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AIDSinfo releases Drug App for iOS and Android devices
- 09 Dec 2014

AIDSinfo, a collaboration of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US National Library of Medicine, has announced the release a new app, the AIDSinfo Drug App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both healthcare providers and consumers.

The app is designed to automatically refresh the content when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that healthcare providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in healthcare facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

Healthcare providers surveyed on the AIDSinfo Web site indicated that access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels for HIV-related drugs would be a useful feature of a drug app. Thus FDA drug labels pulled from DailyMed are integrated into the app in an easy-to-navigate format. This feature, coupled with the auto update feature, makes it easy for healthcare providers to quickly find the latest drug information when seeing patients. In addition, information from the FDA labels is condensed in easy-to-understand summaries in English and Spanish for consumers. The app also includes information on HIV-related investigational drugs for both healthcare providers and consumers.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, users can personalize the free AIDS info Drug App to suit their needs.

The world's largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

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IOP Publishing launches new fully responsive app for Physics World magazine
- 29 Oct 2014

Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has launched a new fully responsive app for its world-renowned Physics World magazine.

The Physics World team has worked closely with leading software house Kaldor, to create the first digital magazine of its kind in physics publishing. Replacing the previous ‘page-turning’ format, Physics World is now digitally optimised so that it is fully responsive in both orientations on different devices. It is available on iOS and Android and can be accessed via WebReader. Features such as scrapbooking and annotations are already available, and other features such as podcasts will be included in app updates in the coming months.

Readers can now use the app to read monthly issues of the magazine plus additional content such as technology focus issues and special regional reports. The Physics World 25th anniversary issue is available as a free sample within the app to showcase the compelling content and new technology.

Interested parties may download and find out more about the app at physicsworld.com/cws/pwapp.

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ICIS unveils mobile web app for ICIS Dashboard service
- 29 Sep 2014

ICIS, a petrochemical market information supplier and independent authority on global energy markets, has launched a mobile web app which enables its customers to view price assessments, breaking news and market reports via their smart phones.

ICIS provides market participants with pricing intelligence, insight and 24/7 news coverage across upstream and downstream energy and petrochemical markets. The mobile web app provides customers with direct access to this data wherever they are, giving them access to their subscription information on the ICIS Dashboard through their smart phone. More details about the mobile web app can be found http://www.icis.com/about/dashboard/help/mobile/.

ICIS aims to give companies in global commodities markets a competitive advantage by delivering trusted pricing data, high-value news, analysis and independent consulting, enabling customers to make better-informed trading and planning decisions. ICIS is a division of Reed Business Information, part of Reed Elsevier Plc.

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McGraw-Hill Education Professional's new off-line mobile app delivers instant access to essential diagnostic tools
- 30 Jul 2014

McGraw-Hill Education Professional, a global provider of content and services for the science, technical, and medical communities, has announced the launch of the AccessMedicine App, the first off-line mobile application of the world-renowned medical education platform.

A key feature of the new AccessMedicine App, available for download onto all iOS and Android devices, is that users will now be able to gain access to valuable AccessMedicine diagnostic resources in an off-line environment. Because AccessMedicine users – doctors, residents, medical students, nurses – typically work in environments such as wards and ER's, where internet service is frequently unavailable, the AccessMedicine App provides access to essential point-of-care diagnostic tools and resources. These include the Quick Medical Dx & Rx Tool; Visual Diagnostic Tool for Dermatology; Differential Diagnosis Tool; and Diagnostic Tests.

The AccessMedicine platforms are accessible on any device through the recently launched responsive design on the new SCM6 platform. But with the AccessMedicine App, users can tap into the most relevant point of care tools in any environment.

The AccessMedicine App can be downloaded from iTunes for Apple iPhones and iPads and from Google Play for Android devices.

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Elsevier unveils Elsevier Clinical Documentation Improvement Reference App for Apple and Android phones and tablets
- 16 Jul 2014

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of the Elsevier Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Reference App for Apple and Android phones and tablets. The free mobile app was created using ICD-10 coding requirements and developed specifically for physicians and clinical documentation specialists to help improve clinical documentation within the healthcare record. Using Elsevier original content, the Elsevier CDI Reference app is now available for free download via iTunes and Google Play.

The app enables clinicians to quickly and easily find the exact clinical terms or phrases to accurately describe a specific patient condition. Additionally, it will help demonstrate medical necessity for services, justify admission and treatment, and accurately reflect the severity of illness based on the patient's presentation. This allows the physician to document conditions correctly and creates a seamless handoff between the physician and the coder for payment.

The app focuses on 45 conditions that have the most compliance risk, changes to documentation requirements, payment or audit implications, or that generate the most queries for specification from coding staff. Examples of conditions include, Chest Pain and Angina, Dementia, Heart Failure, Kidney Disease, Myocardial Infarction, OB, Perinatal Care, Pneumonia, Sepsis and SIRS, Spinal Disorders, Syncope and Collapse, and Venous Thromboembolism.

Key documentation elements that are provided under each condition include: Acuity; Designation of type of condition; Etiolog; Associated conditions and manifestations; Clinical indicators; Staging; Treatments or interventions; and Information unique to neonates or pediatric patients, if appropriate

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ProQuest and Boopsie partner to provide libraries with easy access to eLibrary resources
- 19 Jun 2014

Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile app platform for libraries, has announced a partnership with ProQuest, and the launch of a new integration available on Boopsie's library-branded mobile apps. Boopsie has worked closely with the ProQuest eLibrary product team to provide a new, seamless integration between Boopsie's library-branded apps and ProQuest's eLibrary resource.

ProQuest combines unique technology and information assets to empower libraries. Its eLibrary online database includes access to 2,500 full text magazines, newspapers, books and transcripts delivered to various educational facilities, including high schools, college-level researchers, and professional educators. ProQuest recently updated eLibrary to include a direct export feature, making citation export effortless, as well as a mobile web edition, that allows for mobile access to one of the largest general reference collections.

Boopsie builds library-branded mobile apps for over 2,500 libraries worldwide, across all major mobile operating systems. The company recently announced that they saw both record numbers of app downloads and libraries joining the mobile community.

Boopsie currently has the eLibrary integration live in the Ela Area Public Library app. The integration is also in test mode for the Seattle Public Library and Multnomah County Library apps. Libraries that are interested in adding a ProQuest integration to their app should contact their Account Manager.

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals adopts Bibliogo for secure enterprise reference management
- 22 May 2014

Reprints Desk, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Research Solutions, Inc. (RSSS), has announced that Valeant Pharmaceuticals has adopted Bibliogo, the literature management and collaboration web application add-on for the company's Article Galaxy software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals will utilise Bibliogo, winner of the 2012 Software & Information Industry (SIIA) CODiE Award for Best Online Science or Technology Service, to support drug safety monitoring and other literature-related medical affairs functions within the Latin America office.

Reprints Desk claims to improve how journal articles and clinical reprints are accessed, procured and legally used in evidence-based promotions, medical affairs, and scientific, technical, and medical (STM) research.

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Elsevier's QUOSA for iPad app to support professionals in the life sciences
- 27 Mar 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of QUOSA for iPad® supporting professionals in the life sciences, particularly Medical Affairs and Medical Science Liaisons. The iPad app, a further development of the QUOSA literature management tool, enables Medical Affairs teams and Medical Science Liaisons to access pre-approved and copyright compliant literature, which can be read offline, from a central repository. It allows users to find articles from sources such as PubMed and Embase while on the move, resolving issues with appropriate use of content and lack of Internet connectivity during travel, while significantly improving users' productivity and enabling timely meeting preparation.

Without QUOSA, important literature may be stored in shared drives that do not alert users when new, relevant content is available. Consumer data storage and sharing tools are generally not approved for corporate use due to security concerns, while file sizes can quickly make email unwieldy. There is also the threat of large fines if companies do not observe regulatory guidelines, share information that has not been pre-approved, quote literature that recommends off-label use, or fail to report to various regulatory bodies in a timely fashion.

Further, Medical Science Liaisons spend a considerable amount of time travelling. QUOSA for iPad ensures professionals can access, annotate and share compliant and approved literature at any time, reducing the need to rely on overflowing inboxes or boot up laptops while travelling or in meetings.

The QUOSA solution is a centralised repository of scientific literature that enables life sciences institutions to meet regulatory reporting requirements, address medical inquiries and maintain current awareness in relation to topics or authors. It is used by a broad array of groups such as pharmacovigilance and medical affairs personnel in pharma, biotech and medical device companies. Via the iPad application, users will be able to create and manage their own folders of literature.

QUOSA is part of Elsevier's Life Science Solutions, a portfolio of interoperable, domain-specific, decision support tools which span the discovery and development workflow; including Pathway Studio™, Reaxys ®, Reaxys ® Medicinal Chemistry, ScienceDirect, Scopus, PharmaPendium® and Embase®.

QUOSA for iPad is now available from the Apple® App Store℠.

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New version of NatureJournals app now available
- 20 Feb 2014

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced a new version of the NatureJournals app, giving readers access to 34 Nature-branded research and review journals, and Scientific Reports, on the go. The app now works on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Full access is available through an existing personal or mobile subscription. All app users have free access to Nature news and all open access content in Nature Communications and Scientific Reports.

New features include a brand-new navigation and interface design, for a more responsive and simplified experience. Key functions include bookmarking, figure viewers and interactive functions, such as slideshows and videos.

The iPad version also has a slick new cover animation when opening journal issues, article level metrics provided by Altmetric, and simplified saved searches.

The new NatureJournals app replaces the Nature.com Reader app, which is no longer available in the App Store. Existing subscriptions purchased via Nature.com Reader will be honoured in the NatureJournals app.

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Latest version of Thomson Reuters ProView professional eReader platform launched
- 31 Jan 2014

Thomson Reuters has announced the latest version of Thomson Reuters ProView, professional eReader platform. The new version of ProView provides annotation management, PDF creation and sharing, and library sorting features, helping users to get the most out of their ProView eBook titles.

Thomson Reuters ProView is the first eReader platform specifically built for professional use, with advanced features such as full-text search, secured notes and highlights, and content updating. It is available for iPad and Android tablets, and for Windows and Mac computers. ProView titles are currently available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The new features offer more ways to navigate, access and share ProView eBook content. New features in Thomson Reuters ProView version 1.8 include annotations management; notes, highlights and bookmarks can be labeled, filtered and searched; advanced annotation importing; notes, highlights and bookmarks can be moved to their correct location as titles update, even when the relevant sections of text have been changed, relocated or removed; create and share PDFs; select text, current view or current section and create PDF files. Includes options to View, Print or Email finished PDF; sort library by topic; and sort library by topical designations provided by publisher(s).

Availability of features and user platforms may vary depending on specific titles, Thomson Reuters publishing brands and jurisdictions.

Information on ProView and its numerous reference and professional development titles can be found at http://thomsonreuters.com/proview.

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JBJS Reviews App for iPad and iPhone now available
- 15 Jan 2014

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc., and HighWire Press have announced the availability of the JBJS Reviews app for iPad and iPhone, now available in the app store. An Android version is expected to be available shortly as well.

To complement JBJS's mobile strategy, HighWire designed the JBJS Reviews app as an instant resource available on any device. The flexible app platform offers support for traditional and Continuous Publication models, and showcases support for in-app advertising.

JBJS Reviews is a new orthopaedic review journal recently launched by JBJS, Inc. the journal is published online, enabling continuous publication, optimisation for mobile access, and integrated continuing medical education (CME) opportunities.

Dr. Thomas A. Einhorn serves as the Editor of the journal.

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IMS Health unveils Cloud-based mobile health prescribing solution and secure platform for health app development
- 12 Dec 2013

Information, technology and services provider IMS Health has announced the immediate availability of AppScript, an mHealth app prescribing solution designed to help healthcare providers and health plans create proprietary formularies based on an objective assessment of healthcare app functionality and value. The company also announced the launch of AppNucleus, its customisable, cloud-based hosting platform that will enable developers to build secure, industry-compliant healthcare apps at very low cost.

Both new products will leverage IMS Health's comprehensive data on diseases, treatments, costs and outcomes. The solutions address the growing demand for secure mobile apps that drive patient engagement and enhance the delivery of care.

The AppScript Software-as-a-Service solution classifies and evaluates more than 40,000 mobile healthcare apps currently available for download on iOS and Android platforms, categorised by stage of the patient journey. Each app is assessed using the company's proprietary IMS Health AppScore, which ranks apps based on functionality, peer and patient reviews, certifications, and their potential to improve outcomes and lower the cost of care. As part of wellness, prevention and treatment regimens, physicians can organise these apps into formularies based on their specific patient population and practice preferences. In addition, AppScript enables them to securely prescribe, reconcile and track app use by patients from any mobile interface.

AppNucleus is the company's innovative healthcare app development and hosting platform that makes it easier for app developers to offer HIPAA- and HITECH-compliant solutions. The platform, compatible with all mobile operating systems, uniquely integrates IMS Health information and analytics at every stage of app development to support design and performance evaluation decisions. AppNucleus features a suite of plug-and-play solutions, enabling patients and physicians to exchange health information on mobile devices via a secure, encrypted channel to protect patient information. It also offers app developers a highly economical way to build security into their apps and protect patient information.

The launch of AppScript and AppNucleus is a key step in IMS Health's efforts to deliver connected healthcare solutions that leverage the company's intelligent cloud and extensive information assets to inform strategic decisions, reduce costs and improve the quality of care. The solutions are being featured at the 5th Annual mHealth Summit, which is being held near Washington D.C. December 8-11.

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The Radiological Society of North America launches two journal apps, developed by Sheridan
- 19 Nov 2013

Sheridan, a provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, associations, university presses, and cataloguers has created two full-text journal apps for The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) - one for Radiology, and the other for RadioGraphics. Each app accommodates both Apple and Android platforms.

Radiology claims to be the world's most-cited peer-reviewed publication in the field of radiology. RadioGraphics is the only radiology journal dedicated to continuing education, awarding more than 827,000 CME certificates since 2000.

Members can access these apps in time for RSNA's 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, December 1 – 6, in Chicago, IL.

Features of note within these apps include access to article abstracts as well as full-text PDFs, new content push notifications, title and author search, article bookmarking, and article share via email, Twitter and Facebook. High-resolution images and expanded table views are built-in, as is the ability to view in-article reference citations. Both apps support advertising and sponsorship opportunities through an integrated ad mediation system.

The Radiology app also features streaming video content from RSNA's YouTube channel, and both the RadioGraphics app and the Radiology app provide links to CME accreditation sites.

New Pearson BouncePages app instantly connects to digital content
- 16 Oct 2013

Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, has announced the launch of Pearson BouncePages. Now available on any mobile app store, this free app allows parents, teachers, and students to instantly launch interactive instructional content directly from a textbook page. The app was developed in collaboration with Layar, the global leader in mobile augmented reality and interactive print.

By simply snapping a picture of a pre-tagged textbook page on a mobile device, students discover interactive content illustrating the concept being taught. Engaging and educational, the interactive content includes friendly characters, entertaining scenarios, and effective explanations of the material. These features personalise student learning and provide interactive tools that allow students to practice what they are learning.

Pearson's enVisionMATH Texas 2.0 is the first instructional program to feature BouncePages in the Student Edition, Grades K–5. Each grade level features 120 pre-tagged lesson pages that instantly change static print pages into an interactive, digital learning experience.

The free BouncePages app is available for iOS (iPhone®/iPad®) and Android devices on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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Two leading organisations implement ALMs using PLOS open source app
- 11 Oct 2013

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has announced that two leading organisations are implementing Article-Level Metrics (ALM) using the PLOS open source app. In 2009, PLOS became the first (and claims to remain the only) publisher to launch an open source Article-Level Metrics (ALM) app to help other publishers implement ALM on their journals.

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP, provides software used by thousands of journals and hosting services to publishers like Co-Action Publishing) and Copernicus Publications (an innovative Open Access publisher) are both launching ALM programs based on the PLOS app.

ALM's give publishers' critical insight into the effectiveness of their programs, including highlighting articles that generate the most activity. Other publishers that have introduced ALMs include Biomed Central, eLife, Nature Publishing Group and PeerJ, among others.

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Thieme Bookshelf app for Android now available
- 11 Oct 2013

Medical and scientific publisher Thieme has announced that the Thieme Bookshelf app is now available for download to Android devices via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impelsys.thieme.android.ebookstore&hl=en.

Android users can choose from among hundreds of Thieme's e-books, quickly and easily downloading them to their phone or tablet after purchasing them. Thieme Bookshelf enables customers to browse through the contents of the store or their personal library, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark their favourite sections.

Thieme now has over 750 e-books available on its E-book Store, and the collection will continuously grow as new titles are published. Once users download Thieme Bookshelf to their Android device and enter their account details, they will automatically have access to all the e-books they've purchased from Thieme's E-Book Store and be able to access new ones as they purchase them.

New Doctor’s Toolbag iphone app to be soon replaced by mobile web app
- 03 Oct 2013

The Doctor's Toolbag iphone app will soon be replaced by a mobile web app that will be accessible from multiple devices. The new app is being produced by evidence-based information technology company, CEBMi Ltd. and will be available from late 2013.

The Doctor's Toolbag iphone app provides clinicians with a fast and simple way to use the most effective clinical prediction rules in a busy clinical setting to help improve patient care.

The iphone app, which was jointly developed by healthcare knowledge provider BMJ and CEBMi, will be decommissioned when the new web app is launched. Existing Doctor's Toolbag customers who wish to switch to the new Doctor's Toolbag Web App should register their interest here: www.doctorstoolbag.com.

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Lippincott's Nursing Advisor app now available for individual purchase
- 26 Sep 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has introduced the Lippincott's Nursing Advisor App, the first mobile application of the leading online clinical decision support solution for nurses. Available on iTunes and Google Play, the new app makes Lippincott's Nursing Advisor available for the first time for individual clinicians to purchase and use on their smartphones. Previously, the product was only available by group subscription to clinicians in hospitals and other healthcare institutions.

The Lippincott's Nursing Advisor App provides clinicians and students with regularly updated, evidence-based answers on diseases, treatments, signs and symptoms, and diagnostic tests. The information is instantly accessible where it is most needed - at the point-of-care. The app provides the same user-friendly features found in the Web-based institutional product, including bulleted text, helpful tables, icons for frequently used features and full-color art. Content is updated quarterly, ensuring that the most up-to-date clinical information is within fingertip reach for any nurse caring for adult or pediatric patients in an acute- or long-term care setting.

The new app is a "lite" version of the full institutional Web-based product, providing access to the vital clinical information regarding Diseases and Conditions, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnostic Tests and Treatment Programs. Beginning in early 2014, healthcare facilities with a subscription to Lippincott's Nursing Advisor will be able to download the app and gain access to additional content contained in the Web-based product.

Written by nurses for nurses, Lippincott's Nursing Advisor is the leading nurse-centric, answers-at-the-bedside solution designed for online and mobile point-of-care environments. The product includes more than 10,000 collective entries of critical, evidence-based information spanning diseases, treatments, diagnostic tests, drugs, signs & symptoms, nursing care plans, core measures, hospital-acquired conditions, national guidelines and patient education. Using a proprietary synoptic search, the product delivers the appropriate entry within seconds of a nurse's inquiry.

Lippincott's Nursing Advisor is part of Lippincott's Nursing Solutions, a series of evidence-based nursing software products designed to improve patient outcomes, enhance nurse competency, standardize care and promote clinical excellence.

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Thieme releases neuroanatomy app
- 20 Aug 2013

STM publisher Thieme recently announced the launch of the Complete Human Brain iPad app.

Building on Dr. Wieslaw Nowinski's pioneering digital atlas, The Human Brain in 1969 Pieces, this sophisticated 3-D app has a simple touchscreen interface that facilitates the learning of neuroanatomy by allowing clinicians, educators, students, and researchers to explore a fully segmented and labelled virtual brain from every angle, including axial, coronal, and sagittal MR planes. Users can easily add, remove, or overlap brain structures, and the self-testing feature helps them quickly find out how much they've learned.

Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house publishing 150 peer-reviewed journals and more than 450 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include eNeurosurgery, Medlantis, Thieme E-Journals, Thieme E-Book Library, the medical student website WinkingSkull.com and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty.

Wolters Kluwer Health introduces two specialised mobile apps of Lippincott's Nursing Drug Handbook
- 15 Aug 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has introduced two specialised mobile applications of Lippincott's Nursing Drug Handbook, the best-selling drug reference for nurses. Designed for use with iPad and iPhone, these apps are the industry's first electronic references for nurses to focus on drugs used in oncology and psychiatry. Both are subsets of the Nursing Drug Handbook app, which provides the fastest access to the most current drug information for nurses.

The Oncology drug app provides access to 169 antineoplastic drugs and the Psychiatric app includes 240 drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders and conditions. Nurses need immediate access to drug information so they can fully understand each drug prescribed for their patients, including the actions, dosage and adverse reactions. Fast access to accurate specialty drug information helps nurses ensure safe medication administration.

