News & Announcements 8/1/14

news2Amazon Defends eBook Pricing in Hachette Fight; ALA Survey Reveals Statistics on Technology in Libraries; Results of 2014 Digital Publishing Survey Published by Bowker and Digital Conversion Labs; Brandeis University Press Releases Collection of 28 Open Access Ebooks, Freely Available Online; GPO would like ALA feedback; Open access articles have more views and downloads, reveals Nature Communications data; Wellcome Library and Jisc announce partners in 19th century medical collections digitisation project; LOUIS adds multiple SirsiDynix Symphony customers to its community; Swets adds OpenAthens to its portfolio of Access Management services for libraries; and LexisNexis and Wolters Kluwer Share Legal Businesses.


According to GalleyCat “Amazon has come out and defended its eBook pricing model arguing that a $14.99 or $19.99 is “unjustifiably high for an e-book.”

In a post on the Amazon Forums, the company argues that since eBooks don’t require printing, warehousing or  transportation costs, they should be less expensive than print books. Here is more from the post …”


Information Today notes that “the American Library Association (ALA) released the “Digital Inclusion Survey,” a study created in partnership with its Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. It was funded by IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).


InfoDOCKET reports that a new survey on trends in the digital publishing industry shows “publishers are increasingly concerned with quality as they move towards digital productions…. Of the respondents, 84 percent are planning to publish digitally in 2014 (an increase of 21 percent over the prior year), and 52 percent of respondents said quality of digital conversion was the aspect of greatest concern. The survey was jointly conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and Bowker.


InfoDOCKET also notes that “a small trove of scholarly books from the Brandeis University Press is now freely available in multiple digital forms from the university’s Institutional Repository thanks to an open access partnership with the University Press of New England and Dartmouth College.

A total of 28 books are now available in HTML, PDF and — when possible — e-book formats from the institutional repository and the collection will continue to expand…”


District Dispatch reports that “in response to the comments GPO (Government Printing Office) received in the FDLP Forecast Study, GPO is moving forward with possible changes to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and have asked for feedback from ALA…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “an independent statistical analysis of the articles published in Nature Communications, carried out by the Research Information Network (RIN), has found that open access (OA) articles are viewed three times more often than articles that are only available to subscribers. RIN also found that OA articles are cited more than subscription articles.


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Wellcome Library and Jisc have announced nine partner institutions whose holdings will be digitised and added to the UK Medical Heritage Library, an online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences.


Library Technology Guides  “the Louisiana Library Network has extended its SirsiDynix Symphony community to include 33 sites since adding Centenary College and Northshore Technical Community College in 2013 and Xavier in 2014. LOUIS is also growing to include Our Lady of Holy Cross College and aims to add more technical community colleges in the coming years…”


Library Technology Guides also reports that Swets announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Eduserv, the non-profit dedicated to developing and delivering technology services for the public sector. This agreement sees Swets adding the highly popular OpenAthens advanced access management system to its portfolio of Access Management services for libraries.


Information Today reports that “LexisNexis will acquire the Canadian legal publishing business of Wolters Kluwer, which has about 50 employees, in order to extend its product portfolio to Canadian customers. The Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory division will take on LexisNexis’ legal business in Poland, which has about 120 employees…”

 

 

 

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