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10 Best Book Websites by Timesonline

October 20, 2009 1 comment

Literature is thriving on the web. It’s not just for sale on mega-sites such as Amazon either, but being swapped, analysed and recommended by fellow bookworms. You can download page after page of free material, post your work online and — dare we say it — even catch the eye of a publisher.

1 DailyLit.comdailylit

Fancy a daily dose of literature? Just sign up, select a book (the emphasis is on out-of-copyright classics, and most are free), then set aside a few minutes a day to read the pages the site e-mails to you at whatever time you choose. The text is readable on a computer and most mobile devices.

2 Shelfari.com

shelfariDescribed as a “social network for people who love books”, this site consists of a lot of people cataloguing the books they have on their shelves then indulging in some lively literary banter. For a similar proposition, check out LibraryThing.com .

3 RareBookRoom.org

You’ll probably never get your hands on a first-edition Shakespeare, but thisrarebookroom is the next-best thing: 400 priceless literary treasures scanned in ultra high-resolution, now yours to peruse online.

4 FreeBookSpot.com

A goldmine of downloadable textbooks, saved as PDFs, meaning that unlikefreebookspot most electronic book formats, the diagrams and illustrations are preserved. Most take less than 60 seconds to download over broadband.

5 Authonomy.com

authonomyLaunched last year by HarperCollins, the publisher, this site allows aspiring authors to upload their novels and have them read — and judged — by fellow members. It has already identified some up-and-coming talent, and the best offerings are now being printed.

6 Books.google.com

Also known as Google Book Search, this is a gateway to all manner of freegooglebook book and magazine content, much of it downloadable. The search function is particularly strong, and is able to pull up specific text buried in any of the umpteen-million pages the company has scanned to date.

7 Blurb.com

blurbGot a book in you? Use Blurb’s free software to lay it out, then upload it, and the site will make it into a real paperback, with prices starting at around a fiver.

8 BookCrossing.com

BookCrossing is the practice of leaving a book you’ve read for someone else bookcrossingto pick up by following your online directions. Nearly 800,000 people in 130 countries are involved.

9 LibriVox.org

librivoxThis is the home of free, downloadable audiobooks — mainly classics and read by volunteers. It may be the only way you get to hear Dickens read in a Liverpool accent.

10 Goodreads.com

goodreadsDescribed as “the world’s largest reading room”, the site is home to an active and well-informed community of bookworms.

 

 Source: Timesonline (12th July, The Sunday Times -Ingear)

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Google Fast Flip: Discover and Share News Articles

September 19, 2009 Leave a comment

googlefast flipGoogle Fast Flip is a web application that lets users discover and share news articles. It combines qualities of print and the Web, with the ability to “flip” through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. It also enables users to follow friends and topics, discover new content and create their own custom magazines around searches.

Google Fast Flip is an online free news reader that’s about reading news online but in newspaper style. One look at the way Google Fast Flip operates and you will get the idea. Google already delivers news content via Google News. With this new Google Labs web application, Google is attempting to promote a different way to read news. Something to which we are more accustomed with our morning brew.

The visual way of reading news is supposed to be free news reader with a more intuitive and faster experience. A news portal loads elements like images, videos, podcasts and Flash ads. This slows down content delivery when all we want is just scan the headlines and move on to a news snippet of interest. Google Fast Flip tries to speed up this process by giving a way to ‘flip through’ pages in the manner of a newspaper without any time lags.

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  • Popular is what’s hot and breaking. Follow what’s being recommended or most viewed across the news world.
  • Sections are more like pages of specific news subjects like politics, world news,  sci-tech, sports, health, travel etc.
  • Topics are just that, a subject matter that’s being discussed .
  • Sources are the snapshots of news aggregated from the news/magazine websites.

See.  http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/

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Google Power Searching Tips for Students

April 7, 2009 Leave a comment

googleGoogle is the go-to search engine for both students and librarians. But with so much information on the web, it can be difficult to navigate Google and find exactly what you are looking for. The following Google power searching tips are designed to eliminate this common difficulty and lead you to the relevant information you need.

Useful Google Search Engines for Students and Universities

o Google University Search – Google’s University Search makes it easy to find information on university sites. University Search is great for students who are looking for information about admissions, programs, libraries and alumni news.

o Google Scholar – Google Scholar is the search engine to use when looking for search2scholarly literature, including papers, abstracts and citations. The most relevant results are guaranteed to appear on the first page.

o Google News Archive Search – This Google engine makes it easy to search historical archives. You can search by keyword and select news from relevant time periods.

o Google Blog Search – This Google search engine is entirely focused on blogs. You can explore by topic, site or keyword.

o Google Book Search – When you use Google Book Search, you can search the full text of books, see a preview of a book and use links to buy or borrow books from a store of library.

o Google Video Google Video hosts the most comprehensive collection of videos on the web. You can use this engine to find everything from documentaries and TV shows to syndicated web programming and personal productions.

o Google Advanced Search – The advanced search feature of Google is a fantastic way to get precise results. You can narrow your search down by file type, date range, language and much more.

