NC LIVE partners with the Internet Archive; Court of Justice of the European Union rules on the resale of ebooks; ETAS (Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service) launched; ebrary android app live on Google Play; Springer’s 2011 impact factors increase; JISC Collections and Knovel sign new agreement; and Talis Aspire adopted by eight UK universities.
“North Carolina libraries have been granted access to a database that allows card-holders to download more than 200,000 e-books for free… Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based non-profit, teamed up with NC LIVE, a conglomerate of about 200 public and academic libraries in North Carolina, to develop an e-book lending platform called “Open Library” that currently allows library users to download more than 200,000 e-books published between 1923 and 1999, as well as a small collection of recently published titles and more than a million public domain titles…”
One oft-cited drawback of e-books is that they can’t be sold by the original buyer and then resold as used books… That all could change if a new ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union gains traction, according to GoodEReader, an e-reading blog.
According to a ruling by the Court in a dispute between software giant Oracle and UsedSoft, a used business software licensing site, original buyers of a digital product license can resell that license to a third party, providing they no longer use the digital product themselves. This could have ramifications for e-books, which, like software, are licensed digital files…”
“Transfer, the UKSG-sponsored initiative to create a Code of Practice to follow when journals are transferred between publishers, is delighted to announce the release of its Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service (ETAS).
ETAS is a rapid alerting service that will allow publishers involved in a journal transfer to notify the various stakeholders by providing a standardised set of information relating to the exchange. This information will then be hosted in a searchable database, providing a simple and easily accessible way for librarians and other groups to find out about journal transfers involving the 36 currently endorsing publishers…”
ebrary has announced that their Android app … is now live on Google Play. This joins ebrary’s iOS app in providing mobile access to scholarly title via ebrary. In short ebrary users will have access from any Android device in addition to Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global scientific publisher, reports significant increases in impact factors throughout its journal portfolio, according to the 2011 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), published by Thomson Reuters. A total of 62 Springer journals earned their first impact factor this year, bringing the number of journals Springer now has in the database to 1,469. In 2011, 54 percent of all Springer journals increased their impact factor and 76 percent were cited more frequently.
“JISC Collections and Knovel are pleased to announce they have signed a new three year agreement which gives UK universities and colleges streamlined access to Knovel, the Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools.
“Under the new arrangement, our member institutions will have all the benefits of managing their Knovel subscription along with their other JISC Collections’ agreements,” said Carolyn Alderson, Acting Head of Licensing, JISC Collections…”
“Talis Education Ltd, … is pleased to announce that eight university libraries in the United Kingdom have adopted Talis Aspire Campus Edition this quarter – bringing the total number of early adopters to 39…”