News & Announcements 2/1/13

Today’s News:  Fair use and electronic course reserves are back in court; University of Chicago Press announces Chicago Shorts; Serial Solutions to index SciELO ebooks; Credo gets Content CODiE Award; Enhancements to  Nu-book’s android-based ereading platform; HarperCollins Christian Pub. joins the Espresso Book Machine Network and the winner of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant is announced.

 Publishers and Library Groups Spar in Appeal to Ruling on Electronic Course Reserves 

Jennifer Howard reports in the Chronicle of Higher Education that “fair use and electronic course reserves are back in court. A keenly watched copyright case that pitted three academic publishers against Georgia State University has entered the appeals phase, with a flurry of filings and motions this week and more expected soon.

One surprise motion came from the U.S. Department of Justice, which requested more time to consider filing an amicus brief either in support of the publishers or in support of neither party. The possibility that the government might weigh in triggered speculation and anxiety among some observers, including academic librarians worried that the Justice Department could sabotage educational fair use if it sides with the publishers against the university…”

According to a recent press release, the University of Chicago Press is offering “distinguished selections, including never-before-published material, off-the-radar reads culled from the University of Chicago Press’s commanding archive, and the best of our newest books, all priced for impulse buying and presented exclusively in DRM-free e-book format.

Aimed at the general reader and running the gamut from the latest in contemporary scholarship to can’t-miss chapters from classic publications… For additional information about individual Shorts, please visit the series webpage.

Serials Solutions Summon Service Slated to Index SciELO E-Book Titles

“Serials Solutions… is working with Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) to index its e-book collection in the Summon® discovery service. Recognizing that much scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences is published in book form rather than in periodicals, SciELO introduced this collection as a parallel to its widely-accessed collection of scientific academic journals. The collection is a mix of open access and commercial e-books from major academic publishers in Brazil and Latin America…”

 Credo Named 2013 SIIA Content CODiE Award Winner

Credo “announced that Literati Public was named a winner for the 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards for Best General Reference Service. Winners represent the information industry’s best products, technologies and services created by or for media, publishers and information services providers… The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced Credo as a CODiE Award content winner.”

Nu-book, … North American provider of ereading applications for the publishing industry announced today major enhancements to its ereading technology platform for Android tablets and smartphones.  The Android-based ereading platform boasts many of the same features as Nu-book’s … Universal iOS platform …—”

HarperCollins Christian Publishing to Join the Espresso Book Machine NetworkHarperCollins Christian Publishing, comprised of both Thomas Nelson, Inc. and Zondervan, has joined On Demand Books’ … Espresso Book Machine (EBM) program, making its titles available through EBM’s “digital-to-print at retail” sales channel.  The EBM is the only digital-to-print at-retail solution on the market today. … a title can be printed with a full-color cover, bound, and trimmed to any standard size” and ” it emerges from the EBM as a bookstore-quality paperback book…”

The board of directors of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has announced this year’s award recipient. Nicole Lehotsky, a student at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, has received a $1,500.00 grant to help defray the cost of attending ALA’s 2013 Winter Meeting in Seattle, Washington in January.

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