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Knovel Engineering Reference Data interactions updated

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Today, Knovel is releasing an upgrade to the tables with new usability enhancements and interactive tools that you’ll want to see for yourself. Check out screenshots here. Note also at this webpage, they advertize lots of online demonstrations, called Quickstart Webinars. They are free.

Princeton University’s link to the Knovel database:

Knovel Engineering and Scientific Online References
Collection of the latest leading technical and engineering reference books.

Safari Books Online accessible on iPhones & iPods

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“Safari Books Online introduces Apple mobile integration with Safari Bookbag - 30 Oct 2008

Safari Books Online, a US-based e-reference joint venture between publishers O’Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced Safari Bookbag, allowing the download of chapter and full book PDFs to the iPhone and iPod touch. Safari Bookbag can be installed via the Apple App Store for no additional cost. Safari Books Online claims to be the first online publisher to open their entire library to iPhone and iPod touch users.

Safari Books Online chose to integrate with Apple devices as its first mobile platforms after conducting a survey of its users. Among the respondents, 50 percent indicated the iPhone or iPod touch was the mobile device they used. The company plans to continue rapid expansion of its mobile strategy with other devices and readers in the months to come.

Bookbag users can synch their Apple devices with the ‘My Downloads’ section of their Safari Books Online accounts, which houses PDF versions of books that have been downloaded. To access titles on the iPhone or iPod touch, users can select the chapter of the book they want to download by simply tapping on the title of the book. With the Bookbag application, any iPod touch or iPhone with Internet access (Edge, Wi-Fi, 3G) can automatically transfer chapters of books from the Safari library. Once the books are downloaded, the PDFs can be read and accessed at any time, even without an Internet connection.”

Source: Today’s Knowledgespeak Newsletter.

Coming -- an OA Journal for Computational Biology

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“Oxford University Press announces forthcoming journal on OA databases in biology - 29 Jul 2008

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced plans to launch a new online-only journal - The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation. Computational biologist David Landsmann will serve as the journal’s editor-in-chief.

Scheduled for launch in January 2009, the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation aims to strengthen the bridge between database developers and users. It seeks to provide a platform for ‘novel ideas in database research surrounding biological information.’ The journal will reportedly cover only open-access databases.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 29th.

New e-book formats offered by O'Reilly

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O’Reilly Media, a technology publisher, announced two new ebook publishing initiatives. This venture brings new electronic formats, increased portability, and up-to-the-minute options for reading O’Reilly books. An initial selection of 30 popular O’Reilly titles now come bundled in three ebook formats (EPUB, PDF, and Kindle-compatible Mobipocket). Consumers have the option of purchasing an ebook directly from O’Reilly to read on a Kindle as well as most current ebook software and devices, including Adobe Digital Editions, Blackberries, and Sony Readers. A select number of O’Reilly titles will be available for the Kindle through Amazon.”

Source: July 18th.

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