ATG News & Announcements 9/23/15

research*Google Hires Oyster Execs as Ebook Service Announces Shutdown;  *California Digital Library’s Shared Cataloging Program Helps Support Alternative Press/Open Access Resource;   *Books: ‘Digital Apocalypse’ Is ‘Not on Schedule’;   *Austrian scholars can publish open access in more than 1,600 Springer journals *Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Awarded $4 Million Grant From Arcadia Fund:   *Reference management tools essential to scientific and technical publishers’ customer strategy, reveals Simba report;   *Harvard Business Review Press Enters Agreement with Safari;  *Taylor & Francis Group re-launches Author Services website; *2015 Data Science Salary Survey;   *New journal covering all research disciplines publishes its first papers; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

BookBusiness reports that “Oyster, the so-called Netflix for ebooks, is shutting down. Its CEO and founders announced their plans to close Oyster in a blog post this afternoon, writing that the service would be sunset over the next several months. They give no reason for why Oyster is closing, saying only that their vision for ebooks will be “best seized by taking on new opportunities.”

Google appears to be part of the impetus, too. According to Recode, Google has hired “a portion” of Oyster’s team, including its CEO and founders…”

infoDOCKET notes that the California Digital Library’s “SCP [Shared Cataloging Program] staff are constantly on the lookout for how their cataloging can be leveraged for the greater good. Such an opportunity recently presented itself with the licensing by CDL of 800 titles offered by Reveal Digital in their Independent Voices collection. This collection is a cooperative effort by libraries across the country to fund the digitization of alternative press content from the 1960s through the 1980s on the Reveal Digital platform…”

Shelf Awareness notes that an article in yesterday’s New York Times  entitled The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead “examines the recent slowing down of e-book sales, including a 10% drop in the first five months of this year for publishers reporting sales to the Association of American Publishers, and suggested that “the digital apocalypse never arrived, or at least not on schedule

Print books account for more than 70% of sales for Penguin Random House in the U.S. “People talked about the demise of physical books as if it was only a matter of time, but even 50 to 100 years from now, print will be a big chunk of our business,” noted PRH CEO Markus Dohle…”

According to Library Technology Guides  “Springer and the Austrian Academic Library Consortium have finalized a wide-ranging agreement for a new Springer Compact deal running from 2016 through 2018. Springer Compact combines reading and open access publishing in one annual fee. Consortium members gain access to over 2,000 Springer journals and also have the option of publishing their research open access in more than 1,600 Springer hybrid journals. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is also a partner in the newly signed deal.

According to infoDOCKET “Arcadia Fund has awarded a $4 million grant to the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University. This is the single-largest gift to the organization in its 50-year history.

Rev. Columba Stewart, OSB, executive director of HMML, says the gift will support HMML’s digitization, archiving and cataloging of endangered manuscript collections through 2021.

In addition, Arcadia’s funding will make these digitized materials freely available to worldwide users through HMML’s online Reading Room, which will launch in early 2016…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “a recent report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information reveals that reference management tools such as Mendeley and ReadCube only generate 1% to 2% of scientific and technical journal sales, but publishers are betting on them in a big way to build deeper relationships with customers. The report, Global Scientific & Technical Publishing 2015-2019, found that the global scientific and technical publishing market saw very modest growth in 2014 with total sales up only 1.6%…”

Also according to BookBusiness “Safari, the global platform for business and technology learning, and Harvard Business Review Press, …, have entered into an agreement to make books, videos, and webinars from Harvard Business Review Press available on the Safari platform…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that the “Taylor & Francis Group has re-launched its Author Services website, with new resources for all researchers looking to publish a journal article. With information on choosing a journal, writing a paper, what to expect during peer review and production, as well as what to think about once you’re published, the website guides researchers through the journal publishing process from initial idea to post-publication…”

O’Reilly Media has released its “annual survey for data professionals, asking questions primarily about tools, tasks, and salary — and we are now releasing the third installment of the associated report, the 2015 Data Science Salary Survey. The 2015 edition features a completely new graphic design of the report and our findings. In addition to estimating salary differences based on demographics and tool usage, we have given a more detailed look at tasks — how data professionals spend their workdays — and titles…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Elsevier has announced that Heliyon, its new open access journal publishing research across all disciplines, has published its first eight papers since the journal opened for submissions earlier this year. Covering topics as diverse as Yard-long beans in Sri Lanka and cattle in Western Germany, the newly published papers span multiple research disciplines from authors across four continents…”


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