Papercut, a new iPad publishing platform developed by ustwo, is scheduled for release in late September. According to Jonas Lennermo, head of publishing at ustwo, “Papercut is three things: it’s a publishing platform; it could work as a storefront; and first and foremost, it’s a new genre — it’s a storytelling experiment.” It is also being described as “an experience that falls somewhere between text and a movie.
(There is also a video podcast of an interview with Jonas Lennermo that is part of this post.)
“Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, has signed open access funding agreements with three European research organizations: the Max Planck Society in Germany, the FWF Austrian Science Fund, and Telethon, one of the largest biomedical non-profit organizations in Italy. These agreements provide active financial support and a streamlined process for authors to ensure open access to their published research in Wiley-Blackwell journals.”
Rittenhouse Announces a New Series of Continuing Education Webinars
“Rittenhouse Book Distributors is launching a new series of Continuing Education Webinars for library and retail customers beginning this October. These webinars will be presented by the Rittenhouse Sales Team and are designed to help Rittenhouse customers navigate the specific challenges of their day-to-day operations in a rapidly changing marketplace.
Registration for the First Series is now open and space is limited. Interested parties can log in to www.rittenhouse.com and click on the “Events” link to view the webinar titles and register. The Second Series is set to begin in Summer, 2012.”
NPG is pleased to share with you the letter from Steven Inchcoombe, Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG) Managing Director, in which Steven provides an update on NPG’s activities and priorities in 2011 and 2012.
“ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) is joining forces with international publishers to offer free access to its renowned ACM Digital Library to help 15,000 Haitian students, researchers, and teachers continue their scholarly activities in computer science. ACM is part of an international effort to rebuild cultural and educational institutions following the destruction wrought by the January 2010 earthquake. The project, initiated by the State University of Haiti (UEH) and Libraries Without Borders, has resulted in the creation of a digital campus scheduled to open September 28, in Port-au-Prince.”
“Credo Reference… is pleased to announce the addition of Deborah Harman in the United Kingdom and John Shawler in the United States. The twin hires support the company’s growth trend that has seen the size of the company’s staff double in the past twelve months.”