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Free-textbook company rewrites content after Publishers’ Lawsuit; ITHAKA Sustainable Scholarships 2013; John Wiley adds 66 journals; De Gruyter presenting its distribution model for open access articles; Access Innovations, Inc. included on KMWorld’s annual list of the top companies; and LexisNexis and Rosen announce collaboration.

 Free-Textbook Company Rewrites Its Content Following Publishers’ Lawsuit

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “a free-textbook company that was sued last year by three major textbook publishers has now rewritten the content it was accused of stealing.

Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education filed a joint complaint in March 2012 against the company, known as Boundless. The publishers asserted that the way Boundless creates its textbooks violates their copyrights…

The publishers say the resulting products too closely mirror the original texts, specifically the way the new books are organized. Matt Oppenheim, a lawyer representing the publishers, said Boundless was simply stealing the substance of his clients’ textbooks…

The lawsuit, he said, would continue…

ITHAKA Sustainable Scholarship 2013

The ITHAKA Sustainable Scholarship 2013 will take place on October 21 and 22 at the Hilton New York. They  are in the process of planning the agenda and inviting speakers… Directors from JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R, including Deanna Marcum, Kate Wittenberg, and Laura Brown, will use October 21 to address issues meaningful to both publishers and librarians, and provide service information and updates, with a reception to follow…”

Sixty-Six Titles Join Wiley’s Journal Portfolio in 2013

“Sixty-six journals will join John Wiley & Sons, Inc… in 2013. The titles include 52 journals moving to Wiley from other publishers or self-publication, and 14 new titles, of which eight are open access. The titles joining Wiley represent relationships with over 30 societies and associations…”

De Gruyter Presents Open Access Distribution Model for Libraries

  At the 2013 German Librarians’ Day the academic publisher De Gruyter will be presenting its distribution model for open access articles. Under the model, libraries and research institutions can obtain various packages for open access distribution. The packages enable affiliated researchers to quickly publish their findings under the open access standard. Research contributions can be released as journal articles or book chapters in De Gruyter and Versita publications at the publishing house’s own platform…

De Gruyter has produced a short film that showcases its new open access model for libraries. “The Art of Paper Planes” demonstrates how the open access standard removes barriers to distribution and makes content easily accessible worldwide.

The film is being shown for the first time at the German Librarians’ Day in Leipzig. It can also be viewed at De Gruyter’s homepage:

Access Innovations named to KMWorld’s annual 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management

“Access Innovations, Inc., … announces its inclusion on KMWorld’s annual list of the Top 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management.

Access Innovations is featured for its second year, after debuting on the list in 2005. Other notable companies given a spot on the 2013 top 100 list include Adobe, Google, IBM, and Microsoft…

Marjorie M. K. Hlava, president of Access Innovations, says she is honored by her company’s accolade… The Top 100 Companies that Matter list is compiled annually by KMWorld’s editorial team. Unlike many other trade lists, inclusion is not purchased and is at the sole discretion of KMWorld’s editors.

LexisNexis and Rosen Announce Technology Collaboration

According to Information TodayLexisNexis Legal & Professional announced that it signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Rosen Technology Resources, Inc., to integrate Rosen’s Polaris and ALCoder software tools into the LexisNexis suite of electronic discovery software products. The applications are designed to provide very advanced capabilities to litigation teams during the early case assessment, processing, and review stages of electronic discovery…”

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