In the News: Ebook Growth slows for adult trade books; Alexander Street Press partners with Equinox Software; Semantico to redesign Access Science for McGraw-Hill; Elsevier launches PracticeUpdate portal for physicians; NASA Technical Reports taken offline without notice; Pew releases 2013 State of News Media Report; and SPARC releases open data resource for research funders
Ebook sales were up 20.7% in Nov. 2012 for adult trade books versus Nov. 2011. This is down from Oct., where ebook sales grew 41%, and from Sept., when they grew 30.7%. While ebooks still continue to grow at an incredible speed in the U.S. market, it’s at a much slower pace than in previous years when the business typically doubled and tripled. Growth in children’s ebooks continued to moderate at 53.2% growth for the month, retreating from early-year triple-digit gains…”
- Alexander Street Sponsors Developments to library Software: Partners with Equinox Software to enhance Evergreen
Alexander Street Press has sponsored Georgia-based Equinox Software, Inc. in the development of new enhancements to its Evergreen Open Source ILS library software…
The sponsored development project will build onto the existing ILS in two phases. The first phase includes creating enhancements to date-sensitive bibliographic searches and MARC record output. The second phase involves developing new functionality for the overlay of existing records. The end result will be an updated software system that enables increased efficiency and accuracy of record-keeping for thousands of librarians worldwide…”
Semantico, suppliers of digital publishing solutions to the scholarly and professional market, announced it has been selected by McGraw-Hill Professional, to deliver a redesign of its AccessScience content platform. McGraw-Hill Professional and Semantico have already worked together to… design and deliver AccessEngineering. AccessScience information will be delivered using Semantico’s content platform, Scolaris…
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of PracticeUpdate, a free website featuring high-quality, relevant medical information and education resources. The site is aimed at the millions of physicians who seek news and articles to help them diagnose and treat their patients. PracticeUpdate is free to registered users and supported by advertisers…”
According to InfoDOCKET “this week NASA abruptly took the massive NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) offline. Though no explanation for the removal was offered, it appeared to be in response to concerns that export controlled information was contained in the collection.
“Until further notice, the NTRS system will be unavailable for public access. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and anticipate that this site will return to service in the near future,” the NTRS homepage now states…”
“The study contains special reports on how news consumers view the financial struggles of the industry and how the local, cable and network TV news landscape has changed in recent years. It also includes analysis of the main sectors of the news media and an essay on digital developments. The report is the work of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism…”
KnowledgeSpeak also reports that The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has released a new community resource for research funders, titled ‘Implementing an Open Data Policy’. This primer addresses key issues that these organisations encounter when considering the adoption and implementation of an open data policy. The guide covers big-picture topics such as how to decide on the range of activities an open data policy should cover. It also delves into areas of very specific concern, such as options for where data can be deposited, and how privacy and other concerns can be managed…”
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.