News & Announcements 12/1/12

Today News: Amazon sweetens the deal for its authors; Simon & Schuster Opens Self-Publishing Service four new Medical Board Reviews Apps; Kortext signs key textbook publishers; and Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Dec. 3rd deadline;

 Amazon Sweetens Deal for KDP Select Authors to the Tune of $1.5 Million

“Amazon is sweetening the deal for Kindle Direct Publishing self-published authors who opt to make their books available only on Amazon for a limited period of time.

Every month, Amazon pays KDP Select authors a percentage of a $700,000 fund based on how many times readers borrow their titles from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The more borrows in comparison to other authors, the more money they get. Over the next three months, Amazon will add $1.5 million to that pool, juicing the deal for those authors…”

Simon & Schuster Opens Self-Publishing Service

GalletCatreports that “Simon & Schuster has created  Archway Publishing to help writers self-publish fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s books.  They will run the new service with help from Author Solutions, the self-publishing company acquired by Pearson for $116 million in July…”

Unglue.it is Back With 4 More Titles

Digital Shift reports that the folks from Unglue.it “are back and have four campaigns afoot. One is even of particular interest to librarians — Lauren Pressley’s So You Want To Be a Librarian

Elsevier releases four new Medical Board Reviews Apps

According to KnowledgeSpeakElsevier has released four new Medical Board Reviews Apps based on content from Elsevier’s medical board review titles. These include: Braunwald’s Heart Disease Review and Assessment, 9th Edition, by Dr. Leonard S. Lilly; Emergency Medicine Review: Preparing for the Boards, by Richard A. Harrigan; Rush University Medical Center Review of Surgery, 5th Edition, by Dr. Jose M. Velasco; and Sleep Medicine Review: A Problem-Oriented Approach, by Dr. Meir H. Kryger…”

Key Textbook Publishers Sign with Kortext

According to a company press release “Kortext today announced that it has finalised agreements to include digital textbooks from all of the key academic publishers in its distribution platform.

Kortext, focused on the UK Higher Education market, offers on-line and offline access to key textbooks from multiple publishers, combined with a set of tools that provide the user with functionality beyond anything a traditional textbook can offer.  Publishers partnering with Kortext include key players in the global textbook market such as:  Pearson, Wiley, McGraw Hill, Cengage, Palgrave, Oxford University Press and others…”

 National Archives posts unsealed Watergate records online

The Washington Post reports that “the National Archives and Records Administration posted online nearly 1,000 pages of formerly sealed records relating to the infamous burglary case.

The newly released documents come from the U.S. v. Liddy criminal trial against seven of the individuals involved in the Watergate break-in scandal that led to the impeachment and resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. They include evidentiary discussions held outside the jury’s hearing, pretrial discussions with defendants’ lawyers and the court, and post-trial sentencing information…”

Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources DUE December 3, 2012

The deadline for nominating a candidate for the 2013 Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management the deadline for nominations and supporting materials is December 3, 2012…

The Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award consists of a citation and $2,000 generously donated by Coutts Information Services.

Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person’s achievements, including but not limited to:

-Building and managing new types of electronic collections and materials -Addressing selection issues and processes for electronic resources -Creating effective organizational structures for the workflow management and development of electronic resource collections -Increasing visibility, discovery, and user access to electronic library resources

Nominations should include:

-Name, address, phone number, and email address of each nominee and nominating party -Formal statement of nomination that includes a rationale -Description of any projects that the nominee has initiated and successfully completed -Letters of support and endorsement

Letters of endorsement from others should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. The number of letters of endorsement received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person’s accomplishments that fulfill the intent of the award shall be the factor considered.

Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current employees of Coutts Information Services or Ingram are not eligible for the award.

Nominations should be sent to: Fannie M. Cox, Chair, Coutts Award Jury, fmcox@louisville.edu. Documents in electronic format, sent to the chair as email attachments, are preferred.

Visit the Coutts Award page for more information: http://www.ala.org/alcts/awards/profrecognition/couttsinnovate

 

 

 

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