ProQuest unveils first regionalized version of Academic Complete - 05 Jan 2015
ProQuest ebooks company ebrary has created a brand new version of Academic Complete™ subscription collection designed specifically for UK and Irish students, faculty and researchers with over 4,000 unique, region specific titles.
Recognising the importance of providing key content to this region, this new edition of Academic Complete delivers more than 115,000 titles, and is the first locally-tailored content edition which goes beyond territorial rights adjustments. Providing simultaneous, multi-user access the UKI edition contains over 4,000 specially selected titles which are only available to this region and consist of the most relevant publishers and topics. This local version will only be available in the UK and Ireland with the same overall number of titles as the standard Academic Complete.
Included in the purchase of the new Academic Complete UKI Version is the LibraryThing for Libraries Book Display Widget. This enhancement drives discoverability and usage of titles by enabling libraries to easily create virtual book/ebook displays and highlight key titles in their collection front and center on their homepage, Facebook page, blog and other digital display areas.
Winner of multiple awards, Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary subscription collection that provides a comprehensive foundation of ebooks for researchers at all levels. It can be de-duplicated against the library's firm and PDA titles from both ebrary and EBL. With scholarly ebooks from leading publishers and coverage across all academic disciplines, Academic Complete is projected as an ideal foundation for a university ebook collection.
Oxford University Press and the American Society of Mammalogists announce publishing partnership - 05 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced a new partnership with the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM).
Under the deal, OUP will publish the Journal of Mammalogy and Mammalian Species, beginning January 2015. The Journal of Mammalogy has been the flagship publication of ASM since 1919 and was voted one of the top 100 most influential serials in biology and medicine of the 20th century. ASM also publishes Mammalian Species, which covers accounts of individual species, reviews books that pertain to specific taxa or topics, and maintains an exceptional mammal images library.
The American Society of Mammalogists is a leader in its field, driving global research, education, conservation, and communication. The ASM is currently composed of around 2,500 members, many of whom are professional scientists. Members of the Society have always had a strong interest in the public good, and this is reflected in their involvement in providing information for public policy, resources management, conservation, and education.
YBP Library Services selected as supplier for Ontario Colleges Library Service - 05 Jan 2015
YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, has announced that the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS), on behalf of the Ontario college libraries, has selected YBP as a supplier of bibliographic material including Canadian, US and UK imprints across a broad spectrum of subject areas and disciplines as well as in print, audiovisual and electronic formats.
OCLS is a non-profit corporation providing a suite of services to Ontario's 24 publicly-funded colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. One of OCLS's core services in the management of selection, acquisitions and cataloging service agreements now includes an agreement with YBP.
YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries throughout the world. GOBI3, YBP's acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 10 million titles.
Scribd to expand ebook subscription service, raises $22 million in financing - 05 Jan 2015
Subscription book service Scribd has closed a $22 million financing led by Khosla Ventures with reinvestment from existing backers including Redpoint Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. Seasoned entrepreneur Keith Rabois will join Scribd's board as a board observer. This brings Scribd's total funding to date up to $48M.
Scribd, which launched in 2007, now has more than 80M monthly readers accessing their books and documents worldwide. The new capital resources raised will be used to reinvest in the business to further accelerate hiring, content acquisition efforts and international expansion. Since the launch of the company's subscription book service in October 2013, the subscriber base has grown an average of 31 percent per month. Scribd readers have spent more than 17M hours reading half a million premium e-books and have logged 180,000 listening hours in the first 60 days since launching its audiobooks service.
Over the past year, Scribd has seen a steady increase in subscribers each month, consistently landing the company in the top-5 reading apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Scribd is available on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook tablets and the web.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 05 Jan 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Brian Hughes (Alternative access models in academic publishing); Dr. Sara Adaes (There’s Something Really Wrong With Science These Days); and Prof. Heather Morrison (2014 Dramatic Growth of Open Access: 30 indicators of growth beyond the ordinary). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.