LexisNexis digital library enhanced with new features; Goodreads hit with copyright suit; retailers start cutting Penguin ebook prices Vaizey letter confirms Public Lending Right for UK e-books; ALA President’s statement on libraries and the Affordable Care Act; French publishing report shows slow e-book uptake; EBSCO enhances its Arabic content by improving multilingual search functionality

law & justice - microsoft clip art LexisNexis Digital Library Enhanced with New Features and Content

Yahoo Finance reports that LexisNexis® Legal & Professional…”announced that it has added new features and capabilities to LexisNexis® Digital Library eLending solution to advance the digital library experience for legal professionals. The announcement comes as LexisNexis prepares to participate in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting in Seattle…”

According to PaidContent “a photo agency has filed a lawsuit against Goodreads, the Amazon-owned social network for book lovers, over a celebrity image posted by one of the site’s members.

In a complaint filed last week in Los Angeles, BWP Media is seeking $150,000 in copyright damages related to the unauthorized posting of a photo showing Dalton Rappatoni, a member of boy band IM5.

According to this piece in PaidContent while “Penguin reached a settlement with the federal government in the ebook pricing case back in December, … retailers have only just begun discounting its titles… In addition, because Random House and Penguin are merging, Random House has to comply with the terms of the settlement as well, and Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum told Publishers Lunch that this will happen by the end of July…”  The article also provides a “sampling of the discounts on Penguin titles at various retailers.”

TeleRead reports that “a letter sent by Ed Vaizey, the UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, to Nicola Solomon, General Secretary of the UK Society of Authors, has confirmed the extension of England’s Public Lending Right scheme to e-books and audio books borrowed from public libraries. (The full text of the letter is here.) ….

ALA President Releases Statement on Libraries and the Affordable Care Actala_logo - librarygarden.net

InfoDOCKET provides this link to the full text of a statement by ALA President Barbara Stripling that discusses libraries providing information about the Affordable Care Act and points out that “Decisions about how libraries will respond to inquiries about the ACA will be made by local libraries. As always, libraries do not promote specific programs or points of view, but provide the public with balanced, unbiased access to information.”

TeleRead notes that “the latest Activity Report “L’édition en perspective“ (“Publishing in Perspective”) from France’s Syndicat national de l’édition (French Publishers Association) shows relatively modest market share growth for e-books, rising from one percent of the French book market in 2011 to three percent in 2012…”

According to this press release from PRWeb “EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has improved upon its … platforms for Middle Eastern Studies by enhancing multilingual content search technology, which will make the Arabic-language content in EBSCOhost® databases and EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) more discoverable…”