ATG News You Need to Start the Week

by | Apr 11, 2016 | 0 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA*“State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons;    *Howard University’s Founders Library Named a National Treasure …;     *The Oldest Qur’an Manuscript in British Library Collection Digitized and Now Online;   *Use of historical primary resources is on the rise in the UK, says new study from Jisc and ProQuest;   *E-book Market in the US 2016-2020 – Emerging Trend of Self-Publishing – Research and Markets;   *International publishers to gather in London for International Publishers Congress and The London Book Fair;  and  *Used e-book sales ahead if this case applies? ReDigi settles damages, prepares to appeal Capital used digital music verdict;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report “was released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016. The report shows that libraries of all types add value in five key areas – education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement. Local and national studies cited within the report show that libraries are advancing multiple literacies and fostering a digitally inclusive society…”

According to infoDOCKETNational Trust for Historic Preservation has named Howard University’s The Founders Library a National Treasure. [Howard University is located in Washington DC.] As the first site at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be named a National Treasure, the National Trust and Howard University will partner to re-imagine Founders Library as a creative and vibrant 21st century learning space, while maintaining its historic character…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “The British Library’s oldest Qur’ān manuscript, Or.2165, dating from the eighth century, has now been fully digitised and is available on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site. Among the most ancient copies of the Qurʼān, it comprises 121 folios containing over two-thirds of the complete text and is one of the largest of known fragments of an early Qurʼān written in the māʼil script…”

Across the UK, use of ProQuest’s flagship Early English Books Online (EEBO) and House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) is steadily increasing, according to a new joint study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute on behalf of ProQuest and Jisc…

The increased usage is among the findings from Impacts of Digital Collections, a study commissioned to assess and verify the teaching and research value of these key online primary source archives…”

According to this press release “Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “E-book Market in the US 2016-2020” report to their offering.  The report forecasts the e-book market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 13.98% during the period 2016-2020…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “London will be the setting for the 31st International Publishers Congress, beginning April 9 -12, for the second time in the event’s history.

Alongside panels on copyright and freedom to publish, the Congress will hear from renowned authors Philip Pullman and Alaa Al-Aswany, and Hachette CEO, Arnaud Nourry…”

According to TeleRead “the dream of reselling used e-books may not be dead just yet. Digital media resale startup ReDigi has reached a settlement in its four-year-old legal battle with Capital Records that will let it move forward with its appeal. Although the case currently centers on digital music, any precedent it sets will apply equally to any digital media—music, movies, video games, or e-books…”



More library and publishing news from a variety of sources



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