The Nursing Drug Handbook apps claim to provide the fastest access to nursing-specific drug information, allowing nurses to find drug facts anytime, anywhere in seconds. The full Nursing Drug Handbook app helps nurses find what they are looking for up to twice as fast as other nursing-specific drug apps. In addition, all of the Nursing Drug Handbook apps provide access to the most current drug information through weekly updates, making them the most frequently updated nursing drug apps in the industry.

The full Nursing Drug Handbook app features drug monographs addressing more than 900 generic and nearly 3,000 brand name drugs. It currently has the most comprehensive collection of pill images – more than 400 are included – to help nurses confidently identify their patients’ medications. Like the full version, both the Oncology and Psychiatric versions allow nurses to search for desired drugs alphabetically, by pharmacologic class and by therapeutic class. They include a dosage calculator, customisable notes, a favorites list, and detailed monographs, all in a user-friendly programme.

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Springer releases Android version of SpringerLink mobile app
- 01 Aug 2013

STM publisher Springer has released an Android version of its SpringerLink mobile application, allowing for wider access to its content. The app's user interface has also been improved, making navigation easier and faster.

In January 2012 Springer released its first version of the app on Apple iTunes, which gave scientists, researchers and students anytime/anywhere access to Springer's content from their iPhones and iPads. Now that the application is available for Android phones and tablets for the first time, Springer is further satisfying the demands of mobile researchers. Given the growth in popularity of Android devices, making the SpringerLink app available for these users via Google Play was a natural next step.

In addition to the Android release, Springer has made a number of adjustments and additions to bring new and improved functionality to users. This latest version includes an update to the user interface that makes searching and using articles faster, easier and more intuitive than on the previous iteration.

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Thomson Reuters CompuMark unveils Trademark Analysis for iPad
- 23 Jul 2013

Trademark searching and brand protection solutions provider Thomson Reuters CompuMark has announced the launch of Trademark Analysis, a software application (app) for the iPad. Trademark Analysis allows Thomson Reuters CompuMark SERION users to easily review, analyse, annotate and share Full Trademark Report search results from their iPads.

The new Trademark Analysis app for iPad offers users the flexibility to continue the trademark research process away from their desks, helping increase productivity and expediting trademark decision making. The app allows users to automatically synchronize their iPads with the SERION Analysis Tool to download Full Trademark Reports, comprehensive documents that identify the availability of an intended trademark for use and registration.

At their leisure and without any Wi-Fi connection needed, trademark professionals can now review, analyse and make annotations to the search results. Once users complete their work, synchronization with the SERION Analysis Tool ensures the work is saved and available for later viewing. Clients also have the option to easily share their completed, annotated work via email, keeping the decision-making process moving.

Trademark Watching is being added to the Trademark Analysis app for the iPad later this month. Trademark Watching Services monitor trademark applications and publications and notify brand owners when potentially conflicting marks are identified. Clients will also have the ability to review, analyze, annotate and share the results compiled in Watch reports.

With more than 40 years of trademark search, clearance and watch experience, Thomson Reuters CompuMark protects nearly all of the world's top brands and is used by leading trademark law firms around the globe.

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Springer and CAPES in deal to provide over 400 institutions in Brazil with access to Springer content
- 23 Jul 2013

STM publisher Springer and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) in Brazil have entered into a new five-year agreement. The deal provides students, researchers and professionals at more than 400 institutions access to Springer's content. CAPES is made up of both academic and government institutions, and Springer has been a partner of the government consortium since 2007.

The new deal encompasses Springer's entire online English-language journal collection, the complete Online Journals Archive (OJA) and the zbMATH database. Through this agreement, CAPES members will now have full access to all online journal titles, all subject collections in the OJA and the more than three million entries in zbMATH.

Founded in 1951, CAPES assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to postgraduate study. Through CAPES, the Brazilian government provides beneficial services to the country's academic and educational community, promoting imaginative programs both at home and abroad, and enabling the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge and skills.

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Elsevier launches Genomics Data app in collaboration with Illumina
- 22 May 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of the Genomics Data app in collaboration with Illumina, a sequencing and array-based solutions provider for genetics research.

The app allows researchers to share large data sets in Illumina’s BaseSpace cloud, where they can easily be reviewed and included in Elsevier’s open access journal, Genomics Data. The BaseSpace app serves as a gateway, opening data stored in the cloud to the publishing environment for expert peer review and wide dissemination in the form of a professional publication.

Through BaseSpace, authors and reviewers will also have additional access to analytical tools, further enhancing Genomics Data’s peer review process. This enhanced review option can give an article attached to the data set added credibility because reviewers are in the position to reproduce the analysis that the authors did.

To view the app, interested parties may register for free at https://basespace.illumina.com/apps/144144/Genomics-Data

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Elsevier Australia launches new nursing app for self-testing and easy revision
- 16 May 2013

STM publisher Elsevier Australia has announced the launch of the first app in its Clinical Cases app series 'Clinical Cases – Fundamentals of Nursing'. This nursing app is purpose-designed for self-testing and easy revision.

The complete 'Clinical Cases – Fundamentals of Nursing' app features 24 progressive case studies with integrated multiple-choice questions and answer rationales; 150 flash cards to test nurses on key nursing definitions; timed word games; and a medical glossary.

The initial download, includes two detailed nursing case studies, flash cards, word puzzles and a glossary. Nurses can then pick and choose from the remaining case studies, selecting the ones that best suit their needs. They can buy the remaining 22 case studies at once, buy them one at a time, or purchase themed sets of two, such as Adolescent Mental Health and Mental Health 1 & 2 or Acute Care 1 & 2.

To further enhance their learning experience, nurses can use the app in conjunction with Elsevier Australia's bestselling nursing textbook, Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, 4th ANZ Edition by Jackie Crisp, Catherine Taylor, Clint Douglas and Geraldine Rebeiro, and the accompanying Clinical Skills Workbook, 2nd Edition by Geraldine Rebeiro, Leanne Jack and app authors Natashia Scully and Damian Wilson.

The app is compatible with Apple iPhone (optimised for iPhone 5), iPod touch and iPad and will soon also be available for android devices via Google Play.

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medicalphysicsweb launches iPad supplement
- 29 Apr 2013

Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that medicalphysicsweb, the website for the medical physics community, has launched an iPad version of its supplement, the medicalphysicsweb review. The supplement, which is available to download from the Apple Store for free, is published several times a year to coincide with the key conferences in the field.

It provides readers with in-depth news, analysis and commentary on the fundamental research, emerging technologies and clinical applications that underpin the dynamic disciplines of medical physics: radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and biomedical optics.

The supplement has been designed for optimal display on the iPad and users can download the issue to their iPad to refer back to at another time. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, or directly from Apple's Newsstand.

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Elsevier launches Mosby's Nursing Consult App
- 22 Apr 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of its Mosby's Nursing Consult App, now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Mosby's Nursing Consult puts trusted clinical information into nurses' hands.

Features include patient education (including Spanish when available); drug calculators; drug monograph sections; and nursing recommendations from evidence-based nursing monographs.

Updated patient handouts, drug monographs and evidence-based nursing monographs from Nursing Consult are available every time a nurse accesses the app and is connected to the Internet, while the drug calculators will work online or offline. Being able to access Nursing Consult through an app means that nurses can get the clinical information they need anywhere, any time, wherever their patients are located.

Mosby's Nursing Consult claims to be the most trusted and comprehensive online resource for nurses, offering authoritative information to help provide better patient care. The App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.

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Bowker BookWire App allows on-the-go access to book data
- 12 Apr 2013

ProQuest affiliate Bowker is introducing a free mobile app that streamlines the search for books by consumers, librarians and booksellers. Using Bowker's new Bookwire app, iPhone or iPad users can scan the barcode of any book to receive a quick search result for that title and format, view a list of the lowest retail prices, and make a purchase through multiple e-retailers. For subscribers to Books In Print or Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Bookwire app offers an additional benefit, enabling subscribers to login to access detailed book information and add titles to selected lists from any location.

The Bookwire app provides a variety of options to connect to book information. Users can scan a barcode, enter an ISBN or search by title, author or publisher to review details. Then, they can complete a purchase or save the information for later use.

Subscribers to Books In Print and RCL will be able to link to detailed metadata and add items to existing lists. Book buyers in a store, faculty office or at a trade show will be able to simply scan and save titles from Books In Print on the spot to their device. Collection weeding in libraries will happen right from the stacks, eliminating the need to cart books back to a desk for evaluation.

The Bookwire App is available in the iTunes Store.

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Sheridan announces enhancements to full-text mobile journal apps
- 04 Mar 2013

The Sheridan Technology Lab has announced significant enhancements to existing features for their Full-Text Mobile App offering, as well as several proprietary new features. Working closely with a number of scientific, technical, and medical publishers on current app development, The Technology Lab identified unique revenue and reporting needs that could be met through the creation of new features.

New features / enhancements include comprehensive advertising options; industry standard compliant usage reporting; image carousel; CrossRef/Pub Med citations; highlighted search terms; in-article search; citation range pop-ups.

For journals that offer advertisement opportunities, the comprehensive advertising feature now provides even more monetisation options. In addition to rotating offline ads, the app accommodates more advertisement sizes, including medium rectangle, leader board, and interstitial formats. It also features the ability to target ads geographically. These powerful options offer greater flexibility and increased revenue potential.

The image carousel feature creates a convenient image-to-image navigation experience, without the need to return to article detail between images.

Sheridan Full-Text Mobile Journal Apps are currently in use by many prominent STM publishers. Popular features include user-configurable content caching for offline viewing, full-text article or abstract viewing (including publish-ahead-of-print), multi-tier title and author search, article bookmarking, and article sharing via email, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Sheridan Mobile Apps, available as single title or multi-journal apps, are optimised for both smartphone and tablets, for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

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RSC sponsors Green Solvents and Lab Solvents mobile apps
- 28 Feb 2013

The UK's Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has announced it has sponsored the Green Solvents and Lab Solvents mobile apps for a year. Green Solvents and Lab Solvents are innovative apps for the iOS and Android platforms that list solvents and their scores versus various environmentally relevant properties.

The apps are based on published data that had not been widely disseminated in conveniently available media. These are freely available and were developed by Dr Alex M. Clark at Molecular Materials Informatics (MMI, Montreal, Canada) after an initial idea from Dr Sean Ekins at Collaborations in Chemistry (CIC, Fuquay Varina, USA). The apps are said to be examples of how green chemistry data can be delivered to a mobile device and complement other apps such as ChemSpider Mobile, which RSC has developed with Dr Clark.

The RSC is stated to be one of the largest organisations in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of 48,000 members and an international publishing business, its activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.

QNRF launches new mobile app, expands global digital reach
- 26 Feb 2013

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has announced the launch of its new mobile application, making it one of the few research funding agencies globally to employ such technology. The user-friendly 'app' operates on the latest iOS-enabled devices, and is available in both Arabic and English to iPhone and iPad users free of charge.

QNRF's mobile application has a dedicated feature for applicants, awardees and peer reviewers, allowing individuals to log on to the organisation's database and check the status of their research proposal or project. The app also enables QNRF to send users proactive, system-driven 'push' notifications on proposal or project updates and Program deadlines.

At the launch event, attended by QNRF's senior management group and figures from a number of collaborative research institutions in Qatar, QNRF's Head of IT, Haytham Ali, provided a demonstration on the app's uses, and announced plans to expand its availability. Ali went on to highlight additional features of the interactive application, including a newsroom section, an events calendar, a multimedia gallery and selected publications from QNRF-funded projects. For applicants, a correspondence section will help facilitate research collaboration and contribution requests. Once awarded, researchers will be able to review their progress reports and correspondence from QNRF on technical aspects of the project. A 'Research Outcome Center' will list all publications associated with each research project, for ease of access.

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LWW launches iPad app for Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills
- 05 Feb 2013

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the launch of an iPad app for Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills, the premier web-based procedures reference product used by hospitals and institutions. The new app augments a facility's existing Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills database by offering immediate access to all of its content - including custom content - without the need to always have an Internet connection.

This newly created, un-tethered access also lends itself well to disaster recovery and home healthcare applications. The new app makes it possible for existing Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills customers to gain access to their custom databases, even when no Internet connection is available.

Available immediately as a free iTunes download, the new app is only accessible to authorized users from institutions that currently subscribe to the online database. Upon entering a valid user name and password, the app downloads the user's facility-specific version of the database complete with all customized procedures as well as any critical notes that may have been added.

In addition to disaster recovery, home health care is another key area where the self-contained app provides benefit. Many community health nurses are travelling daily to places where they lack any form of Internet access. The app allows these health workers to have the same capabilities and access to the same information that all staff is looking at regardless of whether they are online or off.

Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills, part of Lippincott's Nursing Solutions family of products, gives nurses accurate, step-by-step guidance for over 1,300 evidence-based procedures. Most procedures are accompanied by video clips and/or high-quality visuals that aid in understanding. The online resource provides skills checklists and competency tests for each procedure to help facilities verify staff competence. Each procedure undergoes a thorough annual review process to ensure the most up-to-date clinical information is provided. Facilities can customize and add procedures to meet their specific needs.

The new Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills app for iPad and iPad Mini is available immediately to existing institutional users via a free iTunes download.

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Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology releases iPad app edition
- 28 Jan 2013

The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology (IJDVL) has announced the release of its new iPad app edition. The app was showcased at 41st National Conference of IADVL, Dermacon 2013 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, held January 24-27, at the Gujarat University Convention & Exhibition Center. The IJDVL journal is published by Medknow, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology for the iPad is now available as a free download at the iTunes App Store. Attendees at the Dermacon 2013 conference can try out the app visiting the IJDVL booth.

The iPad edition of each bimonthly issue will offer a convenient digital format to help facilitate scientific dialogue amongst the association membership clinicians to advance the specialty. The journal also provides continuing medical education to its members as well as postgraduate students of this specialty at nearly 200 medical schools in India.

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Questia’s new iPhone/iPad app allows students to write even better research papers faster
- 17 Jan 2013

Questia, an online library and research tool for students and part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced the release of its new iOS app designed specifically to provide a compelling mobile research experience, allowing students to write even better research papers faster.

According to a recent Questia survey, students spend an average of seven hours researching each term paper, while many spend 10 hours or more. The same survey also discovered that, after researching, the average college student spends a total of 6-10 hours writing their research paper. Finding the time to properly research and write a term paper between classes or work is no easy feat, and researching on the go is even trickier. The new Questia iPhone/iPad app helps students access information on the go and write better research papers faster.

Questia's online collection contains over 75,000 books and 9 million articles. The new app provides a simple search interface to make it easy for users to quickly find and evaluate content. With the search feature, users have instant access to high-quality content hand-selected by librarians.

Reading on a mobile device's small screen used to get frustrating fast. The new app features a fluid reading style with easy-turn pages on par with the popular tablet reading styles.

While few people use mobile phones as their primary tool for research, having it as a handy side-kick for researching on the go makes for limitless possibilities. The Questia iOS app simplifies projects, making it easy for users to save and later access research both on their mobile and on their computer.

With the user friendly interface, students can easily navigate between the platforms to search content, read the material and add items to their workspace. The free app will be available January 14 for download in the iTunes store.

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Thieme E-Book Library now available to institutional customers for the iPad
- 14 Jan 2013

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that the collection of Thieme's acclaimed E-Book Library is now available to institutional customers for the iPad. With the free iPublishCentral reader app, end-users within an institutional license can download all titles in the Thieme E-Book Library to their iPads and read them anywhere they want, even without an internet connection.

The iPublishCentral reader app, available free of charge in the iTunes store, now allows students, faculty, and researchers to download Thieme E-Book Library titles to their iPad for off-campus reading. Users only need to download the app to their iPad and access the Thieme E-Book Library within the IP range of their institution to download any title of the collections. New additions to the E-Book Library will also be available for download upon their release.

To access the Thieme E-Book Library, users need to be within the IP range of their university or institution. Once the book is downloaded to the iPad, however, it can be taken and read anywhere. No internet connection is required for reading, annotating, or searching the downloaded titles. In addition to a full-text search function, the iPublishCentral reader offers a user-friendly navigation via icons that provide easy access to notes, bookmarks, settings as well as the table of content.

Institutional subscribers may license Thieme E-Books for online use, making them available for their students, faculty, and other members. Titles downloaded to the iPad from the Thieme E-Book Library are available for one year, after which they can be re-downloaded provided that the institution still has a valid Thieme E-Books Library license.

The Thieme E-Book Library is a comprehensive online collection of downloadable textbooks with full-colour illustrations and a full-text search function. The electronic library covers every course in the medical school curriculum and claims to be a valuable research, review and study resource for medical and life science students, faculty, and clinicians.

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ChemotherapyAdvisor.com launches free app for oncology healthcare providers
- 27 Dec 2012

ChemotherapyAdvisor.com has announced the launch of a free app designed specifically for oncology healthcare providers. The app, available now from the iTunes App Store and Google Play, will help the oncology treatment team stay up-to-date with a more convenient way to access information on the latest cancer news and features, concise drug information, continuing medical education (CME) activities, and live coverage from major conferences.

The ChemotherapyAdvisor.com app allows users to access the latest oncology news by cancer type; review cancer treatment regimens; view CME activities in a convenient mobile format; read expert interviews and commentary from our expert Advisory Board; search a comprehensive database of oncology drug information; keep up-to-date with weekly blogs and full-length feature articles; take Case Study quizzes to learn about unusual oncology cases and compare responses with their peers; view medical slideshows with striking clinical images along with accurate and concise descriptions; and use clinical charts and calculators.

Haymarket Media Inc. teamed up with US Biomedical Information Systems (USBMIS) to develop the app, which is available for Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store. An Android version is available on Google Play and Amazon.

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Amazon launches Brazil Kindle Store
- 10 Dec 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has launched the Brazil Kindle Store with the largest selection of the most popular books. The Brazil Kindle Store offers over 1.4 million books, now available to Brazilian customers priced in Brazilian Reais (R$), including more than 13,000 Portuguese-language books, 49 of 60 Veja best sellers - the most of any digital bookstore - and the most free books in Portuguese. In addition, Amazon announced that its e-reader Kindle will go on sale in Brazil in the coming weeks with a suggested retail price of R$299.

Amazon.com.br also announced that independent authors and publishers are now able to make their books available in the new Brazil Kindle Store using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Brazilian independent authors and publishers can utilise the new Portuguese-language KDP website to make their books available in Brazil, and more than 175 countries worldwide. They can also price their books and receive payments in Brazilian Reais for their sales in Brazil, all while retaining control of their content and copyrights.

Amazon is also introducing free Kindle reading apps in Portuguese for all of the most popular devices and platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Android tablets, PC and Mac. Customers can easily access the Kindle Store directly from their phone, tablet or computer web browser.

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Thomson Reuters launches ProView eReader platform version 1.5
- 10 Dec 2012

Thomson Reuters, a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, has announced the latest version of Thomson Reuters ProView, a professional eReader platform. Thomson Reuters ProView version 1.5 provides enhanced navigation, content organisation and table displays.

Thomson Reuters ProView is the first eReader platform specifically built for professional use, with advanced features such as full-text search, secured notes and highlights, and content updating. It is available for iPad and for Windows and Mac computers, as well as Android tablets in select markets. ProView titles are currently available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The new features provide more ways to navigate and search ProView content, providing greater context of information across titles and libraries. Availability of features may vary depending on specific titles and Thomson Reuters publishing brands.

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Elsevier releases four new Medical Board Reviews Apps
- 30 Nov 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has released four new Medical Board Reviews Apps based on content from Elsevier's medical board review titles. These include: Braunwald's Heart Disease Review and Assessment, 9th Edition, by Dr. Leonard S. Lilly; Emergency Medicine Review: Preparing for the Boards, by Richard A. Harrigan; Rush University Medical Center Review of Surgery, 5th Edition, by Dr. Jose M. Velasco; and Sleep Medicine Review: A Problem-Oriented Approach, by Dr. Meir H. Kryger.

Accessed via iPad through Apple's App Store, customers can first download the free Medical Board Review app, which gives a free sample of content from each app. Customers can then purchase any of the full apps via in-app purchase.

Core competencies can be tested to remedy weak areas through definitive explanations for questions that are not answered correctly. The new mobile-optimized features include interactive Q&A that tracks correct and incorrect answers; mobile optimised navigation; note taking and highlighting; and bookmarking.

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Amazon introduces Kindle app for Windows 8
- 26 Oct 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has introduced a new Kindle app tailored for Windows 8. Customers around the world can now reportedly download this free application and use Amazon’s selection of over 1.5 million books at the best prices, including over 200,000 exclusive titles. Kindle books are claimed to be “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” – these can be read on any Kindle e-reader or Kindle Fire, as well as on iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android phones and tablets, in web browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader and on Windows 8 devices.

The new Kindle app offers various features including Whispersync technology which automatically syncs a customer’s last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across all of their Kindles and Kindle apps. The app is available worldwide in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Kindle for Windows 8 has instant access to over 1.5 million books at the best prices, including over 200,000 exclusive titles. Over 650,000 books are priced at $4.99 or less; over 1.2 million are $9.99 or less.

Using the new features of Windows 8, the Kindle app enables customers to pin their books to the Start screen for instant access to their favourite titles and search their library and Kindle store with the ‘Search charm’. Customers can also use the Share charm to easily share favourite passages and recommended books to friends and other apps without leaving the Kindle environment.

