Today’s News: ALA Chapters’ Statement on E-pricing; Springer and EPMA launch new book series; De Gruyter and Tübingen University Library sign agreement; Overdrive apps for Windows 8; Portico adds three publishers; Wiley and O’Reilly Media sign ebook distribution deal; and OCLC Global Council meets to discuss emerging technologies.
“A majority of the 57 state and regional chapters of the American Library Association have signed a joint statement in opposition to the practices of publishers and distributors that have established unfair pricing in the sale of ebooks to libraries… So far, 33 ALA chapters have signed on to the statement, and Indiana Library Federation Executive Director Susan Akers expects that a few more will join in the next few weeks…”
KnowledgeSpeak report that “STM publisher Springer will launch a new book series in collaboration with the European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine (EPMA). The first volume in the series Healthcare Overview: New Perspectives will be published at the end of 2012. Approximately three books will be published each year.
The new series Advances in Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine will provide an overview of multidisciplinary aspects of advanced biomedical approaches and innovative technologies in healthcare. Topics will focus on cost-effective management of healthcare tailored to the individual, and innovative strategies for standardisation of healthcare services…”
“The academic publishing house De Gruyter has signed a cooperative agreement making its entire collection of journals in theology and religious studies available to Tübingen University Library’s Index Theologicus. This comprehensive database contains article information taken from more than 600 periodicals and from numerous Festschriften and conference publications from all over the world…”
According to a press release cited in Book Business, “OverDrive’s newest app showcases … Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system and brings library eBooks to popular new devices including the Microsoft Surface tablet. Incorporating “action bars” and other dynamic features, OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 enables users to enjoy EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks on computers and mobile devices running Windows 8 and Windows RT…”
Portico is pleased to announce the following publishers are now preserving their e-journals with Portico:
Portico (www.portico.org) is a digital preservation service for e-journals, e-books, and other scholarly e-content. The Portico archive is certified as a “trustworthy digital repository” by the Center for Research Libraries; more than 14,000 e-journals, nearly 170,000 e-books, and 55 d-collections have been entrusted to it. For a complete list of Portico-related facts and figures, please visit Portico Archive Facts & Figures.
Technology publisher O’Reilly Media is pleased to announce an agreement with global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Beginning immediately, O’Reilly will become an online distributor for Wiley’s extensive technology ebook program, which includes such leading brands as Wrox, Sybex, and For Dummies®. Nine imprints in all are included in this distribution model, totaling over 3,000 individual titles.
“OCLC Global Council met November 5–7 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss direction and governance of the OCLC cooperative. Delegates heard reports from OCLC members and staff on emerging technologies and how they are impacting libraries around the world. Global Council also approved changes in regulations and bylaws of the cooperative…”