Bowker releases Annual Report; CNI has a new podcast; Nature and Chinese Academy sign agreement; Zola Books launches private beta; CLOCKSS Archive adds three new publishers; EBSCO awards two libraries subscriptions to Library Aware; Google helps Kansas City libraries with a new high fiber optic network; and Impelsys has a new software platform.
“Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information, released its annual report on U. S. print book publishing for 2011, compiled from its Books In Print® database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market. This is the most significant expansion in more than four years for America’s traditional publishing sector, but removing self-publishing from the equation would show that the market is relatively flat from 2010…”
The latest CNI Conversatations features a 42 minute podcast with CNI’s Clifford Lynch discussing the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) with James Hilton, Chief Information Officer of the University of Virginia. For those not aware, the Digital Preservation Network is “an initiative which aims to create a federated approach to preservation of academic content…”
“National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) and Nature Publishing Group (NPG) signed an agreement to provide long-term digital preservation of NPG’s content in Beijing on May 29, 2012.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Zhang Xiao Lin, Director of National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science and Antoine Bocquet, Director, Asia-Pacific, Nature Publishing Group on behalf of their organizations…
Under the agreement, the NSLC will establish and maintain an archive of Nature, the Nature research and Nature Review journals, and all NPG-owned journal current content. An archive back to 1997 will be created, and new content will be added as it is published. The archive would be made accessible to CAS institutes with nature.com site license agreements in the event that emergency or force majeure make nature.com unavailable in China. Of the 100 CAS institutes, 70 have site licences to NPG journals that will be preserved under this agreement.”
“Zola Books, a new social eBooks site to discover, buy and discuss books, just announced that it is launching its private beta today. The company also announced that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from prominent authors, including Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Josh Bazell, (Beat the Reaper) and Chandler Burr (The Emperor of Scent). Former Time, Inc. executive Bill Shapiro, the former top editor of Life, is cutting back his time at Time to join Zola Books as the company’s head of innovation and strategy…”
“The CLOCKSS Archive has announced the participation of three new publishers in its digital preservation archive. The publishers are – Berghahn Books, The International Glaciological Society and Aerospace Medical Association…
- Berghahn Books is an independent scholarly publisher of distinguished books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Its programme, which includes 35 journals to date and 100 new titles a year…
- The International Glaciological Society was founded in 1936 to provide a focus for individuals interested in practical and scientific aspects of snow and ice. The objects of the Society enshrined in its Constitution are to stimulate interest in and encourage research into the scientific and technical problems of snow and ice in all countries…
- The Aerospace Medical Association is organised exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It claims to be the largest, most representative professional membership organisation in the fields of aviation, space, and environmental medicine.”
“EBSCO Publishing was pleased to award two public libraries with one-year subscriptions to LibraryAware, an online program designed to maximize libraries’ promotional resources, helping them to integrate outreach with customizable, scalable tools and resources. The winners were chosen by drawing at a LibraryAware launch party attended by more than 300 people during the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia…”
According to this article in Digital Shift, “Kansas City librarians and other officials are in a unique position to potentially transform the public libraries and schools into even greater digital education hubs in the near future, with a little help from a new Google high speed digital Internet service.
Last spring, Google selected Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO, as instillation sites for the new high fiber optic network that will allow subscribing Internet users to download and upload files up to 1 gigabit per second, which is vastly faster than the current national average of 4.1 megabits per second…”
Information Today reports that “Impelsys, a global provider of electronic content delivery solutions, unveiled the latest version of its digital publishing software platform at BookExpo America (BEA) 2012. iPublishCentral is a platform that allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market, and sell their ebooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own. The beta version of iPublishCentral 4.0 includes important enhancements for both publishers, who are seeking to monetize their digital assets by selling ebooks to institutions, and for end users, who are downloading those ebooks onto their preferred devices…”