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Baker & Taylor and James Bennett chosen as primary suppliers of library materials to Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand
- 14 Oct 2014

Baker & Taylor, a worldwide distributor of digital and print books, along with its Australian wholly-owned subsidiary James Bennett, have been chosen as the primary suppliers of library materials to Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand.

The agreement between Baker & Taylor/James Bennett and Wellington City Council offers all New Zealand public libraries an opportunity to sign onto a Participating Agency Agreement (PAA) and receive the terms and services outlined in the contract. Participating public libraries will have access to a wide range of areas in which Baker & Taylor/James Bennett have developed industry-leading expertise and technology, including collection development, ordering and procurement services and customised library solutions/technical services.

Working in partnership with Baker & Taylor/James Bennett also ensures that New Zealand libraries can quickly and easily receive all major titles from New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom through James Bennett's warehouse in Sydney, as well as US titles through Baker & Taylor's American operations.

Kapiti Coast District Libraries and Masterton District Library are expecting to execute additional PAA's in the coming weeks. Libraries wishing to participate in the agreement through signing a PAA should contact Sarah Cavanagh at +61 (0)403 115 362 or scavanagh@bennett.com.au.

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Ingram Content Group Inc. adds new tools to its CoreSource digital asset management platform
- 06 Oct 2014

Ingram Content Group Inc. has added new tools to its CoreSource® digital asset management platform offered through Lightning Source Inc., that give publishers the ability to manage and distribute print book metadata and files worldwide.

Publishers that use the CoreSource platform for e-book distribution can now distribute print metadata to retailers, library suppliers and book discovery partners. The enhancements also allow publishers to share print files directly with book printers.

Ingram's CoreSource platform is an easy-to-use online solution for the storage, management and distribution of digital content. The platform provides a secure, searchable content repository and delivery system that is connected to a large network of retailers, library suppliers and other e-book providers, allowing publishers to move digital content from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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HARRASSOWITZ announces 2014 Charleston Conference Scholarship winner
- 25 Aug 2014

HARRASSOWITZ, a global full-service subscription agent and bookseller, has awarded the 2014 Charleston Conference Scholarship to Charlotte Roh, Scholarly Communication Resident Librarian at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Ms. Roh was awarded the $1,000 scholarship to attend the conference, which takes place November 5 - 8 in Charleston, South Carolina.

In support of the 2014 conference theme of “The Importance of Being Earnest”, applicants for this year’s scholarship were asked to submit a short essay on the topic “What does ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ mean to libraries and vendors?”

In her winning essay, Ms. Roh observes that as textbook costs soar at three times the rate of inflation, students struggle financially and in the classroom, doing without the materials they need to learn. In short: Students are not buying books because they are too expensive. One solution to this barrier to student learning,” she notes, “is the use of library resources.

Judging the submissions were: Clint Chamberlain, Educational Resource Support Officer, Dallas County Community College District; Lynda Fuller Clendenning, Head of the Acquisitions Division at Indiana University in Bloomington; and Tina Feick, HARRASSOWITZ’s Director of Sales and Marketing for North America.

ACCUCOMS to represent GeoScienceWorld in Taiwan
- 11 Jul 2014

ACCUCOMS, a provider of sales and marketing services for publishers, has announced a new agreement to represent GeoScienceWorld in Taiwan.

According to The Higher Education in Taiwan Report (2012 – 2013), those who received higher education account for over 60 percent of Taiwan's population. The country also ranks seventh in global competitiveness for higher education out of a total of 59 countries (World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012) and it is one of the top three countries in Asia when it comes to tertiary education.

Furthermore, Taiwan invests approximately US$ 400 million each and every year to encourage universities to improve standards for research and teaching. In fact, the Taiwan government invests a much greater percentage of the annual GDP to higher education in comparison to other Asian countries.

GeoScienceWorld (GSW) claims to be the only non-profit collaborative of its kind in the earth sciences. It was created in 2002 by seven leading geoscience societies as a single electronic journal (eJournal) aggregate. Since its founding, GSW has pursued a vision to make earth science research information easily and economically available worldwide via the internet.

The GSW eJournals platform includes 41 online journals (110,000+ articles) from 27 pre-eminent publishers; more than 3 million abstracts and links to relevant resources indexed by the American GeoSciences Institute in GeoRef; is enhanced with specialised search tools and social media tools developed in cooperation with HighWire Press and Google Maps; and serves millions of users each year in 41 countries worldwide.

ACCUCOMS is a global provider of sales and marketing services to academic and professional publishers. ACCUCOMS claims to be specialised in projects aimed at contacting librarians on behalf of publishers interested in boosting their sales, expanding their readership worldwide, and increasing customer retention by means of customer support and training services.

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ACCUCOMS to represent Ephorus in the MENA region
- 17 Jun 2014

ACCUCOMS, a provider of sales and marketing services for publishers, will now represent Ephorus in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Ephorus is a Dutch organisation that aims to support educational establishments in the prevention of plagiarism. It enables the owners of content to check and protect their work and it can assist students in dealing with information in an honest and transparent manner.

The company is currently a market leader in Europe and more than 5,000 schools and universities use the Ephorus software. Tens of thousands of documents are checked each and every day in over 46 different countries.

According to Simon Boisseau, Sales Director at ACCUCOMS, the investment rates for higher education in MENA are relatively high and universities are currently looking at ways to better meet the needs of students who will later compete in the job market. Ephorus will therefore be useful to academic institutions since it helps them work towards getting the best out of their students and addressing plagiarism head-on and in a proactive manner.

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Above the Treeline introduces Edelweiss print catalogue options powered by Ingram
- 30 May 2014

Ingram Content Group Inc., and Above the Treeline, a software services company for the publishing industry, has announced that Ingram will power new print on demand catalogue solutions for Edelweiss, Above the Treeline's interactive publisher catalogue system.

Through an easy-to-use interface and intuitive templates, publishers will have the tools to create and print custom catalogues economically through the Edelweiss platform.

Publishers that develop and distribute print catalogues with Edelweiss can eliminate many issues associated with traditional catalogue production including overprinting, and having catalogues become obsolete as a result of price and/or product changes. Through a direct integration with Ingram, catalogues will be manufactured on-demand, and distributed to the recipients that a publisher designates.

Using a network of content manufacturing facilities in the US and UK, catalogues created on Edelweiss will be printed and shipped from the Ingram facility that is closest to the consumer, providing cost and time savings.

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Ingram Content Group selects Ingram's CoreSource platform for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content
- 21 May 2014

Ingram Content Group Inc. has announced that the De Gruyter Group, a leader in humanities and natural sciences academic publishing, has selected Ingram's CoreSource® platform for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content.

The De Gruyter Group is the most recent European publisher to select the CoreSource platform for digital asset management and distribution, and will also use CoreSource Plus to expand distribution and reach new booksellers worldwide. The platform provides De Gruyter, and their distributed publisher clients, with a comprehensive and scalable global distribution infrastructure.

The move to Ingram's CoreSource platform, allows De Gruyter to focus more of their time and efforts on academic publishing excellence and content development. Ingram will handle the complexities of content management, logistics and worldwide distribution.

The DeGruyter Group, which includes the publishing houses of De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Open, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, and De Gruyter Saur, publishes over 1,300 new titles each year in the humanities, medicine, natural sciences, and law, more than 650 journals, and a variety of digital media. The company is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

The De Gruyter Group joins other European academic publishers that have selected CoreSource as their digital asset management platform of choice including Elsevier, Palgrave Macmillan, Pearson, Taylor & Francis, Brill, Karger Publishers and others.

Ingram's CoreSource platform is an easy-to-use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. The CoreSource platform provides a secure, searchable content repository and delivery system connected to the largest available network of retailers, library suppliers and other e-book providers, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science in deal with ACCUCOMS for representation in MENA
- 20 May 2014

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development of science and engineering, has signed an agreement with ACCUCOMS for shared representation in the Middle East and North Africa regions. This agreement aims to maximise revenue, actively promote and market AAAS' publications in an important and varied market.

This co-operation further strengthens ACCUCOMS’ position as a global supplier of services for publishers, with enhanced access to international and local academic and corporate markets.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) encompasses 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving an estimated 10 million individuals. AAAS is an American international non-profit organisation with the stated goals of promoting cooperation among scientists, defending scientific freedom, encouraging scientific responsibility, and supporting scientific education and science outreach for the betterment of all humanity.

ACCUCOMS is an independent provider of services to academic and professional publishers around the world. Established in 2004, ACCUCOMS now operates in Europe, Turkey, North America, Latin America, India, MENA and South East Asia. ACCUCOMS' multilingual teams offer efficient and intelligent representation, telemarketing and business intelligence services as well as user interaction programs to clients that range from large publishing houses to specialist society publishers.

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ACCUCOMS to hold annual event ACCUFEST on October 5
- 17 Apr 2014

ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services for publishers, has announced the date and location of its annual event, ACCUFEST. This event brings together the company's current customer base as well as academic publishers interested in ACCUCOMS' services.

The year 2014 marks the third annual ACCUFEST event to be held in Heidelberg, Germany on the 5th and 6th of October. The idea behind this two-day event is to bring together publishers to inform them of current trends in scholarly publishing, mature and emerging markets, and ACCUCOMS' services.

Publishers will have a chance to listen to talks by keynote speakers who are experts in the field of information management and research. One-on-one discussions with regional sales representatives from ACCUCOMS will also be possible. In addition to the informative talks and market analysis and forecasts, there is an exciting evening program planned. ACCUFEST also importantly takes place a few days before the Frankfurt Book Fair (8th – 12th October), so publishers are urged to attend both events. The company equally represents its publishers at the book fair.

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ACCUCOMS announces new agreement to represent Artstor in Latin America
- 27 Mar 2014

ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced a new agreement to represent Artstor in Latin America.

Starting January 2014, ACCUCOMS will support Artstor's objective to provide high-quality digital images in arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences for teaching and research at nonprofit educational institutions worldwide. ACCUCOMS will assist Artstor, a non-profit organization, with subscription activities and customer services to existing and prospective subscribers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico, facilitating trial access and ongoing site-wide access for universities and colleges.

In addition, ACCUCOMS will attend relevant library events and conferences on Artstor's behalf. By communicating the benefits of Artstor Digital Library participation in local languages, ACCUCOMS will help to make Artstor's services more accessible to educational institutions across Latin America.

Artstor is a non-profit with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields. The Artstor Digital Library provides 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Artstor also provides the means to upload, catalogue, and distribute digital collections managed by libraries, academic departments, or faculty members.

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Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ launch Evidence-based Selection Planning (ESP)
- 20 Mar 2014

Baker & Taylor, the distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, has announced a new service backed by collectionHQ's data: ESP - Evidence-based Selection Planning.

ESP brings the Baker & Taylor's collection development expertise together with the science of collectionHQ's data analytics, to create a decision support system integrated with Title Source 360 to equip libraries with the information to select the right titles and quantities, for the right locations.

The concept of ESP first came about when Baker & Taylor acquired collectionHQ in 2011.

ESP identifies the top forthcoming titles based upon past circulation by the author, subject and series, which determine the locations where copies need to be placed to satisfy patron demand and monitors budgets through the use of collectionHQ spending plans.

ESP officially launched last week at a special event in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Ind., during the Public Library Association conference. The session provided an overview of the features, benefits and workflows associated with ESP and featured guest presentations from two libraries who took part in the ESP pilot program - Phoenix Public Library (Ariz.) and Naperville Public Library (Ill.).

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ACCUCOMS closes deals with Latin American Consortia on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 20 Mar 2014

ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has closed two important deals on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with two of the most important academic library consortia in Latin America. They are Argentinian CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas), and the Mexican CONRICyT (Consorcio Nacional de Recursos de Informacíon Científica y Tecnológica).

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a global chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.

ACCUCOMS is an independent provider of services to academic and professional publishers around the world.

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DeepDyve and FIZ Karlsruhe partner to offer document rental services to FIZ AutoDoc clients
- 25 Feb 2014

Scientific information and services provider FIZ Karlsruhe and DeepDyve Inc., an online rental service for scholarly and professional research articles, have announced an agreement to offer DeepDyve's innovative article rental capability to FIZ AutoDoc's clients representing international market leaders from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as large patent offices and research institutes.

Beginning in March 2014, FIZ Karlsruhe will include the option to rent DeepDyve articles directly from its document delivery platform, FIZ AutoDoc. While the customers will continue to enjoy the ability to order full-text PDF documents, they will now have the option to seamlessly rent the articles from DeepDyve at a more affordable price. The rented articles will be available for a 30-day period and can be viewed through a browser repeatedly until its expiration date. However, to ensure that no copyright is violated, these articles can neither be printed nor processed in any other way. FIZ Karlsruhe customers will enjoy direct access to DeepDyve through their standard FIZ AutoDoc login without any additional setup.

With over 10 million rentable articles from nearly 10 thousand peer-reviewed journals, DeepDyve has the most comprehensive collection of authoritative documents in the industry through its partnerships with leading academic publishers, including Reed Elsevier, Springer Science+Business Media, and John Wiley & Sons.

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American Medical Association partners with ACCUCOMS for shared representation in India
- 12 Feb 2014

ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, and the American Medical Association (AMA) have announced a new sales representation agreement for the promotion of JAMA Network publications in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Under the deal, ACCUCOMS will actively promote and market AMA’s publications, including JAMA and nine specialty journals to existing and prospect customers in India. This co-operation further strengthens ACCUCOMS’ position as a global supplier of services for publishers, with enhanced access to international and local academic and corporate markets.

The JAMA Network brings JAMA together with the nine JAMA specialty journals to offer enhanced access to the research, reviews, and perspectives shaping the future of medicine. The American Medical Association is the premier national organization dedicated to empowering the nation’s physicians to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care for patients and communities.

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Baker & Taylor and LightSail partner to improve K-12 literacy technology
- 06 Feb 2014

Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has announced its exclusive partnership with LightSail Education to provide its vast portfolio of digital books and robust KnowledgePoint content management solutions to LightSail's groundbreaking K-12 digital literacy platform.

The new integrated solution will ensure that LightSail's tablet-based e-reading platform offers the widest possible selection of engaging digital books through an integrated delivery and management system, further enhancing its effectiveness as a tool for teachers and administrators to measure individual student progress toward Common Core standards. LightSail's interactive technology embeds assessments into students' reading and provides educators with actionable, real-time data that they can use to monitor and improve student literacy.

LightSail's innovative software has been awarded top honours by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and industry groups such as the Software & Information Industry Association's education division. Building on the award-winning LightSail platform and combining this with the powerful suite of tools Baker & Taylor provides K-12 schools across the country, Baker & Taylor's integrated KnowledgePoint solution allows schools to effectively utilise digital content in a seamless process from content curation and purchasing to management and assessment.

Baker & Taylor's KnowledgePoint solution brings together the industry's best and most reliable library and education platforms, enabling all the important aspects of education to work together. With an expansive collection of content available, KnowledgePoint is simple to integrate and even easier to use. Through its powerful solutions, it allows schools to have multiple repositories of ebooks to supply to classrooms, libraries and reading rooms simultaneously. And it makes managing content seamless — with intuitive searching, purchasing and allocation systems.

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Baker & Taylor appoints industry veteran George Coe as CEO and President
- 20 Jan 2014

Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has announced that its board of directors has named long time executive George Coe as the company's new Chief Executive Officer and President.

Coe brings 34 years of extensive experience leading and transitioning companies to becoming leaders within their industries. These companies have served public, K-12, academic, corporate and law libraries worldwide. Since 2000, he has served as President of Baker & Taylor's Library & Education division. Prior to Baker & Taylor, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Brodart Books, Library Automation and K-12 software management divisions.

Coe will succeed Arnie Wight, who retired January 15 after a distinguished 34-year career with the company. Wight will assume the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and will also work as a consultant for Baker & Taylor to support the leadership transition and the execution of strategic plans.

Coe has been instrumental in developing many of Baker & Taylor's important programs, such as digital media and econtent platform delivery services, data analytics and outsourcing capabilities in collection development and technical services. He has helped direct many of the company's strategic initiatives, including industry partnerships and acquisitions that have contributed to Baker & Taylor's growth as the leading supplier.

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ISPG expands agreement with ACCUCOMS to include Latin America
- 12 Dec 2013

The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) has announced that it is expanding the agreement with its Middle East representative, ACCUCOMS, to now include the region of Latin America, starting in January.

ACCUCOMS has been a worldwide provider of sales and marketing services to academic and professional publishers since 2004. The company has been working with the ISPG in the Middle East for the past few years. Now libraries and researchers in Latin America will be able to access ISPG's high-quality content of 47 journals from 20 publishers, as well as choosing from three ISPG collections: The Complete Collection, The Life Science Collection and The Medical Collection.

The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) is a coalition of independent publishers of high-impact journals and related academic content, hosted on the HighWire platform, which promotes, markets to, and negotiates with library consortia, hospitals and other organizations around the world.

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Massachusetts Library System selects Baker & Taylor as ebook platform partner
- 27 Nov 2013

Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has been selected by the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) to participate in an innovative six-month pilot project designed to expand access to ebooks for the state's multi‑type libraries. This pilot project was conceived by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner's (MBLC) Statewide Resource Sharing Committee to explore new models of ebooks. Funding for the MA eBook Project is made possible by MLS, in partnership with the MBLC, the pilot libraries and in part, with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the MBLC.

Baker & Taylor is assisting MLS in establishing a state-wide shared collection, in which an initial group of 51 participating libraries will access more than 3,000 general interest ebooks using the company's Axis 360 digital media platform. The pilot program will leverage Baker & Taylor's digital collection development services, with an eye toward expanding the scope of the shared collection to the nearly 1,700 public, school and academic libraries throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Axis 360 gives library patrons the ability to borrow and download best-sellers and new release fiction and non-fiction titles in electronic format directly to their devices.

Axis 360 is compatible with Windows and Mac PCs and mobile Apple iOS and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets, and dedicated e-reading devices. The platform is also integrated with Blio, the multi‑function e-reader born from the partnership of the National Federation of the Blind and visionary Ray Kurzweil, to provide an ADA-accessible ebook solution for library patrons.

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Indiana University Press selects Ingram for US and Canadian book distribution
- 14 Nov 2013

Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services, has announced that Indiana University Press has selected Ingram Publisher Services for US and Canadian book distribution.

Ingram Publisher Services is currently handling distribution for the press in the US and Canada with integrated e-book distribution through Ingram's CoreSource platform, and print-on-demand book manufacturing and fulfillment though Ingram's Lightning Source solution.

As a result of the agreement, Indiana University Press will grow the reach of content to more outlets worldwide, and gain increased flexibility in the management of physical and digital distribution. Using integrated Ingram services, the press will have more time and resources for its core business as a leading publisher of academic, trade and reference titles, and journals.

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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery expands product offerings to include anthologies using Sheridan Connect technology
- 23 Oct 2013

Using the technology available through Sheridan's Electronic Content Services, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) has been able to expand its product offerings to include anthologies available in both electronic and print-on-demand formats.

Utilising Sheridan Connect, a custom branded eCommerce site was created for JBJS allowing for the sale of electronic and print-on-demand journal anthologies direct to consumers from the JBJS website. Sheridan compiled articles as directed by JBJS into topical anthologies and converted the files to ePub and MobiPocket format. When an electronic order is placed, the title is made instantly available for download while print orders are produced by Sheridan via on-demand printing and shipped directly to the consumer. Payment processing is also handled by Sheridan.

JBJS is offering quick and easy access to curated collections of articles and supplements from The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery on topics of importance and enduring interest for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health-care professionals. The "Need to Know" series consists of JBJS articles deemed noteworthy and evidence-based. The "Enduring Interest" series contains selected supplements to JBJS, most of which were first published online only, that are of continued relevance and value.

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Sheridan announces sale of The Dingley Press
- 14 Oct 2013

The Sheridan Group, a print, publishing services and technology provider to publishers of scholarly journals, magazines, books and catalogues, has entered into an agreement to sell its long-run catalogue business based at The Dingley Press in Lisbon, Maine.

The Dingley Press will be sold to and privately held by Christopher Pierce, from whom Sheridan purchased Dingley in 2004. After the 2004 sale, Pierce remained with Sheridan, holding several leadership roles in its catalogue business until 2011 when he retired to take a role with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Earlier this year, Pierce approached Sheridan and expressed his desire to purchase the business.

In business since 1928, The Dingley Press provides catalogue printing, binding, co-mailing, and distribution services from its Lisbon, ME facility. As a full-service catalogue printer, serving medium to long run catalogue customers, Dingley brings value to its customers through its unique RIGHTSIZE catalogue format and sophisticated in-house co-mailing and distribution services.

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IOP Publishing in deal with ACCUCOMS for corporate representation in Turkey
- 10 Oct 2013

ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced a new agreement with IOP Publishing for corporate representation in Turkey. ACCUCOMS will be actively promoting IOPcorporate products.

ACCUCOMS will be actively promoting IOPcorporate in Turkey, providing an on-the-ground sales and marketing presence in this fast-growing market. ACCUCOMS will focus on maintaining current customers and on generating new business revenues in the corporate sector, as well as working closely with IOP to develop user guides, fact sheets, and provide all customer support in the local language.

This agreement comes as a further demonstration of trust in ACCUCOMS' deep understanding of the Turkish market. Following other agreements for representation in Turkey with the American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, ACCUCOMS is now able to offer the most comprehensive selection of physics related content to customers within Turkey.

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3M Library Systems and Innovative Interfaces complete integration of eBook Lending Service with Encore discovery application
- 23 Sep 2013

Library solutions provider 3M Library Systems and Innovative Interfaces have completed integration of 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service into Innovative's Encore discovery application. This latest integration success enables library users to have a seamless experience for 3M's extensive pool of eBooks, along with their library's local print and digital collections. This new integration is live at Westerville Public Library (OH) and is now available for all types of libraries.

