December 17, 2017

New Report: “EPUB for Archival Preservation”

New from the KB/National Library of the Netherlands Departments of Collection and Collection Care. Written by Johan van der Knijff. From the Introduction: Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number of publishers have indicated their wish to use EPUB for supplying their electronic publications […]

UK: Open-Access Advocate Tim Gowers Leads Queen’s Birthday Honours List

From Times Higher Ed. A mathematician who led the boycott in the UK of a major publisher over the issue of open access and a vice-chancellor who served on the Browne Review are among the higher education figures recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Timothy Gowers, Royal Society research professor in the department of […]

Article: “The Amazon Effect”

From an Article Appearing in The Nation: Amazon, not surprisingly, is keen to sharpen its competitive edge, to use every means at its disposal to confound, stymie and overpower its rivals. It is well positioned to do so: the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007 led to a startling surge in e-book sales, which […]

SAGE To Launch Three New Open Access Publications

From a SAGE Announcement: SAGE today announced they are launching three broad-spectrum open access journals – SAGE Open Medicine, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports and SAGE Open Engineering. The new journals build on SAGE Open: the only broad-spectrum open access journal for the humanities and social sciences. Launched in March 2011, the journal has received […]

Open Access Research in Japanese Institutional Repositories Exceeds 1 Million Full Text Items

From a UCL (University College London) Discovery Blog Post by Erica D McLaren: Ikuko Tsuchide, from the Japanese Digital Repository Federation (DRF), reported this week that on June 1st 2012 the number of Open Access full text items in Japanese institutional repositories exceeded the one million mark. The total comes from the National Institute of […]

Project MUSE: At Least Seven New Publishers Coming to UPCC Book Collections in 2013

Just in from Project MUSE HQ in Baltimore. Five notable university presses and two respected scholarly publishers will make their scholarly books available in the UPCC (University Press Content Consortium) Book Collections on Project MUSE, beginning in 2013. New and backlist titles from the University of Illinois Press, Louisiana State University Press, the University Press […]

Update: Utah: ACLU Wants District to Reconsider Restrictions on Two-Moms Book

We first posted on this story on May 31st: “Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter” From The Salt Lake Tribune: The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah believes a decision by the Davis School District to limit elementary students’ access to a book about a lesbian couple raising children is likely […]

Report: “What Will the Global eBook Market Look Like in 2016″

From a paidContent Article by Laura Hazard Owen: New data from Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Global Entertainment and Media Outlook projects that e-books will make up 50 percent of the U.S. trade book market by 2016. What will happen in the rest of the world during that time? PwC gave paidContent an exclusive look at their e-book […]

Listen Now: OverDrive Announces Plans to Launch Streaming Audiobooks Later this Year

Users will be able to stream content to OverDrive apps for various devices. Direct download will continue to be available. From Today’s Announcement: Scheduled for launch later this year, streaming audiobooks will be available on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. This instant-access technology will eliminate long downloads before listening […]

eLife Will Use Highwire Press Platform To Power/Host Anticipated Open Access Journal

From Highwire Press and eLife: eLife, the new funder-researcher collaboration in science communication, has selected HighWire Press as the platform for its new open‐access journal for life and biomedical science. First announced in summer 2011, eLife is a researcher-led initiative for the best in science and science communication. Backed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, […]