Power Searching Tutorials

o Google Power Search Tutorial – This tutorial from Google teaches you how to use the Google search engine to get the best results. The tips are brief and offer specific examples to show you what type of results you can expect based on what you type into a Google search engine.

o Google Improve Your Search Tutorial – You can learn general tips to improve your Google search when you read this Google tutorial. The tutorial offers information on how to find everything from currency conversions to dictionary definitions.

o The Essentials of Google Search – This Google tutorial offers tips to help you choose the most appropriate search terms.

o Google Guide – Google Guide is an interactive tutorial that is specifically designed to help people learn how to make the most of Google search engines. The site offers separate sections for novices, teens and experts.

o 12 Quick Tips to Search Google Like an Expert – This HubSpot tutorial is a quick read and is best suited to people who want to brush up on Google skills and learn a couple of new power searching tricks.

o 101 Google Tips, Tricks and Hacks – This TechRadar.com tutorial offers 101 proven tips for using Google. Tips are short and easy to read through and offer valuable information for Google searchers at any level.

o Advanced Scholar Search Tips – This Google tutorial teaches you how to add ‘operators’ to improve your search experience and offers tips to help you use Google Scholar to its full potential.

Videos to Help You Use Google More Efficiently

o Google Search Tutorial – This five-minute video tutorial is based on the ‘Basic Search Help’ section of Google.com. It is best suited to students and universities who are looking for basic Google search tips.

o Teach Students How to Search Google – This seven-minute video is designed for people who want to teach other people how to search Google more effectively.

o How to Search Specific Sites with Google – This three-minute video teaches viewers how to search for information on a specific website using the traditional Google search engine.

o Advanced Google Search Tips – This eight-minute PowerPoint presentation from TeacherTube video offers step-by-step instructions to using Google’s advanced search features.

o Get Your Google On – This twelve-minute video from Locker Gnome offers a great selection of advanced search tips written by Google users.

o Google Search Tips – This eight-minute YouTube video offers an interview with Google’s senior engineer, who offers genuinely helpful Google search tips.

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Free Top Scholar Videos from Academic Earth

April 1, 2009 Leave a comment

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Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars are freely available at Academic Earth (http://academicearth.org). Subjects covering  Astronomy, Chemistry, computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion from different universities such as Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Prince ton, Stanford, Yale.Academic Earth is an organization where more and higher quality educational content becomes available online for free.

See.: http://academicearth.org

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Project Gutenberg:the first producer of free electronic books (ebooks)

January 9, 2009 Leave a comment

projectgutenburg1Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.
• There are over 27,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.
• A grand total of over 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources.
For detail and more: http://www.gutenberg.org/

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IndCat: Online Union Catalogue of Indian Universities

November 23, 2008 1 comment

IndCat is unified Online Library Catalogues of books, theses and journals available in major university libraries in India. The union database contains bibliographic description, location and holdings information for books, journals and theses in all subject areas available in more than 112 university libraries across the country. This database is prepared by INFLIBNET. A Web-based interface is designed to provide easy access to the merged catalogues. This new interface has additional features of advanced search, search within the single library, and restrict the search to one particular state. The records can be downloaded and can easily merged in to SOUL software or any another software which adheres to MARC 21.

 

The IndCat is a major source of bibliographic information that can be used for inter-library loan, collections development as well as for copy cataloguing and retro-conversion of bibliographic records. The IndCat consists three components available in open access to users and librarians.

 

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  • Books: Over ten millions bibliographical records of books from more than 112 university libraries. 
  • Theses: Doctoral theses submitted to various Indian universities till date.
  • Serials: Currently subscribed journals by the universities and holdings information on serials available in various university libraries.

 

Database                                     No.of Records                                   No. of Universities

Books                                            10697998                                             112

Theses                                          220206                                                  238

Current Series                               22471                                                    200

Serial Holdings                             50164                                                    89

For moredetail & access link: http://unicat.inflibnet.ac.in:8080/unicat/

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Gateway to open-access reserch document:nzresearch.org.nz

November 11, 2008 Leave a comment

nzresearch_org_nznzresearch.org.nz is a gateway to the open-access research documents produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions throughout New Zealand.

This gateway harvested research document metadata from around New Zealand and collected it in one place. You can use this website to search for research, look up specific subjects or authors, browse the research in various ways, and keep abreast of emerging research activity.

For more deatil visit: http://nzresearch.org.nz/

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