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Library of Georgia Digital Collection in line for indexing in the Summon Service

“The Digital Library of Georgia connects users to a million digital objects, in more than 200 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies. With the recent agreement to index the organization’s collection, users of the Summon service will soon be able to discover resources in this vast collection of digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, architectural drawings, audio, video, and other resources.

Serving as a gateway to Georgia history, life and culture, the digital library is an initiative of GALILEO, the state’s virtual library, and is based at the University of Georgia Libraries. It supports the instruction, research, and service missions of GALILEO and the University System of Georgia through collaboration with university faculty, students, and staff…”

Justice Department Responds to Ebook Lawsuit Objections

Information Today reports that “in a strongly worded document, the U.S. Department of Justice responded to public comments made objecting to the Department’s proposed settlement of price fixing charges levied against Apple, Inc., HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and four other publishers…

The Department received nearly 870 comments. Interestingly, the majority of them, nearly 800, opposed the settlement and supported the practices that Apple and the publishers were engaging in…

The Justice Department considered but dismissed the objections, finding that the proposed settlement was in the public interest and in compliance with federal antitrust law. The Department noted that most of the objections were from organizations and businesses that “have an interest in seeing consumers pay more for ebooks”, such as booksellers like Barnes and Noble and the American Booksellers Association, literary agents, publishing and authors groups, including the Authors Guild, and even defendant Apple. The Department found that their objections to the settlement—which would preserve the status quo of higher prices—were “serving their own self-interests” and that their frustrations arose not from the settlement but from, “the evolving nature of the publishing industry…”

Columbia University Libraries Acquires Ballantine Book Archive

Reporting from Columbia University Libraries Library News, InfoDOCKET notes that Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library has received “Betty Ballantine’s gift of a collection of books and papers relating the work of her late husband Ian and her in their long and distinguished careers in publishing.  The gift includes a nearly complete run of Penguin titles in pristine condition, along with a full set of Ballantine and Bantam paperbacks, in equally fine condition, as well as an archive of the Ballantine’s work as an independent publishing team after the sale of their company to Random House…

17 Million iPads Sold in Third Quarter

“In its third-quarter financials released this week, Apple says it sold 17 million iPads. That’s an 84 percent increase versus the same period last year. The company also sold 26 million iPhones, a 28 percent jump over last year’s third quarter…  The huge jump in iPad sales, in addition to the improved sales of iPhones versus a year ago, show how important mobile products have become to the company…”

 The Writer Magazine ‘Will Go on Hiatus’ After 125 Years

The Writermagazine ‘will go on hiatus’ after 125 years of helping writers with their craft.  Editor Jeff Reich sent an email to contributors …: “I’m sorry to announce that The Writer magazine will go on hiatus after the October 2012 issue, which is in production now. Kalmbach Publishing Co., which owns The Writer, is currently looking for a buyer for the magazine, and our hope is that The Writer will re-emerge under the careful stewardship of a new owner…”

Safari Books Online launch next generation Safari To Go apps

Safari Books Online, an on-demand digital library for technology, digital media and business professionals, has announced their next generation Safari To Go apps which are free apps designed specifically for Apple and Android phone and tablet users.

According to the press release, “the new apps are more than ‘mobile-ready’ versions of Safari Books Online. They allow users to consume and manage content, navigating in a familiar and comfortable environment, from their mobile device of choice. The Safari To Go apps make learning on the go convenient and easy by giving users the ability to pick up where they left off from any Safari Books Online reading platform…

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Jones made editor at The Bookseller

Philip Jones has been promoted to be editor of The Bookseller. Jones, deputy editor and also editor of Futurebook—The Bookseller Group’s digital blog—succeeds editor-in-chief Neill Denny.

Denny, who has been editor-in-chief since October 2004, is leaving to follow new opportunities but will remain an integral part of The Bookseller’s editorial team.

Appointment of Linda S. Sanford as a non-executive director

“Reed Elsevier announced today the appointment of Linda S. Sanford as a member of the Supervisory Board of Reed Elsevier NV (RENV) with effect from 4 December 2012, subject to shareholder approval at an Extraordinary General Meeting of RENV to be held later in the year, and as a non-executive director of Reed Elsevier PLC from the same date. She will also be appointed a non-executive director of Reed Elsevier Group plc…”


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