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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Spring E-reference Update, 2011
Most reference publishers now publish their titles in e (electronic) as well as p (print) versions. Several have also developed e-book platforms, and a few have become aggregators. Here, in part 2 of our “Spring E-reference Update,” we provide a snapshot of the content available on the e-book platforms of various reference publishers.
The world of reference e is complex and evolving, and libraries have a lot of options to consider. If you want Infobase content, for example, some Infobase e-books are now part of Gale Virtual Reference Library as well as being offered on the Infobase eBooks platform (for more on Infobase eBooks, click here). Grey House and Salem Press don’t have their own platforms, but you can get all of Grey House’s encyclopedias on eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary), Gale Virtual Reference Library, Ingram’s MyiLibrary, or ProQuest’s ebrary; and 100 Salem Press titles on eBooks on EBSCOhost, Gale Virtual Reference Library, MyiLibrary, ebrary, or Follett eBooks. On the functionality side, many of the same user and library support tools that we’ve come to expect from reference databases are standard on e-book platforms as well. For a comparison of several different platforms, see “Fall E-reference Update, 2010: Part 2; E-books” in the November 15, 2010, issue of Booklist.
All of the information provided below is current through February 2011. Contact the publishers for more information, including pricing. Some publishers will let you take their e-book platforms for a test-drive.
ABC-CLIO (800-368-6868; email@example.com; www.abc-clio.com).
ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. The collection has 6,868 e-books from the ABC-CLIO, Greenwood Press, Praeger, Libraries Unlimited, and Linworth imprints. Approximately 200 new titles will be added by July 2011.
Britannica (800-621-3900; http://info.eb.com).
Britannica eBook Platform. Offers 252 titles covering pre-K to academic, with plans to add hundreds each year.
Cambridge University Press (800-431-1580; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cambridge.org/online).
Cambridge Books Online. More than 11,000 scholarly monographs from Cambridge University Press; new titles added each month.
CQ Press (866-427-7737; email@example.com; www.cqpress.com/reference).
CQ Press Electronic Library. More than 90 CQ Press titles, including 14 new online editions for 2011.
Credo Reference (877-426-5202; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://corp.credoreference.com).
Credo Reference Platform. Offers 349 in 28 collections from 11 publishers.
EBSCO (800-758-5995; email@example.com; www.ebscohost.com).
eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary). Nearly 300,000 e-books and audiobooks from more than 600 publishers.
Gale, part of Cengage Learning (800-877-4253; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.gale.cengage.com).
Gale Virtual Reference Library. Some 7,000 reference titles from 70 publishers. Approximately 75 titles being added this spring.
Infobase (800-322-8755; email@example.com; http://ebooks.infobasepublishing.com).
Infobase eBooks. More than 3,500 curriculum-based reference and nonfiction titles from Facts On File, Ferguson, Chelsea House, and Bloom.
Marshall Cavendish (800-821-9881; www.marshallcavendishebooks.com).
Marshall Cavendish eBooks. Offers 373 titles: series nonfiction, single-volume reference, teen fiction, children’s books from Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, Marshall Cavendish Reference, Marshall Cavendish Benchmark.
McGraw-Hill (800-722-4726; www.mhebooklibrary.com).
McGraw-Hill eBook Library. In its initial launch, the eBook Library will contain more than 1,000 books from McGraw-Hill Professional in four collections: Medical, Engineering & Computing, Student Study Aids, and Business. Additional areas will be added later.
Oxford (800-445-9714; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.oup.com/us).
Oxford Digital Reference Shelf. More than 60 scholarly reference titles from Oxford University Press.
ProQuest (866-4-EBRARY; email@example.com; www.ebrary.com).
ebrary. More than 273,000 titles from more than 500 publishers.
Rosen (800-237-9932; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rosenpublishing.com).
epointbooks.com. Pre-K–12 library of more than 3,000 titles from Rosen Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Britannica Educational Publishing, Windmill Books.
Sage Publications (800-818-7243; email@example.com; www.sagepub.com).
Sage Reference Online. Some 300 (by the end of 2011) Sage encyclopedias and handbooks.
Scholastic Education (888-326-6546; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.scholastic.com/bookflix).
BookFlix. Pairs fiction video storybooks from Westin Woods and nonfiction e-books from Scholastic. Currently, there are 95 pairs and 27 Spanish-translation versions.
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