Customers can learn more about Kindle for Windows 8 at http://www.amazon.com/kindleforwindows8 and can download the free app from the Windows Store.

3M Cloud Library App now available via Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps storefront
- 04 Oct 2012

Library solutions provider 3M Library Systems has announced that the 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble's NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer.

3M is continuously introducing new features to further improve the look and functionality of its eLending system, including improved search capabilities. Users can now opt to browse only titles that are immediately available for check out, eliminating unnecessary time spent perusing books that are currently unavailable – a capability offered for library-based lending exclusively by 3M Cloud Library.

With its turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading, the 3M Cloud Library seeks to revolutionise how library patrons discover, borrow and read eBooks. The system is compatible with PCs, iPads, NOOKs, and Androids, allowing patrons to read on their personal devices. It also works with 3M eReaders, which patrons can check out like any other lendable materials. Inside the library, 3M Discovery Stations help patrons browse the growing catalogue, currently standing at more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers, on electronic kiosks.

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The Clinical Advisor launches new app specifically for nurse practitioners and physician assistants
- 02 Oct 2012

The Clinical Advisor, the medical journal for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, has announced the launch of a free app designed specifically for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). The app, currently available from the iTunes App Store, lets healthcare professionals stay up-to-date on the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment strategies.

Haymarket Media Inc., which publishes The Clinical Advisor, teamed up with US Biomedical Information Systems (USBMIS) to develop the app, which is available for Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store. An Android version is being developed and will be available later this year.

The app allows users to read all content from the print journal; take Derm Dx quizzes to learn about difficult-to-identify dermatologic conditions and compare responses with their peers; use medical calculators to evaluate blood pressure, determine body mass, assess liver function and more; read the latest news about breakthrough treatments, disease outbreaks, drug approvals and recalls, and clinical research; view medical slideshows to educate patients in-office about clinically relevant topics; and access hundreds of NP- and PA-specific accredited CME/CE courses from the myCME education library and claim certification instantly.

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Lippincott's new Surgical Review Library App prepares surgical residents for board certification
- 02 Oct 2012

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has launched Lippincott's Surgical Review Library App, the first mobile application of the two best-selling review guides used by surgical residents to prepare for board certification. Included in the review library are mobile Q&A versions of Greenfield's Surgery and General Surgery Board Review, the most sought after print and online test-prep resources available to surgical residents. Available now for iPhone and iPad, the new app can be downloaded through the Apple app store.

Lippincott's Surgical Review Library App is a collection of five test-prep modules that can be purchased together or separately. Designed to help surgical residents expand their knowledge base and enhance their test scores, the new library allows the review process to continue on the go. The collection includes Greenfield's Q&A Review: Practice Tests 1, 2, and 3; and General Surgery Q&A Board Review, resources familiar to most surgical residents, but - until now - never available in a mobile app.

The new review library is specifically designed as a comprehensive study aid to help surgeons prepare for certification, recertification or the ABSITE. It uses board-style multiple-choice review questions to test readiness for these examinations. Answers are accompanied by detailed explanations for correct and incorrect responses. The app also provides stat tracking to gauge performance. In addition, users can randomise the order of quiz questions, and can also sort by content area, previously answered questions, and quiz length. A timed practice-test mode simulates the real test environment. Bookmarking lets users save difficult questions for future study.

One of the modules within the app, Greenfield's Q&A Review, offers a total of 882 questions and answers that span 17 subject areas from Transplantation & Immunology to Skin & Soft Tissue. The full Greenfield's Q&A Review module is also available in three smaller offerings, each with 294 questions and answers and sold individually. Another module, General Surgery Q&A Board Review, offers 275 questions and answers to provide a current and methodical review of all areas covered in the exams-both general surgery and all surgical subspecialties.

Lippincott's Surgical Review Library App is available for download immediately from the Apple app store. The library itself can be downloaded at no cost and then users can select for purchase any or all of the individual review modules contained in the collection.

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Elsevier's Policing in America: Exam Cram app now available exclusively on the App Store
- 10 Sep 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the release of Policing in America: Exam Cram, the third in a new series of apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad based on Elsevier books. The first two apps, NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter and ChemApps: Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis (SANROS), are also available on the App Store.

Created from the textbook Policing in America, by Larry Gaines and Victor Kappeler, Policing in America: Exam Cram provides students with a set of user-friendly quizzes that test the student's knowledge of policing basics, including personnel systems; organisation and management; operations; discretion; use of force; culture and behaviour; ethics and deviance; civil liability; and police-community relations.

Policing in America: Exam Cram is available exclusively on the App Store. It enables students to test their knowledge of a wide range of subjects extracted from the book using unique features. It is projected to be ideal for undergraduate students in introductory policing courses.

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GeoScienceWorld’s online journal collections and portal now available in mobile-optimised format
- 07 Sep 2012

GeoScienceWorld (GSW) has announced that its online journal collections and portal are now available in a mobile-optimised format with the help of HighWire's Mobile Web Interface. GSW is a non-profit organisation that serves peer reviewed journal literature from 26 publishers to researchers in more than 40 countries.

With average monthly visits to GSW from mobile devices already topping 9,000 hits, creating a version that is designed for advanced searching and browsing on the small screen will improve the experience and workflows for researchers, library patrons and society members.

Visitors to GSW’s portal pages and the majority of their 41 journals are automatically redirected to the mobile version when accessing the sites on an enabled smartphone (m.geoscienceworld.org). The content presented on mobile sites is in a format designed specifically for the smaller screen size and functionality of a mobile device.

Each of GSW's mobile journal sites feature the full text of content of the current issue (with user authentication), archives, and tables of contents, in addition to providing search and social bookmarking options. For consistency, the mobile sites maintain the look and feel of the full web versions.

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IMS Health and Ford Motor Company launch enhanced Allergy Alert smartphone app
- 10 Aug 2012

IMS Health, a US-based provider of information, services and technology for the healthcare industry, in collaboration with Ford Motor Company, has launched an enhanced Allergy Alert smartphone application. The app is accessible on the Ford SYNC in-car mobile device connectivity system, enabling drivers to obtain real-time, voice-activated information about local allergens to better manage their health condition. This marks the first in a series of IMS mobile applications that leverage advanced technologies to deliver real-time health and wellness information to consumers anytime, anywhere.

Through Allergy Alert's pollen index rating, users can obtain details on the severity and types of allergens they are likely to encounter and that may aggravate personal allergy symptoms. The app also provides asthma, flu/cough/cold, and ultraviolet ray risk indexes nationwide. Allergy Alert is currently an iTunes Top 100 healthcare app with more than 100,000 downloads and six million uses since its release in April 2010. Android versions of the app will be available by the end of this year.

IMS is uniquely able to integrate vast amounts of disparate data and provide access to timely, accurate information that ultimately can inform treatment decisions and improve patient outcomes.

The Ford SYNC version of Allergy Alert adds to IMS's growing portfolio of consumer-centric healthcare services, including leading healthcare websites Pollen.com and Azma.com.

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Communications of the ACM now accessible as mobile application for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices
- 31 Jul 2012

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that its flagship publication Communications of the ACM is now accessible as an easy-to-use mobile application for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Communications of the ACM (CACM) is a monthly publication that delivers leading-edge content to the worldwide computing community.

These new downloadable apps enable ACM's more than 100,000 members to access CACM's information, insights, and ideas from distinguished columnists and industry luminaries in computing and information technology in a new way. The apps also offer personalised tools for sharing, searching, and storing important news stories anytime, anywhere.

Users of the CACM apps must be registered individual members of ACM with valid Web Accounts in order to receive regularly updated content and view all content. The apps will automatically publish content from the CACM website every business day, and with each new issue of CACM, which is published monthly.



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Safari Books Online launch next generation Safari To Go apps
- 27 Jul 2012

Safari Books Online, an on-demand digital library for technology, digital media and business professionals, has announced their next generation Safari To Go apps which are free apps designed specifically for Apple and Android phone and tablet users.

The new apps are more than 'mobile-ready' versions of Safari Books Online. They allow users to consume and manage content, navigating in a familiar and comfortable environment, from their mobile device of choice. The Safari To Go apps make learning on the go convenient and easy by giving users the ability to pick up where they left off from any Safari Books Online reading platform.

The Safari To Go apps can be downloaded from the Apple App store and from Google Play for Android device owners.

Safari Books Online is an on-demand digital library that delivers a wide range of vetted learning resources in both book and video form from the world's leading authors in technology, digital media and business. Technology professionals, software developers, web designers, and business and creative professionals use Safari Books Online as their primary resource for research, problem solving, learning and certification training.

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HIMSS launches iPad App for access to its library of eBooks
- 20 Jul 2012

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has introduced an app for the Apple iPad that delivers convenient access to its newly released library of eBooks. HIMSS is a cause-based not-for-profit organisation focused on the optimal use of information technology in the healthcare industry.

The iPad app was developed by Impelsys, HIMSS’s eBooks technology partner and a global leader in providing electronic content delivery solutions, leveraging Impelsys’ iOS delivery module within its iPublishCentral software platform. The free app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/himss-ebooks/id500455814?mt=8.

In February 2012, HIMSS launched its first eBook store, allowing customers to browse and purchase full-text, online access to HIMSS titles. The eBooks sold on this site are fully searchable and can be downloaded instantly to desktop computers, laptops and iPads. Both members and non-members of HIMSS can purchase eBooks from the HIMSS store. New titles are being added to the online catalogue on a regular basis.

According to Nancy Vitucci, senior manager of publications for HIMSS, there are already 29 eBooks available for immediate download onto the iPad and the association expects to roll out additional titles throughout the second half of 2012. HIMSS eBooks are available on a wider variety of topics in healthcare information technology and management systems, including Research, Ambulatory care, Clinical and nursing informatics, Interoperability, Management, strategy and finance and Professional certification.



e-Libro announces new mobile apps powered by ebrary
- 25 Jun 2012

Virtual Spanish Language Publisher e-Libro has announced that more than 48,000 Spanish-language e-books are available on millions of smart phones, tablets, and other devices using ebrary's dedicated iOS and Android apps with Spanish language interfaces. A long-time partner of ebrary, a ProQuest business, e-Libro has been distributing e-books on the ebrary platform for nearly a decade.

The new mobile apps are freely available and can be used with any e-Libro product. e-Libro offers subscription databases of e-books, which provide an ideal foundation of Spanish language titles in a variety of subject areas. Libraries can also purchase individual titles through e-Libro as well as YBP. Titles acquired from e-Libro can be seamlessly integrated with e-books in English and other languages from ebrary.

ebrary helps customers acquire e-books strategically through a three step approach - Transition, Diversify and Streamline. The company believes that by challenging the e-book status quo, organizations can effectively serve the diverse and growing needs of researchers and maximise their budgets.



Elsevier Australia launches new medical app - Clinical Herbs
- 28 May 2012

STM publisher Elsevier Australia recently launched Clinical Herbs - a new medical app for local students and practitioners alike. Offering an alternative to bulky textbooks, the Clinical Herbs app delivers a comprehensive herbal database directly to the user's iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Clinical Herbs claims to be the first resource of its kind - linking evidence-based Phytotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic therapies and herbal monographs in an easily-searchable, illustrated database.

The app comprises 100 percent new content from eight highly-qualified expert contributors. Its scientific rigour and easy accessibility make it a valuable and convenient tool for health care professionals from a wide range of fields.

This handy app features the herbal therapeutics of an expansive list of medical conditions. Users can search by herb or by condition and add personal notes and bookmarks as they go. Each herbal monograph includes high-quality images as well as information on that herb's chemical constituents, pharmacological activities, clinical efficacy, dose form, dosage, side effects and precautions.

The clinical efficacy of all herbal therapies is ranked based on the Levels of Scientific Evidence defined by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), so users can be confident they can trust the content in Clinical Herbs.

Thieme releases Thieme Bookshelf app
- 25 May 2012

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has released Thieme Bookshelf, the free companion app to Thieme's English language E-Book Store (ebookstore.thieme.com). The E-Book Store allows customers to choose from among hundreds of e-books offering the latest medical content.

The bookshelf enables customers to easily browse through the contents of the store or their personal library, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to their favourite passages within a book. The app is available on the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thieme-bookshelf

Thieme now has over 500 ebooks available on ebookstore.thieme.com, and the collection will continuously grow as new titles are published. Once users download Thieme Bookshelf to their iPad and enter their ebookstore account details, they will automatically have access to all the ebooks they’ve purchased from Thieme’s E-Book Store and be able to access new ones as they purchase them.

LWW's Nursing Drug Handbook app - first mobile drug reference for nurses to offer weekly updates
- 18 May 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the first mobile application for the Nursing Drug Handbook, the best-selling drug reference for nurses. Available for Apple iPhone, iPad and iTouch and all Android devices, the new application claims to be the first drug reference for nurses to offer weekly updates.

Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), the new app provides the industry’s fastest access to nursing-specific drug information allowing nurses to find drug facts in less than 10 seconds but usually in less than five. Conversely, many drug reference apps take twice the time to run the same searches. Intuitive keyword searching provides fast-access to 965 generic and more than 1,500 brand-name drugs – including new drug information not found in the app’s print counterpart.

While most drug reference apps provide at best monthly updates, Nursing Drug Handbook is the first to offer them weekly. The app features almost 900 drug monographs addressing more than 2,500 generic and brand name drugs. It currently has a comprehensive collection of pill images – more than 400 are included – to help nurses confidently identify their patients’ medications. The app allows nurses to search for desired drugs alphabetically, by pharmacologic class and by therapeutic class. The full version of the app also includes a dosage calculator, customisable notes, a favorites list, and detailed monographs, all in a user-friendly programme.

The Nursing Drug Handbook App is available immediately as an iTunes download and by early next week as a Google Play download. The 2013 print version will be made available starting May 21.

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Journal of Infusion Nursing unveils iPad edition at INS conference
- 30 Apr 2012

Journal of Infusion Nursing, the official publication of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), has unveiled an iPad app. It is being showcased at the INS 2012 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, April 28 - May 3. The Journal of Infusion Nursing is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

The app is now available as a free download at the iTunes App Store. After the introductory period, INS members and non-member individual subscribers will continue to have full access via a login process.

INS claims to be the first nursing society to release a journal iPad app to meet the mobile needs of busy nurse specialists. The iPad edition of the journal presents each bimonthly issue in a digital format for a print-like reading experience. Beginning with May/June, each issue is delivered directly to the iPad and includes special enhanced features. These include the ability to share articles and content via e-mail or social media, and linking to the journal website, where subscribers can search, access and read the full contents of every issue of the journal, all the way back to the first issue in 1978. Video and multimedia content — such as demonstrations of evidence-based infusion techniques and procedures —will be added soon.

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American Society of Hematology releases Blood journal app for iPhone and iPad
- 20 Apr 2012

The American Society of Hematology (ASH), an organisation concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders, has released the Blood journal app for iPhone and iPad. Blood is the official journal of the Society and the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field.

By downloading the free application, users can access First Edition articles, conduct full-text searches, and view listings of articles by author and date with the in-app browser. The app also allows users to share articles via email and Twitter and download multiple issues on their devices and access them regardless of Internet connectivity, a feature not readily available on many other journal apps.

The launch of the Blood journal app is the latest technical innovation for the journal following recent reader preference research. Results from a 2011 readership survey indicate that nearly 20 percent of journal readers anticipate regularly accessing, searching, and reading professional journal literature on smartphones and tablets by 2015, signalling an opportunity for the journal to further expand its digital footprint.

A version of the Blood journal app for Android devices will soon be available. Blood subscriber or ASH member credentials will be required to continue to access full-text articles using the app after 90 days. Abstracts will remain free to all users.

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ACP JournalWise makes it easier for internal medicine physician members to keep up to date via mobile, web or desktop
- 18 Apr 2012

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released ACP JournalWise, a personalised, mobile-optimised updating service for clinical articles from a large number of medical journals.

Updated daily and available on smartphone, tablet, or desktop, ACP JournalWise screens articles in every issue of over 120 journals identifying specialty area, methods quality, and clinical importance. The service is a free benefit for the specialty organisation's internal medicine physician members and is managed by the editors of Annals of Internal Medicine. It will soon be available for non-member purchase.

ACP members can set up their free subscription at www.journalwise.org. Existing ACP Journal Club PLUS subscribers will have their accounts automatically transferred to ACP JournalWise.

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McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets unveils mobile app for design professionals
- 17 Apr 2012

McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets, a US-based provider of building product information for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) community, has developed and launched a new mobile app. The app is said to enable design professionals to search and download specs, CAD, BIM, catalogues and data sheets more quickly and easily on their iPhones and Android devices. Design professionals can choose from the thousands of building products via Sweets Search or by ‘MasterFormat Browse’ to find the required products.

Sweets has over 75,000 registered users who perform more than 3 million product category searches each year. Users can search, compare and select from thousands of product catalogues, computer-aided design (CAD) details, three-part specifications and building information modelling (BIM) objects. Sweets mobile offers what designers need when and where they are making design decisions.

Furthermore, the new Sweets mobile app provides building product manufacturers who currently list their product information on Sweets with even greater access to design and construction professionals.

The Sweets mobile app can be downloaded at the iTunes Store, Android Market and at http://construction.com/sweets/apps.

McGraw-Hill Construction's data, analytics, and media businesses - Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, and Engineering News-Record - are seen to create opportunities for owners, architects, engineers, contractors, building product manufacturers and distributors to strengthen their market position, size their markets, prioritise prospects, and target and build relationships that will win more business. McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers through its trends and forecasts, industry news, and platform of construction data, benchmarks and analytics.

Amazon launches Kindle Store with Spanish language e-books
- 06 Apr 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced a new Spanish-language e-book store within the Amazon.com Kindle Store, 'eBooks Kindle en Español'. It offers additional features for Spanish-speaking customers in the US, like extensive help pages, and phone and e-mail customer support in Spanish.

US customers can now shop for Spanish-language books in the new store on Amazon.com, or set any Kindle device to access a customised shopping experience designed for books in Spanish. With over 30,000 titles in total, eBooks Kindle en Español reportedly offers customers the most Spanish-language bestsellers, as measured by Nielsen. In addition to the new Spanish-language eBook store, the new $79 Kindle and many free Kindle reading apps can be easily customised for complete Spanish-language reading and navigation, including popular highlights and other social features.

In order to set their Kindle store experience to Spanish, US customers need to simply change their language to 'Spanish' under Store Language Preference in Manage Your Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/myk).

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Elsevier launches NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter
- 13 Mar 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the release of NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter, the first in a new series of apps created for the iPad. Based on the MRI Atlas of White Matter by Kenichi Oishi, Andreia V. Faria, Peter C M van Zijl and Susumu Mori, this interactive application re-makes the atlas for a new generation of neuroscience researchers, clinicians and students.

The NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter is projected to help researchers, clinicians and students find, visualise, and learn to identify the major pathways through the brain and their proximity to key neuroanatomical structures. The app also allows the user to scroll through the brain in sequence to follow a tract from beginning to end. Based on the images from the print book, in the app they have been digitally enhanced and the resulting 4-colour images are much sharper on the iPad device which also allows image zooming for more detailed study.

Available exclusively through iTunes, the app includes both MRI and DTI images and allows the user to switch between MRI and DTI view for any location in the brain. Two types of stereotaxic coordinates (Talairach and MNI coordinates) are provided to define brain locations. The format allows viewer to compare coronal, horizontal, and sagittal sections in one view. Fifty three white matter structures, 38 cortical areas, and 22 deep gray matter structures are defined and labeled. In addition, locations of 11 white matter tracts and 36 cytoarchitectonic areas are defined. These structures can be interactively superimposed on the MRI/DTI images. The trajectories of the tracts can be followed sequentially through the brain.

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation releases App for the iPad
- 05 Mar 2012

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AJPM&R) has released the new AJPM&R for the iPad app. The journal is the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP).

The new AJPM&R app is now available at the iTunes app store, and will be available to view and try at this week's AAP Annual Meeting at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. The app uses optimised digital technology to provide a print-like reading experience. Each monthly issue is delivered directly to the device, allowing one to download and read at their convenience. The new app combines the full contents of each issue combined with enhanced features, such as multimedia videos and images, the ability to share articles and content via email or social media channels, and more.

The app also includes links to AJPM&R online to view supplemental material, including Featured Articles, Published Ahead-of-Print, and Archived Issues—all the way back to the first issue in February, 1922.

AJPM&R for the iPad app is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store. For a limited time, all users will have free full content to the current issue. After the free introductory period, AAP members and subscribers will continue to enjoy full access via a simple login process. Each issue will be posted on the same schedule as the current online and print editions.

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Wolters Kluwer Health launches Spine for the iPad
- 09 Feb 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the launch of Spine for the iPad. Spine, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, is a peer reviewed journal in spinal deformity and dysfunction. The journal is now available in a new mobile edition.

The new iPad edition uses optimised digital technology to provide a print-like reading experience. Spine for the iPad presents the full contents of each issue combined with enhanced features for a more engaging experience, such as multimedia videos and images, the ability to share articles and content via email or social media channels, and new issue alerts. It also includes links to Spine online to view supplemental material, including Featured Articles, Published Ahead-of-Print, and Archived Issues-back to the first issue in 1976.

