Tuesday, 15 December 2009
In October, Safari Books – part of the Tufts eBooks collection, introduced some significant changes to its interface and features. These include:
- A revised interface which Safari describes as “simplified,”
enabling access to nearly all levels of the website
within two clicks.
- The ability to screen the collection by book
categories or by “short cuts” (documents
featuring new technologies or hot topics).
- A more advanced Advanced Search feature, enabling
the addition of multiple search criteria.
- The ability to switch book content from PDF-like
text to an HTML interface (this feature is
still in beta).
- The ability to capture “user-friendly” or relatively
“tiny” URLs for a specific book page from within
the book reader screen.
- More navigation options within a book, including
the ability to turn pages, vertical scrolling,
multiple zoom levels, keyboard shortcuts, navigation
among sections from a thumbnail view, and the
ability to toggle to full-screen mode.
- Context-sensitive Help for the currently active
Note that the Tufts subscription to Safari, available through ProQuest, is a limited academic subscription which only includes a subset of Safari’s collection and none of the additional bells and whistles, such as personalized account features and training videos. For titles which are not in our subscription, Tufts affiliates can place an order through Interlibrary Loan. Safari also enables individual users to subscribe to its collection on either a monthly or annual basis, with options to access full text of either all books or 10 titles per month, and discounts on print copy purchases. These are good deals for heavy users of technology and business books.