Ebook revenue growth in the U.S. slows; Inkling raises $16 million, signs deals with Pearson, Elsevier; Cambridge U. Releases “Board of Longitude” Digital Archive; Books-A-Million to install ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE; Springer is publishes OA journal in collaboration with the SGEPRI in China; CrossRef supports FundRef funder identification service; and EBSCO and Cairn.info agreement adds French-Language journal content to EBSCO Discovery Service.

According to Digital Book World,  “Ebook revenue growth in the U.S. has slowed in 2013 afters years of double- and mobile phone and bookstriple-digit gains.

Ebook revenues for trade publishing grew 5% in the first quarter of 2013 to $393.6 million as measured across the adult fiction/non-fiction, children’s and young adult and religious segments. Meanwhile, total trade sales were down about 5% to $1.47 billion in the first quarter, meaning that ebooks now account for nearly 27% of all trade sales — up from 24% in the first quarter of last year, despite the slowdown in ebook growth.

Digital Book World also reports that “digital publishing and sales platform Inkling raised $16 million in Series C funding and signed new deals with publishers Pearson and Elsevier.  To date, the company has raised a reported $33 million in funding in two rounds as well as $20 million in debt (the amount it raised in its August 2010 Series A round was not disclosed).

In addition to raising more money, Inkling has signed new publishing deals with giants Pearson and Elsevier. The publishers will use Inkling’s Habitat content management and creation technology to create and digitize new educational and academic products. In all, about a 1,000 new titles will be brought to the Inkling platform…”

Citing a news item from JISC, InfoDocket reports that “for the first time, the full story of attempts to solve the longitude problem – unravelling the lone genius myth popularised in film and literature – will be made freely available to everyone via Cambridge University’s Digital Library.

Launched today, the complete archive of the Board of Longitude, held by Cambridge University Library and associated National Maritime Museum collections, will take their place alongside the works of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton on the Cambridge Digital Library site…”

Business Wire reports that “Books-A-Million, Inc. and On Demand Books, the company behind the Espresso Book Machine (“EBM”), have entered into an agreement to install an EBM in Books-A-Million’s store in Portland, Maine, and one other location to be announced at a later date. The EBM brings a revolutionary book-publishing technology to one of the nation’s premier book retailers…”

springer logo Springer partners with State Grid Electric Power Research Institute in China

Library Technology Guides reports that Springer is publishing a new open access journal in collaboration with the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (SGEPRI) in China. The Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy will be fully sponsored by the Chinese research institute and will function as its official journal. The peer-reviewed publication joins Springer’s Chinese Library of Science, a collection of more than 90 high-quality Chinese research journals.

According to this press release “CrossRef ... supports the use of its funder identification service, FundRef, to enable the transparent tracking of funding and publications by organizations responding to government public access policies…

CrossRef has already made the FundRef Registry (the taxonomy of funder names) available for open use via a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. CrossRef has now announced plans to extend the FundRef service to meet the needs of organizations working to respond to new public access requirements..

According to KnowledgeSpeak Elsevier … has announced the publication of the second edition of Molecular Biology as an enhanced ePub3 book, available from Apple’s iBooks and VitalSource.

Written by David Clark and Nanette Pazdernik and originally published in 2012, the new version of Molecular Biology is a transformation of traditional print textbook and reference content into a multidimensional digital format that is interactive, engaging and dynamic…”

Quoting a press release, PRWeb reports that  EBSCO and Cairn.info have come to an agreement allowing metadata and selected full text from Cairn.info’s comprehensive collection of French, Belgian and Swiss journals to be added to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Content from Cairn.info includes 370 French-language academic journals with 150,000 articles. Coverage dates back to 2001.