News & Announcements 09/16/11

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De Gruyter acquires 67 journals from Berkeley Electronic Press

The academic publisher De Gruyter and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) today announced that they have reached an agreement for De Gruyter to acquire bepress’s journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of Law, Business/Economics, Humanities, and Natural Sciences.

More on the acquisition—including an interview with De Gruyter CEO Sven Fund—can be found on Sue Polanka’s blog, No Shelf Required.

As Trial Date Is Set, Settlement Talks in Google Book Search Case Gain Momentum
By Jennifer Howard

“The case brought by authors and publishers over Google’s vast book-digitizing project is headed to trial at last. But the parties told the federal judge handling the matter that there is still hope for some kind of settlement. At a status conference on Thursday in Manhattan, Judge Denny Chin agreed to a trial schedule that would have the litigants in court by next summer. However, lawyers in the case told Judge Chin that settlement talks, especially those between Google and publishers, had made progress, Publishers Weekly and other news media reported.”

QuickWire: Textbook-Rental Company Buys College-Matching Site Zinch

“Chegg, the textbook-rental company, announced on Thursday that it was buying Zinch, a Web site that matches students with colleges and scholarships. The acquisition is Chegg’s latest move in its expansion from renting textbooks to becoming a wide-ranging student portal.”

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