Today’s News: A survey of library ebook borrowers; Project MUSE/UPCC book pricing; Books At JSTOR launches; 2012 National Book Award winners; and Research4Life extends partnership to 2020.
“Readers who borrow ebooks from libraries also buy books at an impressive clip — and their buying has accelerated, according to a new survey.
An online poll of 75,000 library patrons conducted by Cleveland-based library lending platform OverDrive and the American Library Association found that those who borrow ebooks also buy about 3.2 print books and ebooks per month. Further, 44% of survey respondents reported that their digital content purchases have increased over the past six months…”
“Project MUSE is pleased to announce that 2013 pricing is now available for the UPCC Book Collections, along with several new purchase options and a new current-content subscription offering. The UPCC collections include scholarly books primarily in the humanities and social sciences from more than 80 university presses and related not-for-profit publishers, and will make available more than 23,000 digital books by the end of 2013…”
“JSTOR is pleased to announce the launch of its new books program, Books at JSTOR, which brings scholarly monographs from leading university presses and other academic publishers to the JSTOR platform. Books are deeply integrated with the 1,600 current and archival journals on JSTOR. All content is cross-searchable, and books are linked with millions of book reviews and from hundreds of thousands of book citations within the journal literature…”
According to GalleyCat “The National Book Award winners for 2012 were revealed at Cipriani Wall Street.
- Louise Erdrich has won the fiction award for The Round House from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.
- Katherine Boo has won the nonfiction award for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity from Random House.
- David Ferry won the Poetry award for Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations from University of Chicago Press.
- The Young People’s Literature award went to William Alexander for Goblin Secrets, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
If you want to read all the finalists, GalleyCat has collected free samples of the finalists in all the categories and they are available from the above link.
The Research4Life partners announced … that they have agreed to extend their partnership through 2020. Research4Life (www.research4life.org) currently provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. The renewed commitment will ensure that the 18,000 peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases now available through the public-private Research4life partnership will continue to reach research communities in low- and middle-income countries…”