ProQuest Safari Books 6.0 coming soon

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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.

ACLS Humanities E-Book web site considered best in humanities

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The ACLS Humanities E-Book web site just received a rave review from the prestigious Reviews in History of the Institute of Historical Research, London.

As Eileen Gardiner from HEB explains in a recent email announcement, “Mark Herring of Winthrop University traces the history of Humanities E-Book, its place within the scholarly mission of ACLS, its broad-base coalition of university presses and learned societies, its emphasis on the quality of the collection, its user-friendly interface and search engine, innovative XML titles, very reasonable pricing and its close attention to details such as free MARC records, citation methods and other metadata. The review gives ACLS and HEB the highest praise for their work within the digital humanities:

‘…ACLS has gone about its work to put together people and books to create the best possible site. Suffice it to say that numerous other groups and organizations work together to make HEB one of the best – if not the best – electronically accessible sites in the humanities. It surely stands as an equal to JSTOR, MUSE and other contenders to this throne.’”

See the full review at:
http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/paper/herringm2.html