News & Announcements 1/19/13

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In the News: Events & meetings at ALA Midwinter;  a new Emily Dickinson Archive this fall at Harvard; Open Discovery Initiative survey available from NISO; Springer collaborates with Scion on OA journal; Duke UP titles move to Highwire; 2012 ends with 41 new Indie bookstores; and Kobo doubles device sales.

 What’s Happening – ALA Midwinter 2013

Those of you attending ALA Midwinter may be interested in this 27 page PDF outlining the major meetings and events scheduled for the conference.  It is posted by Mary W. Ghikas Senior Associate Executive Director, ALA and divided by category so attendees can focus on topics of interest.

GalleyCat reports that “Harvard University Press will open a new Emily Dickinson Archive this fall, collecting manuscripts and annotations of her classic poetry… Features: Find poems easily with multiple index and reference tools. Study the poet’s own handwriting, variants, and arrangement of her work. Read and compare editions and transcriptions through time. Conduct new scholarship; share comments, assignments, and reading lists.”

NISO Open Discovery Initiative – Survey report now available

According to the ODI Working Group the report from the Open Discovery Initiative survey is now available.  “Please note that the full set of recommendations from the ODI Working Group is still underway and will be available in draft form for comment a few months from now.

Survey findings and analysis are provided in detail in this report, which is organized by type of respondent. Each constituency was posed with a range of 5-15 questions on similar topics, customized to address the specific factors that characterize or impact each sector. It is important to note that not all questions were required for completion of the survey, so some items were left unanswered by some respondents…”

“Starting in January 2013, Springer and Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, will cooperate to publish the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science. As of Volume 43, Issue 1, the journal will be part of the SpringerOpen portfolio. As a fully sponsored open access journal, it will be freely available on and SpringerLink without subscription charges or registration barriers…”

 Duke University Press eBooks to move to HighWire

No Shelf Required reports that “Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce a major expansion of their partnership to include the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection. Beginning with the 2014 collection, e-Duke Books, an annual collection of at least 100 new electronic books published by Duke University Press as well as more than 1,500 backlist titles, will move to HighWire’s Open Platform and the newly developed Folio e-book solution.

 41 New Bookstores Opened Last Year

Galleycat also notes that “the American Booksellers Association (ABA) revealed a happy statistic this week: 41 independent bookstores opened their doors in 2012.  Here’s more from the organization: “The [ABA] welcomed 41 indie bookstores that opened in 2012 in 24 states. Among them were five branches of existing businesses and seven selling primarily used books. California is home to six new stores; New York, five; Florida and Texas, three; and Kansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, two.”

According to “eReader maker Kobo has announced it has exceeded 2012 market forecasts, doubling device sales and attracting more than 4 million new customers within the last six months to bring its total to more than 12 million registered users. Contradicting forecasts claiming eReader sales would decline in 2012, Kobo’s E Ink eReader sales were up nearly 150 percent in December, helping the company to claim 20 percent of the global eReader market…”

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