Safari Books Online releases version 6.0

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On Tuesday, 27 October 2009, Safari Books Online released their new version 6.0 that provides the following features:

Enhanced Usability / Optimized Search
The search functionality has been optimized. Safari 6.0 also makes it easy to read the content you 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
Safari has added the ability for users to categorize the material in its digital library according to the user’s own preferences. Users can now create and fill their own categories of preferred titles.

Improved Readability of the Content You Want
With Safari 6.0, users have the ability to make inline notes in the actual text they are reading. They can now dog-ear or bookmark specific pages. They can make notes while reading on a given page, AND they can share these notes and bookmarks with others – making Safari Books Online a more powerful learning and teaching tool.

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.