EBSCO Publishing has now made updated versions of NoveList and NoveList K-8 available, offering a number of enhancements requested by existing NoveList and NoveList K-8 customers, according to the announcement. NoveList is used in over 50 percent of the public libraries in the U.S.
NoveList and NoveList K-8 now utilize a tab-oriented interface. These new tabs, which appear across the top of the page, are intended to ease access to NoveList and the customized content that it provides. Current users of NoveList can continue to search the database, using the techniques that they have grown accustomed to, by simply clicking on the "Search Our Database" tab. In addition, the same lists are still available under the "Browse Lists" tab. The tabs marked "For Readers," "Readers' Advisory," and "School Resources" now take users to the materials previously found under "Read about Popular Titles and Topics" and "Features for Teachers." For example, the Author Read-alikes and Book Discussion Guides are now under the "For Readers" tab.
NoveList's new series search allows users to view the books that comprise a series in the order in which they appear in the series (as opposed to publication date, etc.). This new feature also displays the series volume number on the search results page.
With NoveList's new popularity sorting feature, users can find, for example, a list of mystery titles published in the last five years and then see which ones have been the most popular. Popularity information is gathered from thousands of libraries and retail outlets nationwide and is based on ordering information received from Baker & Taylor. If a book has met the popularity criteria, a series of one to four stars will be displayed to indicate the popularity factor for that title.
NoveList now also offers phonetic search help, to alleviate problems stemming from difficulty spelling authors' names.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, http://www.epnet.com/