RUMORS from the ATG NewsChannel 4/21/15

katinaBy Katina Strauch

Two interesting announcements:  Innovative and EBSCO Information Services  have announced the  integration of YBP Library Services and EBSCO online ordering with Sierra. The integration will provide seamless ordering and improved workflow efficiencies. This news follows the recent announcements of EBSCO’s API and Innovative’s Open Library Stack. The initial development will use cloud-based RESTful APIs from both Innovative and EBSCO. The integration will leverage the value each partner offers to benefit mutual customers by significantly reducing the number of steps required to complete a purchase and improve the overall workflow.

Reportedly, Amazon.com Inc. and HarperCollins Publishers have reached agreement on a new multiyear publishing pact that covers both print and digital titles. Apparently, HarperCollins will set the retail prices of its digital books, with incentives for HarperCollins to provide lower prices to consumers, according to a person familiar with the situation. So it appears that there will be no showdown.

Just a few days ago, OCLC has signed agreements with publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services. OCLC has agreements in place with more than 180 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with these providers:  Acquisdata,  Anthropological Literature, Bloomsbury Publishing, Duke University Press, Greenleaf Publishing Ltd.,  GSE Research Ltd., Hakjisa,  Harvard University Press, Mark Allen Group, The MIT Press, NOMOS, Pledger Consulting, University of Toronto Press,  and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH

The 2015 Charleston Conference call for papers is up. The theme is Where Do We Go From Here! Please send in all your ideas.

 

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