The integration allows library users to discover, place holds, and check out eBooks entirely within the familiar Encore interface. The search results display helpful eBook icons, availability status, and number of copies available. The 'Check out with Cloud Library’ Button offers a download of the 3M Cloud Library so users can start reading in seconds. Encore's personalised browse screen displays all of their checked out items, whether they are eBooks or physical titles. In addition, the screen displays when an eBook is due and gives users the option of 'returning' it when they want to rather than waiting for the content to expire.

Integration between the 3M Cloud Library and a library's ILS has proven to be a powerful tool for increasing eBook circulation. One of the first libraries to implement an integrated system reports that 3M Cloud Library accounts for 67 percent of its eBook circulation growth.

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IHS and Wiley in deal to add Wiley’s Premium content to IHS collection of over 90 million technical documents critical to engineers
- 30 Aug 2013

IHS, a global source of information and analytics, has announced a new partnership agreement with publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The new agreement allows IHS to resell thousands of Wiley's scientific and engineering titles as part of IHS's subscription-based offerings on a limited exclusive basis to its global industrial customers.

Under the partnership, IHS will add Wiley content to IHS's expansive collection of 90 million technical documents spanning engineering standards and related industry and technical knowledge. IHS gives engineers, scientists, researchers, product management and marketing professionals advanced research and knowledge discovery capabilities and a single point-of-access to the most extensive collection of technical knowledge, allowing them to make fast, informed decisions across the product lifecycle.

IHS will resell over 2,000 Wiley eBooks, select Wiley Global Research databases and several major reference works from Wiley as part of IHS subscription-based offerings.

The integration of Wiley content with IHS content collections and IHS' tools to accelerate research and knowledge discovery eliminates the need for engineers and other technical professionals to have to search across multiple unique data sources and systems with multiple logins. As part of this agreement, IHS and Wiley will work together strategically in the areas of product development, marketing and editorial activities.

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HARRASSOWITZ announces 2013 Charleston Conference Scholarship winner
- 06 Aug 2013

International booksellers and subscription agents HARRASSOWITZ has announced the 2013 Charleston Conference Scholarship award winner. Laura DeLancey, Electronic Resources Librarian at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green was awarded the $1,000 scholarship to attend the Conference, which takes place November 6 - 9 in Charleston, South Carolina.

In support of the 2013 conference theme of 'Too Much Is Not Enough!,'applicants for this year's scholarship were asked to submit a short essay on the topic "What does 'Too Much Is Not Enough' mean to libraries and vendors?"

Judging the submissions were: Clint Chamberlain, Coordinator for Information Resources, University of Texas at Arlington; Lynda Fuller Clendenning, Head of the Acquisitions Division at Indiana University in Bloomington; and Tina Feick, HARRASSOWITZ's Director of Sales and Marketing for North America.

Journal of Visualized Experiments partners with ACCUCOMS for shared representation in the Netherlands
- 02 Aug 2013

Peer-reviewed scientific video journal the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) and ACCUCOMS have signed an agreement for shared representation in the Netherlands.

The Journal of Visualized Experiments has agreed for ACCUCOMS to serve as exclusive sales representative in the Netherlands. ACCUCOMS will pro-actively promote and sell JoVE's products, with an emphasis on maintaining and growing JoVE's business with existing and new customers in the country.

With more than 2500 video articles published since its establishment in October 2006 at a rate of more than 60 each month, JoVE claims to have revolutionized the way scientific research is disseminated. ACCUCOMS will provide JoVE with the right market insights and support to maximise revenues and subscriptions in the Netherlands.

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Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters, Inc announce strategic partnership
- 11 Jul 2013

Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has entered into a strategic partnership with Bookmasters, Inc., a provider of publisher services. This partnership will expand Baker & Taylor's portfolio of value-added services to include the full suite of high quality services Bookmasters currently offers.

The services include print-on-demand and short run digital printing; offset printing, as well as a full range of binding formats; content and editorial services; eBook conversion and distribution; publisher distribution services and third-party fulfilment; and book sales and marketing services.

Bookmasters will work closely with the Baker & Taylor leadership team to leverage Baker &Taylor's substantial relationships with domestic and international publishers.

Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters are independently owned by investment funds controlled by Castle Harlan, Inc., a New York-based private equity firm. The two companies will operate under a commercial agreement to capitalise on their complementary strengths.

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Barnes & Noble announce organisational changes
- 09 Jul 2013

The Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc. have announced that William Lynch has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company effective immediately. The Company also announced other organisational changes.

Michael P. Huseby has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of NOOK Media LLC and President of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Max J. Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble College will continue to lead the digital education strategy and report to Huseby, as will the Executive Management team of NOOK Media. Huseby and Mitchell Klipper, Chief Executive Officer of the Barnes & Noble Retail Group, will report directly to Leonard Riggio, Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

The Company also announced that Allen Lindstrom, Vice President and the Company's Corporate Controller, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. He will report to Huseby. Kanuj Malhotra, Vice President of Corporate Development, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of NOOK Media LLC.

Huseby joined Barnes & Noble as Chief Financial Officer in March 2012, and has led the Company's financial organisation since that time. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, he had a distinguished career in the media communications industry having most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading telecommunications and media company.

Lindstrom joined Barnes & Noble in November 2007 as Vice President, Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Lindstrom was Chief Financial Officer at Liberty Travel, Inc.

Malhotra joined NOOK Media in May 2012 and in his role as Vice President of Corporate Development has been responsible for developing strategic priorities for growth and profitability. He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Affinion International.

Baker & Taylor’ MyLibraryBookstore ecommerce solution integrated with Axis 360 digital media platform
- 27 Jun 2013

Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has announced that its MyLibraryBookstore ecommerce solution for libraries has been integrated with the Axis 360 digital media platform. MyLibraryBookstore, which powers customised bookstores and patron-direct fulfillment of books, movies and music, has been expanded to offer library users the option to buy ebooks and digital audiobooks via Axis 360 with a simple click.

Queens Library in Jamaica, New York is the first library to offer patrons the ability to buy print and digital content through Axis 360, Baker & Taylor's revolutionary digital media circulation platform.

Now patrons who borrow digital books and audiobooks from Queens Library's Axis 360 website can also purchase content they would like to own by clicking a "Buy Now" button, which provides a direct link to the library's MyLibraryBookstore ecommerce site - https://queenslibrary.mylibrarybookstore.com.

MyLibraryBookstore websites are customised for each library and operate as an extension of the library's service to patrons. Baker & Taylor handles all of the ecommerce duties such as credit card processing and order fulfillment. Digital purchases are processed immediately and offer patrons a choice in download formats.

MyLibraryBookstore's inclusion of digital content will help libraries such as Queens meet their patrons' growing needs.

Baker & Taylor also offers marketing materials to help libraries advertise and build awareness of their MyLibraryBookstore service. Through CustomReach, Baker & Taylor's marketing-on-demand website, libraries can select and customise bookmarks, posters and more to promote their MyLibraryBookstore service and its benefits to the library and the community.

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DeepDyve announces new ‘5-Minute Freemium’ service
- 06 Jun 2013

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced a new 'freemium' offering whereby users can preview the full text of any article for free for five minutes per day. Users will no longer have to settle for simply reading abstracts. With just an email address and password, users can sign up in seconds and gain free access to more than 8 million articles from 3,000 peer-reviewed journals that previously resided behind paywalls. Users can browse and sample as many articles as they wish, however, each article can only be previewed once every 24 hours.

DeepDyve's new 5-Minute Freemium service also makes research more social by allowing users to share entire articles within their professional communities. With more than 1.8 million new articles published each year, scientists and knowledge workers depend heavily on 'word-of- mouth' suggestions to filter what to read. However, researchers are less likely to recommend articles if their social networks are not able to access them. With its new freemium offering, DeepDyve believes scientists will now be far more willing to share interesting articles with their colleagues, followers and other social connections, leading to expanded dissemination and discovery.

As the industry's first and largest online rental service, DeepDyve has introduced various technologies to make scholarly content more affordable, particularly for users who are no longer affiliated with an academic library. All of DeepDyve's over 100 publisher partners have agreed to allow their articles to be previewed for free.

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BISG selects Ingram’s CoreSource platform for digital asset management
- 23 Apr 2013

Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has selected its CoreSource platform to manage digital assets and distribute e-content worldwide. BISG is a trade association representing the book industry.

The CoreSource platform is expected to provide BISG with comprehensive tools to manage and expand the reach of its digital content to consumers worldwide. Digital publications will continue to be available directly from BISG and will also be available through Ingram's global distribution network.

The first BISG publication to be integrated into the CoreSource platform, Development, Use, and Modification of Book Product Metadata (ISBN: 978-193-675-7176), is now currently available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, Kobo and Apple. Ingram's print-on-demand unit Lightning Source will continue to manufacture print material for the group.

BISG seeks to promote book industry standards and best practices, and provide unique forums for industry professionals to collectively share and address issues affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the international book trade. It also conducts and publishes research related to the size of the book industry, consumer attitudes toward e-book reading, student attitudes toward content in higher education, and other topics related to the successful operation of the supply chain.

The CoreSource platform is claimed to be an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management and distribution of digital content. It seeks to delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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Ingram Content Group expands CoreSource platform to include direct distribution to British Library
- 17 Apr 2013

Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that it has expanded its CoreSource platform to include direct distribution to the British Library, making it easy for publishers to comply with United Kingdom legal deposit law.

Publishers and distributors in the UK have a legal obligation to send one copy of each of their printed books and paper publications to the Legal Deposit Office of the British Library within one month of publication. Beginning April 6, 2013, publishers will also be able to submit non-print works including e-book content to comply with new legal deposit regulations.

Ingram has developed a distribution option within its CoreSource platform to allow publishers to seamlessly submit content to the British Library and comply with e-book submission legal requirements. Many publishers use the CoreSource platform for digital asset management in the UK. Taylor & Francis and Kogan Page will be among the first to use the platform to furnish the British Library with e-book content. The British Library intends to work with up to 25 UK e-book publishers in 2013 as it begins to scale up digital collecting under the digital legal deposit regulations.

The CoreSource platform from Ingram is an easy-to-use, online solution for storing, managing, and distributing digital content. The platform delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner or organisation globally.

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Reprints Desk launches document delivery service for academic institutions
- 15 Mar 2013

Research Solutions company Reprints Desk, Inc., US, has announced the launch of A-Z Academic Document Delivery Collection, a new single-article document delivery retrieval service for academic libraries that provide literature acquisition services to faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students. University of Washington Libraries was among the first users of this new service, which Reprints Desk initially launched to a limited number of academic institutions in 2012.

The collection comprises content from leading publishers. This includes more than 14,000 journal titles and single chapters from more than 10,000 books. Reprints Desk provides a high quality PDF within minutes for each document delivery request that the company receives. Reprints Desk makes the service available for a low transactional service fee plus a special academic copyright royalty charge that is normally between fifteen to twenty-five US dollars.

Academic institutions, corporations, and government organisations use document delivery as a legal method for retrieving single copies of full-text papers from scholarly peer-reviewed journals when subscription access does not exist. Reprints Desk has held lone honours as the top-rated document delivery supplier in every document delivery market research survey conducted by information analyst and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., since 2008.

Thames & Hudson selects CoreSource platform to launch e-book programme
- 12 Dec 2012

Ingram Content Group, a US-based distributor of books, music and media content, has announced that publisher Thames & Hudson, UK, has selected the former's digital asset management platform CoreSource to launch its e-book programme.

As new business models and technologies emerge that allow for a wider variety of books to have e-book versions, more publishers like Thames & Hudson are integrating CoreSource into their distribution strategy to free-up time and resources for content creation, according to Ingram.

Thames & Hudson publishes about 180 new titles each year, and has a current backlist of over 2,000 titles. The publisher specialises in illustrated books in the arts, archaeology and history, architecture, design, photography, travel, fashion, children's and popular culture, and a variety of other visual interest areas. One of its best-known publishing ventures is the World of Art series, in which more than 200 titles have been published over the past 50 years. Thames & Hudson's digital programme will seek to draw on its extensive knowledge of print and digital design to ensure that each of the subject areas it produces in digital form makes the most of the platforms on offer and is tailored to its international readership.

The company will begin distributing front list e-book titles through Ingram's CoreSource platform beginning in early 2013. It will add its backlist titles to the platform in stages.

Ingram's CoreSource platform is projected as an easy-to-use, online solution for the storage, management and distribution of digital content. It is said to provide a secure, searchable content repository and delivery system connected to the largest available network of retailers, library suppliers and other e-book providers. This is seen to allow publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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CengageBrain accepting college scholarship applications from science and engineering students
- 11 Dec 2012

CengageBrain, the premier destination for purchasing textbooks and learning solutions, has announced that it is accepting college scholarship applications from science and engineering students. The new scholarship is named after Dan Coiro, winner of America's Top TA Competition by CengageBrain.

In May this year, CengageBrain introduced their national competition, America's Top TA. College students from across the US were given the opportunity to recognise the teaching assistants (TAs) who have had the greatest impact on their education. After public nominations and voting, Dan Coiro, an Organic Chemistry TA at Rutgers University, won the first ever America's Top TA Competition. In his honour, The Dan Coiro Scholarship by CengageBrain was created in which three students will be awarded $2,500 to put towards college expenses.

The Dan Coiro Scholarship by CengageBrain is open to students pursuing a degree in science or engineering. To apply, students must submit a full application and a personal statement. CengageBrain is accepting applications now through January 31. Following the submission period, Dan Coiro will be selecting the three scholarship winners.

High school seniors and college students are encouraged to apply for consideration for one of the three Dan Coiro Scholarships through the CengageBrain blog.

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Amazon launches Brazil Kindle Store
- 10 Dec 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has launched the Brazil Kindle Store with the largest selection of the most popular books. The Brazil Kindle Store offers over 1.4 million books, now available to Brazilian customers priced in Brazilian Reais (R$), including more than 13,000 Portuguese-language books, 49 of 60 Veja best sellers - the most of any digital bookstore - and the most free books in Portuguese. In addition, Amazon announced that its e-reader Kindle will go on sale in Brazil in the coming weeks with a suggested retail price of R$299.

Amazon.com.br also announced that independent authors and publishers are now able to make their books available in the new Brazil Kindle Store using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Brazilian independent authors and publishers can utilise the new Portuguese-language KDP website to make their books available in Brazil, and more than 175 countries worldwide. They can also price their books and receive payments in Brazilian Reais for their sales in Brazil, all while retaining control of their content and copyrights.

Amazon is also introducing free Kindle reading apps in Portuguese for all of the most popular devices and platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Android tablets, PC and Mac. Customers can easily access the Kindle Store directly from their phone, tablet or computer web browser.

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ACCP partners with The Sheridan Group to launch new eCommerce site
- 27 Nov 2012

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has announced a partnership with The Sheridan Group to develop an eCommerce solution. The new eCommerce solution will allow ACCP to sell both electronic and print books directly to consumers in time for their annual conference, CHEST.

By utilising Sheridan's Electronic Content Services' Sheridan Connect platform, Sheridan created a custom branded eCommerce site for ACCP that offers consumers multiple purchasing options - PDF eBook, a softcover book, and a bundled option to include both. Conversion of files to PDF eBook format along with print and fulfillment of the digital print-on-demand soft cover book will be handled by Sheridan.

The ACCP annual CHEST meeting is recognised as the world's largest clinical chest medicine event, providing attendees with the latest research and essential updates on patient care and practice management strategies.

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Amazon introduces Kindle app for Windows 8
- 26 Oct 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has introduced a new Kindle app tailored for Windows 8. Customers around the world can now reportedly download this free application and use Amazon’s selection of over 1.5 million books at the best prices, including over 200,000 exclusive titles. Kindle books are claimed to be “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” – these can be read on any Kindle e-reader or Kindle Fire, as well as on iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android phones and tablets, in web browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader and on Windows 8 devices.

The new Kindle app offers various features including Whispersync technology which automatically syncs a customer’s last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across all of their Kindles and Kindle apps. The app is available worldwide in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Kindle for Windows 8 has instant access to over 1.5 million books at the best prices, including over 200,000 exclusive titles. Over 650,000 books are priced at $4.99 or less; over 1.2 million are $9.99 or less.

Using the new features of Windows 8, the Kindle app enables customers to pin their books to the Start screen for instant access to their favourite titles and search their library and Kindle store with the ‘Search charm’. Customers can also use the Share charm to easily share favourite passages and recommended books to friends and other apps without leaving the Kindle environment.

Customers can learn more about Kindle for Windows 8 at http://www.amazon.com/kindleforwindows8 and can download the free app from the Windows Store.

Baker & Taylor upgrades digital media platform to include EPUB and PDF formats
- 09 Oct 2012

Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on e-readers compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices.

With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any of the top multi-function phones, tablets and e-reader devices to find, check out and read digital titles from their local library. Patrons can select the ebook format that works best for them - EPUB or PDF formats, or Blio, the fully-accessible, free ereader app that offers rich features and content, and is available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Axis 360 is Baker & Taylor's new digital media circulation and management platform, used by many of the country's top public, K-12 school and academic libraries. It is a fully-accessible platform that opens a world of content to those who are visually impaired. The new upgrade was implemented for all Axis 360-enabled libraries and will serve as the platform for ongoing development and growth of Baker & Taylor's digital media library, which now has nearly 300,000 electronic titles available for library circulation.

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3M Cloud Library App now available via Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps storefront
- 04 Oct 2012

Library solutions provider 3M Library Systems has announced that the 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble's NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer.

3M is continuously introducing new features to further improve the look and functionality of its eLending system, including improved search capabilities. Users can now opt to browse only titles that are immediately available for check out, eliminating unnecessary time spent perusing books that are currently unavailable – a capability offered for library-based lending exclusively by 3M Cloud Library.

With its turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading, the 3M Cloud Library seeks to revolutionise how library patrons discover, borrow and read eBooks. The system is compatible with PCs, iPads, NOOKs, and Androids, allowing patrons to read on their personal devices. It also works with 3M eReaders, which patrons can check out like any other lendable materials. Inside the library, 3M Discovery Stations help patrons browse the growing catalogue, currently standing at more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers, on electronic kiosks.

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Sheridan upgrades The Endocrine Society’s Endo Pubs app to include full-text
- 04 Oct 2012

Journal production services provider Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS) and The Sheridan Technology Lab have upgraded the Endo Pubs app, which was originally launched as an abstracts app for The Endocrine Society's (TES) journals, to a full-text plus annual meeting abstracts version. TES titles include JCEM: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Molecular Endocrinology, Endocrinology and Endocrine Reviews.

Developed and launched on both the Apple and Android platforms, this full-text upgrade allows clinicians and researchers to access both abstracts and full-text articles, including full-text PDFs, from the free Endo Pubs app as soon as articles and issues are published. As a bonus to users, The Endocrine Society has made the full-text content of all four journals freely available through August 1st. After the free introductory period, users can authenticate themselves within the app as either an individual subscriber, member, or as an institutional subscriber to continue accessing the full-text content.

Unauthenticated users will still have access to article abstracts and all of the other features of the app, including multi-tier title and author search, article bookmarking, and article sharing via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Full-text readers can also view high-resolution images, expanded view of tables, and in-article reference citations. The Endo Pubs app also supports advertising and sponsorship opportunities through its integrated ad mediation system.

Sheridan's ongoing commitment to developing and providing the latest publishing technology advancements extends beyond Full-Text and Alert Apps to include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Mobile Editions, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.

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3M Cloud Library helps Penguin Group enter eBook lending market
- 02 Oct 2012

The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service recently launched a pilot programme that helps to bring Penguin eBooks to library patrons at the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library. The pilot programme allows the libraries to purchase and lend Penguin eBooks through the 3M Cloud Library system. In addition to the Penguin collection, the libraries will also offer additional titles from the 3M Cloud Library, which has a growing catalogue of more than 200,000 titles from some 300 publishers.

During the pilot program, Penguin will make its eBooks available to the libraries for one year with renewable terms, and library patrons will be able to access the collection remotely utilising their personal devices, including PCs, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) Nooks and Android devices. Penguin content is expected to be available to all 3M Cloud Library customers by the end of the year.

The growing list of 3M Cloud Library customers now numbers more than 70, with libraries across the country enthusiastically implementing 3M’s turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading.

The system is compatible with multiple personal devices, and also works with 3M eReaders, which patrons can check out like any other lendable materials. Additionally, inside participating libraries, 3M Discovery Terminals help patrons browse the system’s growing catalogue on electronic kiosks.

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Sheridan unveils cloud-based production & management tool Virtual Publisher
- 26 Sep 2012

Sheridan Magazines, a US-based provider of magazine and special interest publication printing, binding, comailing and distribution services, has announced the launch of a new cloud-based production and management service, Virtual Publisher. The tool, developed by Blanchard Systems Inc. and supported through Sheridan's Digital Services Team, is an online publishing production system. It seeks to empower publishers to effectively plan, create, collaborate and approve all elements of a publication's multichannel production – for print, web, mobile and tablet access.

The new tool comprises four major modules. These include Planning, which covers easy-to-use layout and planning tools for both print and mobile publications, and Editorial, which includes story synchronisation through Adobe InDesign, definition and management, editor approval, and finished page / folio delivery. The other two modules are Layout, which includes import/export, flatplan creation, online ad-to-editorial "stitching", ad-to-editorial ratio tracking, paper stock/weight/trim management, online dummy generations, versioning and A/B splits; and Advertising which covers full integration to SendMyAd online ad submission /verification portal and ad booking integration for digital IOs.

Virtual Publisher is projected to seamlessly connect editorial, advertising, traffic, premedia, and digital departments into a single real-time project management, production and delivery portal. This integration is expected to not only streamline production time, but also extend advertising deadline windows, thus providing additional revenue opportunities.

