We learned earlier this week that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the software used to download many of the Library’s e-books, has been reported to be logging data on books used with this application. Reports indicate that this information is being uploaded in plain-text to Adobe servers without encryption, meaning that the data is potentially open to interception. Note that this privacy breach seems to be limited to Digital Editions 4, the most recent version of the software.
Access to optics and photonics research has been expanded through the SPIE Digital Library. The library has started a new subscription to the Library, which provides access to more than 375,000 technical papers from the SPIE Conference Proceedings, 10 fulltext journals, and nearly 200 e-books.
Alex Sévigny created the Journal of Professional Communication to fill a void in the academic landscape. Its success is in no small part due to the fact that the journal is an open-access publication – which means that, unlike a traditional, subscription-based journal, any reader can access it for free.
Through April 11, McMaster has trial access to the SPIE Digital Library, an extensive resource for research on optics, photonics, and optical engineering. The trial provides fulltext access to journals, conference proceedings, and e-books published by SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
The end of the "5-minute e-book" is coming!
We've heard from many of you that this collection of e-books, which allows a five minute preview before requiring you to request longer access and wait for an approval message, is a source of frustration. We agree that one of the major advantages of e-books and other online resources is immediate availability whenever and wherever you need them!