Today’s menu: Cengage and Kno in a legal battle; an EBSCO partnership with Bridgeman; a new Serials Solutions marketing VP; Booquo, a new ebook club in Spain; a National Archive website for the 1940 census; and the Chronicle’s weekly book list of more than 80 new titles.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “a licensing agreement between the publisher Cengage Learning and the e-textbook vendor Kno has gone sour. Details recently surfaced of a legal battle between the two companies over the publisher’s effort to terminate a contract to digitize its printed textbooks. Cengage accused Kno of copyright infringement, and now the start-up is suing the publisher for damages and the right to continue selling its partner’s e-textbooks…”
“EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Bridgeman Education have developed a new partnership allowing images from Bridgeman Education’s extensive collection to be searched within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The agreement will add metadata from the Bridgeman Education collection into the Base Index of EDS, the most comprehensive and robust collection of metadata from the best content sources…”
Serials Solutions has announced “that Pam Cory has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing and Global Market Development. As a member of the senior leadership team, Cory will be driving the growth strategy for the business, as well as increasing brand awareness of the company’s industry leading solutions which are sold in more than 77 countries…”
Booquo is the “new digital venture of Circulo de Lectores — the book club owned by publishing giants Planeta and Bertelsmann.” This new online effort offers a €9.99 a month ebook subscription plan, “making them among the few brave enough to tread the forbidden path of access vs. ownership that frightens so many print publishers in this digital age” According to Mariana Féged, VP of Digital Business at Circulo “Booquo offers a selection of titles and strives to provide additional content, contact with authors and the creation of a community experience.”
ResourceShelf reports from the National Archive website that “the National Archives, with its partner Archives.com, launched its new website www.1940census.archives.gov in preparation for its first-ever online U.S. census release, which will take place on April 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. (EST).”
Nina C. Ayoub of the Chronicle compiled this list of over 80 new academic titles on subjects ranging from anthropology to theater.