Annual Reviews partners with Sheridan to develop full-text iOS and Android app for Economics journals
- 19 Sep 2012

Annual Reviews, the non-profit publisher that synthesises critical research literature, has partnered with Dartmouth Journal Services and the Sheridan Technology Lab to develop and launch a multi-title full-text iOS and Android app - EconScholar - that will release in October 2012.

The free EconScholar app allows immediate access to the full-text articles of the Annual Review of Economics, the Annual Review of Financial Economics and the Annual Review of Resource Economics for both personal and institutional subscribers. Non-subscribers can access article abstracts and selected complimentary articles.

Authenticated users can read full text articles, view high-resolution images, bookmark articles, search journal content, and access social media tools. Through the integration of social media tools, users can also share content via email, Twitter, and/or Facebook. In addition, the full-text content is automatically cached to the user device, providing full reading capability whether the user is online or offline.

Although the free app requires users to be authenticated in order to access the full-text of articles, the publisher will also include selected complimentary articles, which will be freely accessible to all users of the app.

Sheridan’s ongoing commitment to developing and providing the latest publishing technology advancements extends beyond Full-Text and Alert Apps to include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Mobile Editions, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to release full-text journal app AJTMH, developed by Sheridan
- 14 Sep 2012

Journal production services provider Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS) and the Sheridan Technology Lab, together with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), have announced the release a full-text journal app – AJTMH – available October 2012 in Apple and Android platforms.

The iPad, iPhone and Android mobile app will offer immediate access to full-text articles, allowing users to read, bookmark, download, and search journal content at any time, including high resolution images and feeds. App users will receive alerts to new content and will be able to easily share content through social media tools. Free full-content access will be available to the public through January 15, 2013, after which access will be available only to ASTMH members and individual journal subscribers.

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a monthly peer-reviewed publication aimed at tropical medicine specialists including parasitologists, virologists, medical entomologists, and epidemiologists leads the tropical medicine field in the scope, quality and breadth of its published scholarship. The journal, available to members and through institutional subscriptions, is freely available to non-profit institutions in developing countries through ASTMH's participation in HINARI (Access to Research in Health Programme).

Sheridan's ongoing commitment to developing and providing the latest publishing technology advancements extends beyond Full-Text and Alert Apps to include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Mobile Editions, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.

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Amazon launches Textbook Rental
- 07 Aug 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Amazon Textbook Rental. College students can now choose from thousands of textbooks to rent for the semester and save up to 70 percent.

All textbook rentals are fulfilled by Amazon and are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, and Prime Free Two-Day Shipping. At the end of the rental period, returns are free and simple with a prepaid, printable label.

Textbook rentals and millions of other items including books, backpacks, electronics, video games and other college essentials are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with an Amazon Prime membership. By signing up for Amazon Student, a free membership programme exclusively for college students, students can get six months of Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, plus exclusive offers, and then up to four years of Amazon Prime at 50% off.

More information on Amazon Textbook Rental is available at www.amazon.com/textbooks.

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Sheridan to develop multi-title full-text app for the Academy of Management
- 09 Jul 2012

The Academy of Management has selected Dartmouth Journal Services and the Sheridan Technology Lab to develop a multi-journal app. Scheduled for release in mid-July, the app is branded as AOM Pubs. Journal titles accessible in this app include the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Academy of Management Review (AMR), Academy of Management Learning & Education (AMLE), and Academy of Management Perspectives (AMP).

The app is available for both the iPhone and iPad. It offers complete access of full-text articles to AOM members. Non-members can access the abstracts, and will also be able to access special free content for a period of 90 days after the release.

The app permits users to download, view, save, and search full-text articles; and even publish-ahead-of-print content. Users can access supplemental material, high resolution images, video, listen to podcasts and newsfeeds, and bookmark content. They may also receive instant alerts for new content, and read and share content through email, Facebook, and Twitter. User-configurable offline content caching – A Sheridan exclusive – offers access to full-text articles, figures, and tables anytime, anywhere, without a network connection.

Through its scholarly journals, The Academy of Management is committed to advancing theory, research, education, and practice in the field of management. AMR provides a forum to explicate theoretical insights and developments. Articles published in AMJ empirically examine theory-based knowledge. AMLE provides a forum to examine learning processes and management education. AMP features important issues concerning management and business.

Sheridan Full-Text Apps are the latest in a suite of mobile products developed and supported through The Sheridan Group companies. Others include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Mobile Editions, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.

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DeepDyve announces major updates to its service
- 30 May 2012

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced major updates to its service. Most notably, the company now offers the ability to purchase discounted, downloadable PDFs, making DeepDyve the one-stop destination for unaffiliated researchers (so-called ‘knowledge workers’) to search, rent and now purchase articles in life sciences, technology, medical, and business journals. The company also unveiled a number of enhancements to its monthly plans, and established corporate pricing that enables affordable, company-wide deployment of DeepDyve’s service.

Users have long wished for the ability to quickly read and sample an article before making the larger investment to purchase and download the PDF. DeepDyve now provides that flexibility via a single, convenient interface. With DeepDyve’s monthly subscription plans starting at just $5.99, users will receive 20 percent discount coupons each month that can be applied to the purchase of PDFs.

Another improvement to DeepDyve’s monthly subscriptions is the ability to roll over unused rental tokens and PDF discount coupons. While some users have very predictable rental habits, others have needs that fluctuate greatly. Rollover ensures that unused rental tokens and discount coupons can be stockpiled and used in future months. This feature is especially well suited for users with project-based needs, or anyone whose research needs change throughout the year.

DeepDyve now offers group plans for companies of all sizes wishing to make DeepDyve’s vast library of articles available to their employees. Start-ups and small workgroups can opt to bundle together multiple Silver or Gold accounts, which are prepaid annually and sold at a discounted rate.

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IPG, Amazon reach agreement on sale of e-book titles
- 28 May 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, and books distributor Independent Publisher's Guild (IPG) have reportedly announced an agreement. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move comes three months after Amazon pulled e-book titles off its site from clients of IPG over a dispute on terms.

Amazon’s actions in February came after negotiations between the online retailer and IPG over Amazon’s request for better terms and higher co-op broke down. Since late in 2011 Amazon has been meeting with publishers and distributors looking for, among other things, co-op on e-books.

IPG representatives had observed in February that if the distributor agreed to Amazon’s terms, its clients would not be able to make money selling Kindle titles. Amazon believes that the investments it has made in the e-book market and the fact its terms have been in place for a significant amount of time warrant a better deal.

To give a boost to its publishers, IPG will not take a distribution fee on Kindle sales on titles sold from June 1 through August 31, 2012.

NPG offers site license access to Spektrum der Wissenschaft
- 23 May 2012

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, will offer site license access to Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the German-language edition of Scientific American, as well as to Spektrum's sister publications and archives. All titles, available in German, will be hosted on the Spektrum.de platform. Together with Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft complements the consumer media portfolio of NPG to the German speaking scientific community.

Spektrum der Wissenschaft has offered site license access directly to institutional customers for many years. NPG institutional customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can now work with one sales representative for NPG journals, Scientific American and the Spektrum der Wissenschaft site license platform.

The NPG sales team will offer site license access to government, corporate and academic customers. A current site license subscription includes access to the current year and the previous 4 years in PDF format. Archive articles before 2003 are only accessible in full-text HTML.

The archive package from Spektrum also includes former titles Abenteuer Archaelogie (Archeology Adventure: 2004-2007) and Astronomie heute (Astronomy Today: 2003-2007). All users can browse the archive online. The archive is searchable by keyword, author, article title and subject area. Alternatively, users can also browse by year and issue.

Licences and customer support will be continued to be handled directly by the Spektrum team, to ensure that customers are dealing with native German speakers and have support in their time zone.

The Spektrum der Wissenschaft portfolio, hosted on the Spektrum platform, is the latest in archive offerings from NPG. Scientific American's complete archive, back to volume 1, issue 1 in 1845, is available on nature.com. The Nature archive 1869-1996 is also available on the nature.com platform.

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Barnes & Noble and Microsoft Corp announce strategic partnership to form new Barnes & Noble subsidiary
- 02 May 2012

Book retailer Barnes & Noble, US, and software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, have announced a strategic partnership to form a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary, which will build upon the history of strong innovation in digital reading technologies from both companies. It is expected that the partnership will accelerate the transition to e-reading, which is seen to be revolutionising the way people consume, create, share and enjoy digital content.

The new subsidiary will bring together the digital and College businesses of Barnes & Noble. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in the new subsidiary at a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion in exchange for an about 17.6 percent equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own approximately 82.4 percent of the new subsidiary, which will have an ongoing relationship with the company's retail stores.

Barnes & Noble has not yet decided on the name of the new subsidiary.

One of the first benefits for customers will be a NOOK application for Windows 8, which will extend the reach of Barnes & Noble's digital bookstore by providing one of the world's largest digital catalogues of e-Books, magazines and newspapers to hundreds of millions of Windows customers in the US and internationally.

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have settled their patent litigation. Moving forward, Barnes & Noble and the new subsidiary will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft's patents for its NOOK eReader and Tablet products. This paves the way for both companies to collaborate and reach a broader set of customers.

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Ingram adds Sesame Street e-book library solution to ipage offering
- 01 May 2012

Ingram, a US-based provider of physical and digital services to libraries, is expanding its e-book offering for libraries with an e-book subscription option for popular Sesame Street e-books. The Sesame Street e-bookstore subscription on ipage provides libraries of any size with unlimited access to more than 150 read-along, audio, animated and interactive books through their Ingram library account. The online solution can be used with any browser, and e-books can be read on Mac, PC and the iPad. Libraries set usage rules on each subscription.

The Sesame Street e-book collection for Ingram’s ipage is supported by iPublishCentral, a digital publishing platform developed by Impelsys, a company that helps book publishers deliver their content in all major e-book formats.

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation that reportedly revolutionised children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The workshop produces local Sesame Street programmes, seen in over 150 countries, and other shows including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond television, the workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives seek to meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.

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Sheridan's Electronic Content Services now feature POD, Journal Anthology support and batch product import
- 19 Apr 2012

The Sheridan Group has expanded their Electronic Content Services (ECS) commerce platforms to allow integration with Sheridan's Print-on-Demand (POD) system, Journal Anthology support, and the ability to auto-import multiple titles into the system.

Sheridan's ECS offering, launched over a year ago, enables publishers to sell books and publications directly to consumers from their websites, creating a new publisher revenue stream.

Three different fulfillment models are available. These include Sheridan Connect, Publisher Connect and ShelfWise. The latest enhancements to ECS offer even greater flexibility and opportunities to publishers. Specifically a one-off print option within the shopping cart; the ability to market collections of journal articles, special editions, or themed anthologies, available electronically or in print, via the shopping cart; and the functionality of batch product import, to easily upload multiple titles for set-up in the eStore.

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Taylor & Francis selects Ingram’s CoreSource for digital asset management and distribution
- 17 Apr 2012

Ingram Content Group, US, has announced that academic publisher Taylor & Francis has selected its CoreSource platform for digital asset management and distribution of content.

For two centuries Taylor & Francis has been committed to the publication of scholarly information of the highest quality, and this remains the publisher’s primary goal even today. The Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 1,000 journals and about 1,800 new books each year. The publisher has an extensive backlist of over 20,000 titles and will continue to add titles to the CoreSource and Lightning Source platforms.

Ingram’s CoreSource is an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally. Lightning Source, the print-on-demand unit of Ingram Content Group, provides comprehensive print-on-demand and distribution services to publishers worldwide.

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OverDrive to preview library eBook data at London Book Fair
- 16 Apr 2012

OverDrive, a digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content, will announce the first of a series of 'Big Data' reports analysing billions of eBook impressions and other data collected from across its network of 18,000 public and school libraries at the ongoing London Book Fair (Booth X700).

Data from OverDrive's global library network to be made available to participating libraries and publishers includes information about eBook and digital audiobook title circulation, book demand and web traffic and general demographics. OverDrive's data reports were developed in compliance with library privacy policies and do not include any identifying user information.

In March 2012, over 337,000 visitors from 219 countries browsed the OverDrive-hosted 'virtual branch' websites of more than 18,000 libraries to search, discover and sample book content. This resulted in over 146 million page views for the month, and library visitors stayed on the sites for an average of 9.5 minutes, viewing an average 11.6 pages per visit. Also in March, OverDrive library catalogue browsers viewed more than 636 million title cover images.

In light of recent studies reporting on how library eBook lending drives retail sales, the ability to understand readers' browsing and borrowing interests is becoming an important tool for publishers' and booksellers' strategies. The impact of libraries on book sales was also reported in the Pew Internet report, 'The Rise of e-Reading' (April 4, 2012), which concluded that the majority of readers of eBooks (61%) prefer to purchase their own copies of eBooks rather than borrow them. The study also contained data showing that librarians and libraries are a prominent source (21%) for owners of e-reading devices to get recommendations for reading materials.

OverDrive library data reports will include metrics for titles, authors, series and promotional campaigns targeting use of the materials in the OverDrive-hosted catalogues. The data initiatives are being developed in consultation with an advisory panel which includes librarians and marketing professionals from libraries in the US, Canada and the UK. The programme complies with library privacy policies and will not disclose any personally identifying user information.

The OverDrive Library eBook Data reports are an extension of the OverDrive WIN initiatives, a suite of features that support a win-win relationship between libraries, publishers and readers. Enhancing virtual library catalogues with Buy It Now, Recommend to Library, and Author Impressions features, OverDrive gives readers powerful new ways to discover new titles and connect with books and authors.

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EMpact Sales chosen as Sales Agent for Integrum World Wide
- 09 Apr 2012

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has been chosen as sales agent for Integrum World Wide. Under the agreement, EMpact will represent the company in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Integrum World Wide provides access to the Integrum databases outside the Russian Federation. Integrum claims to be the largest collection of Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) databases covering a wide range of topics. At the beginning of 2012, Integrum contained about 400 million documents related to Russia. The scope of more than 5,000 databases covers all national and regional newspapers and magazines, statistics, official publications, archives of the leading national and international information agencies, full texts of thousands of literary works, dictionaries, and more.

As part of the EBSCO group, EMpact brings to the sales process an expanded team of experienced sales and marketing personnel who have been working with publishers and libraries for many years. With the support of 30 fully staffed offices in 23 countries worldwide, EMpact's global reach makes it possible for content providers to take advantage of opportunities they might otherwise miss.

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Amazon launches Kindle Store with Spanish language e-books
- 06 Apr 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced a new Spanish-language e-book store within the Amazon.com Kindle Store, 'eBooks Kindle en Español'. It offers additional features for Spanish-speaking customers in the US, like extensive help pages, and phone and e-mail customer support in Spanish.

US customers can now shop for Spanish-language books in the new store on Amazon.com, or set any Kindle device to access a customised shopping experience designed for books in Spanish. With over 30,000 titles in total, eBooks Kindle en Español reportedly offers customers the most Spanish-language bestsellers, as measured by Nielsen. In addition to the new Spanish-language eBook store, the new $79 Kindle and many free Kindle reading apps can be easily customised for complete Spanish-language reading and navigation, including popular highlights and other social features.

In order to set their Kindle store experience to Spanish, US customers need to simply change their language to 'Spanish' under Store Language Preference in Manage Your Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/myk).

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Google to end eBooks partnership with independent booksellers
- 06 Apr 2012

Representatives of Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, have reportedly contacted the American Booksellers Association and Powell's Books to announce that the company would end its Google eBooks reseller programme worldwide. In February, it had seemed as if independent booksellers were getting a reprieve when Google reinstated some affiliate stores that had low sales. But in yet another sign of industry consolidation, Google will start selling e-books solely through its recently launched Google Play, beginning January 31, 2013.

In a statement, Emily Powell, President of Powell's Books, called the news 'extremely disappointing'. The company's decision three years ago to partner with Google and provide Google eBooks was seen to be an important move for Powell's to solidify its place in the e-book industry. She noted that Powell's offers e-books from other outlets, including Ingram Content Group, and would explore opportunities to expand that business.

According to a Google spokesperson, the reseller programme failed to gain the traction that it hoped it would with customers or retailers. Google, therefore, had to make the decision to discontinue it. The company will continue to work with its partners through the transition.

Baker & Taylor to provide ebooks via the Blio ereading application on Azpen tablets
- 04 Apr 2012

Baker & Taylor, Inc., a distributor of digital and physical books, together with K- NFB Reading Technology, developer of the Blio ereading application, have announced that an ebook platform featuring the Blio ereader will soon be available on Azpen Innovation's Android-based tablet devices. Azpen is a global provider of tablet pc's, e-readers, gaming devices and wireless products.

Through its partnerships with publishers worldwide, Baker & Taylor aims to provide a comprehensive bookstore that includes best-selling titles, as well as children's books, textbooks and lifestyle books, such as travel and cookbooks, many with integrated full-colour and other multimedia enhancements.

Baker & Taylor, Inc. offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. The company also offers industry-leading customised library services and retail merchandising solutions.

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Amazon.com set to Acquire Kiva Systems, Inc.
- 20 Mar 2012

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced an agreement to acquire Kiva Systems, Inc., an innovator of material handling technology.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by Kiva's stockholders, Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Kiva for about $775 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012.

Following the acquisition, Kiva Systems' headquarters will remain in North Reading, Massachusetts.

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Ingram Content Group to be new primary content supplier for Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System
- 16 Mar 2012

Ingram Content Group, US, has announced that it has been selected by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System for its comprehensive library supply solutions.

Ingram Content Group has been named the primary vendor of print materials for the 37 branch Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, which celebrated 175 years of service in 2011. The libraries which serve as centers of information, education, culture and entertainment for the residents of Erie County, New York had 3.65 million patron visits last year. The 37-branch, free public library system has more than three million items in its collection of books, periodicals, rare publications and documents, DVD’s, CD’s and e-content materials.

Ingram continues to grow the number of large public library systems it works with in North America. Ingram’s library services division recently announced its work with the Columbus Metropolitan Library System earlier this month.



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3M Library Systems and Polaris Library Systems announce strategic partnership to integrate 3M Cloud Library with Polaris ILS
- 12 Mar 2012

Library solutions provider 3M Library Systems and Polaris Library Systems have announced a strategic partnership that will make browsing and checking out eBooks simpler. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will now be integrated with the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS), allowing patrons at participating libraries to discover both physical and digital collections from wherever they are browsing - the library's own public access catalogue (PAC) or from the 3M Cloud Library applications. The new partnership will be showcased at the Public Library Association 2012 Conference, beginning on March 13 in Philadelphia, Pa.

This first-of-its-kind integration between an ILS and eBook service is projected to bring added convenience to library patrons, who will now be able to browse and check out both physical books and eBooks from one unified interface. The system will also enable unified account profiles, where users will be able to view status updates or receive notifications for all of their materials - both physical and digital. Additionally, with the integrated system, statistics on 3M eBooks will be collected in real time and included in circulation reports - a valuable asset for librarians.

The added ease-of-use for Polaris libraries and their patrons builds on the 3M Cloud Library's already well-established convenience and simplicity. By providing both digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading, the 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system for digital reading. Patrons can view content on a 3M eReader that they check out from the library, or can access the system on their own devices with an easy-to-install app (currently available on Android, iOS, and PC platforms). With Polaris integration, the 3M Cloud Library apps now will allow the patron to view and place holds on physical materials as well as easily check out and read popular eBook titles.

The 3M Cloud Library service is currently in use at 10 beta sites across the US. In April, general release installations will be performed for 30 additional library systems. Patrons of these libraries will gain access to content from a growing list of more than 40 publishers, with content offerings totaling well over 100,000 titles.

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Baker & Taylor to make nearly 100,000 original Smashwords ebooks available to Blio readers
- 05 Mar 2012

Baker & Taylor, Inc., a distributor of digital and physical books, together with K-NFB Reading Technology, developer of the Blio e-reading application, have announced a distribution agreement with indie ebooks distributor Smashwords. The deal will bring nearly 100,000 independently-published ebooks to the Blio store.

Blio is the feature-rich e-reading application that allows readers to experience e-reading in a new way, and use their digital library across multiple devices. Smashwords offers a catalogue of over 100,000 original titles representing 37,000 indie authors and small presses around the world.

The agreement will also bring Smashwords ebooks to public libraries that subscribe to Baker & Taylor's new Axis360 digital media platform. Axis360, which was launched in 2011, has been deployed by several top public library systems in the US.

Using Blio, readers can sample and purchase Smashwords books, create digital libraries for purchased and sampled titles, publish text or YouTube video book reviews, and 'favourite' their chosen authors, publishers and titles.



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Open Road Integrated Media selects Ingram Content Group companies to print and distribute ebooks
- 29 Feb 2012

Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company, has selected Ingram Publisher Services and Lightning Source, Ingram Content Group companies, to distribute print versions of a group of its e-books. The programme will begin in March 2012.

Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. It creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing e-books through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media.

Ingram Content Group provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. The company’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services.

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SAGE opts for Ingram Content’s CoreSource for digital assets management
- 14 Feb 2012

Academic and professional publisher SAGE, US, has selected Ingram Content Group’s CoreSource for the distribution and management of its e-book and print-book files. SAGE publishes titles in the humanities and social sciences and the scientific, technical and medical fields.

Ingram’s CoreSource is projected as an easy–to-use, online solution for the storage, management and distribution of digital content. It seeks to deliver a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

Lightning Source, a unit of Ingram Content Group, provides print-on-demand and distribution services to publishers worldwide.

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Dartmouth Journal Services and American Diabetes Association to create multi-journal app for the iOS and Android platforms
- 10 Feb 2012

Journal production services provider Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS), part of The Sheridan Group, US, has been working with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to create and launch a multi-journal app for both the iOS and Android platforms (the iOS app to launch in March 2012, and Android app slated for an April 2012 launch). The ADA Journals app will provide immediate access to full-text articles for users with personal or institutional subscriptions to Diabetes, Diabetes Care, Diabetes Spectrum, and/or Clinical Diabetes.