The Spine iPad app was unveiled at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco. It is now available for download from the iTunes App Store. All users will have free access to full content of the current issue. After the free introductory period, subscribers will continue to enjoy full access via a simple login process.

Each issue will be posted on the same schedule as the current online and print editions. In addition to regular biweekly issues, readers will also be able to access forthcoming special-topic supplements using Spine for the iPad.

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Southern Medical Journal now available for the iPad
- 08 Feb 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is now available for the iPad. The journal is the official journal of the Southern Medical Association.

Having switched to an online-only format in 2010, SMJ continues to be progressive in its use of digital technology with the launch of an iPad app.

The new SMJ for the iPad app is available for download on the iTunes App Store. The February issue is the first issue available for the iPad, with free access being made available to all users for a limited time. After this introductory period, SMA members and non-member individual subscribers will continue to have full access via a simple login process. Each monthly issue will be posted on the same schedule as the current online-only journal.

Published continuously since 1908, SMJ provides a multidisciplinary focus on a broad range of topics of interest to physicians and other healthcare specialists. Topics covered range from general medicine and surgery to the medical and surgical subspecialties, along with child and maternal health, mental health, emergency and disaster medicine, public health and environmental medicine, and bioethics and medical education.

Southern Medical Journal for the iPad uses optimised digital technology to provide a print-like reading experience. Along with the full contents of each monthly issue, the SMJ app delivers an enhanced reading experience with such features as adjustable text and image sizing via the 'pinch and zoom' function, the ability to share articles via email and social media, and more.

Southern Medical Journal continues to be available via the SMJ website, and the app includes a link to the site, where users can view supplemental data and browse the complete journal archives. The app was developed by the SMA's publishing partner, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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Reprints Desk unveils PubMed citation and saved searches features in web app
- 06 Feb 2012

Reprints Desk, Inc., a Derycz Scientific company, has announced new PubMed citation and saved search importing features in Bibliogo, its journal article web app that helps users do more with scientific papers. Available freely to individual users who sign up at www.bibliogo.com, the latest Bibliogo features enable researchers to save time accessing full-text papers from PubMed. It is also projected to improve the ways in which they manage and collaborate around scientific literature.

Researchers click the new Bibliogo bookmarklet to push up to 100 PubMed references into Bibliogo’s multitasking engine, a kind of command central for price quotes, full-text paper acquisition and bibliography building. Actions are executed quickly on single references or across multiple references simultaneously without consuming any additional research time.

Researchers also use the bookmarklet to follow PubMed searches in Bibliogo. A single click inserts any PubMed search into Bibliogo’s monitoring and alerting system. Current and new results from PubMed searches, alongside references from table of contents subscriptions and other sources, surface to the top of each researcher’s Bibliogo feeds. Bibliogo then pushes alerts to researchers’ inboxes via e-mail.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recently announced Bibliogo as the winner of the 2012 SIIA CODiE Award for ‘Best Online Science or Technology Service.’

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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists launches iPad App for ASHP eBooks Store
- 03 Feb 2012

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has announced the availability of an app for the Apple iPad that delivers convenient access to the ASHP library of eBooks. ASHP is a 35,000-member organisation for pharmacy professionals who practice in hospitals and health systems.

The iPad app was developed by Impelsys, ASHP's eBooks technology partner, leveraging Impelsys' iOS delivery module within its iPublishCentral software platform. The free app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store or searching within the iPad App Store for ASHP eBooks.

According to Carol Wolfe, vice president, publications and drug information systems of ASHP, there are already nearly 20 eBooks available for immediate download onto the iPad and the company expects to roll out additional titles in the coming weeks.

Impelsys is also working on an app for accessing the ASHP eBooks Store that will be compatible with Android-powered mobile devices as well. Launched last summer, the ASHP eBooks platform was also developed by Impelsys and runs on the company's iPublishCentral software.

With the ASHP eBooks library, members can browse books by category, search in a book, add bookmarks, change the font size of the text to suit their preferences, jump within the text between chapters, and move quickly to tables and references throughout the title.

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Questia's online library and research tools now accessible on all iOS devices
- 30 Jan 2012

Questia, part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced that the Questia Library app is now compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. On the heels of its successful free iPhone and iPod touch app that helps college students write better research papers faster, Questia has released the universal version that now includes the iPad app, making Questia's vast online library and research tools accessible on all iOS devices.

Questia, an online research tool for students, saves students valuable time on research papers and projects. With Questia, students can accurately cite sources, format papers in seven different styles, and organise their notes, research and sources all in one place. Librarians have specially selected Questia's 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles - many of which are peer-reviewed.

The free Questia Library app gives anyone access to read more than 5,000 free books. When Questia members download the app, they gain full mobile access to Questia for as long as their accounts remain active, at no additional cost. Members can now get the complete Questia experience from the convenience of their iPads. They can search and read from the entire collection, organise research, manage saved projects, and access Questia's tools for automatically creating citations, footnotes, and bibliographies.

With mobile usage ranking highest among the college demographic, Questia has further enhanced how students are able to access their Questia accounts and research on the go. The free Questia Library iPad app is now available for download in the iTunes store.

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Wolters Kluwer Health releases AIDS app for the iPad to expand access and increase mobility
- 26 Jan 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the release of the AIDS app for the iPad providing healthcare professionals with full mobile accessibility to the latest research into HIV and AIDS. AIDS is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

AIDS for the iPad uses optimised digital technology to provide a fully portable and enhanced print-like reading experience. It claims to be the first app of its kind to offer access to the very latest original scientific research into HIV and AIDS.

The new iPad app not only allows content published in the printed journal to be distributed further and faster but the many digital enhancements mean information is in a format that is quicker and easier to read and navigate. Along with full-text downloads of each monthly issue, the new app offers other enhancements including ability to share articles via email or social media; adjustable text sizing with ‘pinch and zoom’; engaging multimedia videos, images, and supplements; ability to store or delete downloaded issues; speedy issue-browsing capability via Quick View; quick scrolling through abstract summaries; convenient notification when new issues become available; and link to the AIDS website for easy viewing of the complete AIDS archive and other features.

The AIDS for the iPad app is available free of charge for a limited time on the App Store. It complements the journal website (www.aidsonline.com). In addition to offering the journal archives, the AIDS website also offers mobile view, which optimises the journal content for viewing on internet-enabled mobile devices. Mobile view has a number of the same features as the desktop version, including search functionality, current table of contents, full-text view, image handling, abstracts, featured articles, and more.

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ebrary unveils mobile app to access content from multiple sources
- 23 Jan 2012

E-books and research technology provider ebrary, US, a ProQuest business, has released the 2011 Global Student E-book Survey, according to which the demand for e-book accessibility, especially on mobile devices, is growing significantly. Sixty percent of respondents indicated that downloading e-books onto mobile devices is 'very important' – a 16 percent increase over results from a similar survey that ebrary sponsored in 2008.

In ebrary's recent Download Survey, librarians marked the iPad as more important to providing offline access than desktops and laptops.

To meet researchers' evolving needs, ebrary has launched a new app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Available on the App Store, the free new app seeks to give researchers an optimised way to experience authoritative content – both online and offline – from multiple sources. With this app, researchers can access content on the ebrary platform, including e-books that their librarians acquire from leading publishers and documents uploaded and integrated by librarians with DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast). Additionally, researchers can import their own personal research – outside of the ebrary platform – through the app itself.

To make it easier to use ebrary – with or without the app – ebrary also announced the ability for researchers to sign-in with their Facebook usernames and passwords.

ebrary will demonstrate its new mobile app at the ongoing ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 20-23 in Dallas, Texas, in the ProQuest booth (#2007).

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IEEE announces new mobile application for global power and energy industry
- 20 Jan 2012

Technical professional association IEEE, US, has announced that the new IEEE Standards Power and Energy Dictionary application, a dictionary of terms and definitions for professional experts and students in the power industry, is now accessible via Apple mobile devices. The IEEE Standards Power and Energy Dictionary application, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available in iTunes. It requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Users of the IEEE Standards Power and Energy Dictionary application will gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the breadth of coverage of IEEE power and energy standards terms and definitions.

Created by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), the IEEE Standards Power and Energy Dictionary application provides quick and easy access to more than 3,500 terms and definitions with complete source citations. Users can perform searches by keyword, standard number or alphabetically, and the search function automatically identifies terms as the user starts typing in the search field.

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Elsevier and Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology collaborate to introduce new research productivity solutions
- 19 Jan 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has collaborated with Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology in Beijing to introduce four new research productivity enhancing applications for SciVerse Applications.

The applications – GeneTUKit, Company Search, Patent Search and Topic Cloud – seek to help researchers identify the hottest topics being published, find relevant companies, patents or experts, and automatically discover genes within articles.

GeneTUKit recognises gene mentions in article and abstract content within SciVerse ScienceDirect or SciVerse Scopus and links the concepts to knowledge databases like NCBI. Company Search identifies companies relevant to a SciVerse ScienceDirect search query and links to profile information on PatentMiner. Patent Search finds patents related to a SciVerse Hub or SciVerse ScienceDirect search query, ranks results based on relevance and links to patents on PatentMiner. Topic Cloud displays top subtopics related to a SciVerse ScienceDirect query as a word cloud.

Elsevier began collaborating in late 2010 with Associate Professor Jie Tang at the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University to develop Expert Search, an application that identifies computer science experts through Arnetminer, followed by the development of the Company Search, Patent Search and Topic Cloud applications. Elsevier partnered with Assistant Professor Minlie Huang to create the GeneTUKit application.

The ongoing collaboration has also led to the launch of the China Science Challenge, an online competition open to university students to develop solutions that help researchers in their research tasks.

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Wolters Kluwer Health releases Oncology Times app for the iPad
- 11 Jan 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the release of Oncology Times app for the iPad. Cancer care professionals and others can now access the latest oncology news and trends with the new Oncology Times app. Oncology Times is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Oncology Times for the iPad is available as a free download at the iTunes App Store, providing free full-text access to each issue in an enriched, more convenient print-like format. The new iPad edition seamlessly integrates the full text of each issue with the convenience, portability, and ease of the iPad. Each article appears on continuous full screens, with adjustable text sizing.

The app combines the award-winning, insightful content readers have come to expect from Oncology Times, with digital enhancements to make it even more timely and appealing. Oncology Times for the iPad seeks to help its busy hematology/oncology audience by giving them a mobile edition that's available whenever they want, wherever they go.

After downloading the app, readers will have iPad access to each new issue of Oncology Times as soon as it is published. The print edition of the publication will continue to be delivered free of charge to US physicians, nurses, and pharmacists specialising in oncology and related fields. Each biweekly issue of Oncology Times for the iPad will be posted on the same schedule as the current print and online editions.

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WK Health and the American Academy of Neurology launch Neurology Today for the iPad
- 10 Jan 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) have announced the launch of Neurology Today for the iPad, a digital app of the most widely read newspaper for neurologists. The app release coincides with the publication of the January 5, 2012, print and online edition of Neurology Today, an official publication of the AAN. Neurology Today is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of WK Health.

Neurology Today for the iPad aims to provide an enhanced reading experience of the print publication. Among the new features, the app will provide supplementary direct links to the abstracts and web pages of the journal citations and sources provided in every story, as well as greater interactivity and opportunities for reader input and commentary.

Every edition of the app will offer embedded podcasts from editors, members of the editorial advisory board and the experts interviewed in the stories. Future issues will include videocasts. Neurology Today for the iPad January 5 edition features an extended podcast discussion of the print edition’s publication of the best 2011 papers by the publication’s expert editorial advisory board. Editor-in-Chief Dr. Steven P. Ringel and Neurology Today Associate Editor Dr. Robert G. Holloway discuss the impact that each of the new discoveries and insights will have on the practice of neurology.

A number of features also will make it easier for readers to comment on stories. Readers can use the ‘Talk Back’ icon at the end of each story to provide feedback that will flow directly to the publication’s correspondence folder. The comments will be moderated and published.

LWW has also developed digital versions of Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology, and the recently launched Neurology Clinical Practice, an official journal of the AAN. These journals are also published in print and online.

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The Lancet App now available on the App Store
- 09 Jan 2012

The Lancet, an independent general medical journal, has announced that its first app for iPad is now available on the App Store. The Lancet App is an innovative article-based navigation app that makes it easier for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to find the information they need quickly and efficiently from the convenience of their iPad.

The app gives subscribers convenient access to the latest articles published in The Lancet, The Lancet Oncology, The Lancet Neurology and The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Articles are sent to users and categorised by topic for an easy, at-a-glance overview. Users can annotate articles, share them with colleagues and create alerts and bookmark favourites. They can also search the journal database from the app and download articles for immediate or future use, either on or offline.

The Lancet App is one of many apps Elsevier is developing for healthcare professionals. It is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore. Selected content is available for all viewers. Subscribers to The Lancet have access to all published content.

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Elsevier makes AMMO RACK app available on SciVerse Applications
- 16 Dec 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of the AMMO RACK app on SciVerse Applications. Developed by mobile platform developer Amphetamobile (AMMO), the application enables users to save PDFs of interest in SciVerse for further organisation and consumption on their mobile devices.

Using the AMMO RACK app, researchers can store SciVerse article PDFs to an online AMMO RACK cloud storage account and then direct these articles to a complementary document management app for the iPad, iPod or iPhone. Once downloaded to the AMMO RACK app, users can easily sort, assign, read and annotate their documents, whether online or offline.

SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers that gain potential recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

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Emerald launches Emerald app, makes thousands of research articles available on-the-go
- 14 Dec 2011

Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of the Emerald app, providing access to almost 100,000 articles from Emerald journals. The app also allows users to synch their personal profiles for seamless research workflow and share results through social media for increased dissemination and impact. It is currently available for free download from the Apple app store at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/emerald/id479491823?mt=8.

The intuitive interface of the Emerald App focuses on search and browse functions to enable research on-the-go. Subscribers can log into their personal profile to create reading lists, add articles to existing lists and share results with peers via the built-in social networking facilities, such as Twitter and Facebook. Full text is available for subscribed content in an easy-to-read PDF format.

The Emerald App is optimised for iPad and compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. It requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Emerald seeks to improve ways of delivering access to research, and works with a range of partners to ensure compliance, discoverability and visibility. In June 2011, the publisher introduced the EPUB format to enable users to access and download content via mobile devices. It recently introduced its Spanish microsite, providing key messages in Spanish, and plans to add more languages in 2012.

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Elsevier collaborates with LIPID MAPS to launch Lipid Structures app on SciVerse Applications
- 12 Dec 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of the Lipid Structures (beta) app on SciVerse Applications. The app was developed in collaboration with LIPID MAPS, a multi-institutional consortium aimed at increasing understanding of lipid metabolism, and the SciVerse Developer Network.

Lipid Structures (beta) identifies and links lipid names or synonyms in articles on SciVerse ScienceDirect, providing the user with supporting information on each particular lipid in context, such as the structure and other key information for that molecule as represented on the LIPID MAPS website. Information includes common and systematic names, formula, exact mass, InChIKey, classification hierarchy and links to other public databases. A panel in the side-bar also provides a convenient listing of lipid molecules in the article along with the number of occurrences within the article text.

The application draws on the LIPID MAPS Structure Database (LMSD), a relational database encompassing structures and annotations of biologically relevant lipids with over 30,000 unique lipid structures.

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Scientific American introduces new free mobile offerings
- 09 Dec 2011

Science magazine Scientific American is working with Google to feature content in Google Currents, a new Reader App for smartphones and tablets. Google Currents will include Scientific American's Science Agenda and top news sections and a sampling of posts from the Scientific American blog network. In the coming weeks, Scientific American will release standalone Scientific American apps, featuring similar content, which will service Android devices, iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry devices.

Scientific American has been featured on Yahoo's Livestand since the personalised digital newsstand for iPad launched on November 2. Through Livestand, Scientific American provides science news, blog items, 60-second Science podcasts and twitter feeds. These are syndicated in Livestand's science channel and news and politics channel. Both Google Currents and Yahoo's Livestand are ad-supported.

The new free mobile apps are the latest in a number of digital offerings from Scientific American. The magazine launched a mobile-optimised version of scientificamerican.com in November 2011 to improve the mobile browsing experience for users. The mobile optimised version of the site supports the iPhone, Android phones, BlackBerry phones and all other smart-phones.

Scientific American became part of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in 2009, after many years as a sister Holtzbrinck organisation. The publication claims to be the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media.

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Reprints Desk announces public availability of journal article web app, Bibliogo
- 05 Dec 2011

Reprints Desk, Inc., a Derycz Scientific company, has announced the public availability of Bibliogo, the journal article web app that helps users do more with scientific papers. Bibliogo, available in free and paid versions, is built to scale using Google App Engine and is a productivity tool designed for professionals and workgroups in research, bioinformatics, engineering, information management, regulatory and medical affairs, medical marketing and healthcare communications.

According to Ian Palmer, Head of Marketing at Reprints Desk and Derycz Scientific, the app combines aspects from personalised RSS-readers and alerting services, bibliographic reference management software, daily deal websites for clinical reprints, and document delivery management systems. Sample article use cases and benefits made possible by Bibliogo include saving time for scientists, engineers, pharmacovigilance professionals, and others by enabling them to follow and access new articles in journals and saved database searches; simplifying processes for librarians and searchers to find, manage, and securely share citations with internal end users via alerts and newsletters; and saving time for product brand managers and healthcare communications agencies by serving as a one-stop shop for requesting quotes and placing orders for clinical reprints from any publisher.

Additionally, Bibliogo will also help enhance compliance controls for regulatory affairs professionals by enabling them to set-up bibliographies of articles approved for reactive distribution by medical information teams and pro-active distribution by sales and marketing teams. Further, it helps organisations to save money by enabling them to identify paid subscription content for research, placing document delivery orders without any rush fees, and leveraging group buying power for reprints used in marketing.

Prior to its public availability, Bibliogo has had multiple deployments across the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device industries.

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New EBSCOhost app for Android devices allows library users to search premium EBSCOhost content
- 30 Nov 2011

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has released an EBSCOhost Android app ensuring that Android device users can quickly and easily take full advantage of their premium EBSCOhost database content from wherever they happen to be. The Android app is the latest option in EBSCO's mobile access technology – providing flexible access options for all popular mobile devices and the same user-friendly and easy-to-use search experience that is available when logging in to EBSCO's library resources online.

Available as a free download from the Android Market, the EBSCOhost Android app allows users to search premium EBSCOhost database content while utilising existing EBSCOhost features. These features include choosing which database to search, limiting to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content or by publication, and searching a library's catalogue.

Additional features include the ability to view content in visual landscape mode and the option to save articles and PDF full-text content on the device for offline viewing. The app can be used on devices running Android v. 2.1 or later.

EBSCO's mobile technology began with the success of EBSCOhost Mobile, a website application designed for Internet capable mobile devices including smartphones. In Spring 2011 EBSCO released an iPhone app providing a quick and convenient way for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users to access quality content via EBSCOhost.

EBSCO also offers mobile apps for DynaMed, a point-of-care resource, and iPhone apps for Business Book Summaries, a resource that provides comprehensive summaries of the best business books, and Nursing Reference Center.

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Anesthesia & Analgesia journal launches iPad App
- 24 Nov 2011

The editors of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia have reportedly announced the launch of their new Anesthesia & Analgesia for the iPad app. The journal is the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

The new electronic edition brings the entire contents of each issue to the iPad, with the addition of unique new enhancements and interactive features. Anesthesia & Analgesia for the iPad is available free of charge for a limited time - including free access to full-text articles - at the iTunes App Store.

Anesthesia & Analgesia for the iPad uses optimised digital technology to provide a print-like reading experience. Navigation is fast and intuitive, allowing readers to easily switch between scanning rapidly and reading in depth. Along with full-text downloads of each weekly issue, the new app offers special enhanced features, including easy-to-read full-text articles that you can share via email or social media; adjustable text sizing with 'pinch and zoom'; engaging multimedia videos and images; ability to store or delete downloaded issues; speedy issue-browsing capability via Quick View; quick scrolling through abstract summaries; convenient notification when a new issue is available; and link to Anesthesia & Analgesia online to view supplemental material.

The app was developed by and is being distributed by the IARS's publishing partner, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Anesthesia & Analgesia for the iPad is available now, offering free full content to all readers for a limited time. After this introductory period, the App will be available exclusively to IARS members and they will continue to have full access via a simple login process. Each monthly issue will be posted on the same schedule as the current online and print editions.

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Penguin to restore libraries' ability to loan e-books for Kindle
- 24 Nov 2011

US-based publisher Penguin Group is reportedly restoring libraries' ability to lend their e-books for Amazon.com's Kindle e-reader. It had earlier suspended making new e-books available to libraries. The company had then said it would not allow libraries to loan any e-books for the Kindle due to unspecified security concerns.

Penguin has now backtracked, saying it was informed by Amazon that the online retailer was not aware of Penguin's agreement with Overdrive, a supplier of e-books to libraries. The move to restore permission is temporary and eligible only through the end of the year. Amazon allows Kindle users to borrow e-books from local libraries through a partnership with OverDrive. The partnership seeks to vastly increase the Kindle's presence in libraries.

