News & Announcements 1/5/13

Douglas County Libraries acquires 10K e-books from Smashwords; Library of Congress reports on Twitter archive; Reed Tech launches Patent Advisor Service; Safari Books buys PubFactory’s Platform; Yippy.com to purchase Gale’s HighBeam Research; SirsiDynix partners with Baker & Taylor; and Overdrive has record Christmas ebook traffic.

ALA TechSource reports that  “on December 31, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) acquired 10,000 e-book titles from the world’s largest distributor of self-published works, Smashwords, bringing the total number of e-book files that DCL owns to 21,000. All of the content purchased from Smashwords, including books in popular genres such as fiction, romance, mystery, and science fiction, is available for borrowing by library patrons.

DCL’s model of purchasing e-books directly from publishers, rather than leasing them through third-party vendors, has gained attention from publishers and is being replicated by dozens of other library systems in the U.S…”

ResourceShelf reports from the Library of Congress that they “now have an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets and growing. The volume of tweets the Library receives each day has grown from 140 million beginning in February 2011 to nearly half a billion tweets each day as of October 2012.

The Library’s focus now is on addressing the significant technology challenges to making the archive accessible to researchers in a comprehensive, useful way. These efforts are ongoing and a priority for the Library…”

ResourceShelfalso reports that

Reed Technology and Information Services Inc., part of the LexisNexis® family… are pleased to announce the launch of Reed Tech Patent AdvisorTM information services, a family of on-line data intelligence tools for patent professionals.  The Patent Advisor service provides patent professionals with strategic insight based upon information gleaned from an analysis of more than 5 million patent applications…”

Book Business points to an article appearing in the Next Web that reports “Digital publisher Safari Books Online has purchased PubFactory’s Electronic Platform for an undisclosed amount.

Effective since December 31, 2012, the sale makes it the owner of this proprietary software solution, which helps publishers develop scalable and semantically-rich electronic libraries.

Following the deal, PubFactory will keep on serving its existing clients, while its employees will join Safari Books. As for its developer, iFactory, it will continue to operate separately as RDW Group‘s interactive division…”

According to Information Today, Yippy.com, the research-oriented search engine, “announced that the company executed an asset purchase agreement with The Gale Group, Inc., part of Cengage Learning, to purchase all of the assets related to the HighBeam Research and HighBeam Business products, subject to a closing on a future date…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix and Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, have announced a partnership. Under the partnership, the SirsiDynix eResource Central product will deliver seamless electronic resource and e-book access, offering both borrowing and purchase options to end users. The partnership with Baker & Taylor is said to be a major step in the project, integrating the Axis 360 platform with the eResource Central platform.

Information Today also reports that “public Libraries using OverDrive’s Next Generation digital lending platform served a record number of ebook, audiobook, music, and video titles to patrons on Christmas Day. The most dramatic growth occurred among users of iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android devices… Among the libraries setting all-time ebook circulation records were Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio), Pioneer Library System (Okla.), Hennepin County Library (Minn.), and Mid-Continent Public Library (Mo.).

 

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