Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Logos and Library specific URLs
A few of you haven't sent me your logo for inclusion on your web page. Please send me a logo that is no larger than 500 x 80 pixels and the URL that it should point to when clicked.

New Marc Records
Marc records have been posted for the new Dzanc titles as described below. 

New Titles
Enki has added about 150 titles published by Dzanc Books. Dzanc  is a non-profit publisher of literary fiction, short stories and essays that identifies itself as committed to community engagement by championing literature and writing across the educational spectrum. Dzanc funds and runs workshops and Writer-in-Residence programs, has set up low-cost writing instruction programs for beginning writers, and works in collaboration with literary journals to promote the reading of emerging authors' works.

Here are some examples of books published by Dzanc that have recently been added to enki:

The Los Angeles Review of Books called author Josip Novakovich "one of the most forceful and original essayists in the English language." Shopping for a Better Country is a collection of narrative essays on family, history, and travel from Croatian-American Josip Novakovich, a Whiting Writers' Award winner and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Having left his homeland of Yugoslavia, leaving behind kin and community, the author here captures significant portraits of what is lost, what is remembered, and what remains. Within those moments of fresh clarity of the past are the instances of repeated culture shock that never seem to lose their harsh edges.

The stories in Laura van den Berg's rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane: a failed actress takes a job as a Bigfoot impersonator; a botanist seeking a rare flower crosses paths with a group of men hunting the Loch Ness monster; a disillusioned missionary in Africa grapples with grief and a growing obsession with a creature rumored to live in the forests of the Congo; and in the title story, a young woman traveling with her scientist mother in Madagascar confronts her burgeoning sexuality and her dream of becoming a long-distance swimmer.

Following the critical success of his debut collection, All Over, and of his debut novel, Pacazo, Roy Kesey now brings us a new gathering of short stories, Any Deadly Thing. These stories first appeared in magazines including McSweeney's, Subtropics, Ninth Letter and American Short Fiction, and have been widely anthologized; among them are winners of a Pushcart Prize special mention, an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and The Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction. With story locales ranging across the Americas to Europe and Asia, Kesey once again makes the full strange world his stage.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Library Logos

Now that we have the Library specific URLs set up, we have the ability to add your logo to to web page. You can look at the following sites for examples of how it will look.

To get yours set up, send me a logo that is no larger than 500 x 80 pixels and the URL that it should point to when clicked. 

We have been highlighting some titles as we load more content. This information would probably be helpful for the Collection Development staff. If you send me the email address for your Collection Development manager or other staff, I will add them to the updates emails.

More new titles
Enki has added over 4,200 new titles published imprints of FW Media. Many of these eBooks are the kinds of core titles public library patrons expect to see in public library collections: practical, well-produced nonfiction relevant to their personal goals and needs. The addition of FW Media titles further strengthens enki's role as an eBook platform built for library customers by libraries. Listed below are a few of the key FW Media imprints, and some representative titles. We think you will agree that your patrons will love these titles!

Adams Media (includes Everything Guides!):

Move your resume to the top of the pile! At a time when companies can draw on resume banks containing millions of documents, you'll need to create a concise and powerful resume if you want to stand out. Using his twenty-five years of experience, New York Times bestselling author Martin Yate has built a set of rules for creating the most effective document to get you noticed. He'll guide you through every step of the writing process as well as provide you with all-new examples of industry-specific resumes and those that cover every stage of your career.

Whether you need help solving equations or determining the slope of a line, this guide gives you the tools you need to find your answers! Beginning with the basics, you will learn and practice all the skills needed to enhance your algebra expertise.

David & Charles

Inspired fabrics and designs await you in Quilts From the House of Tula Pink! Welcome to the world of cutting-edge fabric designer Tula Pink, where clever quilts show off fanciful fabric, and your imagination can be let out to play. Featuring fabrics that you know and love, Tula offers 20 patterns with her signature flair for color, design and original style. Between 10 amazing quilts and 10 extra-cool companion projects, you'll be inspired to play with fabric, color and design in a way like never before!

