H.W. Wilson has announced the launch of its new WilsonWeb Mobile interface for smart phones and other mobile devices. A free service for WilsonWeb subscribers, WilsonWeb Mobile provides "anytime, anywhere" access to WilsonWeb reference databases, marrying WilsonWeb's versatile searching, trusted information, and practical tools with smart-phone convenience, according to the announcement.
For users whose libraries subscribe to Wilson full text databases, articles from thousands of publications are now available whenever, wherever. And with WilsonWeb Mobile's ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter, they can listen to the articles as well, making the small screen of the typical hand-held device a moot point. Thousands of articles on any research or personal interest-ready for listening while in line at the post office, relaxing in the park, commuting or doing housework-are just a WilsonWeb Mobile search away. Planned features such as "My WilsonWeb" accounts for storing search results will allow users to effectively compile custom "playlists" of articles on any subject (or from favorite magazines or authors), making WilsonWeb Mobile an attractive source of recreational listening as well as time-saving research.
For librarians, WilsonWeb Mobile customization options represent a way to promote awareness of the library. WilsonWeb Mobile "co-branding" allows the placement of two logos on the interface (and future innovations will allow custom hotlinks). Library patrons will carry a bit of their library with them at all times--and appreciate the service their library provides--with each use of the interface. WilsonWeb Mobile usage will be reflected in the library's WilsonWeb statistics report.
Other WilsonWeb Mobile features include:
- Full text article translations into any of 13 languages
- Images (on Wilson biography and art image databases)
- Basic and advanced searching
- Multiple database searching
- WilsonWeb All-Smart searching
- Relevancy ranked results
- Emailing of search results
- Referring page authentication, and more...
WilsonWeb Mobile functions seamlessly with all of today's most popular mobile devices and browsers, including Android, Blackberry, IPhone, IPad, Internet Explorer mobile, Opera mobile, and FireFox browsers.
An FAQ detailing the capabilities of WilsonWeb Mobile, and set-up procedures are available at www.hwwilson.com. Free trials are available for members of the press.
Source: H.W. Wilson, www.hwwilson.com