The ADA Journals app will provide users with the ability to download, search, view, and save abstracts and full-text articles, including publish-ahead-of-print articles. In addition to accessing the latest journal content, both as full-text HTML and as PDF, users can also access supplemental material, listen to podcasts, subscribe to and follow diabetes-related news feeds, bookmark content, and share articles via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Although the app will initially provide free access to all content for an introductory period, the app manages the authentication of both individual and institutional subscribers via a simple and easy feature. A Sheridan exclusive – user-configurable offline content caching – gives users access to full-text articles, figures, and tables anytime, anywhere - without a network connection.

Sheridan Full-Text Apps are the latest in a suite of mobile products developed and supported through The Sheridan Group companies, and with the support of the Sheridan Technology Lab. Others include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Mobile Editions, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.

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The Sheridan Group forms strategic alliance with print service providers to distribute and print published content globally
- 17 Jan 2012

Printing and publishing services provider The Sheridan Group, US, has announced the formation of an international strategic alliance with three leading print service providers to distribute and print published content globally.

The alliance, named the Content Delivery Alliance (CDA), seeks to provide a solution for regional and international customers who require their content be produced and delivered close to their customer base. With the combination of Sheridan Group handling North and South America, Hobbs the Printer and MPG Books Group handling Europe and the OPUS Group operation delivering the Asia-Pacific region, this alliance provides content delivery options across the globe.

The Sheridan Group is known for its exceptional print on demand, digital, offset and web printing capabilities. Within the journal and book markets - the primary audience for this service - partnership in the Content Delivery Alliance now adds another dimension to Sheridan's value to its customers. Using highly automated systems, the alliance is well prepared to accommodate all of a publisher's digital print needs, down to a single copy, as well as regional offset printing requirements for larger publications or books.

This global print alliance offers many benefits. In addition to enabling The Sheridan Group and its partners to serve their customers' worldwide content distribution needs, this partnership can help support publishers' sustainable practice initiatives or inventory management objectives while reducing distribution costs and delivery time.

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More university presses select Ingram Content Group’s CoreSource platform for digital asset management and distribution
- 05 Jan 2012

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced that more university presses have selected the company’s digital content distribution system, CoreSource, for their digital asset management and distribution needs. The most recent university presses that have selected CoreSource are: The University of New Mexico Press, University of South Carolina Press and Indiana University Press.

The presses have also elected to use Ingram’s CoreSource Plus option – an Ingram service that manages the business relationship with re-sellers in addition to asset distribution. The University Press of Florida, University of Virginia Press, and Wesleyan University Press recently enhanced their CoreSource relationship with the CoreSource Plus option.

As university presses adjust their business models to meet today’s digital requirements, more are turning to Ingram for flexible and integrated print and digital solutions to reach more students, educators and libraries. These six presses join Princeton University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of California Press, University Press of Kentucky and others that are already using Ingram’s CoreSource platform.

Ingram’s CoreSource is an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. It delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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Amazon reports over 1 million Kindle devices sold per week in December
- 30 Dec 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that throughout December, customers purchased over 1 million Kindle devices per week. With expectations high for both e-reader sales and e-books over the holiday season, Amazon reported that its Kindle was a hot commodity this month, and that e-books sales broke records.

The new Kindle family held the top three spots on the Amazon.com best seller charts – Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch and Kindle. Gifting of Kindle books was up 175 percent between this Black Friday and Christmas Day compared to the same period in 2010. Kindle Fire was the best-selling product on Amazon.com’s mobile website and across all of Amazon.com’s mobile applications.

According to Amazon, 2011 was also a record-breaking holiday season for businesses that sell on Amazon. Third-party sellers experienced record holiday growth. The number of sellers who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season increased 44 percent year-over-year. For the year, businesses on Amazon sold hundreds of millions of units worth billions of dollars worldwide.

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American Psychological Association releases APA Books E-Collection 2012
- 13 Dec 2011

The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced the electronic release of APA scholarly and professional book titles from the current copyright year within the new APA Books E-Collection 2012. APA Books E-Collections enable institutions to purchase and access electronically sets of APA titles based on their individual copyright year.

At release, the APA Books E-Collection 2012 contains electronic versions of 14 titles, and will add 20 additional titles as they are published throughout the remainder of the 2012 copyright year. Along with the release of the latest collection, APA has also reduced the pricing on most of the back-year collections. With reductions of as much as 20 percent for certain years, these changes will make APA Books E-Collections more affordable and allow library budgets to go further in providing valuable APA scholarly book content for their user communities.

Originally debuting in 2009, APA Books E-Collections are available for the copyright years 2001 through 2012. APA Books E-Collections provide the benefit of content ownership and include a host of value-added features, such as MARC records for each title. Additionally, access to the literature is provided on APA PsycNET, APA's platform developed specifically for searching psychological content.

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Amazon unveils KDP Select scheme for independent authors and publishers
- 09 Dec 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced KDP Select, a new option featuring a $6 million annual fund dedicated to independent authors and publishers. If a KDP author or publisher chooses to make any of their books exclusive to the Kindle Store for at least 90 days, those books are eligible to be included in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and can earn a share of the $6 million fund.

Authors and publishers can enrol a single book, their whole catalogue or anything in between. The monthly fund for December 2011 is $500,000. Thirty-one of the top 50 KDP authors have already enrolled 129 titles. The monthly royalty payment for each KDP Select book is based on that book's share of the total number of borrows of all participating KDP books in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

Amazon expects the fund to be at least $6 million for all of 2012, in addition to the $500,000 allocated for December 2011. Enrolled titles will remain available for sale to any customer in the Kindle Store and authors will continue to earn their regular royalties on those sales.

With KDP Select, authors and publishers will also have access to a new set of promotional tools, starting with the option to promote their enrolled titles for free for up to five days every 90 days.

Authors and publishers can immediately enrol books in KDP Select by visiting the KDP website at http://kdp.amazon.com. They can also access detailed reporting on the number of borrows for each enrolled title. KDP Select is available for titles participating in both the 70 percent and 35 percent royalty programmes.

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Kindle Direct Publishing now available for the Amazon.es Kindle Store
- 05 Dec 2011

Amazon.es has announced that authors and publishers will now be able to make their books available in the Amazon.es Kindle Store (www.amazon.es/kindle) using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) (http://kdp.amazon.es). Amazon.es is a trading name for Amazon EU S.à.r.l., Amazon Services Europe S.à.r.l. and Amazon Media EU S.à.r.l. All three are wholly owned subsidiaries of global online retailer Amazon.com, Inc.

Authors and publishers can utilise the new Spanish-language KDP website to make their books available in Spain and more than 100 countries worldwide, while continuing to own the rights to their books. The popular 70 percent royalty option, which allows independent authors and publishers worldwide to make more money on books sold to Kindle customers in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Austria, France and Italy, is now also available for books sold in Spain.

Kindle Direct Publishing claims to be a fast, free and easy way for authors and publishers to make their books available to Kindle customers in Spain and around the world via Kindle and on free Kindle reading apps for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac and Android-based devices. The new Spanish-language KDP website is also a convenient way for authors and publishers in many Latin American countries to publish their books to Kindle.

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Cambridge Journals announces Article Rental service
- 28 Nov 2011

Cambridge Journals, a division of Cambridge University Press (CUP), UK, has announced a brand new Article Rental scheme, which will see single academic research articles being made available over a 24-hour period at a significantly lower cost.

Cambridge Journals publishes over 280 peer-reviewed academic journals across a wide spread of subject areas, many of which are the leading academic publications in their fields. However, the cost of accessing research can sometimes be a barrier for customers who are not able to subscribe, so the new rental scheme has been launched as part of the latest release of improvements to Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge's online journals publishing service.

For $5.99, users will now be able to read single articles online for up to 24 hours, a saving of up to 86 percent compared with the cost of purchasing the article. After registration and payment, the reader is emailed a link, through which they can access and read the article in PDF format as often as they wish during the subsequent 24 hours. Article Rental is a read-only option. Rented articles can be viewed on any computer that has a browser and a web connection, but the view-only PDF cannot be downloaded, printed, or cut-and-pasted.

Article Rental will initially be rolled out across all Journals owned by Cambridge University Press, with the expectation that journals published by Cambridge on behalf of Learned Societies will soon follow. It is planned that Article Rental will also become available via CJO Mobile (CJOm), a version of CJO developed for mobile devices, to create a solution for readers who wish to access articles while on the move.

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Penguin to restore libraries' ability to loan e-books for Kindle
- 24 Nov 2011

US-based publisher Penguin Group is reportedly restoring libraries' ability to lend their e-books for Amazon.com's Kindle e-reader. It had earlier suspended making new e-books available to libraries. The company had then said it would not allow libraries to loan any e-books for the Kindle due to unspecified security concerns.

Penguin has now backtracked, saying it was informed by Amazon that the online retailer was not aware of Penguin's agreement with Overdrive, a supplier of e-books to libraries. The move to restore permission is temporary and eligible only through the end of the year. Amazon allows Kindle users to borrow e-books from local libraries through a partnership with OverDrive. The partnership seeks to vastly increase the Kindle's presence in libraries.

Penguin recently asked OverDrive to disable its 'Get for Kindle' function on Penguin books. OverDrive and Penguin are in the process of looking at new terms for libraries. The companies are all working together to address Penguin's concerns by the end of 2011.

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Springer Healthcare and ASCO announce reprints and sales agreement
- 23 Nov 2011

Springer Healthcare, part of Springer Science+Business Media, has signed a three-year reprints and sales agreement with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), effective January 1, 2012. ASCO is a leading professional organisation representing physicians who care for people with cancer.

Springer Healthcare will be the exclusive supplier of reprints from articles published in ASCO's Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of Oncology Practice for North and South America, most of Europe, India, and other territories. In addition, Springer Healthcare will be the exclusive representative for licensing of other ASCO educational resources including the ASCO Annual Meeting abstracts and Educational Book, Virtual Meeting content, symposia proceedings, patient materials, and ASCO University—the Society's online learning environment.

Springer Healthcare, part of Springer Science+Business Media, has undergone significant growth in the past decade and has expanded rapidly, with global reach into all international markets and more than 150 employees worldwide. The company seeks to meet the communication and publishing needs of the international healthcare communities, with a growing portfolio of products, including MedWire News, strategic consultancy, event management, eBusiness products and services, as well as print and digital medical publishing.

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Google's eBookstore made available in Australia
- 08 Nov 2011

Internet search services provider Google has reportedly announced the availability of eBookstore, its e-books platform, in Australia. The platform allows locals the ability to purchase e-books across a range of Internet-enabled devices.

The move comes as the company kicks off its annual Google Developer Day in Sydney. It is said to mark a significant milestone in the local e-book industry which is currently heavily contested by the likes of Amazon with its vast array of digital books, Apple with its iBookstore, and a series of local retailers.

Google announced the 2-million-book eBookstore earlier this year. The service was not available in Australia until now with the company unable to provide a local launch date at the time. The search giant has now made the service and an associated affiliate programme available to Australian residents. Google has not only launched its own store but has also partnered with Booktopia and Dymocks to sell Google eBooks as well. According to the company, QBD The Bookshop and The Co-op Bookshop will also launch Google eBook integration soon.

Google has enabled the 'Books' tab in the Australian Android Market as well, allowing the purchase of books through the application market for reading on tablets and smartphones.

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Reference Tree and University of Liverpool partner to make textbooks available by chapter to University of Liverpool Students
- 07 Nov 2011

eTextbook Aggregator Reference Tree, UK, has announced a partnership with the University of Liverpool Library to make textbooks available by chapter to University of Liverpool students.

In the first arrangement of its kind, the University of Liverpool Library will promote Reference Tree to the University's over 27,000 student population as an alternative solution to existing book shops and other online retail outlets for students to purchase their course textbooks.

The collaboration was instigated to provide an additional source of textbook content alongside the extensive holdings offered to students through the library. University of Liverpool Students will be able to determine the availability of books on the University of Liverpool Library Catalogue via the Reference Tree site, enabling them to obtain the content they need via Reference Tree or the Library.

The company is looking for collaborations with other Universities, and are actively reaching out to Universities across the UK.

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Routledge announces free access to Area Studies journals
- 07 Nov 2011

Routledge, the social science and humanities imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, has announced its latest free access campaign, Access All Areas. Access All Areas offers free online access to Routledge's complete range of Area Studies journals for six weeks, available from the November 3 to December 16, 2011.

Routledge claims to be a leading Area Studies publisher with the largest number of journals and articles in the Area Studies category of the JCR. Specialising in African, American, Asian, Central Asian, Russian & Eastern European, European, Latin American & Hispanic and Middle Eastern Studies, Routledge Area Studies journals are a must-read for academics and professionals.

Access All Areas incorporates more than 150 journals within the Area Studies classification, with 30 additional titles now included. These include: Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Journal of Asian Public Policy and Chinese Journal of Communication which publish a significant amount of research that is specific to a particular region.

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Rockefeller University Press journals to go mobile via Sheridan's full-text apps
- 04 Nov 2011

The Sheridan Technology Group and Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS) have developed iPhone and iPad apps for the Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, and The Journal of General Physiology. These journals will soon be available in the iTunes App Store as downloadable, full-text, mobile applications. The apps were developed in conjunction with The Rockefeller University Press (RUP).

App users can stay up-to-date with the latest articles, search full-text, and bookmark content for later viewing. The apps will include a number of features that are firsts for Sheridan's mobile app offering, including individual and institutional authentication, PDF download, and access to supplemental data and related articles. Another first, user-configurable offline caching of content, provides access to full-text articles (including high resolution figures and tables) – anywhere, anytime – even without a network connection.

In addition to journal content, the apps also offer access to a number of social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, plus RUP's biosights and biobytes podcast series and other RSS feeds. The incorporation of social media tools makes it easy to share content, and the instant alert feature immediately notifies users of the availability of new content.

RUP plans to launch the apps, free of charge, in mid-November 2011. During a brief introductory trial period, access to full-text will be available to all who download them. After the trial period, access to full-text will require a subscription, but abstracts will be available to all users.

Sheridan Full-Text Apps are the latest in a suite of mobile products developed and supported through Sheridan Technology. Others include Sheridan Mobile Alerts, Sheridan Mobile Editions, Sheridan Mobile ePrints, and Sheridan Print-to-Mobile QR Codes.

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Safari Books Online selects Ingram Content Group to expand e-content library
- 03 Nov 2011

Safari Books Online and Ingram Content Group’s CoreSource platform have announced an agreement that will enable education, technology, and business publishers worldwide to expand the reach of their content.

Safari Books Online’s on-demand digital learning library claims to provide the best books, training videos and learning resources from leading publishers and authors, all on a searchable, interactive learning platform. The most popular technology books sold in the retail market and used by libraries around the world can be found and accessed on the Safari Books Online site in the formats most-demanded to accommodate varied learning styles and preferences.

Safari Books Online will also benefit from more than 850 publishers already using CoreSource for digital asset management and distribution. These publishers gain another channel to reach consumers – in addition to the more than 160 retailers and library distributors that are already connected.

Ingram’s CoreSource is an online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. It delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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Amazon unveils Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for Amazon Prime members
- 03 Nov 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. With an annual Amazon Prime membership, Kindle owners can now choose from thousands of books to borrow for free as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. According to Amazon, no other e-reader or ebookstore offers such a service. Millions of Prime members reportedly enjoy free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of nearly 13,000 movies and TV shows, and now thousands of books to borrow for free with a Kindle.

The Kindle Owners' Lending Library is said to offer access to a wide array of categories and genres in fiction and non-fiction. As with any other Kindle book, user notes, highlights and bookmarks in borrowed books will be saved, so to have them later if they purchase or re-borrow the book. Books are borrowed from a Kindle device, and customers can have one book out at a time. When customers want to borrow a new book, any borrowed book can easily be returned right from their device.

Titles in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library come from a range of publishers under a variety of terms. For the vast majority of titles, Amazon has reached an agreement with publishers to include titles for a fixed fee. In some cases, Amazon is purchasing a title each time it is borrowed by a reader under standard wholesale terms as a no-risk trial to demonstrate to publishers the incremental growth and revenue opportunity that this new service presents.

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Google launches eBookstore in Canada
- 02 Nov 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has expanded its online bookstore to Canada, offering hundreds of thousands of electronic books for sale and millions of others for free.

According to Google, the company is partnering with a number of Canadian publishers for the launch including McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi and Dundurn, and retailers such as Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson.

Google launched its eBookstore in the US in December 2010. The service was further expanded to the UK last month. Digital books sold through Google can be read on the Nook from Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader and other e-book readers. It is however not available on the Kindle from Amazon.

They can also be read on a variety of other devices including personal computers and Apple and Android tablets. The Canadian catalogue includes hundreds of thousands of books for purchase and two million free books in the public domain, according to Google.

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Amazon brings HTML5 support to Kindle with Format 8
- 24 Oct 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has launched its next-generation file-format for Kindle books. Kindle Format 8 (KF8) will reportedly replace Mobi 7, and it brings support for HTML5 and CSS3. According to Amazon, this will enable publishers to create better-looking books with rich formatting, including fixed and floated elements, embedded fonts and drop-caps, text on background images, numbered and bulleted lists. In all, Amazon says KF8 has over 150 new formatting capabilities, which are outlined in full on its website.

Amazon cites a number of genres that will potentially benefit from the changes. It says technical and engineering books will be boosted by superior diagrams, through the use of CSS3 formatting, nested tables, boxed elements and SVG.

According to the company, forthcoming enhancements to Kindle Publisher Tools will make it easier and faster for publishers to create high quality Kindle books. KindleGen 2 seeks to create Kindle content from a wide variety of sources including HTML, XHTML and EPUB. Kindle Previewer 2 (available soon) provides an easy way for publishers to preview how titles will look on Kindle devices and apps.

In terms of support, Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet will be the first device to support the new format. However, the company promises support on its latest generation of e-ink Kindles ‘in the coming months’, along with its free Kindle apps for other platforms.

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Reference Tree partners with Gemeinsamer Bibliotheks Verbund to distribute eTextbooks
- 13 Oct 2011

eTextbook aggregator Reference Tree, UK, has announced that it has entered into a collaboration with Gemeinsamer Bibliotheks Verbund (GBV) to distribute eTextbooks from publishers for which Reference Tree has signed Europe-wide or World-wide rights.

Users of the GBV's extensive catalogue will now gain access to more than 2,500 eTextbooks from the world's leading publishers including Taylor & Francis, McGraw-Hill, Elsevier, Hodder Education, Business Expert Press and Packt Publishing. Additionally, as new titles and publishers distribute their books through Reference Tree, so too will these be indexed by the catalogue providing access to even more content.

The venture marks a significant step in Reference Tree's continuing expansion into Higher Education, extending content reach to thousands of users from more than 450 university, college and government sponsored research libraries across GBV's member states. In addition to cost-effective core content, GBV catalogue users will also benefit from Reference Tree's learning and study tools such as text highlighting and annotations.

Users of the GBV catalogue will be able to access these titles immediately.

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Google launches e-bookstore in UK
- 10 Oct 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly launched its e-bookstore in the UK. The store can be found at google.co.uk/.

According to a report published in The Bookseller, Google has signed deals with the UK's biggest publishers, including Hachette, Penguin and Random House. The company has said it has hundreds of thousands of commercially available books to buy at launch, in addition to 2 million public domain e-books. Google eBooks are stored in an online library and accessible across devices including laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and e-readers.

The development comes almost a year after its US e-book store went live. Google now plans to launch the e-book store in other English-language markets such as Australia and Canada. The European expansion is slated for next year. It is expected that the move will significantly improve Google's ability to compete with the likes of Amazon and Apple in the burgeoning e-books market.

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EBSCO announces winner of its 2011 Charleston Conference Scholarship award
- 05 Oct 2011

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO, US, has announced the winner of its 2011 Charleston Conference Scholarship. The winner is Matthew Harrington, collections management assistant at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. This year's event – the 31st Annual Charleston Conference, titled 'Something's Gotta Give' - will be held November 2 – 5, 2011, in Charleston, S.C.

Applicants for the EBSCO scholarship were asked to consider the topic 'Under Pressure: Libraries Evolving to Thrive' and submit a short essay about the positive changes their libraries are making in order to adapt to the ever-changing library landscape.

Matthew's winning essay outlines how the academic library continues to reinvent itself in the wake of 'changing currents within academia and the various economic and technological spheres of scholarship.' It also notes that, despite these challenges, libraries are evolving into energetic centers for scholarly activity that are now better equipped to match the exuberance of students.

This is EBSCO's third year sponsoring a scholarship for a librarian to attend the Charleston Conference. The scholarship money awarded will be used for conference registration, travel, and expenses.

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EMpact and Eduserv announce sales representation agreement
- 03 Oct 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has entered into a global (excluding Israel) agreement with Eduserv to provide sales representation for their OpenAthens product. OpenAthens is an identity and single sign-on product that controls users' access to online resources with a single username and password. It is currently used by more than three million people worldwide to access resources such as journals, databases and desktop applications.

Eduserv enables organisations to improve service delivery to customers and staff through better use of technology. The company's identity and access management services are used by over three million people worldwide in education, healthcare, publishing and commercial organisations.

As part of the EBSCO group, EMpact brings to the sales process an expanded team of experienced sales and marketing personnel who have been working with publishers and libraries for many years. With the support of 31 fully staffed offices in 23 countries worldwide, EMpact's global reach makes it possible for content providers to take advantage of opportunities they might otherwise miss.

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Google close to launching e-books platform in UK
- 03 Oct 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly preparing an 'imminent' UK launch of its e-books platform for selling digital titles, with members of Gardners Hive network able to sell the e-books from their websites.

According to reports published in The Bookseller, the company recently held a closed meeting with more than 100 independents at the Booksellers Association's Independent Booksellers Forum at the University of Warwick in Coventry, which outlined how the system could work. The service is expected to be launched within the next four weeks, with an announcement date at the Frankfurt Book Fair mooted.

