*Google’s Digital Library Wins Court of Appeals Ruling; *New Survey Findings From Pew Research: Slightly Fewer Americans Reading Print Books, Ebook Reading Remains Flat *Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlist Announced! *SPARC Launches Open Access Evaluation Tool; *Review of the EU Copyright Framework: European Implementation *Amazon Sues People That Write Fake Reviews; *Europeana Launches Multi-Touch Book & iTunes U Course On Interpreting The Outbreak Of World War I; *Choice debuts content, tools tailored for community college market…”; *Five new publishers to preserve e-journals with Portico plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.
The NY Times reports that “a United States appeals court ruled on Friday that Google’s effort to build a digital library of millions of books was “fair use” and did not infringe on the copyrights of authors… The ruling affirmed a decision that was reached two years ago in a lower court. In that case, the court rejected the claims by the Authors Guild, a writers’ organization, that Google’s book scanning project is a commercial venture that violates authors’ copyrights and drives down sales by making portions of their work available online free…”
- New Survey Findings From Pew Research: Slightly Fewer Americans Reading Print Books, Ebook Reading Remains Flat
infoDOCKET also reports that “the number of book readers has dipped a bit from the previous year and the number of e-book readers has remained flat, according to new survey findings from Pew Research Center…
Many book publishers, researchers and retailers have wondered whether the introduction of e-books would impact book reading overall or lead to a decline in the number of books read in print. This year’s data show a slight decline in the number of American adults who read print books: 63% of American adults say they read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 69% who said the same the year before and 71% in 2011…”
“The American Library Association today announced the six books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States. The two medal winners will be announced by selection committee chair Nancy Pearl at the RUSA’s Book and Media Awards event at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston on Sunday, January 10…”
“SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the launch of the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool, which provides a concrete, quantifiable mechanism to independently analyze publications’ policies.
The OAS Evaluation Tool generates an “Openness” score that is straightforward, easy to understand, and free. The program provides critical information to authors, libraries, research funders, government agencies, and other interested parties. It can be used to help determine compliance with funder policies, institutional mandates, and researchers’ individual values. It also offers a unique opportunity for publishers to independently validate their journals’ degree of openness and compliance with funder and campus policies…”
infoDOCKET notes a study recently released by the European Parliamentary Research Service entitled the ‘European Implementation Assessment’ that “aims to provide briefing for the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) ahead of the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposals concerning the modernisation of the EU copyright framework, which are expected towards the end of 2015. Its objective is to help JURI Members achieve a better understanding of the actual gaps and weaknesses in the existing EU framework…”
In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “Europeana has launched its first Multi-Touch book and iTunes U course for use in classrooms, an important step forward in its goal to bring history to life for learners through the use of digital cultural collections in education.
The book and accompanying course, World War I: A battle of perspectives, were developed jointly with EUROCLIO and Gwen Vergouwen, an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Belgian history teacher as part of Apple’s ADEs in Residence programme, which pairs selected teachers with some of the world’s leading cultural organizations…”
ALAnews reports that “Choice, … premieres content specifically crafted for community college libraries in the November 2015 issue of Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online…
Choice’s new community college features include:
- All titles appropriate for community college libraries are marked with an easily identifiable icon CC
- The top community college titles each month are listed in a special multipage section at the front of the magazine and in Choice Reviews Online.
- Editorials addressing topics especially relevant to community colleges will appear in selected issues.
- Prospective topics include collection development, inclusiveness, leadership, workforce development, educational technologies, college readiness, information access, OERs and more.
According to GalleyCat “Amazon.com has filed a lawsuit against individuals who are paid to write fake Amazon reviews of products, in order to help vendors increase product sales.
The company filed the lawsuit in Seattle against more than 1,000 people who solicit work writing these reviews on the online marketplace Fiverr.com…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “digital preservation specialist Portico has announced that 5 new publishers will preserve their e-journals with the Portico E-Journal Preservation Service. These include: Edorium Journals, Institute of Education (IOE) Press, the Science and Information (SAI) Organization, Science Publishing Corporation, and University of Florida. These publishers ensure that their journals will be secure and available for future researchers and students.
More corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.
- Palgrave Macmillan titles join SpringerLink and the Springer Book Archives
- Ex Libris Alma and Primo selected by University of Denver;
- 6 New Research Resources Now in EBSCO Discovery Service;
- Smashwords announces distribution to Gardners, the UK’s largest book wholesaler
- Elsevier publishes five new Neuroscience Books and Atlases;
- LibraryThing App For iOS is Now Available;
- RedLink announces turnkey integration with PubFactory
- Emerald Group Publishing launches new contribution to the Open Access debate
- ODILO to power nationwide digital library in Spain;
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.