HarperCollins sues digital publisher Open Road; SWETS adds more titles to their E-Journal Gateway; Wolters Kluwer/Springer deal completed; quality is ebook goal in 2012; and a new Dean of University libraries at Texas A&M University.
“HarperCollins is suing digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media for copyright infringement over the digital rights to Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves, a children’s book published in 1972. HarperCollins filed its lawsuit on December 23. The company says its contract with George, signed in 1971, gives it the right to publish Julie of the Wolves in any format.” The full text of the complaint can be downloaded at HarperCollins vs. Open Road Integrated Media.
“Swets is pleased to announce that it has recently signed contracts that will see the publications of the following publishers; Brepols, Cairn.info, JST, NecPlus and RMIT Publishing made available in SwetsWise Online Content – Swets’ e-journal gateway. With more than 13,000 full text titles and over 38 million articles, SwetsWise Online Content contains the most extensive collection of electronic journals currently available, all in original published format.”
“Global information services company Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, has announced that it has completed the sale of its pharma-related Marketing & Publishing Services business to Springer Science+Business Media. The sale is part of Wolters Kluwer’s strategy to focus on core health markets through its Wolters Kluwer Health & Pharma Solutions division. The agreement encompasses the Marketing & Publishing Services business unit, part of the Wolters Kluwer Health & Pharma Solutions division.”
“Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL), … reports 70 percent of 411 respondents to a survey drawn from a cross section of the publishing industry cited ‘quality’ as the most important consideration when publishing an eBook.” This may seem an obvious first priority but getting their content onto an ebook platform was a publisher main concern just eighteen months ago. “Another important finding is that 63 percent of the respondents plan to publish a digital book in 2012… In another shift from tradition, 64 percent of the respondents stated they were interested in publishing non-fiction and technical digital content.”
“David H. Carlson, who currently serves as professor and dean of library affairs for the Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in Carbondale, Ill., has been named dean of University libraries at Texas A&M University. Carlson’s appointment, effective July 1, 2012, was confirmed by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents during a telephonic board meeting held earlier today. “