While Google has refused to comment on any launch plans, the service will reportedly allow independents to have access to selling e-books. An independent can add a Google e-bookstore to its website, or act as an affiliate, which means it would receive a commission for sending a customer to Google's e-bookstore from its own website.

A third option was discussed by Gardners Commercial Director Bob Jackson at the conference. He said independents that have signed up to its Hive website will be able to sell Google e-books from their own page on hive.co.uk. It means an independent will have access to Google's catalogue of e-books, as well as the 180,000 e-books Gardners stocks.

Google launched e-books in the US in December 2010. Any e-books purchased are stored in an online library. Readers can access their books across laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and e-readers.

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Kindle books made available at 11,000 local libraries in US
- 22 Sep 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the US. The Kindle library book offers the customer all the features available in Kindle books.

Customers will use their local library's website to search for and select a book to borrow. Once they choose a book, customers can choose to 'Send to Kindle' and will be redirected to Amazon.com to login to their Amazon.com account and the book will be delivered to the device they select via Wi-Fi. It can also be transferred via USB. Customers can check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, as well as in their web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

The Kindle book features that also come with Kindle library books include Whispersync technology that wirelessly syncs users' books, notes, highlights and last page read across Kindle and free Kindle reading apps; real page numbers that let readers easily reference passages with page numbers that correspond to actual print editions; and Facebook and Twitter integration that makes it easy to share favorite passages. Also, popular highlights show readers what millions of Kindle readers think are the most interesting passages in the books. Users can use public notes to share their notes and see what others are saying about Kindle books.

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HARRASSOWITZ announces 2011 Charleston Conference Scholarship winner
- 16 Sep 2011

HARRASSOWITZ, a full-service subscription agent and bookseller, Germany, has awarded its 2011 Charleston Conference Scholarship to Ariel Vanderpool, Resource Acquisitions Specialist III at Stanford University Lane Medical Library, CA. The scholarship supports attendance at this year’s Charleston Conference, scheduled to be held from November 2-5, 2011, in Charleston, SC.

In line with the 2011 Charleston Conference theme of ‘Something’s Gotta Give!’, applicants were asked to submit a short essay on the topic “What Needs to ‘Give’ for Libraries and Vendors to Flourish”.

The judging panel consisted of Clint Chamberlain, Coordinator for Information Resources, University of Texas at Arlington; Gay Dannelly, Associate Director for Resources and Collection Services, University of Notre Dame; and Tina Feick, HARRASSOWITZ’s Director of Sales and Marketing for North America.

Vanderpool’s winning essay effectively outlined how interaction between libraries and vendors can be facilitated ‘through a sort of personalisation, seen in record keeping, review and analysis of those records, and creative application of that accumulated information to future interactions.’

The complete essay can be viewed at http://www.katina.info/conference/downloads/Ariel-Vanderpool-Essay.pdf.

Cengage Learning partners with Verba to simplify textbook price comparisons
- 15 Sep 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, and Verba have announced that they are working together to help students surface a range of online pricing options for textbooks efficiently through participating college stores. Verba is a web application company that helps campus retailers provide cutting-edge, competitive retail experiences to the communities they serve.

Through this relationship with Verba, Cengage Learning products including eTextbooks and eChapters can be included in college stores' online listings of pricing options that are available through the CengageBrain.com retail site.

CengageBrain.com is Cengage Learning's single destination website - a one-stop shop - providing students with the choice to rent or purchase the company's diverse array of learning solutions. From the site, students can rent textbooks for up to 70 percent below off the suggested retail price or purchase print textbooks, eTextbooks, individual eChapters and audio books. The site also includes Cengage Learning's broad range of homework and study tools, and features a selection of free content and discounts for purchasing multiple products.

In addition to providing pricing transparency, Verba's online comparison tool is integrated into the college store website experience so that students do not need to navigate through multiple sites to see a wide range of pricing and format options, including those available via CengageBrain.com. By enabling the CengageBrain links, college store customers will benefit from the CengageBrain College Store Affiliate Program, claimed to be only one of its kind in the college publishing industry. College stores can also increase market share by satisfying more of their students through the stores' websites.

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EMpact chosen as sales agent for The Chronicle of Higher Education
- 12 Sep 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has announced that it has been chosen as sales agent for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Under the agreement, EMpact will promote The Chronicle in Japan, Korea, Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, India and the Middle East.

The Chronicle is well known as the authoritative news source for academic professionals throughout North America. It claims to be the number one source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and administrators.

As part of the EBSCO group, EMpact brings to the sales process an expanded team of experienced sales and marketing personnel who have been working with publishers and libraries for many years. With the support of 31 fully staffed offices in 23 countries worldwide, EMpact's global reach makes it possible for content providers to take advantage of opportunities they might otherwise miss.

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F+W Media selects Ingram Content Group’s CoreSource platform for digital asset management and distribution
- 07 Sep 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced that F+W Media, Inc. has selected its CoreSource platform for digital asset management and distribution. The selection of CoreSource by F+W Media further strengthens the relationship between the two companies, enhancing their ongoing collaboration for print-on-demand and distribution through the eCommerce stores owned by F+W Media.

F+W Media is the content company, well-known for its 26 online ecommerce stores offering curated content, products, services, and educational programmes. Releasing more than 600 new titles annually and continually growing its backlist and e-book title selection, Ingram’s CoreSource will support the storage, management, and distribution for all F+W Media content to its business partners worldwide.

Ingram’s CoreSource is an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organization to any channel partner globally. Lightning Source, the print-on-demand unit of Ingram Content Group, provides comprehensive print-on-demand and distribution services to publishers worldwide.

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Ingram Content Group launches print and distribution programme Global CONNECT
- 02 Sep 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced the launch of Global CONNECT, a new worldwide programme combining Ingram's print and distribution services and a network of book manufacturers worldwide, with state-of-the-art print on demand technology and connectivity to local networks of retailers. Singular Digital, a book manufacturer in Brazil with extensive regional distribution, will launch Ingram's South American expansion.

Ingram's Global Connect programme is more than just a printer network. It expands the reach of publisher's physical content beyond Ingram's current channels, which include Ingram-owned facilities in the US, UK, Australia and France, to new markets through a network of selected book manufacturing and distribution partners.

What differentiates Ingram's Global Connect programme from other printer network solutions is the unique combination of print on demand alliances with established local retail channel relationships. Publishers will gain access to new sales channels without the worry of inventory in market, importation and customs issues, and shipping and warehousing costs. No matter where their readers are, publishers can now reach them and never miss a sale.

Ingram's alliance with Singular Digital, owned by Ediouro Holding, one of the largest media publishing groups in Brazil, offers publishers access to printed books and established relationships with the leaders in online, chain and independent booksellers and distributors in the South American region.

Books printed by Singular Digital and other Global Connect partners will adhere to the same specifications and quality standards of Ingram's Lightning Source. Publishers that print and distribute books with Lightning Source will define markets for each title in the programme. Lightning Source will maintain file integrity and security as well as reporting and payment remittance to publishers in the same manner as it does today.

Geographic expansion in the Far East, central Europe and South America is expected to be complete by the end of 2011. Ingram targeted expansion in these regions because of projected market growth and sales potential for customers. Additional locations are currently being explored for further expansion.

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Swets provides customer support with eDeals service
- 23 Aug 2011

Journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the launch of its new eDeals Service. Combining a powerful mix of informative data and intuitive online functionality with the knowledge and expertise of a Customer Account Manager the service will provide customers with end to end support in all aspects of an eDeal.

Direct, publisher eDeals offer many benefits to libraries but they can be incredibly complicated and time consuming to manage, particularly during the renewal phase. Swets' eDeal service will eliminate most of that hassle by installing a Customer Account Manager to act as project leader for the renewal season, alleviating some of the regular workload from customers, and provide extensive support and advice throughout the rest of the year.

This robust service will provide the tools and support to unlock the full potential of an eDeal and its content. With license conditions stored alongside publication and purchase data, customers can analyse historical information and gain an accurate insight into how their eDeal is performing at any time. The Customer Account Manager will always be on hand to explain and interpret the meaning of any particular license condition and to offer expert advice on how those conditions will relate to the customer's organisation.

In addition to that, Swets will provide some powerful assessment and evaluation tools, including detailed back year usage data on all eDeals managed via Swets, and assist in the set up of all end-user access to content.

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Chegg to launch e-textbooks, announces pacts with educational publishers
- 19 Aug 2011

Textbook rental firm Chegg, US, has reportedly made a number of new announcements. It has finalised plans to go digital, and is going to be steadily rolling out e-textbooks on its platform with a goal of offering millions of both print books and e-textbooks to students by the end of the year.

Second, Chegg has partnered with a number of publishers (including four of the top five educational publishers) to offer e-textbooks to its students, such as Cengage Learning, Elsevier, F.A. Davis, Macmillan, McFarland, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Taylor and Francis, and Wiley.

Founded in 2007, Chegg has reportedly become the largest textbook rental giant for college students in the US. Over the course of the past year, Chegg has acquired CourseRank and Cramster, which help students pick courses and study for them. The company also picked up study guide services Notehall recently.

The company also just announced that it has acquired Student of Fortune, an online tutorial marketplace for those who need help or can help others with homework. Student of Fortune, which was founded in 2005, allows students to pose questions or post tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. Students can post a question that is then sent to a network of Student of Fortune experts, who in turn writes a tutorial that helps answer the question for a fee. Students can also serve as experts, earning money themselves for writing tutorials. The service is already used by more than 300,000 students.

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Apple, publishers face class-action lawsuit in US over fixing of e-book prices
- 15 Aug 2011

Law firm Hagens Berman has reportedly filed a class-action lawsuit in the US, alleging that Apple and five major publishers ‘colluded ... to illegally fix prices’ of e-books. The five publishers include HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Hachette Book Group.

Filed in the California northern district court, the lawsuit claims that the publishers conspired with Apple to increase e-book prices in order to increase profits and compel e-book rival Amazon to abandon its pro-consumer discount pricing. It further claims that this is in violation of a variety of federal and state antitrust laws.

The complaint centres on the agency model – used by Apple for iTunes and by most major publishers for e-book sales – in which the publisher, rather than the retailer, sets the retail price of e-books. The model has already sparked investigations in Europe and the UK. The UK’s Office of Fair Trading is investigating whether certain publisher-retailer arrangements ‘may breach competition law.’ The European commission is also looking into whether companies have colluded to keep e-book prices high.

Naming two plaintiffs, California resident Anthony Petru and Mississippi resident Marcus Mathis – both of whom purchased at least one e-book for over $9.99 after the adoption of the agency pricing model – the lawsuit, once approved, will represent any purchaser of an e-book by a major publisher after the adoption of the agency model. According to Hagens Berman, it could be worth ‘tens of millions of dollars’.

The lawsuit alleges that the five publishers "feared" Amazon's move to price e-books at $9.99. The pricing ‘threatened to disrupt the publishers' long-established brick-and-mortar model faster than they were willing to accept", and to set low consumer expectations for e-book prices.

The lawsuit says the five publishers ‘forced’ Amazon to abandon its discount pricing and adhere to a new agency model. If Amazon attempted to sell e-books below the publisher-set levels, the publishers would simply deny Amazon access to the title. This has, the suit says, seen the prices of new e-books increase to an average of $12-15 – a rise of 33-50% – and reach a point where they are often more expensive than physical editions.

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Swets to represent Independent Scholarly Publishers Group in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent
- 21 Jul 2011

The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) has announced that journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, will be representing its content to both the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.

Swets has been providing its customers with professional information services since it began from a single bookshop in Amsterdam over 100 years ago. Now operating from more than 20 offices around the world, with a loyal customer base of more than 60,000 clients in 160 countries, Swets will help to establish and then grow the presence of the high-impact ISPG content to the library consortia, hospitals and other organisations in that important region.

Swets will seek to help maximise the visibility of the vital ISPG resources. The company's global marketing and sales distribution services will increase the Group's presence in this emerging, but dynamic region, providing key direction in getting their HighWire-platform-hosted, 42 ISPG journals and other resources from 18 publishers, into as many hands as possible.

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Reference Tree announces continued expansion, includes key titles from four academic publishers
- 19 Jul 2011

eTextbook aggregator Reference Tree, UK, has announced its continued expansion with the inclusion of key titles from four leading academic publishers - SAGE, Palgrave MacMillan, Packt Publishing and Princeton Architectural Press. Over the last 12 months, the service has grown to include 14 of the world's main textbook publishers in its innovative chapter rental student purchase model.

Available immediately will be 24 titles from SAGE covering business and education; 27 titles from Palgrave MacMillan covering social sciences in addition to nearly 40 titles from Packt Publishing. 250 titles from Princeton Architectural Press will be available in the coming weeks.

For the first time, publishers SAGE and Palgrave MacMillan will deliver their content in chapter by chapter format, available for purchase online. Students of business and education disciplines will be able to access core textbooks from SAGE including Education for Sustainable Development; Essentials of Business Research; Marketing Theory, Second Edition; and The SAGE Handbook of Philosophy of Education. Social science students will be able to access essential reading titles from Palgrave MacMillan including Assessment in Counselling; Challenging Social Work; Family Life and Family Support; Foundations of Psychotherapy and Working With Eating Disorders.

Similarly, titles including Unity Game Development Essentials, Unity 3D Game Development by Example Beginner's Guide, jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide, NetBeans Platform 6.9 Developer's Guide, Moodle 2.0 First Look and JBoss AS 5 Development from Packt Publishing will be available alongside approximately 250 titles from Princeton Architectural Press. Packt claims to be the first publisher to offer computer science content through Reference Tree, opening up the benefits of purchasing textbooks online and by the chapter to computer science students across the UK.

SAGE, Palgrave MacMillan, Packt Publishing and Princeton Architectural Press join a wealth of top publishers who already deliver content through Reference Tree. These include Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Hodder Education, Elsevier Science & Technology, Learning Matters, AVA Academia, Scion Publishing and McGraw Hill.

Reference Tree offers students a cost-effective way of purchasing their course materials - by the chapter, online. Designed to address the changing dynamics of study and learning in today's digital climate, the service allows students to purchase just the portions of the textbook they require to efficiently complete their coursework.

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Amazon offers Kindle Textbook Rental initiative for students
- 19 Jul 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Kindle Textbook Rental. Students can now expect to save up to 80 percent off textbook list prices by renting from the Kindle Store. Tens of thousands of textbooks are available for the 2011 school year from textbook publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis.

Kindle Textbook Rental offers the ability to customise rental periods to any length between 30 and 360 days, so students only pay for the specific amount of time they need a book. Students can also easily extend any rental period in increments as small as one day or choose to purchase the book they are renting at any time.

Kindle Textbooks are "Rent Once, Read Everywhere" as they can be read across the most popular devices with free Kindle Reading Apps for PC, Mac, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android-based devices.

Students can find details about the programme at www.amazon.com/kindletextbooks.

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3M powers Cloud Library eBook lending service
- 15 Jul 2011

The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service recently made its industry debut at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, showcasing the system's turnkey solution for libraries. Developed on infrastructure created by txtr GmbH, the 3M Cloud Library offers digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading.

3M Library Systems partnered with German-based txtr to power the system using txtr's leading eReading technology platform, making 3M the first company to offer a cloud-based eBook service to the library market.

3M and txtr's technologies include the eReading app for the service, which allows patrons to easily browse the catalogue, check out materials and read them on a computer, smartphone, tablet or eReader device. For patrons without an eReader of their own, the 3M Cloud Library service includes 3M eReaders, which can be checked out like any other lendable materials.

The technology also offers tools that allow library staff to manage their book catalogue, to personalise the software by adding library logos and Twitter feeds, and to communicate with patrons. Within the library, 3M Discovery Terminals are designed to showcase the service and to allow patrons to browse the content catalogue on touchscreen electronic kiosks.

Combined with 3M's library domain knowledge and customer relations expertise, the 3M Cloud Library offers an end-to-end eBook discovery experience, with options to easily read, share or purchase.

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Association of Canadian Publishers select Ingram's CoreSource for members e-content management needs
- 13 Jul 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced an agreement with the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), an industry organisation representing a substantial and diverse group of Canadian-owned and controlled book publishers from across the country. ACP has selected Ingram's digital asset management platform CoreSource to distribute and archive content for their members globally.

The selection process was managed by eBOUND Canada, the newly created digital division of the ACP.

The ACP has been instrumental in helping its publishers create a national literature that introduces Canadians to each other and the world. The Association assists Canadian-owned publishers in promoting the excellence of their books, in bringing more books to more readers in their country, and in expanding publishers' domestic and international market share. ACP's membership includes over one hundred and twenty five Canadian publishers from a variety of genres.

Ingram's CoreSource is an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organization to any channel partner globally.

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iriver to launch Story HD e-reader integrated with open Google eBooks platform
- 12 Jul 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced that the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale at Target stores US-wide and on Target.com, beginning July 17, 2011. The iriver Story HD is projected as the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform, through which one can buy and read Google eBooks over wi-fi.

The iriver Story HD is stated to be slim and lightweight with a high-resolution e-ink screen and a QWERTY keyboard for easy searching. It includes over-the-air access to hundreds of thousands of Google eBooks for sale and more than 3 million for free. The Story HD allows users to buy and read Google eBooks with e-readers through wi-fi, rather than downloading and transferring them from computer to e-readers with a cord as one can already do with more than 80 compatible devices.

The Google eBooks platform was built to be open to all publishers, retailers and manufacturers. Manufacturers like iriver can use Google Books APIs and services to connect their devices to the full Google eBooks catalogue for innovative access to a complete e-bookstore.

In December, Google eBooks launched with the ability to read Google eBooks on any device with a modern browser, on Android and iOS devices using the Google Books mobile apps, through Chrome Web Store app and on compatible e-readers. Since then, the company has added new retailers - growing to include more than 250 independent bookstores - and made Google eBooks available in the Android Market. It has also extended its affiliate network and updated its family of Google Books APIs.

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EMpact Sales to provide sales representation service for the Ecological Society of America
- 07 Jul 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has announced that it has been chosen as sales agent for the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Under the agreement, EMpact will represent ESA products in Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Cuba and Brazil (excluding CAPES consortium).

Since its founding in 1915, ESA has promoted the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through ESA reports, journals, research, and expert testimony to Congress. ESA publishes four journals and convenes an annual scientific conference.

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Amazon set to buy UK online book retailer, The Book Depository International
- 06 Jul 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has reportedly agreed to buy The Book Depository International, a UK-based online book retailer, for an undisclosed sum.

According to Amazon, the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The UK's Office of Fair trading has said that it expects to issue its recommendation on the purchase by the end of August.

Launched in 2004, The Book Depository offers about 6 million titles for sale and ships to over 100 countries. The Book Depository also sells e-books and has its own imprint, Dodo Press, that has republished over 15,000 out of print or difficult to find titles and has made those titles available from site as free downloads.

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EMpact Sales to provide journal subscription sales representation service for SLACK Inc
- 06 Jul 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has announced that it has been chosen by SLACK Inc as sales and promotional agent for peer-reviewed journal subscription sales. Under the agreement, EMpact will represent SLACK Inc's journal subscriptions in Australia, New Zealand, India, the Middle East, North Africa and Canada.

SLACK Incorporated is a leading provider of information to targeted healthcare specialties. The company produces 42 publications in print and online; publishes more than 250 medical and allied health books; and creates and operates over 50 websites and Internet-related projects; directs meetings and exhibits around the world; and produces custom newspapers and meeting supplements for a growing number of healthcare conventions and meetings.

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AcademicPub announces two new publishing relationships and distribution partnerships
- 22 Jun 2011

AcademicPub, the higher education unit of SharedBook Inc., has made a three-part announcement underscoring rapid adoption of the service since its April 2011 launch.

According to Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook Inc., AcademicPub entered into two new publishing relationships, including one with STM publisher Springer Science + Business Media, and two new distribution partnerships. These innovations will ease the ability of educators to create content and obtain AcademicPub products. Additionally, a new academic advisory board has been created to help guide the unit through an accelerating period of customer growth.

In the content sphere, AcademicPub finalised contracts with two leading publishers of quality content for higher education - Springer, a provider of books, journals and encyclopaedias in science, technology and medicine; and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). These new partnerships bring AcademicPub's total current number of content partners to 28, representing nearly 400,000 units of material across a range of academic disciplines. A complete list of partners is here.

On the distribution front, AcademicPub has signed separate - and complementary - partnership deals with two companies - Ambassador College Bookstores ("Ambassador") and Nebraska Book Company ("NBC"). Ambassador, launched in 1973, is the premier provider of bookstore services and solutions to for-profit career colleges and universities around the country. NBC, founded in 1915 as a single bookstore operator, now operates over 280 brick-and-mortar bookstores on traditional college campuses and provides wholesale textbook services and technology to another 2,500 stores nationwide.

Created specifically for educators, AcademicPub allows instructors to assemble custom books in real time, with copyright clearance and pricing at the click of a mouse, and choice of delivery options, as either eBooks or as professionally manufactured and printed books.

AcademicPub's Academic Advisory Board will focus on the nexus between academia and the AcademicPub offering, providing input and expertise on what is needed in the classroom. The Academic Advisory Board currently has two members, with additional members to be announced this summer. The two current members are: Dr. Daniel J. Flint, associate professor of marketing and director of the marketing Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville; and Adelaida Quesada, professor of mathematics, Miami Dade College.

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Google invites publishers, retailers to eBooks affiliates programme
- 17 Jun 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced that retailers, bloggers, book publishers and other website owners in the US can now become Google eBooks affiliates. Affiliates can link to Google eBooks on their sites for any of the hundreds of thousands of titles available for sale, earning a commission for referring sales to the Google eBookstore.

Google launched the programme as a limited beta in December 2010 with its first affiliate, Goodreads, a social reading site. After becoming an affiliate, Goodreads was able to refer its avid book reading fans to the Google eBookstore. When Goodreads users buy a Google eBook, they gain immediate access to their book.

