According to this press release “In response to the worsening global health emergency, Atypon has created a website with a free, real-time feed that delivers the latest peer-reviewed research, preprints and news on the novel coronavirus outbreak as soon as it is published.
The Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Special Edition feed aggregates content from over 30,000 authoritative sources across the web to make the discovery of related, trusted information faster and more comprehensive for researchers, medical practitioners, and the general public. It includes research that the Wellcome Trust and publishers worldwide are making freely available in the wake of the outbreak…”
Library Technology Guides notes that “digital fragility has emerged as a risk to digital business that CIOs and CMOs are failing to confront concludes a recent report by Forrester, a leading global research and advisory firm.According to the report, vital digital information sources and assets are at risk due to link rot, obsolete file formats and media, and vendor abandonment of online services…”
New Data: Association of American Publishers Reports Publishing Industry Up 1.8% For CY2019, December 2019 Statshot Report Released
According to infoDOCKET “the Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for December 2019 reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (consumer publications), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses.
Total sales across all categories for January to December 2019 rose 1.8% as compared to the same period last year, reaching $14.8 billion.
Good e-Reader reports that “in 2019 ebook revenue in the United States declined 4.2% and generated $983.3 million. Digital audiobooks continued to grow, with a 22.1% increase as compared to last year, reaching $576.9 million in revenue. Year-to-date total Trade sales were flat (+0.1%) in relation to 2018, coming in at $7.9 billion. Total sales across all categories for January to December 2019 rose 1.8% as compared to the same period last year, reaching $14.8 billion…”
Citing Reuters, infoDOCKET notes that “Two U.S. lawmakers expressed serious concern on Tuesday about the effect of a planned merger of college textbook publishers Cengage Learning Holdings II and McGraw-Hill Education Inc, saying the deal would create a new industry leader with nearly half the market. Representatives David Cicilline, chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, and Jan Schakowsky, chair of an Energy and Commerce consumer protection panel, urged the Justice Department to scrutinize the merger to ensure it is legal under antitrust law…”
According to Publishers Weekly “the three senior employees at Wayne State U Press who were fired on Feb. 7 and rehired on Feb. 21 have filed a complaint with the EEOC and Michigan Dept. of Human Rights, charging discrimination on the basis of race …”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
National Library of Medicine appoints Dianne Babski as Acting Associate Director, Division of Library Operations
Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Elsevier collaborate to launch first branch of traditional Chinese medicine taxonomy
Preservation, Collaboration: Video Recordings of Two Recently Held “Mapping the Elephant” Series Webcasts From HathiTrust Now Available Online
French Open Science Committee Makes Record-Breaking SCOSS Pledge of €450,000 ($511,000/USD0 to OpenCitations, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) (via SPARC Europe)
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.