Penguin recently asked OverDrive to disable its 'Get for Kindle' function on Penguin books. OverDrive and Penguin are in the process of looking at new terms for libraries. The companies are all working together to address Penguin's concerns by the end of 2011.

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Informascope apps to enhance searching in Elsevier's SciVerse suite
- 16 Nov 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of the Izmir Institute of Technology Catalog Viewer, the Bilkent University Catalog Viewer and Citationer. Both Catalog Viewer applications allow users to search within Elsevier's SciVerse suite and the two universities' online catalogues simultaneously. Citationer inserts citation counts into a user's search results within SciVerse Hub, SciVerse suite's integrated search engine.

The Izmir Institute of Technology Catalog Viewer and the Bilkent University Catalog Viewer allow users to search their respective universities' online catalogues and the SciVerse suite simultaneously, allowing users to view relevant results side by side. Citationer gives users a quick guide to the relative importance of research articles by inserting citation counts into search results within SciVerse Hub. These three applications are the latest in a growing list of scientific applications leveraging Elsevier's content to improve research workflows for researchers.

SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers that gain potential recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

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Kindle Cloud Reader made available on Mozilla Firefox
- 09 Nov 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle Cloud Reader, the HTML5-based web app that lets customers read their Kindle books in their web browser, is now available for Mozilla Firefox. Firefox users can now start reading their Kindle books instantly, simply by opening their web browser.

With Kindle Cloud Reader, customers can read Kindle books instantly using only their web browser - online or offline - with no downloading or installation required. As with all Kindle apps, Kindle Cloud Reader automatically synchronises the Kindle library, as well as the last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights for all of the user's Kindle books. To make it easy and seamless to discover new books, Kindle Cloud Reader includes an integrated, touch optimised store, allowing customers one click access to a vast selection of books.

The product is available for Safari on iPad, Safari on desktop, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox 6 and above. Kindle Cloud Reader on the iPad is optimised for the size and touch interface of iPad. Amazon.com customers can start reading their Kindle books immediately using Kindle Cloud Reader at http://read.amazon.com.

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Elsevier launches SciVal Funding App for SciVerse
- 04 Nov 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of the SciVal Funding App for SciVerse. The app links content from SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus with SciVal Funding. SciVal Funding is Elsevier's online solution that provides targeted recommendations on grants, making it easier for researchers to discover funding opportunities related to their area of research.

The SciVal Funding App can be subscribed to or added for free in SciVerse Applications. It will retrieve up to five relevant funding opportunities to an abstract in SciVerse Scopus or SciVerse ScienceDirect. The app uses the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine to match active funding opportunities to the abstracts, delivering targeted funding recommendations directly into the researchers' workflow.

In addition to the launch of the app, SciVal Funding has expanded its geographic scope to Australia and Ireland. SciVal Funding now covers the US, Canada, UK, European Union, Australia, and Ireland. This year more than 1,400 funding bodies have already been added to the initial 3,000 US-based sources available on the platform.

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Amazon unveils Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for Amazon Prime members
- 03 Nov 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. With an annual Amazon Prime membership, Kindle owners can now choose from thousands of books to borrow for free as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. According to Amazon, no other e-reader or ebookstore offers such a service. Millions of Prime members reportedly enjoy free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of nearly 13,000 movies and TV shows, and now thousands of books to borrow for free with a Kindle.

The Kindle Owners' Lending Library is said to offer access to a wide array of categories and genres in fiction and non-fiction. As with any other Kindle book, user notes, highlights and bookmarks in borrowed books will be saved, so to have them later if they purchase or re-borrow the book. Books are borrowed from a Kindle device, and customers can have one book out at a time. When customers want to borrow a new book, any borrowed book can easily be returned right from their device.

Titles in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library come from a range of publishers under a variety of terms. For the vast majority of titles, Amazon has reached an agreement with publishers to include titles for a fixed fee. In some cases, Amazon is purchasing a title each time it is borrowed by a reader under standard wholesale terms as a no-risk trial to demonstrate to publishers the incremental growth and revenue opportunity that this new service presents.

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Amazon brings HTML5 support to Kindle with Format 8
- 24 Oct 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has launched its next-generation file-format for Kindle books. Kindle Format 8 (KF8) will reportedly replace Mobi 7, and it brings support for HTML5 and CSS3. According to Amazon, this will enable publishers to create better-looking books with rich formatting, including fixed and floated elements, embedded fonts and drop-caps, text on background images, numbered and bulleted lists. In all, Amazon says KF8 has over 150 new formatting capabilities, which are outlined in full on its website.

Amazon cites a number of genres that will potentially benefit from the changes. It says technical and engineering books will be boosted by superior diagrams, through the use of CSS3 formatting, nested tables, boxed elements and SVG.

According to the company, forthcoming enhancements to Kindle Publisher Tools will make it easier and faster for publishers to create high quality Kindle books. KindleGen 2 seeks to create Kindle content from a wide variety of sources including HTML, XHTML and EPUB. Kindle Previewer 2 (available soon) provides an easy way for publishers to preview how titles will look on Kindle devices and apps.

In terms of support, Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet will be the first device to support the new format. However, the company promises support on its latest generation of e-ink Kindles ‘in the coming months’, along with its free Kindle apps for other platforms.

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Elsevier introduces SciVerse Scopus Alerts Individual mobile app
- 07 Oct 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of a new mobile application, SciVerse Scopus Alerts Individual, which provides non-institutional subscribers with immediate, on-the-go access to the latest Scopus content. While users based in subscribing institutions can already benefit from a free mobile app, this new service signifies an important increase in the range and flexibility of Scopus.

Through this new iPhone and Android application, individuals can now utilise key features of the world’s largest abstract and citation database. SciVerse Scopus Alerts Individual gives users the opportunity to search across thousands of scholarly journals from more than 5,000 international publishers. This is the first time Elsevier has offered any form of individual subscription to its flagship bibliographic database.

Among the key features of SciVerse Scopus Alerts Individual is the search and citation alerts function, which allows researchers to receive updates on new publications relevant to their fields of interest and notifications on citations of their work by peers. The mobile application also fosters collaboration among the research community as users can share links to articles with colleagues through an email function included in the app.

SciVerse Scopus Alerts Individual is available to non-institutional subscribers for a 30-day free trial and subsequently a yearly fee. It is available globally through the iTunes store and for Android devices through AndroidMarket.

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The Sheridan Group to develop iOS and Android-compatible app to provide mobile access to The Nation's Health newspaper
- 05 Oct 2011

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has enlisted The Sheridan Group's services to develop and launch an iOS and Android-compatible app, providing mobile access to The Nation's Health newspaper. Content from the publication can be viewed as full-page expandable images or as individual text articles. The app, which debuted with the September 2011 issue of the newspaper through both Apple and Android app stores, is currently free for all users.

The Nation's Health app features patent-pending Media Deck technology, allowing advertisers to incorporate web content and interactivity into the app simply by inserting a URL into the digital edition. When readers click on the URL, they launch a Media Deck that brings the content into the page – without leaving the app or the publication.

The monthly newspaper of the American Public Health Association, The Nation's Health is a nationally recognised source of news for public health professionals.

Sheridan Mobile Edition Apps are but one in a suite of Mobile products developed and supported though the Sheridan Technology Lab. Others include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Full-Text Apps, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.

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American Society of Anesthesiologists launches Anesthesiology for the iPad app
- 04 Oct 2011

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has announced the release of an iPad app, the first journal app of its kind in the anesthesiology specialty. Anesthesiology for the iPad, developed and distributed by the ASA's publishing partner, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, provides full mobile accessibility for all member and individual subscribers of Anesthesiology, the top-ranked journal in anesthesiology.

With Anesthesiology for the iPad, ASA members and readers can quickly and conveniently access their journal and interact with its content dynamically-watching videos, interacting with other members, accessing the full journal archive, and more. As early technology adopters, anesthesiologists are an ideal audience for consuming their journal content on mobile devices. In a survey of the ASA membership, about 70 percent reported either owning or planning to purchase an iPad device within 12 months.

Anesthesiology for the iPad uses optimised digital technology to provide a print-like reading experience. Along with full-text downloads of each monthly issue, the new app offers other enhancements including ability to share articles via email or social media; adjustable text sizing with "pinch and zoom"; engaging multimedia videos, images, and supplements; ability to store or delete downloaded issues; speedy issue-browsing capability via Quick View; and quick scrolling through abstract summaries; convenient notification when new issues become available.

Anesthesiology for the iPad app is available free of charge for a limited time on the App Store. The app will be demonstrated at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting, October 15-19 in Chicago, at the Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins stand, and at the ASA Resource Center.

Anesthesiology for the iPad complements the journal website (www.anesthesiology.org). In addition to offering the journal archives, the Anesthesiology website also offers mobile view, which optimises the journal content for viewing on internet-enabled mobile devices. Mobile view has a number of the same features as the desktop version, including search functionality, current table of contents, full-text view, image handling, abstracts, featured articles, and more.

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University of Bristol introduces walking tour iPhone app for students
- 22 Sep 2011

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee is funding the University of Bristol's MyMobileBristol project as part of its work to support open innovation. The project, in collaboration with Bristol City Council, has introduced a walking tour app for the iPhone to help prospective students get to know a university virtually and help them settle in once they arrive. The aim is to help the institution meet its widening participation targets.

The University plans to produce a printed version of the tour for people who cannot access the app, which is designed for iPads, iPhones and iPods. It integrates information from partner websites and provides users with time and location-sensitive data helping them to get around the campus and the city more effectively.

The code that the team used to design the software is now open source and other institutions have also been invited to a workshop to see how they could apply this to their own institutions. The project is one of a series funded by JISC that challenged universities to use their ability to innovate to impact positively on their communities, working in partnership with outside organisations, by demonstrating the potential of integrated web services and online marketplaces.

The MyMobileBristol project also built a mobile website optimised for smartphones to assist people in finding their way around the University precinct and giving them information about buildings and facilities in the University and the wider city.

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Kindle books made available at 11,000 local libraries in US
- 22 Sep 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the US. The Kindle library book offers the customer all the features available in Kindle books.

Customers will use their local library's website to search for and select a book to borrow. Once they choose a book, customers can choose to 'Send to Kindle' and will be redirected to Amazon.com to login to their Amazon.com account and the book will be delivered to the device they select via Wi-Fi. It can also be transferred via USB. Customers can check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, as well as in their web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

The Kindle book features that also come with Kindle library books include Whispersync technology that wirelessly syncs users' books, notes, highlights and last page read across Kindle and free Kindle reading apps; real page numbers that let readers easily reference passages with page numbers that correspond to actual print editions; and Facebook and Twitter integration that makes it easy to share favorite passages. Also, popular highlights show readers what millions of Kindle readers think are the most interesting passages in the books. Users can use public notes to share their notes and see what others are saying about Kindle books.

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American Academy of Pediatrics launches iPad app for mobile access to AAP eBook collection
- 01 Sep 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has announced the debut of an app for the Apple iPad that provides instant mobile access to the entire AAP eBook collection. The AAP eBookstore app for the iPad can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store.

The app was custom-developed for the iPad by Impelsys, AAP’s eBooks technology partner and a provider of electronic content delivery solutions.

The AAP eBooks provides libraries, medical schools, hospitals and pediatric offices with instant electronic access to more than 100 renowned AAP publications, including full-text, visuals, data tables and clinical recommendations. With AAP eBooks, users can purchase and download any content from the entire collection of AAP digital titles like Pediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines & Policies, Bright Futures, Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, Red Book Atlas, and Caring For Your Baby And Young Child: Birth To Age 5.

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Pearson and Eminata Group launch iPad-based eTextbooks initiative for post-secondary institutions
- 30 Aug 2011

Education services provider Pearson, US, and the Eminata Group, one of Canada’s largest providers of independent, post-secondary education, has announced that students at institutions under the Eminata umbrella will receive all of their course content via the Apple iPad. The agreement is reportedly the largest post-secondary institutional initiative for iPad-based eTextbooks in North America.

Beginning September 1, 2011, students at CDI College, Vancouver Career College and Reeves College will begin receiving all of their course content via Pearson’s eText for iPad app. Hundreds of Pearson textbooks will be delivered in the eText for iPad platform, Pearson’s premier electronic book technology.

The iPad-based eTextbooks are currently being piloted at CDI College in Calgary North and Vancouver Career College in Coquitlam in the Accounting and Payroll Administration programme. Over the next three years, all programmes will be converted to digital delivery to meet the diverse needs of students inside and outside the classroom.

Pearson’s eText for iPad app presents digital content in the same high resolution as on a computer, even when pages are zoomed, and displays perfect fidelity to the print book. In fiscal year of 2012 the Eminata Group will serve more than 14,000 enrollments at 38 campuses in 22 cities across Canada, offering comprehensive programmes in business, healthcare, technology, and art and design.

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ChemSpider Mobile app now available from Apple App Store
- 29 Aug 2011

Scientific publisher RSC Publishing has announced that ChemSpider Mobile, a free iOS app (iPhone, iPod, iPad) for searching the ChemSpider online chemical database, is now available from the Apple App Store.

ChemSpider Mobile provides the ability to search by drawing a chemical structure, or entering a compound name. The app claims to be very straightforward and easy to learn. Search results are shown in a list showing structure and names. Any search result can be examined in more detail by launching the mobile browser and viewing the structure on the ChemSpider web page.

Although the ChemSpider web page is designed to work well on mobile browsers, the mobile app is more convenient to use, and is currently the best way to search by structure from a mobile device. The structure drawing capabilities are provided by the embedded version of the Mobile Molecular DataSheet. The app was built by Molecular Materials Informatics, on behalf of the RSC.

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AHA releases mobile view website and iPad app for its journal Circulation
- 26 Aug 2011

The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced new digital tools to provide members and subscribers advanced access to its journal Circulation through the release of a mobile view website and iPad app.

The optimised mobile view website allows readers to view Circulation on smartphones, including iPhone and Android. The Circulation App for iPad has been developed and distributed by the AHA's publishing partner, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. It provides full mobile accessibility for all member and individual subscribers of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Circulation for the iPad uses optimised digital technology to provide a print-like reading experience. Along with full-text downloads of each weekly issue, the new app offers other enhancements including ability to share articles via email or social media; adjustable text sizing with "pinch and zoom"; engaging multimedia videos, images, and supplements; ability to store or delete downloaded issues; speedy issue-browsing capability via Quick View; quick scrolling through abstract summaries; convenient notification when new issues become available; and links to Circulation online for easy viewing of supplemental materials, such as European Perspectives, and browsing of the Circulation archives.

The launch of Circulation for the iPad and mobile web interface complements a complete makeover of the American Heart Association journal websites - not only Circulation, but also Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology; Circulation Research; Hypertension; and Stroke. Published on the HighWire Press platform, the updated AHA journal websites offer a variety of web 2.0 applications, feeds, widgets, and Web services. Along with advanced search and improved navigation, the new websites offer a number of enhancements for easy and intuitive browsing and reading.

All the AHA journal websites now offer mobile view for iPhone and Droid (iOS and Android OS) devices. Support for other mobile devices, such as the Blackberry and other smartphones, will be added in future releases.

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Microsoft discontinues support for e-book reader app
- 17 Aug 2011

US-based software vendor Microsoft Corporation has announced the discontinuation of its support for the Reader e-book reader application. It will not sell content any more through the Reader app, starting November 8. The support will be withdrawn subsequently.

Access has been allowed for the downloaded content for an unlimited period of time. The company is, however, not keen on providing any alternate app to help its customers transfer their content safely.

The announcement has reportedly raised doubts over the decision as the e-book industry is currently at an all-time high. Companies including Apple and Amazon are trying to create a niche along with the launch of the latest e-readers and tablet computers such as iPad 2 and Kindle.

The Reader app has got least support from the company as the desktop version was last updated in 2007. The update for mobile phones came nearly two years ago.

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Amazon.com announces free Amazon Student application for iPhone and iPod Touch
- 16 Aug 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the free Amazon Student application for iPhone and iPod Touch that offers students an easy way to shop for textbooks, electronics, apparel and more. Students can compare prices, buy textbooks, or trade in textbooks for up to 70 percent back, all from their mobile device. With this new free app, signing up for the Amazon Student programme, which gives college students access to FREE Two-Day shipping and exclusive deals, is simple.

Students can now compare textbook prices on this semester's syllabus right from the college bookstore simply by scanning a barcode. And when it's time to sell back textbooks, the app can turn used books - and millions of other eligible electronics, video games, DVDs and more - into Amazon.com gift cards. Students scan the items they no longer need, ship eligible items for free, and get an Amazon.com Gift Card to spend on millions of items at Amazon.com. Nearly 1 million textbooks are eligible for Textbook Buyback and students can get up to 70 percent back.

In addition, the app also allows students to join the Amazon Student programme, which offers college students free two-day shipping on millions of eligible products, from laptops and video games to toasters and TVs. Amazon Student for iPhone and iPod Touch is available for free in the Apple App Store or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Apple, publishers face class-action lawsuit in US over fixing of e-book prices
- 15 Aug 2011

Law firm Hagens Berman has reportedly filed a class-action lawsuit in the US, alleging that Apple and five major publishers ‘colluded ... to illegally fix prices’ of e-books. The five publishers include HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Hachette Book Group.

Filed in the California northern district court, the lawsuit claims that the publishers conspired with Apple to increase e-book prices in order to increase profits and compel e-book rival Amazon to abandon its pro-consumer discount pricing. It further claims that this is in violation of a variety of federal and state antitrust laws.

The complaint centres on the agency model – used by Apple for iTunes and by most major publishers for e-book sales – in which the publisher, rather than the retailer, sets the retail price of e-books. The model has already sparked investigations in Europe and the UK. The UK’s Office of Fair Trading is investigating whether certain publisher-retailer arrangements ‘may breach competition law.’ The European commission is also looking into whether companies have colluded to keep e-book prices high.

Naming two plaintiffs, California resident Anthony Petru and Mississippi resident Marcus Mathis – both of whom purchased at least one e-book for over $9.99 after the adoption of the agency pricing model – the lawsuit, once approved, will represent any purchaser of an e-book by a major publisher after the adoption of the agency model. According to Hagens Berman, it could be worth ‘tens of millions of dollars’.

The lawsuit alleges that the five publishers "feared" Amazon's move to price e-books at $9.99. The pricing ‘threatened to disrupt the publishers' long-established brick-and-mortar model faster than they were willing to accept", and to set low consumer expectations for e-book prices.

The lawsuit says the five publishers ‘forced’ Amazon to abandon its discount pricing and adhere to a new agency model. If Amazon attempted to sell e-books below the publisher-set levels, the publishers would simply deny Amazon access to the title. This has, the suit says, seen the prices of new e-books increase to an average of $12-15 – a rise of 33-50% – and reach a point where they are often more expensive than physical editions.

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Amazon launches Kindle Cloud Reader app for reading books with web browser
- 11 Aug 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the Kindle Cloud Reader, its latest Kindle reading application. The app leverages HTML5 and enables customers to read Kindle books instantly using only their web browser - online or offline - with no downloading or installation required. As with all Kindle apps, Kindle Cloud Reader automatically synchronises the user's Kindle library, as well as the last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights for all of the user's Kindle books.

Kindle Cloud Reader, with its integrated touch optimised Kindle Store, is currently available for Safari on iPad, Safari on desktop and Chrome at http://www.amazon.com/cloudreader. It will be available on additional web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, the BlackBerry PlayBook browser, and other mobile browsers, in the coming months.

Kindle Cloud Reader on the iPad is optimised for the size and unique touch interface of iPad. Without even leaving the app, customers can start shopping in the Kindle Store and to find a shopping experience built specifically for iPad's Safari browser.

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Wiley-Blackwell launches mobile application in Sociology
- 10 Aug 2011

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of its first mobile application in Sociology, accessible via iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Wiley-Blackwell Sociology Spotlight is projected as a must-have app for all Sociologists. It enables users to instantly read all of the latest news and developments in the field. Additionally, it helps to keep track of broad trends across the discipline.

The app is available for download from http://itunes.apple.com/app/sociology-spotlight/id452014669?mt=8.

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Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine now available to users on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
- 05 Aug 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its Braunwald's Heart Disease Practice Guides App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch is now available on the App Store. The app includes content from Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, Ninth Edition, and provides up-to-date, evidence-based cardiology clinical practice guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA).

Braunwald's Heart Disease Practice Guidelines App provides access to the most useful, clinically actionable and evidence-based cardiology clinical practice guidelines today. The joint cardiovascular practice guidelines of the ACC and the AHA have become important documents for guiding cardiology practice and establishing benchmarks for quality of care. In each edition of Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, the global clinical textbook of cardiology, authors and editors summarise all the latest ACC/AHA practice guidelines and transform them into clinically actionable points presented in an easily accessible, bulleted format.

For the first time the guidelines have been streamlined for mobile presentation and are available for download by cardiologists and all related healthcare professionals who want mobile access to this clinically actionable information in a high-yield, bulleted format.

Braunwald's Heart Disease Practice Guidelines App has several features, including content from the brand-new, ninth edition of Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine; content and cases based on the latest published evidence; clinically actionable points presented in an easily-digested, bulleted format; and easy navigation, searching and browsing options.

Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, Ninth Edition features definitive, state-of-the-art answers covering every aspect of contemporary cardiology. Edited by Drs. Robert Bonow, Douglas Mann, Douglas Zipes, and Peter Libby, the reference applies the most recent knowledge in molecular biology and genetics, imaging, pharmacology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and much more. Additionally, the new edition features online content, including new dynamic cardiac imaging videos, heart sound recordings, and podcasts.

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AIP releases new app for authors and reviewers
- 04 Aug 2011

AIP Publishing, a division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has announced the release of its new app, iPeerReview. The new app allows authors and reviewers to use their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices to access a broad range of information on papers submitted to any of AIP's journals in Peer X-Press, AIP's manuscript submission and review system.

Once logged in, users can perform a number of activities related to their papers. They can access a list of all active and completed papers, view the status history of a paper, view and save a paper in PDF format, email a paper, and link to a paper on AIP's Scitation platform if it is in production or to Peer X-Press if it is under review.

When users access iPeerReview, they can either log in or access papers that they have previously saved to their device. The app will determine if they are an author, a reviewer, or both. In the event that they are both an author and a reviewer, iPeerReview will allow them to access both sets of papers under separate tabs.

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Elsevier announces Gray's Anatomy for Students app for the iPad
- 03 Aug 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its new Gray's Anatomy for Students App, for iPad, is now available on the App Store. The app includes content from Gray's Anatomy for Students, Second Edition.

The Gray's Anatomy for Students App provides access to a clinically-oriented, student-friendly textbook for human anatomy. Beginning with a general chapter on the body, students are introduced to the anatomical terminology, positioning, medical imaging and overview of body systems. The content then progresses through the body in a logical manner, building on the body's complexity as the reader becomes familiar with the subject matter.

The Gray's Anatomy for Students App has several features, including complete text and full HD illustrations; scrollable thumbnails of all illustrations; convenient searchable index; pinch and zoom figures; mark and label function, including the ability to save images to “My Photos” or adding notes to text and/or figures; and index to clinical content, surface anatomy, tables and notes.

In its second edition, Gray's Anatomy for Students is highly recommended by both staff and students. A team of authors with a wealth of diverse teaching and clinical experience has updated and revised the new edition to efficiently cover content that is learned in contemporary anatomy classes. An improved format, updated clinical material, and remarkable artwork by renowned illustrators Richard Tibbitts and Paul Richardson make anatomy easier to master. Unique coverage of surface anatomy, correlative diagnostic images, and clinical case studies demonstrate practical applications of anatomical concepts, and an international advisory board, comprised of more than 100 instructors, ensures that the material is accurate, up to date, and easy to use.

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NASA launches NASA App for Android
- 08 Jul 2011

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched the free NASA App for Android, a new application designed for mobile devices that run the open source Android platform. The NASA App is available for free on Android Market at https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.nasa.

The NASA App for Android showcases a huge collection of NASA content, including images, videos on-demand, live streaming video from NASA Television, mission information, feature stories and breaking news. Users also can find sighting opportunities for the International Space Station and track the current positions of spacecraft currently orbiting Earth.

App users can also easily share NASA content with their friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.

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Apple's App store crosses 15 billion downloads mark
- 08 Jul 2011

Computer and software firm Apple, Inc., US, has reportedly passed over 15 billion downloads. Currently, the online storefront holds about 425,000 applications, including 100,000 native iPad applications. Apple also claims that some 200 million devices are running iOS, its mobile operating system.

With hundreds of thousands of applications available for mobile devices running Google Android, the Android market possibly comes closest to matching Apple's capacity. However, the number of applications for Apple's iPad greatly exceeds those optimised specifically for Android tablets.

With its forthcoming Mac OS X 'Lion,' Apple will include a baked-in Mac App Store with access to a variety of full-screen applications for the company's laptops and desktops. The company's upcoming iOS 5 is expected to offer a host of improvements, many of them seemingly designed as a response to competitors such as Google Android and Research In Motion's BlackBerry franchise.

During a recent presentation to unveil iCloud, iOS 5, and Mac OS X Lion, the company claimed to have sold more than 200 million iOS devices and occupied some 44 percent of the mobile operating system market.

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IEEE launches IEEE Standards Wireless Dictionary App for Android
- 29 Jun 2011

Technical professional association IEEE, US, has announced that the IEEE Standards Wireless Dictionary app is now available on the Android platform. A singular resource for wireless industry practitioners, researchers, and students, the app offers immediate, intuitive access to the comprehensive IEEE standards dictionary of wireless technology terms and definitions.

With a body of work in wireless technologies that spans decades, IEEE has collected and catalogued more than 3200 industry terms and definitions. This continually expanding wireless lexicon is culled from numerous IEEE standards. Users can easily search by keyword or standard number, or browse the extensive database alphabetically. An autocomplete functionality automatically identifies terms being searched, simplifying and speeding the search process. The IEEE Standards Wireless Dictionary app also provides complete source citations, ideal for researchers, editors, and students.

Designed to expand IEEE-SA's penetration of the mobile arena, the IEEE Standards Wireless Dictionary Android app joins the previously released iPhone app of the same name and marks a new milestone in its mobile initiative. In July 2010, IEEE-SA launched its National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Mobile Standard, optimised for mobile devices including smartphones and tablet PCs.

The IEEE Standards Wireless Dictionary Android app is available from the Android Market at http://market.android.com/details?id=ieee.Standards_Wireless_Dictionary, and the Amazon Appstore for Android at http://www.amazon.com/IEEE-Standards-Wireless-Dictionary/dp/B0055EO9XA.

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American Academy of Neurology launches Neurology for the iPad
- 15 Jun 2011

The American Academy of Neurology has launched Neurology for the iPad and is making the tool available free of charge for a limited time at the App Store. Neurology is the medical journal of the Academy and claims to be a widely read and highly cited peer-reviewed neurology journal.

Neurology for the iPad optimises the best in digital technology to enhance a print-like reading experience with article-sharing features, multimedia links and other benefits, such as: easy-to-read full-text articles that can be shared via email or social media; adjustable text sizing with "pinch and zoom"; engaging multimedia videos, images and supplements; ability to store or delete downloaded issues; speedy issue-browsing capability via Quick View; quick scrolling through abstract summaries; convenient notification when a new issue is available; and link to Neurology online to view supplemental data and browse the archives.

The Neurology app was developed by and is being distributed by the American Academy of Neurology's publishing partner, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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BMJ Group launches new apps for healthcare professionals
- 14 Jun 2011

Medical publisher the BMJ Group, UK, has released a series of new apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to give healthcare professionals access to quality information.

Having recently been released on the iPad, the Best Practice app comes with 20 sample topics that enable clinicians to assess the app's structure, scope and editorial quality. The app is the first in its category to take advantage of 'in-app purchasing', whereby additional topics can be purchased from within the app, in packages ranging from £9.99 to £59.99.

Also available is the Doctor's Toolbag, which has been developed by the BMJ Group and CEBMi Ltd. It provides a fast and simple way to use the most effective rules in a busy clinical setting. Some rules help with diagnosis; others are useful for screening or assessing risk factors. Combining these rules with the latest evidence from Best Practice and Clinical Evidence from the BMJ Evidence Centre provides a succinct and up-to-date tool that can be incorporated into everyday clinical practice.

The Student BMJ app enables students to read the latest medical news, digest research or check out medical relevant events. Students can also listen to the latest products, read blogs by other medical students and leading medical figures, and take advantage of invaluable careers advice. The app is free of charge and updated regularly.

The BMJ Careers app is for doctors looking for new jobs. Utilising the same constantly-updating database of jobs as bmjcareers.com, the UK's leading medical recruitment website, this app has the latest jobs as they go live and allows users to manage their favourite jobs and searches. Doctors can search across all medical categories, specialties, grades and regions.

Other apps include, the BMJ iPad app which combines the weekly BMJ print journal selection of research, comment and education (with added interactivity), along with live feeds of the latest news, blogs, podcasts and videos to appear on bmj.com. The Best Health range of apps that come from the BMJ's Evidence Centre, are aimed at the general public and cover child health, depression and type 1 diabetes. With up-to-date, reliable information in plain English, the new apps enable patients to get the most out of a doctor's appointment and make the most informed choice about their care.

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New Physics World apps to provide IOP members with free access to the magazine
- 10 Jun 2011

Physics World, the membership magazine of the Institute of Physics (IOP), has launched a new app to provide IOP members with free access to the magazine from almost any smartphone or tablet.

The new Physics World app has been designed to complement the recently re-launched digital edition of the magazine, and to support the needs of growing membership in the international market. The app allows members to read the latest issue of Physics World, access back issues since January 2011, and download issues for reading offline. It also boasts an easy-to-read text option for viewing articles on a smaller screen.

The free app can be downloaded from the App Store and Android Market, with access to the magazine content restricted to members only.

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SAGE journals to be available in mobile-optimised format
- 02 Jun 2011

Academic publisher SAGE has announced that their entire collection of online journal sites will soon be available in a mobile-optimised format, taking advantage of the HighWire Mobile Web interface. Readers visiting a SAGE journal site on their iPhone, Android or other smartphone device will automatically be redirected to the mobile version.

Each of SAGE's over 600 mobile journal sites will soon deliver an optimised experience designed for the smaller screen of a smartphone. The sites will feature the essential aspects of the online site, including the full-text content of the current issue, archives, and OnlineFirst articles, and will offer a simplified search, authentication, and sharing tools, all the while maintaining a sense of continuity with the desktop version of the sites.

HighWire Press provides digital content development and hosting solutions to the scholarly publishing community. A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire has partnered with influential societies, university presses, and other publishers since 1995 to produce the definitive online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, books, reference works, and other scholarly content. The distinguished HighWire community shares ideas and innovations in publishing through regular meetings, an active discussion forum, and through the service of its highly qualified staff.

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Anesthesia & Analgesia launch new HighWire Mobile and CME sites
- 19 May 2011

HighWire Press, a not-for-profit division of Stanford University libraries, and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) have launched a series of mobile sites for the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. The journal is the official peer-reviewed medical journal of the IARS, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

The new mobile sites take advantage of HighWire's Mobile Web interface, and include the debut of the first mobile CME product from HighWire, designed for medical professionals who want to obtain continuing education credits with their mobile devices.

The HighWire Mobile Web interface is device independent, designed to work seamlessly with virtually all mobile phones. When a reader visits the journal website from a mobile device, they are automatically redirected to the full-featured mobile optimised site containing search, authentication and full-text content, designed for easy access on a small screen. HighWire's Mobile CME provides up-to-date knowledge for busy professionals. Anesthesia & Analgesia's CME helps IARS members to keep abreast of current best practices and meet continuing education requirements.

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Cambridge University Press partners with GYLO to create new medical apps
- 19 May 2011

Cambridge University Press (CUP), the publishing division of the University of Cambridge, has announced a partnership with GYLO (GetYa Learn On, LLC) to produce multiple medical books as interactive apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

Initially, three of Cambridge's key texts for medical trainees and practitioners will be converted to iOS apps, which cover the subjects of Radiology, Neuropharmacology and Anaesthesia. Released in the iTunes Store in June 2011, the first app will be a portable version of the radiology text Final FRCR Long Cases, which users can personalise by adding notes, highlights, and bookmarks.

Finding content will be easy using a hyperlinked 'Table of Contents' and 'Index', with a search tool for finding instances of a specific word or phrase. Navigating the app, turning pages and customising the user interface are a matter of simple gestures. Future versions of the app will include more interactive functionality.

The partnership between GYLO and Cambridge is also expected to see a large number of Cambridge University Press medical books converted into digital versions, designed specifically for use on tablets and other mobile devices, over the next few years.

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EBSCO' new iPhone application provides easy access to EBSCOhost content
- 13 May 2011

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has released a new iPhone application to provide easy access to EBSCOhost content. Building on the success of EBSCOhost Mobile, a website application designed for Internet capable mobile devices including smartphones, the new iPhone application (app) provides a quick and convenient way for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users to access quality content via EBSCOhost.

The new iPhone app, available free from the iTunes App Store, offers easy authentication for users via a library's EBSCOhost profile. New features include the ability to view content in visual landscape mode and the option to save articles and PDF full-text content on the device for offline viewing. The app also includes existing EBSCOhost features bringing popular and useful functionality to researchers. These features include limiting to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content or by publication.

Clicking into a result replicates the EBSCOhost user experience providing researchers with abstracts and links to full text, as well as key citation information such as source, authors, and subject terms which are all easily clickable to launch new searches. Users also have the ability to save and email articles as well as store PDFs for offline viewing. The result list is scrollable, can be refined by subject and publication facets and can be sorted by relevancy or date. Available data in the result list includes citations and access to full-text articles.

The interface has been simplified for increased speed and user convenience. EBSCO currently offers a mobile app for DynaMed, a point-of-care resource. Future apps will include an EBSCOhost app for Android devices, iPhone apps for Business Book Summaries and Nursing Reference Center and eBook reader apps.

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Wiley releases five study-aid NOOK Apps for NOOK Color
- 10 May 2011

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc has released five study-aid applications in conjunction with the launch of NOOK Apps for NOOK Color - The Readers Tablet from Barnes & Noble. The applications have been developed to leverage the strengths of the NOOK Color reading platform and to create a dynamic environment in which to interact with must-have information.

The apps include Basic Spanish For Dummies and Wiley CPA Exam Review Focus Notes. The Basic Spanish For Dummies app offers a one-way ticket to speaking Mexican Spanish. The app features flashcards that highlight common English-Spanish words and phrases, with audio playback; a Spanish-English and English-Spanish mini-dictionary, ideal for on-the-go reference; video tutorials with pronunciation help; and the rules for using formal and informal greetings and introductions.

The Wiley CPA Exam Review Focus Notes On-the-Go apps - FAR Notes; REG Notes; BEC Notes; and AUD Notes - will help students prepare for the CPA exam. Each of these four apps provides hundreds of study cards designed to help users to quickly and easily study for the exam wherever they are.

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Amazon announces Kindle Library Lending for Kindle Books
- 21 Apr 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year. Kindle Library Lending will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the US.

The new feature will enable customers to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer's annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

With Kindle Library Lending, customers can take advantage of all of the unique features of Kindle and Kindle books. Amazon is working with OverDrive, a provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the US, to bring a seamless library borrowing experience to Kindle customers.

Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps later this year.

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Amazon launches Amazon Appstore for Android
- 24 Mar 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the Amazon Appstore for Android at www.amazon.com/appstore. An innovative new feature called 'Test Drive' will enable customers to test apps on a simulated Android phone. Customers control the app through their computer using a mouse.

Customers can shop in the Amazon Appstore from any computer using a Web browser. They can also access the Amazon Appstore directly on their Android phones or tablets, once they've installed the Amazon Appstore application. When customers purchase an Android app from the Amazon Appstore they can use the app on any of their Android devices.

The Amazon Appstore will include popular Amazon features like personalised recommendations, customer reviews, and 1-Click payment options. There will also be detailed product descriptions, including screenshots and video content that shows apps in action. In order to ensure customers have the best possible experience with the apps they purchase, all apps are Amazon-tested before they're made available in the Amazon Appstore.

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UK seen to evince interest in adopting Google Apps for Government
- 21 Mar 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly seeing tremendous interest from the UK government in its web-based Google Apps because of the focus on cost cutting in the public sector. Google Apps is a totally web-based set of tools for businesses.

Google recently launched a version of the offering for the public sector in the US. Called Google Apps for Government, the apps are being used by various bodies in 49 of the 50 states, according to Google.

It has been observed that the UK government is facing various challenges including budget constraints, so adopting a lower-cost platform may be an attractive proposition. However, the UK government is yet to provide Google with details on its ability to shift to cloud computing.

A Google official has stated the company can provide assurances that data will be held in a way that satisfies EU data protection laws. Data protection compliance, however, is seen to remain a worry for IT leaders in the public sector. David Wilde, chief information officer at Westminster City Council, agreed that there is interest in Google Apps for Government, but said there are still ongoing questions about data storage.

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Google Search for iPhone unveiled with new design and enhanced features
- 16 Mar 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly released a major update to its iPhone app. Enhancements include a new design, new features and even a new name.

Google Search for iPhone, formerly called Google Mobile, now features a brand-new interface for searching the web and accessing apps. The mobile search interface is now more like the regular Google.com interface, and also includes quick access to Voice Search and to Google Googles, which lets users conduct searches via photos.

A new search toolbar that is accessible by swiping from left to right is claimed to be the biggest update to the Google Search app. This toolbar is almost identical to the left-hand column that appears on all Google Search result pages. Users can access news, image, shopping, video, blog, discussion, social and place searches from the new toolbar.

The new app also includes another feature - the ability to pick up where you left off by simply tapping the lower half of the page. The app also includes the familiar hotlist of Google's mobile web apps, from Gmail to Google Earth.

The app is seen to be dramatic improvement from the previous version. It is said to be faster, more intuitive, and includes a deeper stable of mobile search features.

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Apple launches subscription service for publishers of content-based apps on App Store
- 16 Feb 2011

Computer and software firm Apple Inc., US, has announced a new subscription service for all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video and music. Apple had recently launched the same digital subscription billing service with News Corp.'s "The Daily" app.

Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been used to buy billions of apps and In-App Purchases. Publishers set the price and length of subscription (weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly). Then with one-click, customers pick the length of subscription and are automatically charged based on their chosen length of commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.). Customers can review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including cancelling the automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processes all payments, keeping the same 30 percent share that it does for other In-App Purchases.

Publishers who use Apple's subscription service in their app can also leverage other methods for acquiring digital subscribers outside of the app. For instance, publishers can sell digital subscriptions on their websites, or can choose to provide free access to existing subscribers. Since Apple is not involved in these transactions, there is no revenue sharing or exchange of customer information with Apple. Publishers must provide their own authentication process inside the app for subscribers that have signed up outside of the app. However, Apple does require that if a publisher chooses to sell a digital subscription separately outside of the app, that same subscription offer must be made available, at the same price or less, to customers who wish to subscribe from within the app. In addition, publishers may no longer provide links in their apps (to a web site, for example) which allow the customer to purchase content or subscriptions outside of the app.

Protecting customer privacy is reportedly a key feature of all App Store transactions. Customers purchasing a subscription through the App Store will be given the option of providing the publisher with their name, e-mail address and zip code when they subscribe. The use of such information will be governed by the publisher's privacy policy rather than Apple's. Publishers may seek additional information from App Store customers provided those customers are given a clear choice, and are informed that any additional information will be handled under the publisher's privacy policy rather than Apple's.

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European publishers to meet over Apple's new app policies
- 03 Feb 2011

Publishers in Europe are reportedly indignant over Apple's decision to reject Sony's Reader app, and have stated that they are 'confused' with the company's charging policies. The publishers are now gearing up to meet in London later this month to plan their next move.

Grzegorz Piechota, the European president of the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA), has said that the INMA will be meeting with the European Online Publishers Association and the magazine association FIPP. At an invitation-only roundtable on February 17 in London, the groups will compare notes on Apple's new subscription charging rules. The INMA represents about 5,000 members across 80 countries worldwide.

The news follows a recent move by Apple to reject the Sony Reader app from the app store, as it violated certain new terms for in-app subscriptions. Apple says that new apps need to include Apple's own in-app charging option.

Publishers have expressed concern over the apparent lack of transparency in Apple's acceptance or rejection of apps, and its inconsistency in communicating and implementing its new policies. While some publishers have received e-mails in this regard, some have been given informal phone calls. Publishers in Belgium and France are reportedly taking the matter to the authorities, making requests that Apple be investigated by antitrust watchdogs.

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Kindle DTP extends 70 percent royalty option to books sold to Canadian customers
- 24 Jan 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) is extending the 70 percent royalty option to include books sold to Canadian customers. Kindle DTP is also changing its name to Kindle Direct Publishing.

The royalty option is available for books sold to Canadian customers from the Kindle Store for Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, or one of the Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac, Windows Phones and Android-based devices. Authors and publishers worldwide can now receive a 70 percent royalty, net of delivery costs, on the sale of their books to Canadian customers.

Additionally, Amazon announced a name change for the service previously known as Kindle Digital Text Platform, or DTP. The Kindle self-publishing platform will now be known as Kindle Direct Publishing. All former DTP websites will direct rights holders to the new Kindle Direct Publishing homepage at http://kdp.amazon.com.

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OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android now support direct eBook downloads
- 05 Jan 2011

OverDrive, a US-based distributor of e-books, audiobooks and digital content, has released apps for iPhone and Android that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a 'Get Books' feature that guides users to their local library's digital catalogue of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive. This includes institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries.

To download the free OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone and iPod touch, users can visit the Apple AppStore. Owners of Android tablets and phones, including Droid X by Motorola, Samsung GALAXY Tab, Cruz Tablet, and HTC EVO 4G, can find the app in the Android Market.

OverDrive's apps for iPhone and Android give users wireless access to their library's EPUB eBook and MP3 audiobook catalogue without a PC. With the apps, users can create bookmarks and resume from the last point read. The eBook and audiobook titles from the public library automatically expire in the app, so there is never a late fee. In addition, OverDrive supplies 500,000 premium digital titles to custom ecommerce marketplaces for retailers and OEMs worldwide.