Google is now inviting all interested site owners to apply to join the expanded Google eBooks affiliate programme. Participating sites are seen to gain new revenue streams by giving their book-reading audiences an easy way to buy Google eBooks.

Google eBooks affiliates become part of the Google Affiliate Network (GAN). After joining GAN, one can subscribe to the Google eBooks product feed to get links to the full set of available Google eBooks. The new Google Books APIs can be used to query a more targeted set of e-books.

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EMpact Sales to provide sales representation service for Duke University Press
- 15 Jun 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, recently entered into an agreement with Duke University Press in which it has been appointed sales and marketing representative and consultant to increase content sales. Under the deal, EMpact will promote and sell Duke's products in France, the Middle East region (Lebanon, Iran, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) and Taiwan.

Duke University Press publishes about 120 books annually and over 40 journals. The Press publishes primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

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Ingram Content Group and Brill announce e-content management agreement
- 07 Jun 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced an e-content management agreement with scholarly and academic publisher Brill. Brill has selected Ingram's CoreSource platform to distribute and archive scholarly books to bookselling partners worldwide.

Brill's publishing programme focuses on humanities, international law and select science fields. Annually, the company supplies 500 new books to libraries and academics around the world. Brill will offer titles from its imprints Brill, Global Oriental, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers and VSP for distribution through Ingram's CoreSource platform.

Ingram's CoreSource claims to be an easy-to-use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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RSC Publishing makes eBook Collection available to RLUK research libraries
- 03 Jun 2011

The Royal Society of Chemistry has partnered with Research Libraries UK (RLUK) to offer their library members value for money for the RSC eBook Collection. eBook options are now available to RLUK members for 2011 within a one-off purchase regime that will give standard indefinite access to quality research content from industry and academia.

The complete RSC eBook collection, dating from 1968 to 2011, includes 1,039 eBooks and can be purchased at great value or alternatively, an annual collection can be bought to suit a particular budget. RSC Publishing has an extensive portfolio of books ranging from food science and analytical chemistry to organic and physical chemistry.

OCLC MARC records are also provided free with any eBook collection purchase. Access is offered on the RSC Publishing Platform with PDF downloads and is perpetual. The collaboration between two not-for-profit organisations offers value at a particularly tough time for libraries around the country.

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Four publishers sign expanded territory agreements with EMpact Sales
- 01 Jun 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has signed additional expanded territory agreements for active sales representation with the American Society of Plant Biologist (territory added is Japan); Audio Visual Archives (territory added is India); Maney Publishing (territory added is Italy); and Multi-Science Publishing (territory added is India).

Signing this extension to the EMpact agreement will enable the companies to fully utilise the unique position EBSCO has within the market. By working closely with their sales team, the companies will be looking to strengthen their position within the respective academic markets.

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EMpact Sales to provide sales representation service for Cambridge University Press
- 30 May 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has announced that it has been chosen as sales agent for Cambridge University Press (CUP). The new partnership will allow EMpact to represent the latter's electronic and print content in the UK, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman.

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge, one of the world's leading research institutions. The Press has maintained a reputation for innovation and enterprise, through publishing the latest research, and through supporting the latest methodologies for teaching and learning. Its purpose is to advance learning, knowledge and research worldwide. It publishes nearly 300 journals and over 2,500 books annually for distribution worldwide.

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O'Reilly Media selects Ingram's CoreSource for digital asset management and distribution
- 24 May 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced that publisher O'Reilly Media has selected Ingram's CoreSource platform for digital asset management and distribution. O'Reilly's selection of CoreSource builds on the two companies' total inventory management agreement announced earlier in April this year.

After an extensive review of digital asset management systems, O'Reilly Media concluded that CoreSource was the right choice for their business because of Ingram's demonstrated track record of success in the distribution of digital content and the superior technology of the easily scalable platform.

Ingram's CoreSource is an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. Used by over 800 publishers worldwide, CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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Google sees substantial rise in number of free titles in electronic bookstore
- 24 May 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced that its eBooks electronic bookstore now contains about 3 million free titles. This is up from 2 million during its launch in December 2010. The books can be read in the free Google Books Web Reader, through a free Google Books app, or by downloading them to a compatible e-reader.

Additionally, the list of independent booksellers participating in the programme has reportedly grown from about 100 to about 250. According to Google, the number of publishers has also increased from about 5,000 to about 7,000.

The eBooks service and store are cloud-based, and can be accessed from Google and partner websites, as well as from applications for the Chrome browser and Apple iOS and Android devices. About 2.5 million eBooks applications have reportedly been installed until now.

Google will be revealing Google eBooks facts and figures, and some of the stories behind them, at the forthcoming BookExpo America and related events in New York.

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3M Library Systems to launch e-book lending service at ALA Annual Conference
- 23 May 2011

Library solutions provider 3M Library Systems is set to launch its 3M Cloud Library e-book lending service at the ALA Annual Conference, scheduled for June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans. Random House and IPG are among the first publishers to partner with the company for the service.

With the launch of the 3M Cloud Library service, the company seeks to revolutionise how patrons discover, borrow and read e-books from their library. The e-book solution includes a comprehensive subscription for both digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading, providing libraries with a simple and turnkey system for participating in the digital revolution.

To develop the 3M Cloud Library service, the company is said to have worked closely with librarians to create a solution that meets the needs of both librarians and library patrons. The service seeks to simplify the discovery, browsing and check out process for e-books so that more patrons can enjoy the digital content their library provides.

At the ALA booth, visitors can test drive the new 3M eReaders and 3M Discovery Terminal, as well as the 3M Cloud Library App for iPad.

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Kindle books sales overtake print book sales at Amazon.com
- 20 May 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that it is now selling more Kindle e-books than print books.

Amazon began selling hardcover and paperback books in July 1995. Twelve years later, in November 2007, it introduced the Kindle and began selling e-books. By July 2010, Kindle book sales had surpassed hardcover book sales, and six months later, Kindle books overtook paperback books to become the most popular format on Amazon.com. Less than four years after introducing Kindle books, Amazon.com customers are now purchasing more of these than all print books - hardcover and paperback - combined.

Since April 1, for every 100 print books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 105 Kindle books. This includes sales of hardcover and paperback books by Amazon where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the number even higher.

So far in 2011, the growth of Kindle book sales, combined with the continued growth in Amazon's print book sales, have resulted in the fastest year-over-year growth rate for the company's US books business, in both units and dollars, in over 10 years. This includes books in all formats, print and digital. Free books are excluded in the calculation of growth rates.

Less than one year after introducing the UK Kindle Store, Amazon.co.uk is now selling more Kindle books than hardcover books, even as hardcover sales continue to grow. Since April 1, Amazon.co.uk customers are purchasing Kindle books over hardcover books at a rate of more than 2 to 1.

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CABI and SharedBook in deal to make CAB Reviews available via AcademicPub platform
- 19 May 2011

Not-for-profit life sciences publisher CABI has signed an agreement with publishing innovator SharedBook to make the reviews journal CAB Reviews available through SharedBook's AcademicPub platform.

Lecturers and course leaders in the fields of agriculture, veterinary science, nutrition, and natural resources will now be able to include the latest relevant review papers in their course materials, and distribute them to students without having to negotiate copyright clearance. AcademicPub is an online service that gives educators access to a broad range of timely publications as well as sources available on the Web, which they can use to assemble high-quality custom course materials in a matter of minutes - without copyright barriers. Customised materials can then be distributed digitally or in print format, making them cost-effective both for institutions and students.

CAB Reviews is a peer-reviewed reviews journal that complements the subject coverage of CABI's world-leading database covering agriculture and the environment, CAB Abstracts. CAB Reviews provides scientists and students with timely analysis on key topics in current research, highlighting cross-cutting themes.

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Barnes & Noble set to launch new e-reader device later this month
- 06 May 2011

Book retailer Barnes & Noble, US, will reportedly launch a new e-reader on May 24, 2011, according to a regulatory filing from the company. In a recent meeting with investor analysts, the company indicated that it expects to make an announcement regarding the launch of a new eReader device later this month. No further details were provided in the financial filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Industry observers, however, believe Barnes & Noble plans to introduce an e-reader based on Honeycomb - Google's Android 3.0 platform for web tablets. The speculation is based on the retailer's recent rollout of a software upgrade for the nook color that gives the e-reader tablet-like e-mail access as well as Adobe Flash playback capabilities.

Forrester Research Vice President James McQuivey is anticipating something that would be considerably less flashy but would enable Barnes & Noble to keep pace with the latest Kindle price cuts that rival Amazon.com announced last month.

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ebrary launches usage-triggered Short-Term Loans
- 03 May 2011

E-books and research technology provider ebrary, US, has announced the availability of usage-triggered Short-Term Loans. Currently in beta, this model provides libraries with all of the benefits of traditional short-term loans with the added advantage of only paying if titles are used.

ebrary's new Short-Term Loans can be a library's standalone cost-saving service, or used in conjunction with ebrary's Patron Driven Acquisition programme to offer an additional layer of mediation before titles are triggered for purchase. As YBP's preferred e-book vendor, ebrary also makes Short-Term Loans available through YBP's Demand Driven Acquisition service.

ebrary's new Short-Term Loans are available for one or seven day periods. When the loan is triggered, libraries receive a notification and are given a number of flexible options including purchasing the title, making it available for purchase through Patron Driven Acquisition, or offering another Short-Term Loan.

Libraries may offer up to three loans per title.

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EMpact Sales named sales agent for the Massachusetts Medical Society
- 03 May 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO, has announced that it has been chosen as sales agent by the Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and Journal Watch. The agreement grants EMpact the rights to sell site license offerings to NEJM.org (includes current content, 1990 – present, and the NEJM Archive 1812-1944 and 1945-1989) and JWATCH.org in Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain and Portugal.

Owned by the Massachusetts Medical Society, NEJM publishes peer-reviewed research and interactive clinical content for physicians, educators and the global medical community. Journal Watch (JWATCH.org) helps physicians and allied health professionals save time and stay informed by providing brief, clearly written, clinically focused perspectives on the medical developments that affect practice. Physician editors in 13 specialty areas survey the medical literature select the most important research and guidelines, distill them into focused summaries, and frame them in a clinical context.

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Amazon announces Kindle Library Lending for Kindle Books
- 21 Apr 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year. Kindle Library Lending will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the US.

The new feature will enable customers to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer's annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

With Kindle Library Lending, customers can take advantage of all of the unique features of Kindle and Kindle books. Amazon is working with OverDrive, a provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the US, to bring a seamless library borrowing experience to Kindle customers.

Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps later this year.

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AcademicPub launches custom publishing service for higher education community
- 18 Apr 2011

AcademicPub, a unit of SharedBook, Inc., US, has launched what is said to be the first custom publishing option for the real time delivery of copyright-cleared course materials to the higher education community. The announcement was made by SharedBook CEO Caroline Vanderlip.

Available immediately, AcademicPub is targeted at faculty and administrators who desire to create custom course materials at a reasonable price for students. It is projected to combine authoritative materials from 21 academic publishers across the world with up-to-the-minute web information, as well as material the educators create themselves.

The tool looks to allow educators to build copyright-cleared, custom course materials in real time by assembling relevant and up-to-date content from one or more of three sources - the AcademicPub Content Library; the web; and one's own authored work. The proprietary browser-based service enables a faculty member to review the searchable AcademicPub Content Library by discipline or sub-discipline. When presented with a plethora of choices, the user can utilise the AcademicPub recommendation engine that makes content more discoverable by identifying materials in use by one's peers as well as recommendations from publishers within the Content Library as to materials most widely adopted. Already, the AcademicPub Content Library contains more than 100,000 units of articles, textbook chapters, scholarly research and cases.

The AcademicPub Content Library, which began to be populated in late January 2011 with six content providers, has more than tripled its partnership rolls in the three months since, adding partners such as EBSCO, Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Publishing and the American Institute of Physics. A just-completed partnership with Textbook Media is said to make a wealth of textbooks in core 101-level courses available by chapter.

File types such as PDF, Word and JPEG can be uploaded, allowing a professor to include his/her own materials within the custom published final product, presented digitally or in print. Educators may choose to offer students a digital version of the assembled material, as well as a professionally printed book.

The use of custom content is projected to increase as faculty members demand course materials that more closely match their educational objectives and desired student outcomes. At the same time, according to Vanderlip, student buying behaviour is changing, with more value-oriented shopping for books now the norm and with the desire to ‘access everything online' ever more prevalent.

Also, AcademicPub claims to be well positioned to serve as a publishing partner for faculty members, providing them not only the opportunity to add their own content as they assemble custom teaching materials for their own classrooms, but also the chance to share their expertise and course syllabi with their peers across the country.

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AIP Publishing and SharedBook announce distribution agreement
- 15 Apr 2011

AIP Publishing, a division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has signed a distribution agreement with publishing innovator SharedBook which makes AIP's catalogue of highly cited journals available through SharedBook's AcademicPub platform. AIP Publishing claims to be the first physical science publisher to make its content available on AcademicPub.

Under the agreement, AcademicPub users will have copyright-cleared access to AIP's 13 scholarly journals, including Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters, and The Journal of Chemical Physics.

AcademicPub is an online service that gives educators access to a range of timely publications as well as sources available on the Web, which they can use to assemble high-quality custom course materials in a matter of minutes - without copyright barriers. Customised materials can then be distributed digitally or in print format, making them cost-effective both for institutions and students.

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EMpact Sales named exclusive sales agent for the Independent Scholarly Publishers Group
- 14 Apr 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that it has been chosen as the exclusive sales agent for The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and specific parts of Asia (Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam). There will be select publisher participation in each defined region.

EMpact will be representing the ISPG’s journals and related academic content to library consortia, hospitals and other organisations in those regions. The ISPG collection, from a coalition of 17 independent publishers, currently contains 40 high-impact titles, all hosted on the HighWire platform.

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Ingram Content Group and O'Reilly Media announce total inventory management initiative
- 08 Apr 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, and publisher O'Reilly Media have announced an innovative total inventory management initiative. The initiative will seek to integrate O'Reilly Media's technology content with Ingram's worldwide print, distribution and inventory management solutions.

Through the use of real-time consumer demand, retail inventory requirements and demand forecasting, the new initiative will allow O'Reilly to take advantage of Ingram's total distribution solution which combines print-on-demand and a worldwide distribution network.

The programme enables O'Reilly to shift from a traditional inventory and capital intensive business model to an on-demand programme that selects the most timely and cost effective method to print and distribute books, allowing consumers full and immediate access to all of O'Reilly's titles. This initiative is projected to help O'Reilly increase their title and channel availability, substantially reduce inventory, free up resources to invest in content development and increase revision speed, keeping the most relevant content available in the market.

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GSA working with GPO-Google partnership to offer free govt. publications online
- 08 Apr 2011

The US General Services Administration (GSA) is working with the US Government Printing Office (GPO) and GPO's relationship with the Google Book Partner Program to make popular government publications available for free electronic download through Google. The programme is making available 100 consumer-related federal government publications distributed through GSA's Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) on Google Books.

The public can view and download PDF copies of these publications on desktops, laptops and various e-readers. The FCIC plans to add more consumer publications to the programme. The public can also order hard copies of the publications on Google Books and through the GPO's Online Bookstore. The FCIC will coordinate delivery through GPO's Public Documents Distribution Center in Pueblo, Colorado.

Since 1970, GSA's Federal Citizen Information Center has been distributing government consumer publications from the Public Documents Distribution Center on topics like staying healthy, understanding government benefits, managing finances and saving money, avoiding scams and identity theft. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law in December 2010 renaming the distribution centre after former Congressman Frank Evans, who had gained Congressional approval for the facility in 1970. The centre is responsible for processing and distributing orders for consumer publications. Over the past 40 years, more than 800 million publications have been distributed worldwide.

With 2,200 employees, GPO is stated to be the US government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating and preserving its official information products in digital and tangible forms. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to federal government information at no charge through GPO's Federal Digital System and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program.

The Google Book project and the company's settlement agreement over the initiative have been challenged by various publishers and associations. Last month, a US judge rejected the Google Book Settlement Agreement. He cited antitrust concerns and the need for involvement from Congress, while acknowledging the potential benefit of putting literature in front of the masses.

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EMpact Sales to provide sales representation service for Informa Healthcare
- 31 Mar 2011

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group of EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced an agreement with publisher Informa Healthcare. Under the deal, EMpact will provide sales representation for the latter's electronic and print products in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and North Africa (Algeria/ Morocco and Tunisia).

Informa Healthcare provides authoritative research and analysis for all sectors of the Life Science, Medicine and Pharmaceutical sectors to better serve the commercial and academic needs within the scientific and clinical communities. Informa Healthcare is a division of Informa plc.

As part of the EBSCO group, EMpact brings to the sales process an expanded team of experienced sales and marketing personnel who have been working with publishers and libraries for many years. With the support of 31 fully staffed offices in 23 countries worldwide, EMpact's global reach makes it possible for content providers to take advantage of opportunities they might otherwise miss.

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John Wiley & Sons and GeneBio SA announce global nonexclusive distribution deal
- 14 Mar 2011

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, US, has announced a global nonexclusive distribution agreement with GeneBio SA, a Switzerland-based developer of SmileMS (Small Molecule Identification and Library Exploration Using LC-MS/MS). Under the agreement, Wiley will sell and distribute SmileMS alongside forthcoming LC-MS/MS libraries serving the bio-analytical laboratory market. Wiley's global team of representatives will provide both technical and customer support for Wiley's SmileMS customers worldwide.

SmileMS represents the next generation of software for rapid screening of large sets of small molecules, employing a new algorithm developed specifically for LC-MS/MS that has proved to be remarkably fast and reliable. SmileMS has the capability to process a wide range of data, including high mass accuracy MS and MS/MS data from a variety of mass spectrometry manufacturers. SmileMS enables fast, routine analysis of results and allows for in-depth analysis, where appropriate. SmileMS can be used in any setting where rapid small-molecule analysis occurs - ranging from food testing, pharmaceutical research, environmental testing, and biomedical research.

SmileMS features an intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface that facilitates the quick identification of both targeted and untargeted small molecules. Results are delivered in aggregated lists of identified analytes, which are supported by chromatogram and annotated spectra. The software's two-step workflow makes it particularly helpful for technicians.

Researchers can turn to SmileMS to support their analytical investigations in clinical and forensic toxicology, food testing, laboratory medicine, environmental science, pharmaceutics, and metabolomics. They can simultaneously search across multiple LC-MS/MS libraries, including libraries from NIST, AB SCIEX, and Wiley as well as custom-developed libraries. The software is compatible with LC-MS/MS instruments from major vendors, such as AB SCIEX, Agilent, Bruker, Thermo, and Waters. These LC-MS/MS libraries and software complement Wiley's mass spectral libraries serving the GC/MS instrumentation market, including the Wiley Registry of Mass Spectral Data and the Mass Spectra of Designer Drugs 2011.

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Scion Publishing and AVA Academia to deliver textbook chapters via Reference Tree
- 03 Mar 2011

eTextbook aggregator Reference Tree, UK, has announced that publishers Scion Publishing and AVA Academia are delivering their textbooks through its innovative content delivery platform, available to students across UK Higher Education.

Six titles representing core reading across biomedical courses in the UK will be available immediately from life and medical sciences publisher Scion Publishing. These include Human Genetics, Cellular Pathology and Clinical Biochemistry. Also, nearly 100 of the latest titles from visual arts publisher AVA Academia are being made available.

Both Scion and AVA have begun marketing the benefits of the Reference Tree access model directly to their lecturer customer base, including discounted offers to help encourage students to purchase their textbooks by the chapter. Scion Publishing and AVA Academia join a growing list of renowned publishers that supply content through Reference Tree. This includes Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Hodder Education, Elsevier Science & Technology and McGraw Hill.

Innovative in approach, Reference Tree offers students a cost-effective way of purchasing their course materials - by the chapter, online. Designed to address the changing dynamics of study and learning in today's digital climate, the service allows students to purchase just the portions of the textbook they require to efficiently complete their coursework. The service further enhances the learning experience with key features such as the ability to highlight and annotate text and, coming soon, the ability to collaborate with trusted peers through sharing of notes and comments.

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Allen Press introduces journal marketing service - Journal Display Program
- 02 Mar 2011

Publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US, has introduced the Allen Press Journal Display Program, a new journal marketing service offered to advertisers in the Allen Press Buyer's Guide to Scientific, Medical, and Scholarly Journals. The Buyer's Guide is a subscription catalogue of 200 international journals.

The Journal Display Program will provide society publishers an opportunity to have their publications and promotional materials represented at core library meetings, both domestic and international, throughout the year for a prescribed fee. The meetings where representation will take place are the most prominent academic and medical library meetings.

The US meetings include Association of College and Research Libraries, North American Serials Interest Group, Special Libraries Association, and the Charleston Conference. The international meetings where journals will be marketed are the Frankfurt Book Fair and London Online Information.

The library industry meetings were selected for this programme based on the large number of professionals who attend, many of whom have purchasing power for their libraries and institutions. The attendees include academic and medical research librarians, serial and acquisitions librarians, and electronic resources librarians.

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Google selling e-books via web version of Android Market
- 25 Feb 2011

The web version of Android Market, an online software store developed by Google for Android devices, has reportedly begun to display e-books. Users need to click the 'Books' tab at the top of the page, which will load the e-book interface. The default interface is 'Apps', which also has a number of 'Books and Reference' apps, but no path to the Books portion of the site.

Once downloaded, the e-book will be added to the user's Google account. According to a Google spokesman, users can also 'return' an e-book if it does not perform as described.

Earlier this month, Google unveiled the web version of Android Market, which allowed users to sample all of the Market's apps in a single web page, rather than on an Android device. By selecting and buying an app on the web store, users can push the app to a selected Android device. Google also announced support for in-app purchases.

