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The Title Source? II Releases Version 2.3
Baker & Taylor, Inc.( 03/06/2000 )
Electronic Business and Information Services (EBIS), Baker & Taylor's information services unit, released a new version of its Internet bibliographic database, The Title Source? II, with several new enhancements.
EBIS' The Title Source II version 2.3 - a subscription product for verified bibliographic information on the Internet - now includes links to ElectricPress.com's page-by-page book browsing service, enhanced bibliographic record printed reports, a larger note field, flexible MARC record downloading and the ability to extend a user's log-on period.
The Title Source II provides booksellers, librarians and publishers current book and entertainment title information. The database is updated daily and includes bibliographic data on current, upcoming and out-of-print titles, including author, ISBN, price, publisher and publication date. The Title Source II also has more than 120,000 tables of contents, more than 375,000 full color jacket images, 600,000 annotation extracts, 5,300 book excerpts and 98,000 full text reviews and citations from trade journals such as Choice and ForeWord.
Under an agreement announced last year, The Title Source II users can open another browser window and link to ElectricPress.com's Web site to view full text displays of more than 1,000 titles available through ElectricPress.com. ElectricPress.com is a Reston, Va.-based Internet firm that enables book buyers to read a title before they buy it. The link to ElectricPress.com will allow users to view a book in its entirety without leaving The Title Source II. The Title Source II already displays book excerpts such as first chapters from more than 5,300 titles.
The Title Source II version 2.3 includes a feature in which users can modify the layout of their printed bibliographic records. And in response to customer feedback, the database has a larger note field so users can include more written comments along with the bibliographic information of their selected titles. Through flexible MARC record downloading, users can change the mapping of individual MARC records to fit their computer system's needs.
The Title Source II also allows users to assign an extended log-on period up to 24 hours. By doing this, the user is not logged off the system automatically due to inactivity.
In March, EBIS plans to add to The Title Source reviews from Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), a bi-monthly magazine for librarians, educators and other professionals who work with teens. VOYA reviews approximately 150 titles per issue. E-STREAMS, (Electronic Reviews of Science and Technology References covering Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine and Science), which reviews approximately 30 academic titles per month, also will be included. E-Streams is a collaborative effort between H. Robert Malinowsky, professor and manager of collections development and reference at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and YBP Library Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baker & Taylor, Inc.
The Title Source II offers various functions, including a duplicate check function to eliminate duplicate copies of a title in an order cart and a "sort by demand" feature, allowing users to review bestseller information to help make selections. More information on The Title Source II can be found at www.btol.com or by calling 800-775-1800.
Baker & Taylor, Inc. is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music and services to libraries, educational institutions and traditional and Internet retailers. Baker & Taylor is based in Charlotte, N.C.
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