News and Announcements 1/5/12

Barnes and Noble cuts forecast for Nook;  Alexander Street Press adds two databases; a new mobile app from Springer; a new interface for Project MUSE; and personnel announcements from High Wire and Cambridge University Press.

Barnes & Noble may split off Nook, cuts forecast

According to Reuters and numerous other sources, Barnes and Noble’s Nook may be falling behind in its battle with Amazon’s Kindle.  The company “lowered the full-year sales forecast for the Nook business to $1.5 billion from $1.8 billion” citing “holiday sales of its Nook Simple Touch, the cheapest Nook device at $99, fell short of expectations… as a reason for the lower forecast.”  These results have B&N exploring the idea of selling its Nook business. However, it’s not all doom and gloom.  Check out the article Seven Advantages Barnes & Noble Has in the Bookseller Wars from Digital Book World.

Alexander Street Press Launches Two New Collections

Information Today reports that “Alexander Street Press announced the launch of two new collections: Classical Scores Library: Volume II, the first online score collection for libraries composed mostly of in-copyright classical scores from major composers; and Anthropology Online, a comprehensive resource that at completion will contain more than 100,000 pages of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies from major archives around the world, many of which were previously unpublished.”

SpringerLink iPhone App Released

According to Digital Shift “Science publisher Springer announced yesterday that it has launched a new mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The free app allows users to access to the publisher’s SpringerLink platform. The app allows unlimited access to SpringerLink’s free content, including abstracts, book and journal covers, and more than 127,000 open-access research articles…”

Project MUSE News: New Interface is Live!

The long awaited Project MUSE’s  interface is now up and running at muse.jhu.edu.  This new look integrates “book and journal content… on a single platform” and includes “12,000 scholarly book titles from nearly 70 … university presses.  These titles “can now be located and browsed along with the content from MUSE’s more than 500… journals.

HighWire Bolsters Management Team with Key Business Development and COO Appointments

“Stanford University’s HighWire Press is pleased to announce the appointments of Bill Matthews as Director of Business Development, and Ed Braniff as Chief Operations Officer. The staff structural expansion is designed to further enhance HighWire’s organizational focus on innovation, community and customer service.”

Cambridge University Press Announces Appointment of New Managing Director, Americas

Cambridge University Press announces that Michael Peluse will join the New York office as Managing Director, Americas effective January 2012. He will also serve as global Managing Director for English Language Teaching, a division which accounts for over a third of Cambridge’s publishing sales revenue.

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