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Amazon to unveil free Kindle apps for Android and Windows LCD tablet computers
- 05 Jan 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android- and Windows-based LCD tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store and its selection of books. Like all Kindle apps, the new Kindle apps built for Android and Windows tablet computers will let customers 'Buy Once, Read Everywhere' on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices.

For over two years, Amazon has been building and introducing free 'Buy Once, Read Everywhere' Kindle apps to enable customers to read their Kindle books on various devices and platforms. Last year, it unveiled a Kindle app specifically for the size, look and feel of the iPad and it has become a top 10 free app for iPad, according to Amazon.

The Kindle Store claims to offer the largest selection of books people want to read. Millions of older, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also reportedly available. The Kindle books seek to offer readers many additional advantages. The Buy Once, Read Everywhere apps let readers sync and read their books, last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across Kindle devices and various devices and platforms. The Worry-Free Archive app automatically backs up books and highlights online in the Kindle library where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly anytime on any Kindle device or app.

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Google looking to expand education software sales via app store
- 29 Dec 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly in talks with educational-software companies to help build a marketplace for online learning programmes, an industry whose value is expected to reach $5 billion this year.

The Google Apps Marketplace, an online store that launched in March, already offers games and instructional tools for teachers from companies such as Grockit and Aviary. According to a Google executive, the company is now looking to lure more educational developers and is stepping up efforts to generate revenue from the project.

Software sales for US schools and colleges this year is expected to surpass the 2009 total of $4.6 billion. This could provide a new growth stream for Google, as the company reportedly gets most of its sales from search advertising. It works with schools, providing free word processing, e-mail and spreadsheet programs to students and teachers. It now wants to help outside developers sell applications to educators.

Most software makers with products on Google Apps Marketplace currently collect all revenue from sales generated through the site. According to Google's business development manager for education, Obadiah Greenberg, Google plans to begin taking a 20 percent share of sales in the coming months.

Analysts estimate Google will report sales of $21.7 billion this year, based on the average of projections compiled by Bloomberg. Google's online store for education apps could soon face competition from Apple, which will open a version of its popular App Store for Mac computers on January 6. Apple already has ties to educational-software makers.

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Amazon announces new features on Kindle for Android app
- 20 Dec 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle for Android is the first Kindle app to receive an update that enables users to buy, read, and sync over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines. Kindle for Android users can now buy a single issue or subscribe to the most popular newspapers and magazines, have them automatically delivered to their Android-powered device, and enjoy a full colour reading experience optimised for the touch interface of Android-powered devices.

Additional new features include the ability to seamlessly buy and download Kindle books and periodicals within the Kindle for Android app, share reading progress via social networks, and zoom closer to images and other graphics. The addition of an in-app store optimised for the Android interface enables customers to discover, buy, and download over 750,000 Kindle books without leaving the app. Also, a social network integration allows customers to share their progress in a book using Google's built-in Share functionality.

Kindle for Android claims to be the first major e-book app to offer periodicals on the Android platform. While the new Kindle for Android app is available from Android Market, customers who have already downloaded Kindle for Android will receive the update automatically.

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HighWire launches HighWire Mobile Web Interface for six AHA journals
- 29 Nov 2010

HighWire Press, a not-for-profit division of Stanford University libraries, has announced the launch of the HighWire Mobile Web Interface for six American Heart Association (AHA) journals. The Mobile Web Interface is a publication website optimised for the small screen of smartphone devices.

This is the first of a suite of mobile products from HighWire, which includes an iPhone and iPad full text app as well as a RSS-driven iPhone app and full text Amazon Kindle support. Users accessing sites through an iPhone or Droid smartphone will be detected and automatically sent the HighWire Mobile Web interface.

Designed to streamline the use cases of 'looking up and keeping up', the mobile web interface offers quick access to current issue and archives; a simplified search page; personalisation and authentication; and a strong publisher branding. The mobile sites are currently available for iPhone and Droid (iOS and Android OS) devices. Support for other mobile devices, such as the Blackberry and other smartphones will be added in future releases of the HighWire Mobile Web interface.

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Epocrates acquires Modality, Inc.
- 17 Nov 2010

Point-of-care reference solutions provider Epocrates, Inc., US, has announced it has acquired Modality, Inc. Modality is a premier developer of digital learning, assessment, training and reference applications for Apple mobile devices.

This acquisition is expected to expand Epocrates' product portfolio and accelerate the delivery of innovative clinical solutions for healthcare professionals. Key benefits of the acquisition include diversifying and expanding the breadth of clinical information available at the point-of-care to the Epocrates clinician network; leveraging the power of the iPhone and iPad devices to more rapidly introduce powerful solutions for clinicians; and enhancing the customisation and sophistication of Epocrates' interactive services, such as mobile video details and mobile resource centers.

With more than 175,000 US physicians using an Apple device and Epocrates' #1 ranked drug reference application, it remains the platform of choice among healthcare professionals. With Modality's iOS development expertise, Epocrates will now increase the volume and rapid delivery of new education and resource apps for clinicians.

Since the Apple store launched in 2007, Modality has introduced more than 140 applications for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. Most recently, the iPad device is emerging as an ideal mobile companion for physicians. Epocrates will be focusing early efforts with Modality on developing robust, multi-media applications for the iPad device.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt selects ScrollMotion to develop Algebra 1 curriculum application for iPad
- 16 Nov 2010

Electronic book applications developer ScrollMotion, US, has announced a partnership with global education provider Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), US, to develop its Holt McDougal Algebra 1 application for the iPad.

Launched in September as part of HMH Fuse, a new mode of curriculum delivery, the Algebra 1 iPad application is currently being used in a pilot programme for eighth grade classrooms throughout California. The pilot will compare the performance of students using traditional text books with those using the application.

The new HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 app offers touch-screen access to a complete curriculum in students' preferred medium. Linked, point-of-use graphing tools, tips and hints; animated step-by-step examples and solutions; and a dual-format note-taking feature immerse and engage students in every stage of instruction. Tutorial videos, vocabulary support with links to written and audio definitions, and automatic individualised quiz and assessment grading provide innovative, on-demand assistance to supplement classroom instruction.

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Jouve Group offers direct online e-book conversion for iBookstore
- 15 Nov 2010

XML and e-book conversion services provider Jouve Group, France, has developed an online client platform for Apple's iBookstore, making its industrial conversion solutions available to publishers of all sizes.

Jouve now claims to offer publishers an easy way to directly convert their catalogue to standard or enhanced e-books for the iBookstore. The iBookstore is included with the free iBooks app available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This solution reportedly fits the digital needs of all types of publishers.

The production cost for each title is quoted upfront, and publishers can pay online to start the conversion process immediately. Jouve claims to use a sophisticated digital book production processes to create a unique conversion solution for all project sizes.

The Jouve Group seeks to cover the entire content value chain (creation, conversion, enhancement, print and digital distribution) and claims to be a leading provider of XML and e-book conversion services in Europe and the US. Strengthened by its industrial production capacities, the Jouve Group has reportedly developed a recognised expertise in content creation and digitisation. Digital printing and online solutions have purportedly allowed the group to position itself as a major player in digital print on demand (POD) services.

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Wheater’s Q&A Review of Histology & Basic Pathology App made available on App Store
- 11 Nov 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, and STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, have announced that Wheater's Q&A Review of Histology & Basic Pathology App is now available on the App Store. The app is available for iPhone and iPod touch. It seeks to offer users custom quiz building and assessment tools for 563 USMLE-style questions, including 325 images, spanning 22 pertinent content areas with high quality, full-colour illustrations and photomicrographs.

The Wheater's app includes features such as pan and zoom of more than 300 images; custom quiz building tools to sort questions by content area; stats tracking to gauge overall performance, and detailed results for each content area; question timer to help establish pace; bookmarking to save difficult questions for future study; Question Browser mode for unscored review of all content sections; reference mode to display correct answers immediately for quick review; and shuffle setting to randomise question order within sections or with all sections.

Wheater's Q&A Review of Histology & Basic Pathology App is available from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Modality releases Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy from Elsevier for use in modalityBODY App for iPad
- 10 Nov 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced the release of the Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy from Elsevier for use in the modalityBODY App for iPad. The modalityBODY App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

The complete atlas presents a healthy human body through a variety of modern imaging techniques, and is available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App. Users may also download a free sampler of the Imaging Atlas of the Human Body from the modalityBODY Store within the app, a place where registered users can access and purchase premium content.

The modalityBODY App, currently available in the App Store, allows users to view, organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images in a single library, and create custom image collections for study and reference.

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Amazon offers 70 percent royalty for newspaper and magazine publishers
- 10 Nov 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that magazine and newspaper publishers will soon be eligible to earn a larger share of revenue from each title they sell in the Kindle Store. Starting December 1, 2010, for each magazine or newspaper sold, publishers will be able to earn 70 percent of the retail price, net of delivery costs.

For orders delivered to Kindles using Amazon's Whispernet service, delivery costs are shared between Amazon and the publishers. To qualify for the 70-percent royalty terms, newspapers and magazines must satisfy several customer experience requirements, including: customers should be able to read the title on all Kindle devices and applications; and customers should be able to read the title in all geographies for which the publisher has rights.

These new terms do not apply to blog publishers because existing terms are generally said to be more advantageous for them.

Amazon also announced the Beta release of the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool, which allows publishers to more easily add their newspaper or magazine to the Kindle Store. Publishers can quickly create their account, add content and preview Kindle formatting prior to making their titles available for the fast-growing base of Kindle customers.

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Safari Books Online unveils free iPad app - Safari To Go
- 08 Nov 2010

Safari Books Online, a US-based e-reference joint venture between publishers O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced that it is offering a free app for Apple's iPad which allows subscribers of Safari Books Online to view book content in their library. Subscribers will also be able to view content offline. The free app, called Safari To Go, is available for download now at Apple's iTunes App Store.

Safari Books Online is already available for iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry and Android smartphones on its mobile site, m.safaribooksonline.com. It built the new Safari To Go app from the ground up specifically to leverage iPad capabilities such as pinch-to-zoom and drag and drop functions.

The Safari To Go iPad app includes search technology to help users find exactly what they need by searching the vast collection of books and articles available. Users can also search within the content of a book to pinpoint specific information quickly. Also, it helps users navigate quickly and easily via a simplified, touch screen interface, optimised for iPad users and designed to allow users to quickly start where they left off and spend more time reading and less time searching. Additionally, users can sign up for trials and subscriptions from the application; access the sample content of each book (for non subscribers); gain access to folders and notes with tagging and bookmarking of book content synchronised between the app and the full website; and cache book content to the iPad for offline reading.

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Amazon set to launch Kindle app for Windows Phone 7
- 29 Oct 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will be the first major eBook application available for Windows Phone 7. Scheduled for release later this year, Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will include features that customers already like about all of the Kindle apps, plus new features built into a Kindle app for the first time. This includes personalised book recommendations on the Kindle app home screen and the ability to send a book suggestion to a friend from any book in the library without leaving the app.

Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will let customers 'Buy Once, Read Everywhere' on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Android-based devices and in the coming months, on Windows Phone 7-based devices.

Microsoft demonstrated Kindle for Windows Phone 7 for the first time during the annual Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.

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O'Reilly and Microsoft Press books available for sale on Apple's iBookstore
- 13 Oct 2010

Publisher O'Reilly has announced that nearly 800 O'Reilly Media and Microsoft Press titles are available for sale currently on Apple's iBookstore. The iBookstore is included in the free iBooks app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The more than 600 titles in the iBookstore from O'Reilly include Jeff Potter's Cooking for Geeks, David Pogue's iPhone: The Missing Manual, J. D. Biersdorfer's iPad: The Missing Manual, and Mark Pilgrim's HTML5: Up and Running. Almost 150 Microsoft Press titles are also available, including Steve McConnell's Code Complete, Second Edition; Ed Bott's Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out; and William R. Stanek's Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.

The availability of O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles is limited to the US and Canada iBookstore for now. However, the companies aim to make the full catalogue of titles from O'Reilly, Microsoft Press, and all of their digital distribution clients available in every territory with an iBookstore.

Microsoft Press is a division of Microsoft Corporation, publishing self-paced learning materials on Microsoft products and associated technologies. The editorial development of Microsoft Press products is shared between Microsoft and O'Reilly Media, with O'Reilly handling sales, distribution, customer service and some administrative functions.

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Thieme's Atlas of Anatomy now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App
- 04 Oct 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, and Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., have announced that Thieme's complete Atlas of Anatomy is now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App.

The modalityBODY App, currently available in the App Store, allows users to view, organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images and create custom image collections for study and reference. The modalityBODY App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Thieme's Atlas of Anatomy provides healthcare students and professionals with more than 1500 high quality images with thorough contextual notes. The atlas is organised to lead students step-by-step through each region of the body. Each region opens with the foundational skeletal framework. The subsequent chapters build upon this foundation, adding the muscles, then organs, then vessels, then nerves, and finally presenting topographic anatomy for a comprehensive view. Each unit closes with surface anatomy accompanied by questions that ask the reader to apply knowledge learned for the real-life physical examination of patients.

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Ingram's VitalSource launches Bookshelf application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
- 28 Sep 2010

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., part of Ingram Content Group Inc, US, has announced the availability of the VitalSource Bookshelf application for Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

With the addition of the new VitalSource mobile app, students and faculty can now access their content via integrated download, online, and mobile devices. Notes and highlights made on other VitalSource Bookshelf platforms are synchronised with the new VitalSource Bookshelf iOS app. The VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook app is free and available from Apple's App Store at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Using the new VitalSource Bookshelf iOS app, the full e-textbook, student notes and highlights are downloaded to the device, making it unnecessary to be connected to the Internet to access the full content. VitalSource Bookshelf is the only digital textbook platform providing synchronisation across download, online and mobile delivery methods.

The VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook app supports the full VitalSource library of titles, including popular higher education textbooks, study guides and classics on Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch and other mobile devices.

VitalSource is currently delivering more than 60,000 titles from the world's leading textbook publishers. These include: Elsevier, Pearson, Cengage, Macmillan, John Wiley and Sons, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and others.

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Sharp to launch e-bookstore under cloud-based media service initiative
- 27 Sep 2010

Sharp Corporation, Japan, has announced that it will launch a new cloud-based media service business named 'GALAPAGOS'. The service will aim to provide a new user experience while evolving to meet each customer's changing needs with a network service and device specifically designed for the Japanese market. The first effort in this area will be an e-bookstore service that is planned to begin in December this year. Two compatible tablet terminals have been developed specifically as e-book readers and will be introduced at the same time.

The new e-bookstore is projected to provide an 'Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service' (fee-based service) for periodical publications. The most recent editions of newspapers and magazines a user has subscribed to can be delivered and read by the user's e-book readers. In addition, free trial versions of recommended e-book content can also be delivered to the e-book reader, letting users immediately purchase content of their favour.

Two models of the e-book readers have been developed-a mobile type featuring a 5.5-inch LCD screen that reads like a paperback book, and a home type featuring a 10.8-inch high-resolution HD LCD that allows users to enjoy magazines formatted across a two-page spread.

Sharp will seek to provide for evolving e-book lifestyles by further enriching the content available through the service, and by expanding the functions of compatible terminal devices.

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Amazon.com upgrades Kindle for Android App
- 24 Sep 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle for Android, the free application that lets readers worldwide enjoy Kindle books on their Android-powered devices, now includes a number of new features.

With the latest update, Kindle for Android now enables customers to search the full text of Kindle books by voice or text, seamlessly look up words and phrases in Wikipedia, lock screen orientation in portrait or landscape mode, and view details about a book on Shelfari, the books-focused social networking site - all without leaving the app.

Additionally, Kindle for Android claims to be the only reading app for Android-based devices that allows readers to add notes and highlights to books, and have them automatically synchronised between devices. The app is available from Android Market and customers who have already downloaded the app will receive the update automatically.

The free Kindle apps allow customers to discover and read over 700,000 books in the US Kindle Store. This includes the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read.

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Modality releases four new content sets from Elsevier for use in modalityBODY App for iPad
- 09 Sep 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced the release of four new content sets from STM publisher Elsevier for use in the modalityBODY App for iPad. Netter's Advanced Head and Neck Flash Cards, Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards, Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy, and Netter's Musculoskeletal Flash Cards are now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App.

The modalityBODY App allows users to view, organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images and create custom image collections for study and reference. The store within the app offers a variety of anatomical and medical imaging atlases and flash cards, all with native iPad image quality. Users may combine these collections with their own images to create a robust library of anatomical reference material. Custom structure labels and annotations may be added to any image, and a powerful visual cross-referencing index is maintained for all structures across all volumes in the app.

The modalityBODY App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore. A variety of paid and free premium content sets are available for In App Purchase or download from within the app.

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NASA unveils new mobile application for the iPad
- 06 Sep 2010

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has unveiled NASA App HD, a new mobile application designed for the iPad. The application is available free of charge at the App Store from Apple.

NASA App HD features live streaming video from NASA Television, an interactive map with links to all of the agency's field centers, quick links to feature stories and launch schedules, a scrolling 'alerts banner', and a 'NASA Featured' link. The first featured link focuses on women in space.

The app's landing page features the solar system, where users can learn more about our neighborhood, the universe and NASA missions. The app also enables users to experience and search updated, higher resolution NASA Image of the Day and Astronomy Picture of the Day collections and agency videos on demand.

The NASA App is available for free on the App Store for iPad or at: http://www.iTunes.com/AppStore.

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Modality expands content offering for modalityBODY iPad App
- 12 Aug 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced the release of three new premium content sets for use in the modalityBODY App for iPad. Clemente's Anatomy Flash Cards, Moore's Clinical Anatomy Flash Cards, and Rohen's Photographic Anatomy Flash Cards, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, are now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY Store.

The free modalityBODY App allows users to organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images and create custom image collections for study and reference. Users may create their own medical image reference library from commercially available anatomical and medical imaging atlases and flash cards, as well as clinical case images and notes created by users themselves or drawn from publicly available open source databases.

Images may be annotated with custom labels to identify anatomical structures and mark important features. As images and notes are added to modalityBODY, they are simultaneously added to the app's local database, which can be searched to locate specific anatomical landmarks and data points anywhere within the user's entire modalityBODY library.

The modalityBODY App for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. A variety of paid and free premium content sets are available for In App Purchase or download from within the app.

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Modality, Inc facilitates board prep for medical students with sixteen USMLE apps
- 16 Jul 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced that medical students are embracing USMLE prep on iPhone and iPod touch with its popular line of medical education and test prep apps. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a required three-step examination that tests students' preparedness for medical practice.

Modality's USMLE prep apps offer blocks of 50 to more than 1,000 board-style questions for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3, from leading brands like First Aid, Lange, PreTest, and USMLE Consult. Questions are categorised according to content area, allowing users to build customised quizzes based on their study preferences at any given time. Detailed statistics indicate the user's strong and weak spots to deliver a more streamlined approach to studying. Question browser mode provides unscored review of all content sections, and each app includes the ability to bookmark and save specific questions for further study.

Modality's USMLE test prep catalog spans 16 apps, including First Aid Q&A for USMLE (Steps 1 and 2 CK), created in partnership with McGraw-Hill Professional; Lange Q&A: USMLE (Steps 1, 2 CK and 3), created in partnership with McGraw-Hill Professional; PreTest USMLE Step 2CK Review (Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery), created in partnership with McGraw-Hill Professional; and USMLE Consult: Step 1 (Blocks 1, 2, and 3), created in partnership with Elsevier.

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Amazon introduces price cuts with launch of latest version of Kindle
- 02 Jul 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has introduced the latest version of its e-book reader, Kindle, at a price of $379, down from $489. The Kindle DX e-reader has been updated to include a new graphite enclosure and high contrast electronic ink display. It also offers free 3G wireless connection with no monthly bills or annual contracts, as the earlier model did.

This is reportedly the second price cut for Amazon's line of e-readers over the past two weeks. Only last week, the company cut down the price of its Kindle with a 6-inch screen to $189 from the original $222. The announcement came hours after bookstore chain Barnes & Noble lowered the price of its Nook e-reader to $199 from $234. Media reports indicate that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble could be forced to further cut prices to compete with Apple's iPad, which also functions as an e-book reader.

The Kindle Store currently has over 620,000 books. More than 200,000 books have been added to the US Kindle Store over the past six months. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.

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Amazon's selection of free Kindle apps expands to include Kindle for Android
- 30 Jun 2010

Amazon.com, Inc., a US-based multinational e-commerce company, has announced that its suite of free Kindle reading apps now includes Kindle for Android. Customers worldwide can now download this free application from Android Market and benefit from Amazon's vast selection of Kindle books on their Android-powered devices.

The free Kindle apps allow customers in the US to discover and read over 620,000 books in the Kindle Store. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android includes Amazon's Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronises a customer's books and bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and now Android-powered phones.

