Today’s news: A report on etextbooks; Internet Archive files via BitTorrent; Speculation about Bertelsmann/Penguin merger; ACS and CAS introduce Reference QuickView; Atira acquired by Elsevier; and two new journals from Sage.
According to this article in The Chronicle of Higher Education “several universities have recently tried a new model for delivering textbooks in hopes of saving students money: requiring purchase of e-textbooks and charging students a materials fee to cover the costs. A recent report on some of those pilot projects, however, shows that many students find the e-textbooks “clumsy” and prefer print…”
“Internet Archive is making over one million pieces of archived content available to the world via BitTorrent…” According to the press release from BitTorrnet “all of the archives’ live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox audio book collection, feature films, old time radio, lots of books, and all new Community uploads will be available as torrent files…”
According to The BookSeller “Random House parent company Bertelsmann has called a report surfacing in the German media that it is considering a merger with Penguin Books or HarperCollins “speculation”.
A paragraph in retail publication Manager Magazin, later repeated in book industry publications Boersenblatt and Buchreport, suggested a possible merger with either of the publishers was being considered as part of plans to strengthen the company’s capital base… Bertelsmann spokesperson Christian Steinhof said: “We have no comment. It is speculation in the media that we do not comment on.”
Information Today reports that “ACS Publications and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the information divisions of the American Chemical Society (ACS), announced jointly the introduction of Reference QuickView, a dynamic new feature powered by CAS’ SciFinder that enables readers of web content to view directly the text of abstracts linked to bibliographic citations within an ACS Publications journal article or book chapter.
Reference QuickView enables readers viewing the full-text HTML version of an ACS article to scan abstracts from the broader literature, across millions of citations drawn from a broad array of scientific disciplines covered by CAS…
Another report from Information Today notes that “Elsevier announced the acquisition of Atira, a provider of software and tools that help academic institutions and researchers manage and improve their research outcomes. Atira complements Elsevier’s SciVal by expanding the scope of data to report on research activities across an academic institution and by broadening the range of tools and dashboards to analyze those data…”
SAGE and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) today announced a new agreement to publish its two journals, The Australian Journal of Education and The Australian Journal of Career Development, from April 2013… Both peer-reviewed and published three times a year, the journals seek to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the education sector…
The first SAGE issues will publish in April 2013. The new website will be http://www.acer.sagepub.com
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.