The essential guide to beads and beading techniques *Illustrated techniques for beading on and off the loom, threading, stringing and fringing *Combines beading with knitting, crochet, embroidery and wirework for unique results *Includes 30 'Bead Something Now' projects, from striking jewelry to stunning accessories *Features useful guidance on taking each technique further to extend your skills

Writer's Digest Books

Novel & Short Story Writer's Market offers hundreds of listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and other important tips. You'll also find an increased focus on all aspects of the writing life, from insightful articles on craft and technique to helpful advice on getting published and marketing your work.

Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Library Specific URLs
Last week I announced that the Library specific URLs available. We are currently looking into how we can add your Library logo to the website. Please be aware that the marc records that we are providing do not point to your Library specific URL. You will need to edit the 856 tag to insert your Library code. 

Marc Records
As described below, we have loaded 823 titles from Britannica. The MARC Records are also available on the Marc Record pageIt was brought to my attention today that the 710 field of the records that were added in the past month, was incorrect. I fixed it and uploaded new files.

New Titles - Britannica
Over eight hundred eBook titles published by Encyclopedia Britannica have been made available via on enki. These include a wide array of children's and young adult nonfiction designed to enhance and support student access to reliable, up-to-date and entertaining information.

Here are some examples of Britannica's titles in enki:

Spiders! This clever book teaches young children all about spiders with text and close-up photos

There was a time when every voyage contained an element of the unknown. Today, however, the world spreads out before us carefully mapped and plotted. One must credit explorers with this transformation. Readers will devour these tales of explorers who have pushed geographic and personal boundaries, leaving virtually no corner of the globe off limits.

The geographically distinct American territories of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest have long sustained a variety of indigenous peoples, including the Miwok, Comanche, and Navajo, respectively. An examination of each of these culture areas yields rich histories filled with steadfast traditions and religious practices, subsistence patterns dictated by geographic location, and social interactions within and between tribes. This absorbing volume surveys the history of the various groups that form these culture areas as well as the spiritual, cultural, and social practices that distinguish each tribe.

Drawing crowds for its displays of both raw athleticism and spectacular showmanship, basketball has become one of the most exciting spectator sports in the United States, as well as the world. Players renowned for their maneuverability and skill-"Air" Jordan and his classic acrobatic moves, for instance-have intensified the level of competition in professional leagues and inspired everyday fans to "shoot hoops" in friendly games. This engaging volume examines the history and evolution of basketball and some of its most influential players.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Marc Records
There are new marc records available for the new titles that have been added over the past month. You can get the records on the Marc Record page.

Recently added Titles
In December, enki added 143 titles from Booktrope, a Seattle-based start-up that calls itself "a team publishing platform and a social marketing engine for books of all kinds." Booktrope's titles range across many fiction and nonfiction genres. Here are a few examples that show the diversity of Booktrope's offerings:

Dizzy in Karachi

In a post-9/11 world, one young woman sought to understand what remained of her homeland beyond headlines and stereotypes As a graduate student of international affairs in Boston, Maliha Masood was deeply conflicted when it came to Pakistan. It was her birthplace where she spent an idyllic childhood riding camels on the beach, reciting English poetry and dancing to Abba. Class lectures depicted a failed state that enslaved its women. Media reports painted dire scenarios of blood baths and terror cells, crime mobs and Kalashnikovs. Determined to reconcile the past with the present, Maliha went back to Pakistan in 2003, after an absence of two decades, and stumbled upon the adventure of a lifetime.

Prop 8 Love Stories
Actors 10 to 17 years old interviewed 8 couples (3 mixed gender & 5 same gender) about Love, Life & Discrimination. Now watch these young actors portray those couples, word for word, in the most potent, moving and hilarious theatre you've ever seen. There are 16 leading roles in this award-winning, controversial play now being performed in high schools, colleges, churches and theaters around the world.

Home Field: Writers Remember Baseball
Baseball remembered by nine great writers - there's community, there's family, there's heart. Sherman Alexie leaping from reservation Little League to women, race, and identity. Timothy Egan tells secrets of coaching girls' Little League, including use of Doppler radar to scan for rain. Holly Morris describes how her women's softball team, the Smellies, perfected the fine art of hooha. Lynda Barry shares a tale of a magical baseball glove laced with difficult memories of her father. Larry Colton, once a "can't miss prospect," recalls the hope and pain of his professional pitching debut, then watches a next-generation "can't miss prospect" make the same mistakes. And much more. Here is baseball without stats but full of life, played by local heroes and heroines on their home field.