News & Announcements 1/8/13

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Today’s News: Elsevier Acquires Knovel; a timetable for Penguin to join DoJ settlement; WILL Act reintroduced in the House; Gale adds to its National Geographic Virtual Library;  The State Department releases 108 volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States as ebooks; and ReaderLink Digital partners with Berlin-based txtr GmbH.

Elsevier Acquires Knovel, Provider of Web-based Productivity Application for the Engineering Community

Elsevier… “announced today the acquisition of Knovel Corp a provider of ” a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust… Knovel is used by  ” thousands of engineers and students in more than 700 corporations and engineering schools worldwide. Knovel integrates information and data from more than 100 engineering societies and publishers and makes it highly searchable and interactive so that engineers can easily manipulate the data they find and use it in other engineering applications…”

U.S. Proposes Timetable For Penguin to Join DoJ Settlement

According to Publishers Weekly “U.S. attorneys filed its proposed timetable for Penguin to complete its Tunney Act review and to join the DoJ’s final settlement to alleged e-book price-fixing charges.

The United States says the public notice process in the Federal Register and other publications is now mostly complete, and at this time should begin the 60-day public comment period, which would end on or about March 5, 2013…”

WILL Act Reintroduced in House

The District Dispatch reports that “last week, Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) reintroduced H.R. 113, the Workforce Investment through Local Libraries (WILL) Act for the new 113th Congress.  This legislation proposes including libraries in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and is co-sponsored by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)…

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World, a new multimedia resource in its National Geographic Virtual Library (NGVL) product line. This new resource joins National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 and National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current (launched this past fall), bringing the total number of available NGVL resources to three…”

U.S. State Department Releases 108 Volumes of the “Foreign Relations of the United States” in Two eBook Formats

InfoDOCKET updates an item they posted in March 2012 when they “shared news that the U.S. Department of State was beginning a pilot program and releasing five volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States series as ebooks.”  In this most recent post they note “that the pilot has expanded and 108 volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States are now available in epub and MOBI formats. These volumes cover events from 1945-1976…”

“…ReaderLink Digital and Berlin-based txtr GmbH (txtr) have signed an agreement making ReaderLink the exclusive partner of txtr’s eBook solution for non-trade and independent booksellers in the United States of America… consumers will have the benefit of being able to store all of their eBooks in one common library, no matter which ReaderLink Powered retailer they purchased their book from. In addition, advantages of the ReaderLink and txtr solution for retailers include minimal start-up costs, fast speed-to-market and limited technical integration. The solution is also device agnostic..”

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