Today’s News: Authors Guild case against the HathiTrust tossed; Chicago Tribune starts e-book program; EBSCO releases news Health Economic Evaluations database; Human Gene Therapy journal expands; and SkyRiver launches eMARC Express a new record delivery service.

 Google Scanning Is Fair Use Says Judge

Publisher Weekly reports that “in a major ruling, Federal judge Harold Baer this week tossed the Authors Guild case against the HathiTrust. In granting the HathiTrust’s motion for summary judgment, Baer ruled that the scan program was a clear fair use under the copyright law, and in the process dealt a potentially fatal blow to the Authors Guild’s other long-running lawsuit filed against Google over its scanning program…

The full text is available here: Jump to Part II at page 12 to begin the discussion of fair use.  Also see Kevin Smith’s comments in his blog post A big win for fair use and libraries

 Chicago Tribune Launches E-Book Program With Agate Publishing

“Like many other non-book publishing media companies, the Chicago Tribune is trying its hand at the e-book business. It announced an initiative in the Spring to publish e-books, partnering with Evanston, Ill.-based Agate Publishing and will produce about seven e-books a month based on previously published Chicago Tribune content…”

EBSCO Adds Health Economic Evaluations Database

“The Health Economic Evaluations Database (HEED), containing information on studies of cost-effectiveness and other forms of economic evaluation of medicines, is now available from EBSCO Publishing. Initially developed as a joint initiative between the Office of Health Economics (OHE) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), HEED provides comparative analysis of costs and consequences about medicines and other healthcare interventions from around the world for informed decision making…”

Human Gene Therapy Journal Expands to Cover Clinical Development in Early 2013

According to Mary Ann Liebert, Inc “Human Gene Therapy is expanding its editorial coverage with the launch of Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development early next year.  The Journal will provide a critical forum for publishing data relevant to the regulatory review and commercial development of cell and gene therapy products…”

 SkyRiver Launches eMARC Express to Streamline e-Material Acquisitions

LibraryTechnology Guides reports that “SkyRiver announced today the launch of a new record delivery service called eMARC Express. eMARC Express introduces a new approach to efficient processing of e-materials at an attractive price. This new service provides MARC files for e-materials ordered from OverDrive and 3M Cloud Library…”

Available to SkyRiver subscribers and non-subscribers alike, eMARC Express makes it easy for any library to obtain files of MARC records that match their orders for e-materials in a timely and economical manner…”

IOP Publishing announces the launch of its ebook programme and a new partnership

IOP Publishing (IOP) has announced its entrance into the book market as part of a long-term strategy to expand its support to the research community by offering the broadest range of publishing services to authors and readers.

The IOP ebook programme will provide an additional content channel for authors looking to publish with a society publisher. The programme has been designed to meet the demands of today’s research community by delivering authoritative, high-quality books in physics.


HOPE Foundation to Honor Sara Miller McCune with Courageous Leadership Award

Academic publishing magnate and philanthropist Sara Miller McCune, founder of SAGE, is being recognized for her contributions to education and philanthropy with the Courageous Leadership Award from the HOPE Foundation. SAGE CEO
Blaise Simqu will accept the award on behalf of McCune during the 10th Annual Courageous Leadership Awards Gala today, October 11, 2012, at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. The Courageous Leadership Awards recognize the extraordinary and courageous acts of educational leaders on behalf of children globally…