December 14, 2017

ProQuest To Begin Publishing "Statistical Abstract of the United States" (Print & Electronic Versions)

via ProQuest: ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible […]

Ireland: Library Recovers Tome Missing For 100 Years

From CNN: The book, missing for a century, has turned up in “remarkably good condition” and has been returned to grateful staff at Archbishop Marsh’s Library in Dublin. The hero of the story is an Irish barrister who plucked the tome from a junk shop. The attorney paid the princely sum of €90 (about $119), […]

"Ebook Talks Continued: ALA Meets with Distributors"

From American Libraries: ALA President Molly Raphael prepared this summary of the meetings of members of the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group with ebook distributors at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, as well as a panel she moderated at the Association of American Publishers meeting: At last week’s Public Library Association […]

A Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: "Libraries Need e-Books, Too"

From The Inquirer Editorial: Fearing potentially crippling losses, publishers are withholding e-books from libraries, charging them more than other customers, or limiting how many times a library can lend an e-book. That bumps into librarians’ unwavering commitment to promote literacy, preserve culture, and make books available to people regardless of their financial situation. [Clip] Librarians […]

Things Change: Encyclopaeia Britannica to Stop Printing Book Sets

UPDATE: Here’s the Official EB Statement/Blog Post and Video Featuring EB Execs The blog mentions that for the next week Britannica Online is free. Of course, many have access for free 24x7x365 via their local library. From CNN: After 244 years, Encyclopedia [sic] Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. Britannica usually […]

Reference: New EIU/Citibank Report: The World's Most Competitive Cities

From a Summary: A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research report, commissioned by Citi, reveals that New York, London and Singapore rank first, second and third in competitiveness, out of 120 of the world’s major cities. Released today, the report, entitled Hot Spots, ranks the most competitive cities in the world for their demonstrated ability […]

Simba Information: Global Professional Publishing Industry to Grow 3% in 2012

From the News Release: Publishing forecast firm Simba Information reveals the global market for professional publishing products and services, led by the legal, science/technical and medical (STM) segments, will grow 3% through 2012, reaching $41.4 billion. According to a recent report by the firm, print and electronic books were the leading delivery method, closely followed […]

Q&A Interview With Metadata Expert Laura Dawson: What is Good Metadata?

Metadata expert, industry veteran (including working at SirsiDynix), and Content Chief at Firebrand Technologies*, Laura Dawson sat down with Quill and Quire to discuss metadata ahead of her session at BookNet Canada today. You can read the complete Q&A interview here. The article looks at metadata from the publisher perspective. Providing good metadata from the […]

The Economist Publishes Profile of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

From The Economist: Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owes much of his success to his ability to look beyond the short-term view of things. [Clip] If Amazon does one day move into bricks-and-mortar retail, it would not be the first time that Mr Bezos had taken a leaf from the book […]

The Internet Archive's "Physical Archive" Profiled in New York Times

From the NY Times Article, “In a Flood Tide of Digital Data, an Ark Full of Books”: Forty-foot shipping containers stacked two by two are stuffed with the most enduring, as well as some of the most forgettable, books of the era. Every week, 20,000 new volumes arrive, many of them donations from libraries and […]