According to a recent news release by ProQuest, Safari Books will soon be upgrading to a new version, Online 6.0, later this month.
Highlights of the new version include the following:
Enhanced Usability / Optimized Search
Search functionality has been enhanced to enable quicker and more efficient results. Safari 6.0 also makes it easy to read content from your search while also continuing to see the list of search results.
Value-Based Ratings / Customer Ratings
Safari 6.0 provides both an Amazon rating (where available) and a Safari Books online rating on all titles within the digital library.
A Wealth of Knowledge Tailored to Your Needs / Categorization
Users will be able to categorize the material in Safari 6.0 according to their own preferences. Users will be able to create their own categories and then fill them with personal title choices.
Improved Readability of the Content You Want
With Safari 6.0, users will have the ability to make annotation notes in the actual text they are reading. They will also be able to bookmark specific pages. Moreover, they will be able to share these notes and bookmarks with others.
It sounds like these updates will make Safari Books a much more powerful and tool-enhanced product that will compete well if not surpass the functionality of the best ebook database vendors. It will be interesting to see how they pull this off, if the tools will be easy to use and accessible. We will soon see.