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TEXTUS Project’s Final Report; HarperCollins/Simon Schuster merging? a new ARL Spec Kit; Cambridge UP continues 10 years of annual growth; a Bloomsbury – Thomson-Shore Agreement and new stats from the Ericsson Mobility Report

  Final Report of TEXTUS Project: An Open-Source Platform To Help With Reuse Cultural Heritage Materials

InfoDOCKET provides this link to TEXTUS project website as well as to the Project Summary and the TEXTUS Final Report.

As many will know “the overall goal of TEXTUS is to provide an open-source platform through which scholars and students are able to re-use the vast and expanding amount of digitised cultural heritage material now available through portals such as the Internet Archive, Wikisource and Project Gutenberg…”

PaidContent reports that “just three weeks after Random House and Penguin announced that they will merge to form the world’s largest book publisher, News Corp, which owns the book publisher HarperCollins, is reportedly in talks to acquire CBS’s Simon & Schuster. The “preliminary” talks were reported by the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal, which says News Corp had “expressed interest in” buying Simon & Schuster...”

Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, Published by ARL

“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, which focuses on the professional, administrative, and management positions that report directly to the library director (or, in some ARL member libraries, the position that serves as the representative to the Association), positions that have not been examined by a SPEC survey since 1984…”

According Business Weekly, “Cambridge University Press has achieved a 10th successive year of growth, despite challenging market conditions. The Press’s total sales for the year were £245 million, which is an increase of 3.8 per cent on last year, with an operating surplus of £3.4 million...”  Sales of the Press’s digital products increased by 50 per cent over the previous year, and, for the first time, academic materials delivered digitally exceeded 30 per cent of the Press’s academic output...”

 Thomson-Shore Designated as a Preferred Book Supplier by Bloomsbury Publishing

According to PIWorld.com “Thomson-Shore, a book manufacturer specializing in short- to medium-run digital and offset book printing, binding and publishing services, has entered into an agreement to serve as the preferred U.S. book manufacturer for Bloomsbury Publishing. The agreement leverages the company’s ability to print via both digital and traditional platforms..

Thomson-Shore beat (out) much larger book manufacturers to win this work with Bloomsbury, and that’s a real testament to the quality and service that sets the company apart from the competition,” said Kevin Spall, CEO of Thomson-Shore. “Bloomsbury appreciates that, like most of the large book manufacturers in the business, Thomson-Shore can deliver a range of manufacturing options, quickly and at-scale. But, unlike those large manufacturers, we’re customer-centric and focused on the details…”

InfoDOCKET links to the Ericsson Mobility Report that cites a number of interesting statistics related to the mobile devices including:

  • Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones and the growth of smartphone data traffic is expected to exceed the overall average
  • Mobile data traffic doubled between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, and is expected to grow 12 times between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video…

And among other things, “Ericsson’s research shows that online video is the biggest contributor to mobile traffic volumes, constituting 25 percent of total smartphone traffic and 40 percent of total tablet traffic…”

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