Amazon introduces Kindle Serials; UCLA’s Streaming Video lawsuit thrown out; Sage acquires Royal Society of Medicine journals; new Pew Study on cell phone use; the New Hampshire Historical Society plans digitization project and CRKN terminates national agreement with the ACS.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education “a federal judge in California has for the second time thrown out a lawsuit that accused the University of California at Los Angeles of violating copyright law…. The case involved the streaming of purchased video content to students over the intranet. The university argued that the practice was permissible as “fair use…” (full article is only available to Chronicle subscribers)
Digital Book World recently reported that “Amazon introduced Kindle Serials, its latest program for original content. By year end, Amazon Publishing will publish the first 15 or so titles in the program. Price points are typically $1.99. As Kindle explains the program on its home page.
Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes. When you buy a Kindle Serial, you will receive all existing episodes on your Kindle immediately, followed by future episodes as they are published. Enjoy reading as the author creates the story, and discuss episodes with other readers in the Kindle forums…”
Citing a press release, Resource Shelf reports that “SAGE will begin publishing partnerships with some of the world’s most prestigious medical organisations including the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. SAGE will also publish the RSM’s own journals including its flagship title, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, one of the most widely read and enjoyed general medical periodicals in the world…
InfoDOCKET highlights new Pew report on growing cell phone activity. The report finds that “fully 85% of American adults own a cell phone and now use the devices to do much more than make phone calls. Cell phones have become a portal for an ever-growing list of activities. In nationally representative phone surveys in the spring and summer, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project obtained readings on some of the most popular activities…” The report is full of other statistics supporting the increasing growth of cell phone use for more than just phone calls.
Citing the Concord Monitor, InfoDOCKET also reports that the New Hampshire Historical Society plans to digitize “31,000 museum pieces, 250,000 photos and 2 million pages of manuscripts.” Bill Dunlap, executive director of the New Hampshire Historical Society, is trying to raise the necessary funds and notes that “about $3.5 million has been secured for the digital project, with $1 million to go…”
“The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has announced a decision to terminate the national license agreement it has held with the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2001 for its Web Editions and Legacy Archives products. Termination of the CRKN-ACS license will take effect at the end of 2013, at which time participating libraries may choose to contract directly with ACS or implement alternate arrangements…”