Apple and publishers possible European agreement; InfoDesk launches of InfoMonitor; a new Amazon Publishing acquisition; a Gale genealogy database; Baker and Taylor gets Service Award; and Brill launches Brill.com.
Book Business.com reports on this article from Ars Technica which claims that “Apple and four publishers are reportedly trying to come up with an agreement that would make both Amazon and European regulators happy, as a way to settle an e-book price-fixing investigation. According to a source speaking to Reuters, Apple and the publishers are proposing a plan under which other e-book retailers—namely, Amazon—could sell e-books at a discount, rather than at the price set by publishers. The European Commission has not yet accepted the offer, according to Reuters, but is informally “market testing the commitments” to see whether such a solution would be workable…”
According to Information Today, “InfoDesk announced the launch of InfoMonitor, a new once-daily competitive intelligence, news and media monitoring service. InfoMonitor brings an organization all the important news and information, from all its preferred sources in one custom-edited, easily digestible daily email update. InfoMonitor can be delivered to your email inbox, web portal, or RSS feed.
InfoMonitor combines InfoDesk’s state-of-the-art technology with a professional editor’s review, enabling it to scan and filter thousands of news sources—including all types of subscription, web, and social media sources—to deliver only the most relevant clips, without redundancy.
Digital Book World reports that “Amazon Publishing today announced that it has acquired through an auction the publication contracts of over 1000 books from Dorchester Publishing. As part of the process, Dorchester authors were offered the opportunity to join Amazon Publishing and receive the full back royalties that Dorchester indicated were owed…
Going forward, the acquired Dorchester titles will be published under the appropriate Amazon Publishing imprints: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror titles to 47North; Romance titles to Montlake Romance; Mystery and Thriller titles to Thomas & Mercer; Westerns and other titles to AmazonEncore. Titles will be available both in print and as Kindle books. Under the terms of Amazon’s bid, any former Dorchester Publishing authors that chose not to work with Amazon Publishing will have their rights revert back to them to pursue other publishing opportunities including self-publishing via the Kindle Direct Publishing platform.
According to Information Today, “Gale, part of Cengage Learning, partnered with Genealogical.com to launch a new online resource for genealogists—Gale Genealogy Connect. Focusing on the “how to” of genealogical research, this new resource serves as a complement to popular fact, date, and people-based genealogy resources already on the market…”
PR Newswire reports that “Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, is honored to announce that Michaels, North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts, selected Baker & Taylor as the winner of its annual Outstanding Service Award.
Michaels’ vendors were recognized at the company’s recent 15th annual Vendor Conference for their partnership and contributions to innovation, outstanding service, great products and powerful brands…”
Academic publisher Brill announces the migration to Brill.com as the new domain for the corporate website and the employees’ email addresses. As of this week, Brill.com will replace the previous domain Brill.nl. In its 330th year, Brill’s headquarters are still based in the Netherlands, but the new domain more accurately conveys the company’s long standing tradition as an international publisher. “Moving to a .com domain is an adequate reflection of Brill’s global scope and ambitions,” says Herman A. Pabbruwe, CEO of Brill. Existing URLs and email addresses with the old domain Brill.nl will continue to be redirected infinitely.
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“MediaSource Inc. announced today that Library Journal editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff is leaving LJ effective September 1, ending an extraordinary career that spanned 35 years, with over 15 years at its helm (as editor and editor-in-chief). Under her leadership, LJ moved from a print magazine to a multiplatform entity. “Francine’s departure leaves all of us at LJ saddened,” said Ian Singer, v-p and group publisher, Library Journals, LLC. “We wish Francine the absolute best in her future…”
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.