More news about the ebook price fixing case; an EBSCO-INTELECOM agreement; a Gale-Cengage 19th Century online collection; new CrossRef Labs open source tools; and a Emerald Research-Paths partnership.
PaidContent reports that during a status hearing in Manhattan attended by Apple, the five “big six” publishers …, the Department of Justice and three state governments, a HarperCollins lawyer predicted that three publishers could reach a settlement with all 50 state governments in the next two months.
Such a deal would not only expand an existing proposed settlement that would refund money to e-book buyers, but would also short-circuit part of a large class action case now underway against publishers and Apple… Under such a settlement, the states would collect “consumer restitution” to pay out on behalf of consumers who overpaid for e-books. In an announcement last week, Connecticut’s Attorney General George Jepsen said that two of the publishers were expected to pay $52 million as part of a deal with 15 states and Puerto Rico.”
“Mutual customers of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) and the INTELECOM Online Resources Network® will soon benefit from a recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing and INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications. The agreement adds metadata for all videos from INTELECOM’s academic video database to the Base Index of EDS and also allows mutual customers to access the full video database. With 3,500 video clips and growing, the INTELECOM Online Resources Network collections add a wealth of rich media to EBSCO Discovery Service…”
“Gale, part of Cengage Learning… announced the availability of Nineteenth Century Collections Online, a groundbreaking multi-year global digitization and publishing program. Nineteenth Century Collections Online brings together rare primary source materials – monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, photographs and more – from the “long” nineteenth century (1789-1914) and beyond. British Politics and Society and European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection – the first two of four Archives for 2012 – are now available to customers…”
INFOdocket reporting from the CrossTech Blog, notes that CrossRef Labs has announced “the first public release of “pdf-extract” an open source set of tools and libraries for extracting citation references (and, eventually, other semantic metadata) from PDFs… See the pdf-extract labs page for a detailed introduction to this new set of tools.”
Research Information reports that “Emerald Group Publishing has announced an exclusive books partnership with Paths International to bring knowledge from China to scholars around the world. As part of this agreement, Emerald will distribute Paths’s collection of books written in China and make them available to international communities of researchers and students.
Paths International has exclusive agreements with institutions and publishers in China to produce and promote quality titles outside of China. The partnership makes Emerald the exclusive sales and distribution agent for these books…”