Media reports have noted that e-books could be the gateway for Google's long-awaited Google Music service. It is expected that the service may possibly be rolled out along with Google's Honeycomb Android 3.0 operating system.

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Internet Archive and library partners develop joint collection of over 80,000 eBooks
- 24 Feb 2011

A group of libraries led by the Internet Archive recently developed a joint collection of more than 80,000 ebooks for lending on OpenLibrary.org, a site where it's already possible to read over 1 million eBooks without restriction. During a library visit, patrons with an OpenLibrary.org account can borrow any of these lendable eBooks using laptops, reading devices or library computers. The initiative is expected to increase eBook use and revenue for publishers.

The new digital lending system will enable patrons of participating libraries to read books in a web browser. Any OpenLibrary.org account holder can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, for up to 2 weeks. Books can only be borrowed by one person at a time. People can choose to borrow either an in-browser version (viewed using the Internet Archive's BookReader web application), or a PDF or ePub version, managed by the free Adobe Digital Editions software.

This new technology follows the lead of the Google eBookstore, which sells books from many publishers to be read using Google's books-in-browsers technology. Readers can use laptops, library computers and tablet devices including the iPad.

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IPG rebrands professional and academic distribution programme
- 23 Feb 2011

The Independent Publishers Group (IPG) has announced that its professional and academic distribution programme has been recast to reflect the diversity and appeal of the titles it represents, and to better present its distinguished list of world-class publishers to a wider audience. River North Editions will be its new name and will debut in March 2011.

The current list of books in the River North Editions programme includes titles from some of the world's most prestigious publishers, including Independent Institute, Melbourne University Press, Earnshaw Books, University of New South Wales, Fons Vitae, Society for Human Resource Management, Carcanet Press Ltd., Auckland University Press, Parthian Books and Freemantle Press.

River North Editions takes its name from the Chicago neighborhood in which IPG is located. The spring 2011 River North Editions catalogue will consist of more than 100 new titles.

IPG will continue to aggressively market books in the River North Editions catalogue to professors and institutions as well as to appropriate trade outlets. Select titles from IPG's trade lists as well as from its other distribution arms, Trafalgar Square Publishing and Art Stock Books, will also continue to be incorporated into IPG's academic marketing efforts.

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Chegg and ICBA partner to deliver affordable textbook rentals to campuses in the US
- 14 Feb 2011

Textbook rental company Chegg, US, has announced a partnership with Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA), a professional cooperative dedicated exclusively to institutional college stores, to bring low cost textbook rentals to ICBA college bookstores across the United States.

The partnership will enable independent college bookstores to deliver affordable textbook rentals with Chegg. As a benefit, Chegg will provide free ICBA membership for each store that partners with Chegg to provide a textbook rental solution.

In addition, Chegg will provide marketing collateral and campaigns to participating ICBA bookstores. Chegg currently partners with ICBA bookstores at Bowling Green State University, Kennesaw State University, University of Arizona, and Villanova University.

In addition to its current partnerships with more than 40 schools, Chegg's relationship with the ICBA is seen to be another step forward in bringing Chegg's rental solution to millions of students across the US.

Online textbook rentals have been growing in popularity for years. DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, recently announced that it closed the 2010 calendar year with strong growth marked by an ever-increasing number of publisher partners, as well as a rapidly expanding subscriber base. According to the company, traffic, subscribers and article rentals grew by more than 500 percent.

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DeepDyve closes 2010 with major milestones
- 08 Feb 2011

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced that it closed the 2010 calendar year with strong growth marked by an ever-increasing number of publisher partners, as well as a rapidly expanding subscriber base. According to the company, traffic, subscribers and article rentals grew by more than 500 percent.

DeepDyve makes it easy and affordable for individuals and small business users to access premium content that is vital to their professional and personal interests. The company is the premier one-stop shop for the tens of millions of so-called 'knowledge workers' who seek authoritative research in the fields of Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and more. Over the past year, DeepDyve took a giant step toward this goal by adding more than 2 million articles to its rental service across a variety of subject areas.

Nature Publishing Group and Springer recently announced that they will be joining the DeepDyve rental programme with over 100 journals in the fields of biomedical, public health, business and economics. In addition, DeepDyve has several other prominent publishers signed and their content will be available in the coming weeks.

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Kindle gets new features, 'real' page numbers with software update
- 08 Feb 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has pre-released a software update for Kindle e-readers running the 3.0 software. It is designed to update the interface for magazines and newspapers, add a quick review section at the end of each book, and add page numbers that match Kindle books with their print counterparts.

Viewed as a minor update, the "before you go" review section is said to be its only new feature that takes effect immediately in all content. On reaching the end of the e-book, readers are given the option of reviewing the book, or tweeting that they have completed the book. The addition of 'real page numbers' has to be added to each book individually. Amazon is only doing this for books with a print counterpart, and so far, they have been added to several thousand books.

These minor updates, along with the recent revision to kindle.amazon.com which went live late last week, are further measures observed to make Kindle reading a more social activity.

The update to the Kindle library page lets users make their highlights and notes browsable by friends and individuals, or the general public. Now that Kindle books can be loaned to other users, equally included in book clubs and classrooms, shared on a dedicated Kindle site or on social networks, the format has come a long way toward complete integration into the social bookworm's life, it has been noted.

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Dartmouth Journal Services develops Cell Alerts mobile app for Cell Press journals
- 01 Feb 2011

Journal production services provider Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS), part of The Sheridan Group, US, has collaborated with Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, to create a publisher-branded mobile application, launched through the iTunes App Store on December 3, 2010.

The Cell Press app, titled Cell Alerts, encompasses 14 Cell Press titles. It functions as a content discovery application featuring access to article abstracts, including graphical, video, and audio abstracts, as well as content search, user selected 'My List' storage, and a conference events calendar. The app is formatted for the iPhone with other platforms planned as future enhancements. Other features of the Sheridan Mobile App offering include multiple RSS feed support; social sharing of in-app content; push notification alerts on content updates; real-time usage analytics via Google Analytics; and comprehensive user settings.

The latest offering in Sheridan's ongoing suite of proprietary technology solutions, Sheridan Mobile Apps are customised mobile content delivery mechanisms that can feature article abstract viewing or full-text article access, per the publisher's request. Sheridan Mobile Apps are compatible with the predominant mobile platforms, including iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android. All are built on top of a scalable and configurable XML-based Mobile Content Delivery System (MCDS) that handles the content import, conversion, management, and distribution.

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Ingram Content Group in deal with University of Michigan Press and the University Press of Kentucky for e-content management
- 13 Jan 2011

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced agreements with two university presses - the University of Michigan Press and the University Press of Kentucky - for e-content management. The university presses have selected Ingram's digital asset management platform, CoreSource, to archive and distribute materials to partners worldwide.

The University of Michigan Press, part of the University of Michigan Library, is a primary publishing unit of the University. The Press publishes materials in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. It recently launched its innovative University of Michigan Digital Humanities Series, which advances understanding of the dynamic relationships between humanities and digital technologies. The Press has a mission of using the best technology to disseminate the information it publishes as freely and widely as possible, while preserving the integrity of published scholarship. To further its mission, the Press has selected Ingram's CoreSource platform for digital file management and distribution of both frontlist and backlist titles.

The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) publishes books of scholarly merit in a variety of fields in addition to books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. UPK has selected Ingram's CoreSource for their electronic content management needs, making their entire frontlist and select backlist tiles available through the platform. UPK currently uses Ingram's Lightning Source for their print-on-demand initiatives.

Ingram's CoreSource claims to be an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

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Google acquires eBook Technologies to offer better digital reading experience
- 13 Jan 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly acquired eBook Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of end-to-end e-book technology. According to Google, this acquisition is aimed at delivering richer reading experiences on tablets, electronic readers and other portable devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

eBook's technologies include an end-to-end electronic book platform offering a full range of e-book products and services. These include electronic reading devices, an online bookstore where readers can buy e-books, an online 'bookshelf' that lets users store their purchased content, and software that converts content into the company's e-book format.

The deal comes almost one month after Google launched its digital bookselling enterprise, Google eBooks, which is expected to help it challenge two of its powerful rivals - Amazon.com and Apple - in the digital books business. The business is valued at close to $1 billion and is expected to grow in the coming years.

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Springer to make journal articles available via DeepDyve’s online rental service for scholarly publications
- 11 Jan 2011

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced that STM publisher Springer has agreed to make journal articles from more than 100 journals in key subject areas such as biomedical, public health, and business and economics available through DeepDyve's online rental service for research articles.

Springer's articles are expected to be available for rent via DeepDyve in the latter part of the first quarter of 2011. DeepDyve users will then be able to search for and rent Springer articles using their DeepDyve accounts. Additionally, Springer's online platform, SpringerLink, will provide an option to click directly to DeepDyve as a way to provide non- subscribers a simple way to rent articles via DeepDyve.

Users will have the option to rent individual articles for a 24-hour period. For people who want to rent a higher volume of articles or would like longer- term access to their articles, DeepDyve also offers monthly plans.

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Nature Publishing Group announces mobile and article rental access options
- 06 Jan 2011

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has introduced a range of new affordable access options for readers. A number of Nature journals now offer 24-hour 'view only' access via the DeepDyve platform and a range of access models via the nature.com iPhone app. The nature.com reader for iPad is expected to launch later this month.

Readers can now view selected NPG content on the DeepDyve platform. Access to a single article for a 24 hour period is available for a prescribed amount. Articles are available from Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Medicine and Nature Chemical Biology. An archive is available back to 2008, and new content will be added as it is published. The rental allows viewing only - readers may not download, print or copy and paste from the article. In addition, abstracts and metadata from all NPG journals will be viewable and searchable on the DeepDyve platform. Links to the DeepDyve platform to rent individual articles will be provided on participating journals on nature.com.

Low cost access options are also now available on the nature.com iPhone app. Initially introduced in February 2010, the app has recently been upgraded and now includes Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Physics and Nature Communications. Thirty-day and annual subscriptions are available. Like the DeepDyve offering, article access through the app is read-only. Access via the app is included in existing personal subscriptions. A future release of the app will allow iPhone users to purchase a week's access to individual articles, and support site license access via IP range. NPG expects to launch a nature.com iPad app, the nature.com reader, later this month.

Over 4500 institutions worldwide have site license access to Nature. For readers who do not have subscription access, all the features of the full text HTML or PDF articles remain available through established document delivery services or using article pay-per-view, available on nature.com.

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Author Solutions to distribute new titles via Google eBooks
- 05 Jan 2011

Publishing technologies and services provider Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), US, has announced that Google will distribute all new titles from ASI imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris, as well as titles from ASI partnership brands Balboa Press and WestBow Press, through the newly-launched Google eBooks.

Google eBook is a device-independent distribution platform, which means that books downloaded through the portal will be accessible through any Web-enabled computer, mobile phone or eReader. This provides an advantage over other digital platforms, as it doesn't bind readers to a single device.

A default price of $9.99 will be set for every ASI title made available through Google eBooks. However, each author will have the opportunity to set his or her price below $9.99. Distribution of ASI titles through Google eBooks will be included as a free service for all new ASI titles.

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OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android now support direct eBook downloads
- 05 Jan 2011

OverDrive, a US-based distributor of e-books, audiobooks and digital content, has released apps for iPhone and Android that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a 'Get Books' feature that guides users to their local library's digital catalogue of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive. This includes institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries.

To download the free OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone and iPod touch, users can visit the Apple AppStore. Owners of Android tablets and phones, including Droid X by Motorola, Samsung GALAXY Tab, Cruz Tablet, and HTC EVO 4G, can find the app in the Android Market.

OverDrive's apps for iPhone and Android give users wireless access to their library's EPUB eBook and MP3 audiobook catalogue without a PC. With the apps, users can create bookmarks and resume from the last point read. The eBook and audiobook titles from the public library automatically expire in the app, so there is never a late fee. In addition, OverDrive supplies 500,000 premium digital titles to custom ecommerce marketplaces for retailers and OEMs worldwide.

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Amazon to unveil free Kindle apps for Android and Windows LCD tablet computers
- 05 Jan 2011

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android- and Windows-based LCD tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store and its selection of books. Like all Kindle apps, the new Kindle apps built for Android and Windows tablet computers will let customers 'Buy Once, Read Everywhere' on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices.

For over two years, Amazon has been building and introducing free 'Buy Once, Read Everywhere' Kindle apps to enable customers to read their Kindle books on various devices and platforms. Last year, it unveiled a Kindle app specifically for the size, look and feel of the iPad and it has become a top 10 free app for iPad, according to Amazon.

The Kindle Store claims to offer the largest selection of books people want to read. Millions of older, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also reportedly available. The Kindle books seek to offer readers many additional advantages. The Buy Once, Read Everywhere apps let readers sync and read their books, last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across Kindle devices and various devices and platforms. The Worry-Free Archive app automatically backs up books and highlights online in the Kindle library where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly anytime on any Kindle device or app.

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Barnes & Noble, Inc reports one million sales
- 31 Dec 2010

Barnes & Noble, Inc, one of the largest book retailers in the US, has announced that with millions of NOOK eReading devices sold, the line has become the company’s biggest bestseller ever in its nearly 40-year history. The new NOOKcolor Reader’s Tablet, introduced just eight weeks before Christmas, is the company’s number one selling gift of the holiday season.

Barnes & Noble also announced that it now sells more digital books than its large and growing physical book business on BN.com, claimed to be the world’s second largest online bookstore. According to the company, demand for the critically acclaimed NOOKcolor remained high following the product’s introduction in late October through the holidays. Sales have continued to exceed the company’s high expectations. In addition to good customer response, NOOKcolor has received high praise and critical acclaim from leading technology and consumer media outlets including being named “Editors’ Choice” and the “Best Android Tablet of The Year.”

The company also experienced robust sales for its line of NOOK 3G and Wi-Fi devices, which feature an E-Ink display and a colour touchscreen for navigation.

Infibeam continues to make significant additions to eBook store
- 30 Dec 2010

eCommerce portal Infibeam, India, continues to make significant additions to its eBook store. For the first time in India, technology ebooks from publishers like Cambridge University press, Tata McGraw Hill, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Pearson and John Wiley & Sons have been made available on a single platform.

Readers can now legally purchase and instantly download digital eBooks from each of these publishers. These eBooks can then be ported and read on 5 devices including laptops, computers, tablets, mobile phones and eBook readers.

With this addition the total number of eBooks on Infibeam crossed 5 Lacs, making it India's largest eBook store. eBooks besides being cheaper than physical books provide the advantage of instant access as soon as you purchase them. Further they are also eco-friendly and save paper.

Infibeam.com is India's leading eCommerce portal with a selection of more than 100 lac products across books, media, lifestyle, gifts, electronics and automobiles. Infibeam.com also offers its web-store technology and associated infrastructure as a service to well-known brands and retailers such as NDTV, K Sera Sera, Hidesign, TTK Prestige etc.

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Kindle 3G is bestselling product of all time on Amazon.com
- 28 Dec 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that the third-generation Kindle is now the bestselling product in Amazon's history. The company also announced that on its peak day, November 29, customers ordered more than 13.7 million items worldwide across all product categories, which is a record-breaking 158 items per second.

According to the company, more people turned on new Kindles for the first time, downloaded more Kindle Buy Once, Read Everywhere apps, and purchased more Kindle books than on any other day in history, on Christmas day. On the peak day this season, Amazon's worldwide fulfillment network shipped over 9 million units across all product categories. Kindle (Wi-Fi) and Kindle 3G were the best-selling products on Amazon.com this holiday season.

Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX are the portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle 3G and Kindle DX utilise the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Amazon announces new features on Kindle for Android app
- 20 Dec 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle for Android is the first Kindle app to receive an update that enables users to buy, read, and sync over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines. Kindle for Android users can now buy a single issue or subscribe to the most popular newspapers and magazines, have them automatically delivered to their Android-powered device, and enjoy a full colour reading experience optimised for the touch interface of Android-powered devices.

Additional new features include the ability to seamlessly buy and download Kindle books and periodicals within the Kindle for Android app, share reading progress via social networks, and zoom closer to images and other graphics. The addition of an in-app store optimised for the Android interface enables customers to discover, buy, and download over 750,000 Kindle books without leaving the app. Also, a social network integration allows customers to share their progress in a book using Google's built-in Share functionality.

Kindle for Android claims to be the first major e-book app to offer periodicals on the Android platform. While the new Kindle for Android app is available from Android Market, customers who have already downloaded Kindle for Android will receive the update automatically.

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Google eBookstore expected to significantly boost e-books market
- 16 Dec 2010

The recent launch of Google eBookstore by Internet search services firm Google, Inc., US, represents an important milestone in the e-books industry, media reports have pointed out. Through this venture, Google seeks to compete for a share of the digital books business, valued at about $1 billion and expected to grow in the coming years. The eBookstore concept, claimed to be much more than just another option for acquiring books, is seen to take e-books to the next level. It now incorporates key design innovations in user options and operation and also involves brick-and-mortar bookstores as partners in the enterprise. It is expected that Google will expand the service to European markets by March 2011 and to Japan later next year.

According to Forrester Research's James McQuivey, Google's entry into the market is significant as it will be reaching potential customers at a unique point in their book-buying journey. The combination of ads with the browsing of e-books is another plus point for Google, he says. Since Google plans to provide its books from the cloud, it will be able to deliver timely and targeted ads, it is expected. The buyer of a book will thereby no longer need to bear the entire cost of a book. The more pages they read (the more value they get), the more ads they get to see. This in turn will help publishers and authors to receive more value. Also, instead of relying on libraries as a method of accessing information or book, users can now search, preview, or read books (or portions of them) online anytime, anywhere.

Many devices are compatible with Google e-books - everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. The new Google eBooks Web Reader allows readers to buy, store and read Google e-books in the cloud. In addition to a full-featured web reader, free apps for Android and Apple devices will make it possible to shop and read on the go.

Users can connect to their collections of books anytime, anywhere using any Adobe e-book DRM-compliant device with a web browser that includes the Android, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Nook, or Sony. Users of these systems can easily download free applications tailored for eBookstore users from the homepage. They have the option to view the scanned-in pages of a book instead of the default flowing text as a result of the digitising work of Google Books. According to Google spokeswoman Jeannie Hornung, the service is not accessible on Amazon's Kindle, though it may offer support in the future.

NFAIS Director of Planning & Communication, Jill O'Neill, notes that Google Books meets the same set of benchmarks for acquiring and reading ebooks as established by Amazon's Kindle.

Google eBooks currently allows users to browse and search through the one of the largest ebooks collections in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale. While Amazon claims to offer 750,000 books for sale in addition to a stable of 1.8 million free books, Apple has a more limited catalogue.

According to an Information Today report, many publishers and bookstores see Google's model as a positive step in the right direction. In the long run, notes McQuivey, Google eBooks may just convert more people to e-reading. American Booksellers Association COO Len Vlahos notes that Google is acting as an aggregator or wholesaler. Google eBooks users can either purchase a title directly from the Google site or choose to purchase through an independent bookseller. Brian Elliott, CEO of Monsoon Commerce Solutions, parent company of Alibris, sees Google eBooks as providing a new way for independent booksellers to provide their local customers access to eBooks through a familiar channel.

Just two days after Google released the eBookstore, STM publisher Elsevier announced that it would be selling a substantial part of its science and technology e-books through Google eBooks.

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Sheridan launches Print-to-Mobile QR codes
- 13 Dec 2010

Printing and publishing services provider The Sheridan Group, US, has announced that its magazine, journal, catalogue, and book companies now offer Quick Response (QR) Code technology to clients interested in enhancing their print publications with multimedia options.

QR codes are smart device readable two dimensional matrix codes which can be instantly read by smart mobile phones equipped with free downloadable scanner software. Once the code is accessed, the scanner software directs the smart device to receive information that is linked to the QR code, such as a website, additional content, a video, survey, or special promotion.

Sheridan companies create the barcodes and print them in a specified location within their clients' publications. Sheridan also provides 'text to' instructions to enable access to the information for those without scanner software capability on their smart device. QR codes seek to enhance traditional print by creating an interactive, multimedia experience with readers, allowing both advertisers and publishers to realise additional revenue opportunities.

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Nielsen BookScan's weekly geographic sales data freely available for authors in Amazon's Author Central Service
- 10 Dec 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that authors who use Amazon's Author Central service can now view Nielsen BookScan's weekly geographic sales data for their print books for free. Author Central is a free service provided by Amazon that helps authors promote their books and reach more readers. The company also announced that Author Central has added a feature that shows authors past history on the Amazon bestsellers rank for their books.

Authors will now be able to access timely geographic sales trends aggregated across retailers by Nielsen BookScan, widely regarded as the best source for industry print book sales. The new 'Sales by Geography' feature displays a map of the continental United States, highlighting the areas where copies of authors' books have been sold. The new 'Sales by Week' feature displays a bar chart of an author's sales recorded over the trailing four weeks. Authors can also see how many copies of each title were sold by print-edition type, e.g. hardcover or paperback. Digital book sales are not included in BookScan data. Nielsen BookScan estimates that it tracks 75 percent of print trade books sold in the US, collected at more than 10,000 online and offline locations.

In addition to these new features, authors who use Author Central have the opportunity to share the most up-to-date information about themselves and their work with readers. Authors can view and edit their bibliography, add a photo and biography to a personal profile, upload missing book cover images, add video, information about speaking events, and use a blog to connect with readers. The Author Central service is also available in the UK, Germany and Japan.

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New England Journal of Medicine announces electronic distribution agreement with Reprints Desk
- 09 Dec 2010

Derycz Scientific, Inc., a US-based provider of services to reuse published content for marketing purposes, has announced that its subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc. has signed a direct agreement with the Massachusetts Medical Society for the electronic distribution of articles from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

The NEJM is dedicated to bringing physicians the best research and key information at the intersection of biomedical science and clinical practice, and to presenting the information in an understandable and clinically useful format. The journal seeks to keep practicing physicians informed on developments that are important to their patients and keeps them connected to both clinical science and the values of being a good physician.

