ebook price fixing case delayed; interview with OCLC Pres. & CEO; Palgrave to launch new “Pivot” imprint; new databases from ebrary; unlimited access to SciFinder in Australia; a new product from Inmagic and a new group CEO for ATEX
According to this article in paidContent “new court filings related to an alleged conspiracy between Apple and publishers over e-book prices show the matter may not be resolved until 2014 or later. The filings reflect the sprawling dimensions of the litigation and also underscore how the legal system moves at a much slower pace than the fast-evolving e-book market.
Lawyers for Apple, publishers, the Justice Department and state governments on Friday filed a new schedule and status report about how they intend to undertake the case. The case itself turns on whether Apple and five publishers broke antitrust laws when they introduced a commission-style pricing system for e-books in a bid to halt Amazon’s growing dominance in the market…”
InfoDOCKET picked up this piece from the Columbus Dispatch, hometown newspaper of OCLC that “alerts us to a video interview with OCLC President and CEO, Jay Jordan, that aired on the Ohio News Network’s, “Ohio Means Business” program. The Dispatch also offers an edited text transcript excerpt of the interview. It’s important to point out that the interview was recorded BEFORE we learned that Jack Blount will not become the new President/CEO of OCLC and Jordan will postpone his retirement and continue to lead OCLC.
According to this brief piece in PW, “Palgrave Macmillan’s Palgrave Pivot imprint will launch October 30 with over 20 titles. First announced in December, Pivot seeks to quicken the academic publishing process by enabling authors to publish their research at lengths between that of a journal article and a scholarly monograph within 12 weeks of acceptance after full peer-review…”
“ebrary®, a ProQuest business, now offers two new subscription products in Employee Development and Human Resources hand-selected by its on-staff librarians. The new databases – and over 20 others – enable corporate libraries to affordably expand access to a critical mass of e-books to researchers and employees around the world with unlimited, multi-user access and offset any hosting fee for titles acquired under other models… The Employee Development database covers topics such as business communication, strategic thinking, and creativity, while the Human Resources collection encompasses recruitment, retention & remuneration, training & development, and corporate culture & diversity…”
“Chemical information provider Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has signed an agreement with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) for unlimited access to SciFinder. CAUL comprises 39 academic institutions in Australia, including the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and the University of Sydney.
SciFinder is the proprietary search and analysis tool for CAS databases, the largest, most complete collection of disclosed chemistry and related scientific research, including more than 67 million chemical substances and 56 million reactions from patents, journals, web publications, and other reputable sources…” (Full press release)
According to Information Today “Inmagic introduced a new product that will bring advanced web publishing capabilities to DB/TextWorks customers. The new product, Presto for DB/Text, is a limited version of Inmagic Presto that will enable many new web publishing capabilities for DB/Text, while allowing textbases to continue to be created and maintained in DB/TextWorks. Presto for DB/Text will work with both SQL and non-SQL versions of DB/TextWorks…”
“Atex has announced a new Group CEO to strengthen the ongoing leadership and development of the business and support its accelerated growth into the digital marketplace. Gary Stokes will be joining the company with immediate effect.
Gary has considerable experience gained in complex international and service-based B2B businesses. With a background in finance, he has led both quoted and privately owned businesses and has a track record in delivering performance and value enhancement for the long term benefit of customers, staff and stakeholders…”