Connecticut House passes bill to study library access to Ebooks; PLoS launches new labs division; Publishers to testify against Apple in price-fixing trial; Credo releases 12 new collections; Trade publishing increases nearly 7%, Ebooks grow nearly 45%; Springer collaborates with the Italian Society for the Study of Eating Disorders; and a CNI project briefing Not Your Grandfather’s Web Any More.

Connecticut House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Bill to Study Library Access to Ebooks, Legislation Now Moves to State Senate

InfoDOCKET reports that “House Bill 5614 (An Act Cocerning Ebooks and Libraries) passes Connecticut House of Representatives. Bill now heads to Senate.”

Further citing and AP report InfoDOCKET notes  “the state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 143-0 to pass a bill requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1.

The bill, which originally called on publishers to offer e-books to libraries at a reasonable price, was amended to reflect lawmakers’ concerns about the likelihood of lawsuits.”

According to Library Journal “the Public Library of Science (PLOS) last week launched PLOS Labs, a new division that will develop software prototypes and coordinate open-source development projects aimed at generating “disruptive ideas and products for scientific communication,” according to the announcement on the organization’s official blog.

PaidContent reports that “the federal government, in a trial scheduled to begin on June 3, will rely on testimony from CEOs of New York’s largest publishing houses to argue that Apple brokered a conspiracy to raise the price of ebooks and harm its rival, Amazon.

According to a court filing released on Tuesday, CEOs of the same publishing houses that once rejected the price-fixing theory will now offer evidence to suggest they colluded with Apple in order to increase ebook prices. The case involves allegations that Apple and its late CEO Steve Jobs organized a conspiracy with the Big Six publishers to introduce a commission-style pricing system in order to wrest pricing power from Amazon.

According to a press release “Credo… announced that it has launched 12 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections, adding to the more than 75 collections currently available for perpetual purchase or subscription.  Libraries now have even more options for enhancing their Literati solution or Credo Online Reference Service with essential titles including…”

According the BookBusiness  “the US Trade publishing industry – which produces general-interest fiction and non-fiction for adults, children and young adults – experienced significant overall growth in 2012, with eBooks increasing 45% over the past year while hardcovers and paperbacks held steady, according to the just-released BookStats Volume 3, the most comprehensive survey capturing the size and scope of the US book publishing industry…”

 Springer to collaborate with the Italian Society for the Study of Eating Disorders

According to their press release, “Springer and the Italian Society for the Study of Eating Disorders (Società Italiana per lo Studio dei Disturbi del Comportamento Alimentare – SISDCA) have agreed to a five-year collaboration to publish the quarterly journal Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, starting in 2013 with Volume 18. As the official journal of SISDCA, it will be available exclusively in electronic format on SpringerLink (link.springer.com). It was formerly published by Kurtis Editrice…”

Not Your Grandfather’s Web Any More, a project briefing from CNI’s spring 2013 member meeting by David S.H. Rosenthal of LOCKSS and Kris Carpenter Negulescu of the Internet Archive, is now available on CNI’s video channels:

YouTubehttp://youtu.be/uIqU2Cr2Kjs; Vimeohttp://vimeo.com/66175352

What are the practical and theoretical archiving problems posed by the newer parts of the Web, like social media, scientific workflows and Web services? How can the challenges of these latest developments be met, if at all? This presentation reports on the results of a workshop held at the Library of Congress under the auspices of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, where practitioners of Web archiving reviewed these questions. More information about this talk, including presentation slides, is available at http://www.cni.org/topics/digital-preservation/not-your-grandfathers-web-any-more/.

 

 

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