Android-powered device owners can now search and browse more than 620,000 books; read the first chapter of books for free before they decide to buy; access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon's servers for free; synchronise last page read between their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Android-powered phone; customise background color, font color, and font size to help ease eyestrain; read in portrait or landscape mode, tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages; and adjust screen brightness from within the app to make reading easier. Several features will be added to Kindle for Android in the near future, including full text search and purchasing of Kindle books from within the app.

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iPad sales hit three million
- 23 Jun 2010

Apple Inc., a US-based multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers, has announced that sales of iPad has topped three million in just 80 days after its introduction in the US. iPad allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate and intuitive way.

Developers have created over 11,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for iPhone or iPod touch.

Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's multi-touch user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds

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Adtech offers online ad delivery service targeted at iPad owners
- 18 Jun 2010

Digital marketing solutions provider Adtech, US, part of AOL Advertising, has announced support for delivering online advertising across the new iPad from Apple. Available immediately, Adtech will now help its publisher, agency and ad network customers to specifically target iPad owners on the web.

An increasingly number of ads are now seen to contain Flash elements. As Apple devices reject Flash, iPad users can be concisely identified, according to Adtech representatives. It is expected that Adtech customers can use the targeting to deliver Flash-free ads to iPad. The company's solution for iPad seeks to help agencies, ad networks and publishers ensue that the ads are properly presented and reach the users.

iPads are identified through the browser ID. To allow users to access the Internet, Apple has preinstalled an extra version of its Safari browser on the device. When they book campaigns, advertisers can now choose the iPhone, xBox, Playstation as well as the iPad as a browser. Adtech customers have the option to book advertising specifically for the iPad on the adserver.

The Adtech solution is currently browser-recognition based. The company is additionally working on various other options to identify mobile devices.

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New PLoS Journals iPad application now available
- 17 Jun 2010

Open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS) has released an iPad app that covers all PLoS Journals. The new PLoS iPad app is available for free from the App Store.

PLoS claims to be one of the first academic journal publishers to offer an iPad version of its journals. The PLoS Journals iPad application allows users to browse and share from anywhere over 3G or Wifi; keep an archive of articles for offline reading; turn pages with a satisfying flick and scroll between them; and magnify pages.

PLoS is a nonprofit organisation of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. Earlier this month, the organisation restructured its search capability to deliver an improved scholarly publishing search experience. The new search engine is claimed to be significantly faster than before and also return more relevant results with many ways to narrow, broaden, filter or sort.

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Echocardiography Atlas offers interactive application related to cardiac pathology
- 14 Jun 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced that its Echocardiography Atlas is available at a promotional price during the ongoing American Society of Echocardiography 21st Annual Scientific Sessions in San Diego, CA.

The app comprises 250 annotated images and 189 videos, encompassing a range of cardiac pathology. Edited by Dr. Scott D. Solomon of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Echocardiography Atlas is designed as a native application for iPhone and iPod touch, and is compatible with iPad.

According to Modality, the app presents users with 12 chapters of normal and abnormal echocardiograms, encompassing a wide range of cardiac pathology. It utilises a custom viewer solution created by Modality that allows users to watch detailed, looping echocardiograms. Leveraging the Multi-Touch user interface of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, users may zoom and pan while the stacked images play, or pause to manipulate frame by frame. Like all Modality apps, content is locally stored on the device. This is seen to enable the delivery of rapid access, without the need for a network connection.

The Echocardiography Atlas app is available from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Kno Inc launches digital textbook and learning platform
- 07 Jun 2010

Digital textbook and learning platform developer Kno Inc., US, recently announced a beta programme with four higher education publishers including Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson and Wiley.

Under the new initiative, publishers participating in the beta programme will provide select digital resources and content for an in-classroom beta programme that will launch fall 2010 at major universities and colleges across the country. The purpose of the beta programme is to validate the effectiveness of digital content within the Kno device and platform.

Kno, which was officially launched at the D8 2010 conference, is a two-panel tablet that blends the intuitive experience of the conventional textbook with a rich digital world of video, note-taking, sharing and more. Its open platform encourages publishers and developers to create and distribute innovative education applications and content.

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European publishers approach iPad cautiously
- 02 Jun 2010

A recent report by The Bookseller states that Apple is yet to reach a deal with European publishers for its iBookstore. Four major UK publishers struck last minute deals with Apple, stocking the international iBookstore with new eBooks. It has been observed that Europeans are being far more cautious than Americans when it comes to tablet computers.

Mathias Dopfner, CEO of German publishing house Axel Springer, sees the iPad 'as delivering what we were all waiting for'. Springer has already expanded its iKiosk iPad application to include its tabloid Bild, Hamburger Abendblatt, Bild am Sonntag and Berliner Morgenpost in addition to its digital editions of Welt am Sonntag, Welt and Welt Kompakt. German iPad users can use the iKiosk app for free for 30 days and then choose between several subscription models.

However, Swiss publisher Michael Ringier is of the opinion that it is good journalism and not gadgets that are going to save newspapers. Many European publishers, who had not launched iPad apps when European sales began May 28, have reportedly supported Ringier's views. According to a recent article published in Followthemedia, the differences that the leaders of these two major European publishing houses have when it comes to tablets is an example of how European mindsets on the iPad are far apart.

The iPad went on sale in Europe on May 28. Media reports indicate that European iPad enthusiasm seems somewhat muted. According to Ringier, it will take several years before the iPad reaches the business environment and he is not looking for it to be print's savior. Europe's largest magazine publisher, Gruner +Jahr (Bertelsmann) is not happy with the way Apple regulates its app system. Gruner + Jahr decided to go with another tablet, WePad, where it can control content. In addition, one of Europe's largest media players, Bertelsmann, is also not going near the iPad. Bertelsmann does not approve of the 30 percent of revenue that goes to Apple for selling electronic books on the iPad.

Europeans are reportedly not very impressed with the publishing apps they have seen in the US. They are still clueless about what readers will be willing to pay. The most prevalent European view, as of now, seems to be to wait and see how the likes of Springer actually do before adopting the device.

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iPad sales hit two million
- 01 Jun 2010

Apple Inc., a US-based multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers, has announced that sales of its latest product, iPad, has topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate and intuitive way. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's Multi-Touch user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs 1.5 pounds.

Developers have created over 5,000 new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for iPhone or iPod touch.

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Kindle App for iPad now available globally
- 31 May 2010

Amazon.com, Inc., a US-based multinational e-commerce company, has announced that its Kindle App for iPad is now available in all countries where the iPad is offered. The app lets users select from hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronises customers' last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad and more.

Customers in the US can choose from over 550,000 books available in the Kindle Store, including new releases and bestsellers. The Kindle Store claims to be the only place to find tens of thousands of books added to the Kindle Store by authors and publishers using Kindle's self-service platform. Customers can search for a specific book or browse by genre or author, and can take advantage of all the features that customers enjoy in the Kindle Store, including Amazon.com customer reviews, personalised recommendations and editorial reviews.

The Kindle App user interface is tailored to the large size, look and feel of iPad. According to the company, the new user interface with bold colours, animation and seamless user experience make Kindle on iPad a unique reading experience. In addition, Kindle App for iPad offers an interactive experience with page turn animation designed to replicate the look of a page turning in a book. Customers who prefer a simpler, unadorned reading experience can choose the 'Basic Reading Mode' option and turn off animation.

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The iPad model can bring developments in management and efficiency in developing nations
- 17 May 2010

While Apple Inc. has focused its sales of the iPad in the West, the most interesting market for iPad-like tablet devices in countries like India could be small businesses and start-ups, according to a recent post in the Wall Street Journal. The post, authored by Alok Mittal, General Partner, Canaan India, states that many of these businesses outside India's tech sector are yet to adopt the PC platform due to high initial investments, unreliable connectivity and weak infrastructure. Their usage could bring developments in management and efficiency.

Such factors have been a barrier to the development of small businesses. The alleged intrusiveness of PCs has kept non-tech businesses behind other countries in terms of using technology as a tool. On the other hand, telecom companies in India have witnessed huge growth due to affordability of devices that merge data services and communication.

By initiating this technology to small businesses in India or other developing nations, a company could marry the convenience of the large-screen touch model to the ease of telecom services, improving management processes in small businesses, says Mittal. He further notes that for decades, IT solution providers have thought about hardware (largely, PC platforms) and software as building blocks. Alternatively, telecom has always been about turnkey managed services managing network connectivity and customer service. With what Apple has achieved over the past few years through the launch of the iPhone, iPod and iPad, which provide not just the software or hardware, but also the related service, those paradigms are seen to be merging.

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Apple issues fix note for iPad Wi-Fi problems
- 14 May 2010

Apple Inc. has reportedly issued a support notice to deal with iPad owners who have complained about problems with connecting the portable device to wireless networks.

In a statement issued by the company, it will issue a fix in a future iPad software update for 'remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues'. However, it was unclear whether the fixes will be implemented in software or if there are other issues within the iPad itself.

Reports of Wi-Fi connection issues first appeared following the release of the Wi-Fi-only iPad model, in early April. One of the most reported problems was weak or fluctuating signal strength, resulting in slow downloads. Apple also published some temporary fixes at that time.

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Verizon, Google working jointly to bring out iPad rival
- 12 May 2010

Internet search services provider Google Inc., US, and wireless carrier Verizon Wireless, US, will reportedly work together to develop a tablet computer similar to Apple’s iPad. The initiative is part of an expanding relationship between the two firms. Last year, Verizon heavily publicised the Motorola Droid, which runs Google's Android software.

Media reports indicate that Verizon has declined to discuss details on the timing or the manufacturer of such a tablet. More details are expected shortly. According to a Google spokesman, anyone will be able to use the company's mobile software to create phones and other devices.

While the wireless business is still largely about phones, devices such as e-readers, tablet computers and netbooks are seen as a fast growing market. It has been observed that consumers are increasingly interested in wireless devices that can surf the Internet or run software applications. Carriers are now trying to tap that interest to balance declining revenue from phone calls.

Google is reportedly working with carriers and hardware makers to create lightweight computers that run its software. As rivals such as Apple launch tablets like the iPad, Google is seeking to drive the adoption of its online software and advertising system through its own partnerships.

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Apple Inc. announces iPad availability in nine more countries
- 10 May 2010

Apple Inc. has announced that its latest product, iPad, will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, beginning May 28, 2010. Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple’s online store in all nine countries, beginning May 10.

Apple has already sold over one million iPads in the US and customers have downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store, as well as over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.

The App Store on iPad lets you wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the world’s largest app store. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for iPhone or iPod touch. Developers have created more than 5,000 new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

Apple plans to release iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July 2010. The company will announce availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.

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User disapproval, anti-trust probe may impede iPad sales, say reports
- 04 May 2010

Computing devices manufacturer Apple, US, has reportedly announced significant sales for its newly launched device, iPad. However, according to industry observers, complaints from certain sections of users and regulators may impede further sales.

Regulators in the US are reportedly set to launch an antitrust inquiry on Apple's decision to restrict the use of third-party, cross-platform tools by developers to create applications for the iPad and the iPhone. This is particularly seen to apply to the use of Adobe Systems tools. Also, some users have reported problems in watching video via the 3G-enabled iPads.

A federal inquiry may also hurt iPad sales, according to media reports. The inquiry is seen to reflect the dissatisfaction of some developers over the restrictions placed on them by Apple. For instance, each iPhone and iPad app is required to undergo an approval process. Apple has also barred large groups of programmes, inclusive of pornographic ones.

The cross-platform tools banned by Apple reportedly make it easier for developers to create apps that can run on various devices, such as BlackBerrys and gadgets based on Google's Android software. Apple representatives argue that such tools do not work well with the company’s devices, and that the resultant apps may delay the incorporation of other new features in the devices.

Since the device is neither pocket-sized nor features a keyboard, the benefits are not immediately visible to users, should Apple should explain them more explicitly, critics feel.

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Media firms devising marketing strategies centered on iPad
- 27 Apr 2010

Video asset management systems firm KIT digital recently conducted a survey, according to which 76.8 percent of senior marketing executives believe an iPad video strategy is crucial to their company's success. Ever since Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the company's plans to release the iPad tablet device, experts have been viewing the new device as the saviour of traditional media. Just under a week after launch, Apple sold 450,000 iPad units, witnessing 3.5 million iPad application downloads and over 600,000 iBook downloads. According to data from web metrics firm NetApplications.com, the iPad already accounts for 0.03 percent of all online traffic. In contrast, Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform reportedly captures 0.04 percent.

While several media giants are betting heavily on the device, rival content providers are introducing competing apps of their own. iPad is seen to enable new entertainment formats and opportunities. It also introduces mobile marketing possibilities, heralding a new, interactive channel to reach consumers. The iPad’s capacity to seamlessly integrate ads into applications and media content is observed to set it apart from previous marketing channels. Publishers and advertisers are presently formulating their approaches to decide what works and what doesn't on the iPad.

With the iPad set to enable new, multimedia-centric developments that revolutionise traditional print formats, publishers are already experimenting with both advertising and content. Earlier last month, it was reported that Time magazine had signed marketing agreements with Fidelity Investments, Unilever, Toyota and at least three other brands willing to pay over $200,000 apiece for a single ad spot in each of the first eight issues of the newsweekly's iPad edition.

Geolocation is reportedly the most revolutionary dimension of the iPad marketing paradigm. The iPad with WiFi and the WiFi + 3G models triangulate user whereabouts to enable location-specific services. While it is not possible to accurately anticipate how dramatically the iPad will shape and reinvent the digital marketing landscape, it is expected that the impact will be significant.

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Israel lifts ban on iPad imports
- 26 Apr 2010

Israel has lifted its ban on imports of the iPad. The country had recently banned imports of the iPad citing concerns that the gadget's wireless signals could disrupt other devices. Apple's tablet computer will now be allowed in the country after a ban lead to confiscation of the device at airports.

Israeli officials had then said that the ban is simply a precaution to assure that the iPad doesn't affect wireless devices already in use in the country. Though Israeli standards are similar to those in many European nations, Israel was the only country so far to officially ban imports of the device. The Communications Ministry has said that iPads would be allowed to be imported beginning Sunday, limited to one per person, and that confiscated devices would be returned.

The iPad combines the features of a notebook computer with the touch-pad functions of the iPod. The product went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad’s international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing strong demand for the device in the US.

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Thieme and Modality, Inc. partner to deliver content via modalityBODY App
- 22 Apr 2010

Thieme Publishers, part of STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that a free sampling of anatomy illustrations and clinical content from the Atlas of Anatomy is now available for use on iPad, via the newly released modalityBODY App. This sampler highlights the exquisite illustrations and unique features of the Atlas, including schematics, multiple image views, muscle facts, and radiographs. More of Thieme's anatomy content will be available for In-App purchase within modalityBODY in the coming weeks.

The free modalityBODY App, created by Modality, Inc., offers an anatomy and medical image reference and training solution for health sciences professionals. Users of the modalityBODY App for iPad will be able to create their own medical image reference library from Thieme’s atlas and flash card products, as well as clinical case images and notes created by users themselves or drawn from publicly available open source databases. Images may be annotated with custom labels to identify anatomical structures and mark important features. As images are added to modalityBODY, they are simultaneously added to the app’s local database, which can be searched to locate specific anatomical landmarks and data points anywhere within the user’s entire modalityBODY library. Fast access to Google, PubMed, and other web sources for additional information on specific structures is available with a network connection. In addition to interacting with images individually, users have the option to view Thieme content in modalityBODY’s Page Mode, which displays content as it appears on the printed page.

Atlas of Anatomy is based on the work of Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, and Udo Schumacher and is edited by Anne M. Gilroy, Brian R. MacPherson, and Lawrence M. Ross. Illustrations are by Markus Voll and Karl Wesker. Anatomy Flash Cards feature illustrations from Atlas of Anatomy and are edited by Anne Gilroy.

The modalityBODY App for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Publishing Technology set to launch iPhone and iPad App for IngentaConnect
- 21 Apr 2010

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced its forthcoming iPhone and iPad App for its flagship collection of e-publications - IngentaConnect. IngentaConnect hosts 4.5 million articles from 13,500 publications and has 2.5 million users.

To coincide with IngentaConnect’s iphone and iPad App, development of a Mobile Web version of the platform will also be launched soon. Publishing Technology has partnered with Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), a fast growing technology company serving the global mobile and digital interactive markets. MIG will team with Publishing Technology to deliver a function-based version of the site, specifically designed with users’ access needs whilst on the move. IngentaConnect’s Mobile functions will include a full-text search, bookmarking via My IngentaConnect or social bookmarking through 14 of the largest and most popular social bookmarking sites it supports, as well as managing subject based alerting via RSS and email and article by article publishing for ‘ahead of print’ content.

There is an increasing demand from academic publishers to make their content available in developing countries. IngentaConnect customers will now be able to make their content accessible on the Mobile Web, compatible with all devices, regardless of brand, age and advanced feature capabilities.

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Colleges delay iPad use over network stability issues
- 20 Apr 2010

Apple Inc.'s iPad, lauded by many as the next wave in education technology, is reportedly having difficulty being accepted at the Princeton University and George Washington University due to network stability issues. Additionally, Cornell University is also facing connectivity problems with the device. The university also cited concerns regarding bandwidth overload.

Issues such as these could be a major setback for Apple, which targeted the higher education market by highlighting the iPad's portability and availability of e- books. Some higher education insiders also worry that there is not adequate educational content available via the iBookstore application.

Princeton University recently said that it has blocked about 20 percent of the devices from its network. The university noticed that the malfunctions could affect the entire school's computer system. According to a statement on the school's website, Princeton is working with Apple to resolve the issue. Earlier this month, George Washington University said that its wireless network's security features do not support the iPad. It could take until next spring before the iPad operating system is fully supported on the university's network.

Many school networks are however accepting iPads without problem. Some universities are even embracing the device. However, even these schools accept that the device has its drawbacks.

According to industry analysts and professors, schools will not fully embrace iPads until textbook publishers offer more digital resources that go beyond e-versions of hard copy books. They note that it would be more difficult to translate educational books into e-books as they often include mathematical formulas, graphs and other non-standard-text material.

The iPads went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad's international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing heavy sales in the US. The company reportedly sold over 500,000 iPads the first week the product was in stores.

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Israel bans Apple's iPad over Wi-Fi concerns‎
- 19 Apr 2010

Israel recently announced a new regulation which bans imports of the iPad, Apple Inc.'s latest product, citing concerns that the gadget's wireless signals could disrupt other devices. Customs officials have recently confiscated about 10 of the lightweight tablet computers. The ban does not allow anyone, including tourists, to carry iPads into Israel unless certified by officials that they comply with local transmitter standards.

The US Federal Communications Commission allows devices with Wi-Fi capability to broadcast at higher power levels than are allowed in Europe and Israel. According to Nati Schubert, a senior deputy director for the Communications Ministry, the iPad's stronger signal could throw off others' wireless connections. Some Israelis however successfully got the popular devices into Israel before the ban was imposed. Amnon, a software developer who legally brought an iPad into Israel, said that he and other high-tech businessmen need the iPad to develop new applications for the device.

The iPad combines the features of a notebook computer with the touch-pad functions of the iPod. The product went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad's international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing heavy sales in the US.

Israeli officials have said that the ban is simply a precaution to assure that the iPad doesn't affect wireless devices already in use in the country. Though Israeli standards are similar to those in many European nations, Israel is the only country so far to officially ban imports.

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John Wiley & Sons develop new online tool to compare eReaders
- 09 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has developed eReaderResource.com to help consumers tap into the power of an eReader to change the way they receive knowledge and entertainment no matter what the source.

Today, eReaders can carry thousands of titles, providing convenience and opportunities for reading. The new site developed by John Wiley & Sons examines what an eReader is, what can be done with it, and which of the available devices is best on an individual basis.

eReaderResource.com has gathered information about the various eReaders available to help consumers figure out which one is best for them. The eReaders that the site examines and compares include Amazon Kindle 2, Amazon Kindle DX, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iPad, Cybook Gen 3, Cybook Opus, IREX DR 1000s, IREX Dr 800, IREX Iliad 2 Standard, Skiff Reader, Sony Daily Edition, Sony Pocket, & Sony Touch.

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Baker & Taylor to offer Elsevier content on e-reader software Blio
- 10 Mar 2010

Baker & Taylor, Inc., a US-based distributor of physical and digital books, has announced an agreement with STM publisher Elsevier to provide highly-formatted content on Blio. Created by knfbReading Technology, Blio is an e-reader software application powered by Baker & Taylor.

By leveraging relationships with the publishing community and its digital technology partners LibreDigital and knfbReading, Baker & Taylor seeks to increase the content offered on Blio. With over 44,000 customers across 120 countries, the company claims to have a global reach that allows it to provide enhanced content management and distribution for the e-reader application.

By the end of the year, Elsevier plans to launch 8,000-9,000 titles, including titles within its life science, physical sciences and professional lists. The company’s Focal Press has plans to introduce enhanced titles with embedded media on Blio for its post production list, including titles with 3-D effects.

Blio, featuring print-to-speech (for rights-enabled titles) and full-colour 3-D technologies, was created by Ray Kurzweil. It is projected to deliver a highly advanced, flexible and open reading platform. Blio is also hardware neutral, meaning it works on a number of devices, including personal computers, laptops, netbooks and iPhones, apart from up and coming tablets.

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