I'm pleased to know I can access some of the resources I pay taxes for, not only on my computer but on my iPhone.
Gale Group, a leading reference resource has developed a nifty iPhone app that uses geotracking to locate the nearest public libraries in your area and allows you to access electronically through an app.
What this means is I can access Scribner's Writer's Series on my phone.
Gale allows this access for free because it knows it helps libraries reach out to more of its patrons who may not have access to the stacks because of work or other commitments. This ensures libraries will continue to use Gale as an online database service.
The app enhances iPhone's ability to search out reputable resources. The world wide web does not always contain the most desirable sources, and sometimes I need access to a subscription database to locate trustworthy information.
Now, only if the legal battle can cease, then Google can offer a similar service through its Books feature.