News & Announcements 2/8/13

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In the news:  Macmillan settles with DOJ; Librarian sued for blog post;  E-Textbooks still not a hit with students;  IET Launches Next Generation IET Digital Library; IFLA launch new resources for eBooks and libraries; NoveList announces new feature; Serials Solutions to index French open access works; and Elsevier’s Gold Standard launches MEDalternatives,

 Citing Potential Damages, Macmillan Settles With U.S. on E-book Pricing

Macmillan said on Friday that it had agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice over the pricing of e-books, asserting that the potential costs of continuing to fight the action were too high.

The agreement means that all five major publishing houses have settled the charges brought by the government last spring.

Apple, which is also a defendant, will continue to trial in June, according to the Department of Justice. A company spokeswoman declined to comment on Friday.

See also: Macmillan settles with DOJ, leaving Apple last defendant standing in ebook pricing case

Price of a Bad Review

Inside Higher Ed reports that “Edwin Mellen Press, an academic publisher with offices in upstate New York and Britain, filed two lawsuits in June in Ontario’s Superior Court.”  The lawsuits revolve around a blog post by Dale Askey, currently associate university librarian at McMaster University in Ontario. The first implicates Askey and McMaster, his current employer and employer for some of the time the blog post was live, as “vicariously liable” for his statements, and claims libel and exemplary damages in the amount of $3.5 million. A second suit, filed against Askey alone, claims more than $1 million in similar damages…”

 Students Still Not Taking to E-Textbooks, New Data Show

According to Digital Book World, “despite the benefits of lower costs, lighter backpacks, added features and convenience, students just aren’t taking to e-textbooks, a new study shows.  About 6% of students are using a “core digital textbook” as their main course material, according to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group, which surveyed a nationally representative sample of four-year and two-year college students during the fall 2012 academic semester for the third year for its Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education report…”

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), in partnership with Publishing Technology, re-engineered its IET Digital Library, the central access point for the organization’s online content, with an abundance of new user-friendly features. Launched on Publishing Technology’s pub2web platform with intrinsic semantic web technology, the fully redeveloped online hub is designed to improve the speed and ease with which academic and corporate users and the Institution’s 150,000-plus international members access its wealth of digital content…”

IFLA launches principles, research and advice for eLending in Libraries

“IFLA is pleased to launch a new set of resources relating to eBooks and libraries. Providing access to eBooks is one of the most pressing issues facing libraries right now. Public libraries, in particular, are dealing with implications of rapidly changing business and access models. IFLA has previously issued a background paper on eLending during 2012, and is now building on this paper to launch a new official policy document ‘IFLA Principles for Library eLending‘ which was endorsed by the Governing Board in February 2013…”

NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing, is introducing a new feature to NoveList Select, its catalog enrichment resource. The new feature adds e-resource recommendations to NoveList Select. The recommendations guide patrons to relevant e-resources—that may have been hidden or hard to find—directly from catalog records…  Available free with a NoveList Select subscription, e-resource recommendations are comprehensive and vendor-neutral so libraries can promote a wide variety of resources…”

 French Open Access Works to be indexed in Serials Solutions’ Summon Discovery Service

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, has announced that Le Cléo, le centre pour l’édition électronique ouverte (The Centre for Open Electronic Publishing) is working with the company to have their scientific research content indexed in the Summon service. Founded by French research and academic institutions, Le Cléo publishes thousands of scientific works with a focus on social sciences and the humanities…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that  Elsevier’s Gold Standard, a drug information provider, has announced the launch of the MEDalternatives database, a comprehensive resource for drug therapy options designed to give health plans and their members additional drug cost savings options through access to information on alternative therapies. MEDalternatives uses only evidence-based alternatives that have comparable or better efficacy and safety, compared to current prescriptions…”



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