ProQuest and Elsevier expand license agreement; AAUP issues statement on copyright ruling; Simon & Schuster settles ebook suit; foreign ebooks sales jump 333%; Hachette to pilot new ebooks sales to libraries; ALA in conversation with author groups; LibLime Koha 4.10 available for public download; and NASIG announces 2012 award winners.
“May 21, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest and Elsevier Health are expanding their long-standing relationship for licensing of the Lancet family of medical journals to include 36 additional acclaimed health science titles from Elsevier in ProQuest’s information products. The new three-year agreement enables the full text of these journals to be discovered within the context of libraries’ entire ProQuest collections.
“ProQuest is dedicated to a superior researcher experience, so we aim to connect our users with unique content that can drive breakthrough thinking and advance knowledge,” said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest vice-president of Publishing. “That’s exactly what Elsevier’s Health Science journals deliver. We’re eager to expand access and increase use of content that we’re certain will inspire the researchers who rely on ProQuest.”
ProQuest has included The Lancet, widely considered to be among the most influential medical journals in the world, in its Health Sciences products since 1995. The Lancet’s long publishing history includes breakthrough research from Lister, Salk, Fleming, Epstein and Barr, and others who have helped hundreds of thousands of clinicians around the world to improve health and save lives. While its research routinely makes headlines around the world, The Lancet is also known for its independent, authoritative voice in global medicine. Now, that full text content will be available along with articles from Elsevier’s spectrum of important medical journals, covering fields from Anesthesiology to Veterinary Medicine.
As part of information products such as ProQuest® Medical Library and ProQuest® Health and Medical Complete, all of the journals will be accessible to end-users in a research environment that enables them to easily manage, share and work with their discoveries. Backfiles will extend to 2002 and new articles will be available 60 days after their original publication date.”
Inside Higher ED reports that “a week after a federal judge rejected most of the claims brought by three publishers against Georgia State University, the Association of American University Presses issued a statement that raised questions about the decision. Librarians in higher education have generally cheered the decision — which focuses on e-reserves — for rejecting the publishers’ claims. But the university press association, which has backed the publishers, said it was “premature and unwise for anyone to declare victory or defeat…”
CNET reports that “Simon & Schuster, one of the five major book publishers accused in multiple lawsuits of conspiring with Apple to fix e-book prices, has settled the complaint filed by numerous states’ attorney generals… Last month, Simon & Schuster also settled a complaint by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as did Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group and News Corp.’s HarperCollins. The defendants that refused to settle and deny wrongdoing are Apple and Macmillan Publishers (owned by Germany’s Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck holding company), and Pearson PLC’s Penguin Group…”
Digital Book World notes that according to a report released by the Association of American Publishers “foreign e-book sales for U.S. publishers turned a corner in 2011. Sales of e-books by U.S. publishers to readers in other countries increased to $21.5 million in 2011 from $4.9 million in 2010, a 333% increase… At the same time, print sales by U.S. publishers for foreign readers increased by 2.3% to $335.9 million. While growing significantly faster than print, e-book sales only accounted for 6% of overall sales…”
Laura Hazard Owen writing for PaidContent says that “Hachette, which has not made new e-books available to libraries since 2010, is reconsidering the idea. In a pilot program starting this spring (which is…now?), the publisher is working with two e-book distributors to bring a “selection of HBG’s recent bestselling e-books to 7 million library patrons.”
Hachette would not confirm which distributors or libraries it is working with — whether it is partnering with leading digital distributor OverDrive and/or with an OverDrive competitor like 3M Cloud Library or Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360…”
ALA President Molly Raphael reports on the same Hachette pilot project in her recent post on the E-Content blog. She also discusses meetings with the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Authors Guild, PEN American Center, and the National Writers Union in which she and others ALA representatives tried “to improve our understanding of how these relationships (library and author) are evolving for ebooks and to establish the basis for an ongoing relationship with author groups…” Ms. Raphael feels there is some common ground to build on. “We seem to share great uncertainty in our respective environments and a feeling that, while technology should enable bright futures for the knowledge society, somehow our particular populations are getting the short end of the stick. Moreover, just as with publishers and distributors (and libraries), there is a great variety of viewpoints on access to digital content among authors and author groups…”
“LibLime Koha 4.10 has been in beta production release among sponsoring libraries since February, 2012. After completing a rigorous beta testing phase, the application is now publicly available for all as a download at http://www.liblime.com/demos as well as http://www.koha.org/liblime-koha. Release Notes are available at each site. The source code is also available for public access in the LibLime unified git repository located at https://github.com/liblime/LibLime-Koha…”
The NASIG Awards & Recognition committee, has announced the winners of the 2012 NASIG awards. The Horizon Award is sponsored by EBSCO this year and and Taylor & Francis is sponsoring the UKSG Merriman award winner’s attendance at NASIG. Some of the winners include:
- “John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award: Alice Eng, University of North Florida (NASIG) Stephen Buck, Dublin City University (UKSG – sponsored by Taylor & Francis)
- Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship: Deirdre Costello, Simmons College
- Horizon Award (sponsored by EBSCO): Jane Skoric, Santa Clara University Library
- John Riddick Student Grant: Karen D. Harmon, University of Oklahoma; Amanda Kay Barrett, Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI); Jennifer Harris, University of Kentucky…”