News You Need to Start the Week

by | Oct 27, 2014 | 0 comments

start-the-weekDigital Humanities on the Rise at Stanford;  John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and ReadCube announce platform-wide integration; NPG and Palgrave Macmillan make data from Author Insights survey publicly available; University of California Press Announces Plans to Roll Out Two Open Access Products; Amazon’s Dispute With Hachette Might Finally Be Hurting Its Sales; Austrian minimum book price to apply to e-books, web sales; Rockefeller University Press Expands Free Access to eBooks Program; Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to… Public Domain; EBSCO partners with OpenAthens to provide single sign-on solution; Rollins College selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo.


Citing the Daily Stanford, InfoDOCKET reports that “over the last decade, the University has seen a soaring interest in what is often referred to as the “Digital Humanities,” a term that has become more and more a part of the University’s lexicon.

The Digital Humanities, as the University defines them, are a “collection of practices and approaches combining computational methods with humanistic inquiry.” Though the University’s involvement in the Digital Humanities goes back to the mid-to-late 20th century with the creation of programs like the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), the University seems to be experiencing a resurgence of faculty and student interest in fusing the age-old humanities with new technologies…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and ReadCube, … have announced the platform-wide integration of ReadCube Checkout technology across all Wiley journals.

Following the successful pilot of ReadCube Checkout earlier this year, Wiley now offers rental, cloud and downloadable article access options for the majority of journal articles – offering individual readers the choice to select the level of access that best fits their needs…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that  “Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan are making data from their Author Insights survey publicly available for the first time as part of Open Access Week. The survey, which contains views from 30,466 researchers, is the biggest publisher survey of authors’ views to be made open access…”

University of California Press is entering into the Open Access space with the launch of two new products: a mega journal focused on three core disciplines (life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and social and behavioral sciences) and a monograph program designed to take advantage of rich, digital formats…

According to TimeAmazon announced its worst quarterly loss in 14 years Thursday, losing $437 million in three months. One of its worst-performing segments? Amazon’s old core business: North American book, movie and music sales. The segment’s sales increased a mere 4.8% from 2013, the slowest growth for the category in more than five years. That compares with a 17.8% growth in that segment a year ago…”

Citing the Austrian newspaper Der Standard’s web edition, Telecompaper reports that “print books sold online in Austria and electronic books will be subject to the set price law (BuchPrG) from 01 December…”

InfoDOCKET reports that  “Rockefeller University Press has expanded access to its book collection, with nearly 50 titles available for free download in multiple e-book formats [PDF, ePub, Mobi] at The collection dates back to 1959 and includes works by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize–winning authors.

InfoDOCKET also reports that a team of scientists at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL),  plan to bring the unseen images collected by the Surveyor robots that landed on the moon between 1966 and 1968 in ot the public domain. Some 87,000 images were relayed back to Earth via television cameras. The group is led by Dr. Shane Byrne, will digitize the entire collection.

According to Library Technology GuidesEBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making it possible for organizations to provide their users with a single access portal though which they can discover and seamlessly access all library resources regardless of where that content is located. EBSCO has expanded its partnership with OpenAthens from Eduserv to provide a single sign-on solution which allows users to avoid using multiple passwords to log in to the organization’s accounts…”

Library Technology Guides also reports that ” Ex Libris announced that Rollins College, a historic private liberal arts institution in Florida, has opted for the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution…”

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