The University Library and ebooks@cambridge have recently purchased a full-text web-based Giordano Bruno collection, available on InteLex Past Masters.
Giordano Bruno, engraving by Johann Georg Mentzel (1677-1743) via Wikimedia Commons
Giordano Bruno, the Italian author and philosopher, was born in 1548 at Nola, near Naples, and baptised Filippo. He joined the Dominican friars of Naples in 1562, taking ‘Giordano’ (Jordan) as his religious name. His adventurous thinking brought him under suspicion of heresy in the increasingly authoritarian atmosphere of the Italian Counter-Reformation, and in 1576 he fled northwards, finding his way via Switzerland to France. He taught for a while in Paris, and in 1583 crossed the Channel to England where, among other things, he became acquainted with Sir Philip Sidney, and lectured on the Copernican theory at Oxford. Inevitably, his name has been associated with that of Shakespeare, but there is no solid evidence to connect them. Continue reading
We have been expanding our provision of Italian language ebooks in collaboration with our Italian suppliers. A couple of years ago we set up a facility whereby readers can recommend such titles for purchase, and as new ebook titles appear, we have been adding them to our database. There are now approximately 16,500 titles searchable in iDiscover. The scheme works in the following way:
Records for the entire Italian-language ebook content hosted on Casalini’s Torrossa platform are searchable in iDiscover. Each title is recognizable by a combination of two factors: Continue reading
Front cover of 749:32.c.201.31
Ten years ago receiving material under legal deposit was a fairly clear-cut matter. Where the publisher had a choice, the only vagary was whether we would receive a paperback or a hardback. However, from April 2013 British publishers have had the choice of depositing print or electronic versions of their texts, so monitoring new titles is not so straightforward. When I was asked recently whether we would receive a print copy of the latest publication by Professor Roger Paulin, Emeritus Schroeder Professor of German, The life of August Wilhelm Schlegel, I couldn’t give an immediate answer.
In fact the publisher of this title, Open Book Publishers, based here in Cambridge, promotes open access for full academic monographs in the humanities and social sciences, and therefore deposits electronically. Continue reading
How we used to order in pre-computer days
Many of our readers, familiar with the ease of book purchasing over the internet, often with a next-day delivery service, assume that the buying of new titles by the Library is invariably straightforward. The internet has certainly facilitated the way in which we work. Ordering 20 books on-line usually only takes a few minutes. It is much easier to establish whether a title is still in print, although publishers’ and vendors’ websites are often not completely up to date in the detail they provide. The websites of many suppliers enable us to track our requests, seeing the dates on which they order, acquire and dispatch a book. Sites such as Abebooks and Chapitre can make the acquisition of many out-of-print items far easier.
It shouldn’t be assumed, however, that the Library can always replicate the experience of the private individual, particularly in terms of e-books. Continue reading