ATG Hot Topics of the Week: Between Open Access Week & the Charleston Conference

by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College

As Hurricane Sandy kicked up sand along the US East Coast and flooded the Northeast, all while early voting was beginning in some states, Open Access Week was not the main headline last week.  But here are a few things that might interest you.

PhD Comics has released an animated video explaining open access.  Pretty great, even if they did misspell Tetrahedron.  You’ll want to share this one.

Did you hear that the CCC has launched an open access journal platform?

Kevin Smith tackles some misconceptions about open access, in Three Things Open Access Is Not.

Have you seen the Chronicle’s recent series, Digital Challenges to Academic Publishing?  It includes interviews with several publishers.

Speaking of academia, here’s a new report on PDA and the University Press.

Rick Anderson looks at what’s next for ILL, considering what’s going on with e-books.

Penguin and Random House are merging.  According to The Guardian, together they represent ¼ of the book publishing market.  Gavin James Bower is seeking a silver lining for independent publishers.

The Supreme Court has now heard arguments in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  Here’s the transcript, alongside links to news coverage.

And finally, if you’re a collector, you’ll want that end-of-year issue of Newsweek, because it’ll be the last one in print.

US friends, please remember to vote!  See y’all soon in Charleston.  I’m taking the train from Florida, where it’s suddenly cool and breezy this week.

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