Today’s news: Macmillan to participate in library eBook Lending; Iowa Library Services Chooses LearningExpress; a media tour of the NC State’s Hunt Library; new exceptions to the UK’s copyright framework; Ebrary Expands Non-English Offerings; and Curēus a new open-source online medical journal
In his end of the year report, John Sargent CEO of Macmillan “touched on a number of factors, such as the ongoing Justice Department case and how digital ebooks accounts for 24% of the company’s entire revenue. One of his statements should benefit companies like Overdrive and 3M, who provide the backbone for library ebook lending. He said, “In early 2013 we will launch library lending of ebooks. As you probably know, we have not sold ebooks to libraries to date, though we have been working for three years to find a model that works for the libraries, but that didn’t undermine our retail partners and didn’t jeopardize our fundamental business model. We have found a model we believe works for a limited part of our list, so we will now move forward…”
InfoDOCKET notes that the James B. Hunt Library will open at North Carolina State University on January 2, 2013 and provides 34 images taken during a recent media tour at Multimedia Image Gallery (via WRAL). The complete article is from the News and Observer.
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The British Library, … recently welcomed the announcement by Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, outlining new exceptions to the UK’s copyright framework.
In particular, the Library welcomes the exceptions that will now allow digital preservation of its collections including, for the first time, sound and film; non-commercial research copying of in-copyright sound and audiovisual content; non-commercial text and data mining of content that an organisation has purchased or has lawful access to; and the digitisation of its analogue collections for access on the premises…”
Publishers Weekly reports that “E-book provider ebrary has announced that is expanding its non-English language offerings with a new e-book subscription database—the ebrary Nordic Collection—as well as the addition of recently acquired content from a handful of German publishers.
Officials say the Nordic Collection will include more than 1,300 titles from over 30 publishers at launch but will grow to offer over 2,000 e-books in the coming months…”
Curēus is an “open-source online medical journal based in Palo Alto that launched this week and is founded by Dr. John R. Adler, Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford Medical School… According to the Curēus website:
Leveraging the power of an online, crowd-sourced community platform, Curēus promotes medical research by offering tools that better serve and highlight the people who create it, resulting in better research, faster publication and easier access for everyone…We make it easier and faster to publish your work – it’s always free and you retain the copyright. What’s more, the Curēus platform is designed to provide a place for physicians to build their digital CV anchored with their posters and papers…
Furthermore, every published paper is scored by a broad cross-section of users and accumulates a proprietary score, which they refer to as a “Scholarly Impact Quotient” (SIQ) to measure a paper’s true scientific impact…”