before March 31, 2007.
Library users will be able to search for, preview, download, and listen to Blackstone Audio titles through the NetLibrary platform via the Internet. Users can download up to 10 high-quality, portable eAudiobooks 24/7. eAudiobooks can be downloaded or played on any desktop or laptop running supported media software programs and operating systems. Users can also transfer favorite titles to a wide range of supported portable devices, including music players and media centers.
Users can access the platform in a variety of ways, including through OCLC WorldCat, OCLC Open WorldCat, WorldCat.org, and directly from the NetLibrary platform. A complete list of Blackstone Audio eAudiobook titles is available at www.netlibrary.com/Librarian/Products/Blackstone.aspx.Source: NetLibrary
EBSCO to Distribute NewspaperDirect Internationally
Vancouver, British Columbia-based NewspaperDirect, Inc. (www.newspaperdirect.com) has signed a distribution agreement with EBSCO (www.ebsco.com). Under the agreement, EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group within the EBSCO Information Services division, will represent NewspaperDirect's PressDisplay digital newspaper delivery solution to libraries, corporations, and other organizations in parts of Asia, Europe, and Brazil.
EMpact will work in these regions promoting PressDisplay, which is designed to be a convenient, complete, and cost-effective way to read newspapers on one Web site. Available online at http://library.pressdisplay.com via a library's electronic resource, PressDisplay enables easy and instant access to newspapers and magazines from around the world on the date of publication.
PressDisplay uses the proprietary PrintToScreen technology and has the capacity to collect and display all forms of newspapers, books, magazines, and newsletters. PressDisplay can be customized to provide multiuser access for companies, libraries, and organizations of any size. PressDisplay provides a familiar user interface, easy-to-use navigation tools, and information management features such as bookmarks, advanced search, instant translation, article sharing, and offline reading. The product includes more than 350 leading newspapers and magazines, including the current-day issues in full color.
NewspaperDirect said the agreement with EBSCO complements a worldwide distribution agreement that it has with ProQuest Information and Learning.
Source: NewspaperDirect, Inc.
Google Search Appliance Adds Customization Features
Google has announced new features for the Google Search Appliance (www.google.com/enterprise/gsa), designed to give enterprise customers the ability to customize search results for their individual corporate environments. The Google Search Appliance also offers improved integration with Google services as well as additional content sources.
One new feature is Results Hit Clustering, which creates groups of dynamically formed subcategories based on the results of each search query. These clusters appear at the top of the search results and can help searchers refine their queries from possible ambiguous terms. Administrators can customize the location and appearance of Results Hit Clustering within search results. Source Biasing is designed to let administrators assign various weights to search results on their corporate networks based on the source or the type of content. A menu-driven interface allows weak or strong increases or decreases and requires no complex coding or scripting.
The new version of the Google Search Appliance also adds improved integration with Google Sitemaps export (for simpler exporting of information about Web pages available for crawling), as well as Open Source Connectors for indexing content in Microsoft SharePoint 2003 and Microsoft SharePoint 2007.Source: Google
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