Today’s News: Ex Libris acquired by Golden Gate Capital; Barnes & Noble Is Shutting Down E-Book Pioneers; Hachette announces EPUB3 program; Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. starts a new  Author Advocacy Program; ORCID Registry Goes Live; and Directory of Open Access Books Releases Findings From User Needs.

 Ex Libris Group Announces Acquisition by Golden Gate Capital

According to Library Technology Guides “Ex Libris Group… announced today that Golden Gate Capital, a prominent San Francisco-based private equity firm with $12 billion in capital under management, has entered into an agreement to acquire Ex Libris from its current owner, Leeds Equity Partners. Terms of the sale were not disclosed…

Under the new ownership, Ex Libris will remain an independent business based in Jerusalem, run by the current management team.  The deal is expected to be completed in December 2012…”

Barnes & Noble Is Shutting Down E-Book Pioneers, And eBookwise

According to Tech, “Barnes & Noble is shutting down Fictionwise, a company running several eBook websites, including,, and Although the move shouldn’t be all that surprising in a world of Amazon Kindles, iBookstores, and of course, B&N’s own Nook library…”

Hachette announces the launch of Hachette Book Group’s EPUB3 program

According to Book Business “Hachette  Digital today announced the launch of Hachette Book Group’s EPUB3 program.  Hachette Digital is committed to the EPUB3 format, which allows greater flexibility in representing enhanced content, including interactive covers, embedded multimedia and interactivity, pop-up screens for end-notes, and melded audio and text, as well as improved navigation of reference content, creating a high-quality digital reading experience…”

New Liebert Author Advocacy Program (LAAP) promotes scholarly publishing

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is launching “the Liebert Author Advocacy Program (LAAP), a… membership program for academic, corporate, and funding institutions designed to support Open Access (OA) and enhance the visibility and share-ability of academic research. The LAAP and associated AuthorCite™ portal provide a cost-effective way to support OA publishing for affiliated researchers, as well as a dedicated platform to archive, promote, and share OA articles published in any Liebert journal…”

 ORCID Registry Engineered by Semantico Goes Live

Information Today reports that “ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) recently launched its Registry, where researchers can differentiate themselves by creating a unique personal identifier. The ORCID Registry has been engineered by Semantico. The technical solution uses an API-driven service-oriented architecture, and is being developed using an agile, iterative process…”

 Directory of Open Access Books Releases Findings From User Needs, Perceptions Survey

InfoDOCKET reports that “the final report of the DOAB User Needs Analysis has been released.

This report is based on the experiences, needs, and expectations of users as they emerged from a survey, an online discussion, and a panel at the recent OASPA conference.

The report addresses user perceptions and needs with respect to:

  • Open Access and Open Access books
  • Quality and peer review procedures
  • Copyright policies
  • Platform usability
  • Potential business and funding models…