Papercut has designs on a new storytelling genre

Papercut, a new iPad publishing platform developed by ustwo, is scheduled for release in late September.  According to Jonas Lennermo, head of publishing at ustwo, “Papercut is three things: it’s a publishing platform; it could work as a storefront; and first and foremost, it’s a new genre — it’s a storytelling experiment.”  It is also being described as “an experience that falls somewhere between text and a movie.

(There is also a video podcast of an interview with Jonas Lennermo that is part of this post.)

Wiley-Blackwell Signs Open Access Agreements with Telethon Italy, FWF Austrian Science Fund, and Max Planck Society

“Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, has signed open access funding agreements with three European research organizations: the Max Planck Society in Germany, the FWF Austrian Science Fund, and Telethon, one of the largest biomedical non-profit organizations in Italy. These agreements provide active financial support and a streamlined process for authors to ensure open access to their published research in Wiley-Blackwell journals.”

Rittenhouse Announces a New Series of Continuing Education Webinars

“Rittenhouse Book Distributors is launching a new series of Continuing Education Webinars for library and retail customers beginning this October. These webinars will be presented by the Rittenhouse Sales Team and are designed to help Rittenhouse customers navigate the specific challenges of their day-to-day operations in a rapidly changing marketplace.

Registration for the First Series is now open and space is limited. Interested parties can log in to and click on the “Events” link to view the webinar titles and register. The Second Series is set to begin in Summer, 2012.”

NPG letter to customers from Steven Inchcoombe

NPG is pleased to share with you the letter from Steven Inchcoombe, Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG) Managing Director, in which Steven provides an update on NPG’s activities and priorities in 2011 and 2012.

ACM Offers Students in Haiti Access to Digital Computing Resources

“ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) is joining forces with international publishers to offer free access to its renowned ACM Digital Library to help 15,000 Haitian students, researchers, and teachers continue their scholarly activities in computer science. ACM is part of an international effort to rebuild cultural and educational institutions following the destruction wrought by the January 2010 earthquake. The project, initiated by the State University of Haiti (UEH) and Libraries Without Borders, has resulted in the creation of a digital campus scheduled to open September 28, in Port-au-Prince.”

OCLC Research and OhioLINK release report and related data to support understanding of book usage patterns in academic libraries

“OhioLINK and OCLC Research have released a report of, and the data set used in, a joint study of OhioLINK circulation to better understand the usage patterns of books in academic libraries and support further research in this area. The study, which incorporated usage data from 2007-2008, was limited to books and manuscripts because these materials typically circulate, and circulation is a significant element in evaluating collections.
The report, OhioLINK—OCLC Collection and Circulation Analysis Project 2011, provides an overview of the study, a description of how the data was analyzed and made available, and suggested uses for the data. The report is accompanied online by an extensive set of Excel spreadsheets that analyze the usage patterns observed in the study.”

Deborah Harman and John Shawler Join Credo Reference 

“Credo Reference… is pleased to announce the addition of Deborah Harman in the United Kingdom and John Shawler in the United States. The twin hires support the company’s growth trend that has seen the size of the company’s staff double in the past twelve months.”