Britannica Launches Portal for Access to Hundreds of Reference E-book Titles
Students of K-12 schools and universities, as well as patrons of public libraries will now have access to hundreds of highly illustrated nonfiction e-book titles published by educational publisher Britannica Digital Learning (a division of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.) through a new digital portal, Ebooks.eb.com.
According to Michael Ross, a senior vice president at Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. and general manager of Britannica Digital Learning, institutions can purchase a single-user, multi-user or unlimited-user license for access to the titles on the site. This is the digital equivalent to having one, several or unlimited numbers of a printed book on their library shelves.
The new Britannica e-book portal was developed in cooperation with Impelsys, an electronic content delivery solutions provider, with the use of the iPublishCentral software.
"With the iPublishCentral platform, we've been able to quickly roll out a simple web-based e-book portal that delivers 24/7 access to our e-books from anywhere," said Ross, in a press release announcing the new e-book portal. "The portal's full-text search feature, along with linked MARC records for each e-book, make it quick and easy for students and library patrons to find information in Britannica's e-books. Britannica e-books also provide an opportunity for schools and libraries to own digital content-there are no ongoing subscription or platform fees."
According to Sameer Shariff, chief executive officer of Impelsys, "Britannica's new e-book site already offers access to hundreds of circulating titles, and we will be working with them to release more than 100 new e-book titles every year, ensuring an expanding selection of high-quality resources."