ATG Hot Topics of the Week

by | Jul 19, 2013 | 0 comments

by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College

LibraryReads will be officially launched this fall.  There’s already a website and a Facebook page.  Here’s a profile by Meredith Schwartz in Library Journal.  The idea is that employees of public libraries will use the site to recommend books (excluding juvenile literature) to the public.

Danny Kingsley of the Australian Open Access Support Group makes the case that open access requires more than simply making items available free online.  There are also issues of language, distribution, and inclusion to be considered.  For example, screen reading software for visually impaired readers does better with HTML than with PDF, and the latter also requires more bandwidth for access.

The University of California system recently dropped the “big deal” from Taylor & Francis.  Here’s why.

The CEO of Cengage Learning attributes their bankruptcy (which has prompted a restructuring, not going out of business) to the evolving market for textbooks.

Apple has been found liable for conspiring with publishers [Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster] to raise e-book prices to eliminate retail competition.”  Michael Weinberg of Public Knowledge has some prophetic words about publishers in response.

In the New York Times, Boris Kachka asks what it means that so many publishers continue to consolidate into random penguins and such.

Tom Allen of AAP and Maureen Sullivan of ALA are throwing down, about publishers, libraries, and e-books.  No, it’s not the Charleston Conference, it’s the Maine Policy Review.  . (By the way, The ATG NewsChannel just featured these as the ATG Articles of the Week: “Book Publishers and Libraries: Historic Partners Facing a Disruptive Technology” and “Libraries and Book Publishers.”) Meanwhile, legislators in Maryland and Connecticut are getting involved.

Oh, and Wiley has decided that UK libraries can’t continue to benefit.  They’re gonna have to pay higher subscription prices just like the Americans.

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