Today News: Amazon sweetens the deal for its authors; Simon & Schuster Opens Self-Publishing Service four new Medical Board Reviews Apps; Kortext signs key textbook publishers; and Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Dec. 3rd deadline;
“Amazon is sweetening the deal for Kindle Direct Publishing self-published authors who opt to make their books available only on Amazon for a limited period of time.
Every month, Amazon pays KDP Select authors a percentage of a $700,000 fund based on how many times readers borrow their titles from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The more borrows in comparison to other authors, the more money they get. Over the next three months, Amazon will add $1.5 million to that pool, juicing the deal for those authors…”
GalletCatreports that “Simon & Schuster has created Archway Publishing to help writers self-publish fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s books. They will run the new service with help from Author Solutions, the self-publishing company acquired by Pearson for $116 million in July…”
According to KnowledgeSpeak “Elsevier has released four new Medical Board Reviews Apps based on content from Elsevier’s medical board review titles. These include: Braunwald’s Heart Disease Review and Assessment, 9th Edition, by Dr. Leonard S. Lilly; Emergency Medicine Review: Preparing for the Boards, by Richard A. Harrigan; Rush University Medical Center Review of Surgery, 5th Edition, by Dr. Jose M. Velasco; and Sleep Medicine Review: A Problem-Oriented Approach, by Dr. Meir H. Kryger…”
According to a company press release “Kortext today announced that it has finalised agreements to include digital textbooks from all of the key academic publishers in its distribution platform.
Kortext, focused on the UK Higher Education market, offers on-line and offline access to key textbooks from multiple publishers, combined with a set of tools that provide the user with functionality beyond anything a traditional textbook can offer. Publishers partnering with Kortext include key players in the global textbook market such as: Pearson, Wiley, McGraw Hill, Cengage, Palgrave, Oxford University Press and others…”
The Washington Post reports that “the National Archives and Records Administration posted online nearly 1,000 pages of formerly sealed records relating to the infamous burglary case.
The newly released documents come from the U.S. v. Liddy criminal trial against seven of the individuals involved in the Watergate break-in scandal that led to the impeachment and resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. They include evidentiary discussions held outside the jury’s hearing, pretrial discussions with defendants’ lawyers and the court, and post-trial sentencing information…”
The deadline for nominating a candidate for the 2013 Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management the deadline for nominations and supporting materials is December 3, 2012…
The Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award consists of a citation and $2,000 generously donated by Coutts Information Services.
Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person’s achievements, including but not limited to:
-Building and managing new types of electronic collections and materials -Addressing selection issues and processes for electronic resources -Creating effective organizational structures for the workflow management and development of electronic resource collections -Increasing visibility, discovery, and user access to electronic library resources
Nominations should include:
-Name, address, phone number, and email address of each nominee and nominating party -Formal statement of nomination that includes a rationale -Description of any projects that the nominee has initiated and successfully completed -Letters of support and endorsement
Letters of endorsement from others should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. The number of letters of endorsement received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person’s accomplishments that fulfill the intent of the award shall be the factor considered.
Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current employees of Coutts Information Services or Ingram are not eligible for the award.
Nominations should be sent to: Fannie M. Cox, Chair, Coutts Award Jury, email@example.com. Documents in electronic format, sent to the chair as email attachments, are preferred.
Visit the Coutts Award page for more information: http://www.ala.org/alcts/awards/profrecognition/couttsinnovate
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.