News and Announcements 4/12/12

US sues Apple over e-book prices

“Technology giant Apple and major book publishers are being sued by the US Department of Justice over the pricing of e-books.  The US accuses Apple and Hachette , HarperCollins, Macmillan , Simon and Schuster and Penguin of colluding over the prices of e-books they sell.  This lawsuit is over the firms’ move to the agency model where publishers rather than sellers set prices.  But Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster have already settled.  The case will proceed against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin.”

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17% of U.S. Adults Read E-Books, but Only 11% Bought

Publishing forecast firm Simba Information has released the … fourth edition of its flagship Trade E-Book Publishing report series and estimates 17% of U.S. adults have read at least one e-book in 2011, up from the 11% who did so in 2010. In keeping with the report’s tradition of measuring the commitment individual adults have to e-books, the percentage of adults who bought e-books was shown to be 11% of adults — up from 9%.  According to Michael Norris , senior analyst of Simba Information’s Trade Books Group,”the e-book market is expanding, but the gap between ‘users’ and ‘buyers’ grew more than expected in 2011.”

But print sales still outstrip e-books.  The report finds “that about four times as many adults bought a paperback book compared to an e-book. The children’s and young adult (YA) market continues to lag behind the digital development of adult trade: the report shows about 23% of all adults bought at least one children’s/YA print book in 2011 while just 4%…” purchased a children’s or YA e-book.

Copyright Clearance Center Signs Agreement With Chinese STM Publisher

“Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC),  announces an agreement with Science Press (SP), the largest publisher of Science, Technical and Medical (STM) journals and books in China.  Science Press joins The Journal of Chinese Integrated Medicine, Beijing Forestry University and Baishibeng Publishing Group as Chinese publishers using CCC’s core services, the Annual Copyright License  and Pay-Per-Use Services, for the licensing of their content…”

The World Bank Goes Open Access

“The World Bank is adopting an open-access policy featuring an Open Knowledge Repository and using Creative Commons licenses, the bank announced today. The policy takes full effect July 1 and will be implemented in stages, beginning with the repository. Unveiled today, it’s “a one-stop-shop for most of the bank’s research outputs and knowledge products, providing free and unrestricted access to students, libraries, government officials and anyone interested in the bank’s knowledge,” the bank said in the announcement…”

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