NEJM claims to be one of the most widely read general medical periodical in the world. It employs a highly rigorous peer-review and editing process to evaluate manuscripts for scientific accuracy, novelty, and importance. The editors have set policies to ensure that authors disclose all relevant financial associations and that those financial associations do not influence published content.

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Amazon expands ‘Kindle for the Web’, enables customers to read full text of Kindle books in their web browser
- 08 Dec 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that it has expanded its Kindle for the Web service to enable anyone with access to a web browser to buy and read full Kindle books - no download or installation required. Bookstores, other retailers, authors, bloggers and other website owners will now be able to offer Kindle books from their own sites, let their readers start enjoying the full text of these books instantly, and earn referral fees through the Amazon Associates Program for sales made through their sites.

Website owners can embed the Kindle for the Web widget and start offering Kindle books. The update to Kindle for the Web, demonstrated on-stage at a recent Google Chrome event, will support Chrome OS devices, including the new Chrome OS Notebook, as well as the Chrome browser and other web browsers.

Kindle for the Web joins Amazon's wide selection of free reading apps for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices that let customers read and sync their reading library, bookmarks, notes, and highlights with the device or platform of their choice.

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Google launches e-books service - Google eBooks
- 07 Dec 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has launched Google eBooks, its digital bookselling enterprise. The service features about 3 million titles for free and hundreds of thousands for sale. Publishers include HarperCollins Publishers and Random House Group Ltd. Through this venture, Google seeks to compete for a share of the digital books business, valued at about $1 billion and expected to grow in the coming years.

Google eBooks, formerly called Google Editions, has been designed to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks - everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. The new Google eBooks Web Reader allows readers to buy, store and read Google eBooks in the cloud. In addition to a full-featured web reader, free apps for Android and Apple devices will make it possible to shop and read on the go.

According to Google spokeswoman Jeannie Hornung, the service will work on some e-readers as well, including Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook. It is, however, not accessible on Amazon's Kindle, she said. The new service claims to be an extension of the controversial Google Books search project that aims to make all of the world's written works available online. Google will now sell books directly through an online store, and will allow independent booksellers to set up digital stores to sell Google eBooks on their own sites and get a share of the revenue.

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Google set to launch Google Editions e-book store
- 01 Dec 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly set to launch Google Editions later this month. Early reports of Google Editions ebook store first appeared in October 2009. According to Google product management director, Scott Dougall, Google Editions will debut in the US later this month and offer international services by Q1 2011.

Google had initially planned to start the venture this summer but delayed it due to technical and legal hurdles, it has been reported. The venture will allow users to buy books directly from Google or from online retailers and add them to an ebook library tied to their Google account.

More than 200 independent US booksellers are expected to sign up with Google to join the e-book service. Media reports indicate that Google has already signed deals with several major book publishers and is expected to offer hundreds of thousands of titles for purchase and millions more for free.

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Wheater’s Q&A Review of Histology & Basic Pathology App made available on App Store
- 11 Nov 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, and STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, have announced that Wheater's Q&A Review of Histology & Basic Pathology App is now available on the App Store. The app is available for iPhone and iPod touch. It seeks to offer users custom quiz building and assessment tools for 563 USMLE-style questions, including 325 images, spanning 22 pertinent content areas with high quality, full-colour illustrations and photomicrographs.

The Wheater's app includes features such as pan and zoom of more than 300 images; custom quiz building tools to sort questions by content area; stats tracking to gauge overall performance, and detailed results for each content area; question timer to help establish pace; bookmarking to save difficult questions for future study; Question Browser mode for unscored review of all content sections; reference mode to display correct answers immediately for quick review; and shuffle setting to randomise question order within sections or with all sections.

Wheater's Q&A Review of Histology & Basic Pathology App is available from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Modality releases Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy from Elsevier for use in modalityBODY App for iPad
- 10 Nov 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced the release of the Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy from Elsevier for use in the modalityBODY App for iPad. The modalityBODY App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

The complete atlas presents a healthy human body through a variety of modern imaging techniques, and is available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App. Users may also download a free sampler of the Imaging Atlas of the Human Body from the modalityBODY Store within the app, a place where registered users can access and purchase premium content.

The modalityBODY App, currently available in the App Store, allows users to view, organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images in a single library, and create custom image collections for study and reference.

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Amazon offers 70 percent royalty for newspaper and magazine publishers
- 10 Nov 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that magazine and newspaper publishers will soon be eligible to earn a larger share of revenue from each title they sell in the Kindle Store. Starting December 1, 2010, for each magazine or newspaper sold, publishers will be able to earn 70 percent of the retail price, net of delivery costs.

For orders delivered to Kindles using Amazon's Whispernet service, delivery costs are shared between Amazon and the publishers. To qualify for the 70-percent royalty terms, newspapers and magazines must satisfy several customer experience requirements, including: customers should be able to read the title on all Kindle devices and applications; and customers should be able to read the title in all geographies for which the publisher has rights.

These new terms do not apply to blog publishers because existing terms are generally said to be more advantageous for them.

Amazon also announced the Beta release of the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool, which allows publishers to more easily add their newspaper or magazine to the Kindle Store. Publishers can quickly create their account, add content and preview Kindle formatting prior to making their titles available for the fast-growing base of Kindle customers.

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APS to make journal articles available via DeepDyve’s online rental service
- 05 Nov 2010

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced that the American Physical Society (APS) has agreed to make its articles available, in a nine-month pilot program, via DeepDyve's online rental service for research articles. The APS is widely acknowledged as a leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information. The initiative is expected to further enrich DeepDyve's library of content with a wealth of physics-related journals and other scholarly publications.

APS publishes physics research journals including Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review, and two open access Special Topics journals. These titles embody the objective of the Society ‘to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics.’ Under the terms of the agreement, APS will add nearly 500,000 articles to DeepDyve's rental service.

The complete library of APS content can be accessed at DeepDyve. Users have the option to rent individual articles for a 24-hour period starting at $0.99. For users who want to rent a higher volume of articles or would like longer-term access to their articles, DeepDyve also offers monthly plans.

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ebrary launches new ordering system with real-time collection management
- 02 Nov 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has launched a new ordering system with instant fulfillment and real-time collection management to help libraries more affordably and efficiently acquire, manage, and distribute e-books from the world's leading publishers.

As a leading provider of digital content services and technologies, ebrary now enables librarians to select and acquire titles under multiple models - subscription, perpetual access, and patron driven acquisition (PDA) - and make them instantly discoverable and accessible to end-users. ebrary's new ordering system also includes tools that support the acquisition workflow including fund codes, de-duplication for electronic titles, and profiles that can be created and updated by the library at any time, with automatic alerts as new titles become available.

Furthermore, ebrary now provides features that help libraries promote content and increase usage, including the ability for end-users to save their searches and receive automatic notifications when new titles are acquired by the library that match their interests. The company also now provides 'Lists', which enable librarians to select titles of interest, create and manage individual collections of their choice, and collaborate with others to evaluate and create shared collections. Librarians with an Administrative Access account may use these Lists to create orders, add titles to their collection under ebrary's new PDA model, or request quotes for subscription access to titles of their selection.

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New generation Kindle device sales already surpass fourth quarter 2009
- 26 Oct 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that sales of the new generation Kindle devices since their introduction have already surpassed total Kindle device sales from October through December 2009.

In addition, Kindle book unit sales continue to overtake print on Amazon.com, even while print book sales continue to grow. During the past 30 days, Amazon.com customers purchased more Kindle books than print books - hardcover and paperback combined - for the top 10, 25, 100, and 1,000 bestselling books on Amazon.com.

In the 12 weeks following the introduction of the new generation Kindles, Kindle devices or Kindle-related items such as Kindle books and covers represented 15 of the top 15 bestselling items on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk combined. Amazon sold more than 3 times as many Kindle books in the first nine months of 2010 as in the first nine months of 2009.

The Association of American Publishers' latest data reports that e-book sales grew 193 percent between January and August 2010. Kindle book sales growth during the same period exceeded this rate, according to Amazon.com.

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Ingram Content Group and Springer sign agreement on a new US distribution services model
- 12 Oct 2010

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, and STM publisher Springer have announced a new integrated distribution services model that combines traditional physical book fulfillment with single-copy print-on-demand solutions for Springer's entire Americas publishing programme.

Starting in the first quarter of 2011, Ingram Content Group will fully manage warehousing, fulfillment and print-on-demand for Springer using the new model. Ingram will hold Springer's entire US inventory and as it sells down, Ingram will transition titles to print-on-demand when it makes the most economic sense. All fulfillments will come through Ingram.

As the need to invest in the future of content in its many forms becomes increasingly important, publishers are facing resource decisions unlike any before. They are exploring new ways to operate and shift investments once used for the cost of warehousing and returns to develop the most innovative content. By strategically combining traditional print publishing with virtual inventory and print on demand, Springer can concentrate its energy and resources on the future success of its company while assuring its authors and readers that its high quality content will always be widely available, also in print.

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Amazon announces 70 percent royalty option for the Kindle DTP in the UK
- 07 Oct 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that the 70 percent royalty option for the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) is now available in the UK. For each book sold from the Amazon.co.uk Kindle Store, authors and publishers can choose this option immediately and start earning a 70 percent royalty, net of delivery costs. The Kindle Digital Text Platform claims to be a fast and easy tool which allows publishers and authors worldwide to add their books and start selling in the UK Kindle Store (and Amazon's global Kindle Store on www.amazon.com) in minutes.

Delivery costs are based on file size, and pricing is set at £0.10/MB. This new option will be in addition to and will not replace the existing DTP standard royalty option. DTP authors and publishers will now be able to select the royalty option that best meets their needs for books sold in the UK and US. Books receiving the 70 percent royalty will have access to all the same features and be subject to all the same requirements as books receiving the standard royalty rate.

Under this royalty option, authors and publishers will earn 70 percent of the list price of their books, net of delivery costs. To qualify for the 70 percent royalty option, books must satisfy a set of requirements. These include: the author or publisher-supplied list price must be between £1.49 and £6.99; the list price must be at least 20 percent below the lowest list price for the physical book; the title is made available for sale in all geographies for which the author or publisher has rights; and the title will be included in a broad set of features in the Kindle Store, such as text-to-speech.

This list of features will grow over time as Amazon continues to add more functionality to Kindle and the Amazon.co.uk Kindle Store. The 70 percent royalty option is for in-copyright works only.

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Wiley-Blackwell's Biotechnology journals portfolio now available via DeepDyve
- 05 Oct 2010

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has launched of a pilot programme to make its portfolio of Biotechnology journals with more than 75,000 articles available through DeepDyve, an online rental service for scientific and scholarly research articles. The pilot will feature 26 journals and content dating back to 1912, including the Journal of Pharmaceutical Science, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Cell Proliferation.

Through DeepDyve's innovative 'Research, Rent, Read' model, researchers will now be able to discover and read-only articles from these journals on the DeepDyve site at affordable prices.

DeepDyve targets unaffiliated knowledge workers who do not have access to content via an institutional library. DeepDyve's 'KeyPhrase' search technology supports queries of up to 5,000 words which ensures highly accurate results. The company's proprietary document viewer allows users read-only access to the articles, but prevents them from printing or copying/pasting the contents of the document. The DeepDyve viewer is also designed to work on iPads and other mobile devices.

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Thieme's Atlas of Anatomy now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App
- 04 Oct 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, and Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., have announced that Thieme's complete Atlas of Anatomy is now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App.

The modalityBODY App, currently available in the App Store, allows users to view, organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images and create custom image collections for study and reference. The modalityBODY App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Thieme's Atlas of Anatomy provides healthcare students and professionals with more than 1500 high quality images with thorough contextual notes. The atlas is organised to lead students step-by-step through each region of the body. Each region opens with the foundational skeletal framework. The subsequent chapters build upon this foundation, adding the muscles, then organs, then vessels, then nerves, and finally presenting topographic anatomy for a comprehensive view. Each unit closes with surface anatomy accompanied by questions that ask the reader to apply knowledge learned for the real-life physical examination of patients.

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Amazon launches beta version of Kindle for the Web
- 29 Sep 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has introduced the beta version of 'Kindle for the Web', making it even easier for customers to discover new books and authors by sampling Kindle books directly through web browsers. Amazon is also inviting bloggers and website owners who are participants in the Amazon Associates Program to be part of Kindle for the Web by embedding samples of Kindle books on their websites. These website owners will earn referral fees from Amazon when customers complete book purchases using the links on their websites.

Customers can click the 'Read first chapter FREE' button on a book product page on Amazon or on other websites, and the first chapter will open within the web page. They can change the font size and line spacing, adjust the background colour, and share their favourite books with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail - all without leaving the book in the browser. In the future, Kindle for the Web will include optimisation for mobile browsers and other features.

Kindle claims to offer the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 700,000 books, including New Releases and 108 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle devices.

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Sharp to launch e-bookstore under cloud-based media service initiative
- 27 Sep 2010

Sharp Corporation, Japan, has announced that it will launch a new cloud-based media service business named 'GALAPAGOS'. The service will aim to provide a new user experience while evolving to meet each customer's changing needs with a network service and device specifically designed for the Japanese market. The first effort in this area will be an e-bookstore service that is planned to begin in December this year. Two compatible tablet terminals have been developed specifically as e-book readers and will be introduced at the same time.

The new e-bookstore is projected to provide an 'Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service' (fee-based service) for periodical publications. The most recent editions of newspapers and magazines a user has subscribed to can be delivered and read by the user's e-book readers. In addition, free trial versions of recommended e-book content can also be delivered to the e-book reader, letting users immediately purchase content of their favour.

Two models of the e-book readers have been developed-a mobile type featuring a 5.5-inch LCD screen that reads like a paperback book, and a home type featuring a 10.8-inch high-resolution HD LCD that allows users to enjoy magazines formatted across a two-page spread.

Sharp will seek to provide for evolving e-book lifestyles by further enriching the content available through the service, and by expanding the functions of compatible terminal devices.

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Amazon.com upgrades Kindle for Android App
- 24 Sep 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle for Android, the free application that lets readers worldwide enjoy Kindle books on their Android-powered devices, now includes a number of new features.

With the latest update, Kindle for Android now enables customers to search the full text of Kindle books by voice or text, seamlessly look up words and phrases in Wikipedia, lock screen orientation in portrait or landscape mode, and view details about a book on Shelfari, the books-focused social networking site - all without leaving the app.

Additionally, Kindle for Android claims to be the only reading app for Android-based devices that allows readers to add notes and highlights to books, and have them automatically synchronised between devices. The app is available from Android Market and customers who have already downloaded the app will receive the update automatically.

The free Kindle apps allow customers to discover and read over 700,000 books in the US Kindle Store. This includes the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read.

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Cadmus Communications partners with Printondemand-worldwide
- 14 Sep 2010

Content management and production services provider Cadmus Communications, US, has announced a partnership with Printondemand-worldwide, a UK-based digital printer. Under the deal, Cadmus Communications will provide print services as part of a global network to meet the international demand of Printondemand-worldwide's customer base. As a global partner, Cadmus will print and distribute all USA orders placed with Printondemand-worldwide in a true distributed print model.

Through this partnership and the use of technology, USA orders placed with Printondemand-worldwide will flow from BookVault, a web-based asset management and procurement system, to Cadmus' Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and into production. The process is expected to allow for seamless and timely fulfillment of on-demand books of varying sizes and bind styles regardless of the order quantity.

Cadmus Communications, a Cenveo company, provides end-to-end, integrated graphic communications services to professional publishers, not-for-profit societies, and corporations. The company claims to be the largest provider of content management and production services to scientific, technical and medical journal publishers.

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Google to launch Google Editions in Japan in 2011
- 14 Sep 2010

Internet search services provider Google Inc., US, has announced that it will launch an electronic books service in Japan next year. According to Yoichi Sato, a strategic partner development manager at Google Japan, the Japanese version of Google Editions will start with a limited number of titles.

E-books are still relatively rare in Japan, and local publishing houses have only recently started considering how best to approach the new technology. Major Japanese publishers are still uneasy about handing over book data, especially of in-copyright titles, to Google. They fear that the content may be used for unintended purposes. Japanese copyright laws also require strict and complicated permission processes involving authors and publishers, before Google can use book contents for online searches and sales.

Google Editions is similar to but separate from the controversial Google Books search project that aims to make all of the world's written works available online. While Google Books shows a small portion of the book at a time for free, Google Editions offers access to the entire content of the scanned books for a price.

In the US and Europe, Google plans to start Editions and sell electronic books that people can read on any Internet-connected device including Apple's iPad tablet computer.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning selects Ingram's CoreSource for e-content management
- 10 Sep 2010

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced an agreement with Jones & Bartlett Learning, a leading provider of instructional, assessment and learning-performance management solutions for secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets. Jones & Bartlett has selected Ingram's digital asset management platform, CoreSource, to archive and distribute educational materials to partners worldwide.

Jones & Bartlett Learning will supply almost 1,000 backlist books in stages through Ingram's CoreSource platform for the programme launch. Jones & Bartlett will also continue to work with Ingram's Lightning Source for its print-on-demand needs.

Ingram's CoreSource is an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally. Lightning Source, the print-on-demand unit of Ingram Content Group, is a provider of comprehensive print-on-demand and distribution services to publishers worldwide.

Ingram Content Group brings together traditional distribution, print-on-demand book manufacturing and electronic content management options from a single source. Jones & Bartlett Learning joins Penguin Group USA, Penguin Group UK, Macmillan US, Elsevier US, University of California Press, ABC-CLIO and other prominent publishers in their use of CoreSource, the best-in-class electronic content management option in the industry.

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Modality releases four new content sets from Elsevier for use in modalityBODY App for iPad
- 09 Sep 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced the release of four new content sets from STM publisher Elsevier for use in the modalityBODY App for iPad. Netter's Advanced Head and Neck Flash Cards, Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards, Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy, and Netter's Musculoskeletal Flash Cards are now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY App.

The modalityBODY App allows users to view, organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images and create custom image collections for study and reference. The store within the app offers a variety of anatomical and medical imaging atlases and flash cards, all with native iPad image quality. Users may combine these collections with their own images to create a robust library of anatomical reference material. Custom structure labels and annotations may be added to any image, and a powerful visual cross-referencing index is maintained for all structures across all volumes in the app.

The modalityBODY App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore. A variety of paid and free premium content sets are available for In App Purchase or download from within the app.

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New Generation Kindles seen to be best-selling products on Amazon
- 26 Aug 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that more new generation Kindles were ordered in the first four weeks of availability than in the same timeframe following any other Kindle launch, making the new Kindles the fastest-selling ever. In addition, in the four weeks since the introduction of the new Kindle and Kindle 3G, customers ordered more Kindles on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk combined than any other product. The new Kindles started shipping to customers two days earlier than previously announced.

According to the company, the all-new Kindle has an electronic-ink screen with 50 percent better contrast than any other e-reader, a new sleek design with a 21 percent smaller body while still keeping the same 6-inch-size reading area, 15 percent lighter weight at just 8.5 ounces, 20 percent faster page turns, up to one month of battery life with wireless off, double the storage to 3,500 books, no glare even in bright sunlight and built-in Wi-Fi. The all-new Kindle 3G is available with all of these new features plus the convenience of free 3G wireless.

Customers in 125 countries on six continents from Austria to Zimbabwe have already placed orders for the new generation Kindles. Some of the most remote shipments will be sent as far away as Mongolia and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Kindle claims to offer the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The US Kindle Store now has more than 670,000 books, including New Releases and 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle devices. More than 235,000 books have been added to the Kindle Store in just the last seven months.

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CengageBrain.com enhances website with new learning applications
- 20 Aug 2010

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has launched an enhanced version of its direct-to-consumer website, CengageBrain.com, offering new features for students and instructors. The website, which allows students to purchase or rent textbooks, e-books or individual e-chapters and download study tools, is now said to feature a more intuitive interface. The interface seeks to connect students to many of the site's value-adds, as well as a section specifically designed for instructors. The website also easily connects to the CengageBrain Facebook page where students can find the Br@iniac application, which locates virtual study partners for students.

The enhanced CengageBrain site highlights the offerings available to students when it comes to saving money and making the most of their textbook purchase. The page details the various format options students have for the course material, highlights shipping options and costs, and includes a digital hub with instant access to study tools, e-chapters and homework tools, such as Aplia. When instructors assign a package of materials, including multiple books and digital learning materials, students now have the option to rent the textbook portion on CengageBrain.com to save money on the total package.

The homepage is said to easily connect students to its interactive social media offerings. The Twitter feed provides an opportunity for direct interaction with the brand and regular CengageBrain news, coupons and other promotions. With the iPhone/iTouch application, students can instantly access free study materials. Additionally, the Facebook fan page features regular updates and discussions, as well as the Br@iniac widget, which connects students taking similar courses or using the same textbook so they can become virtual study partners. This tool is seen to help foster interaction and collaborative learning between students at the same school or with others across the country.

In addition, the site now includes a section specifically for instructors. It helps illustrate the benefits of the various format options available on CengageBrain.com, allowing instructors to choose the appropriate course materials that will best suit their students' needs. The instructor-specific page also features the recently launched ‘Engaging Today's Classroom’ podcast series. This series features interviews with instructors, textbook authors and thought leaders, focusing on trends in the higher education classroom and ways instructors can better engage their students.

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Thieme selects Ingram’s CoreSource platform to power global e-content strategy
- 19 Aug 2010

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced an agreement with STM publisher Thieme Medical Publishers. Under the deal, Thieme has selected Ingram's CoreSource platform for facilitating the archiving and distribution of e-content to partners worldwide.

Ingram's CoreSource is an easy to use, one-stop, online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. CoreSource delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.

Thieme Publishers will supply frontlist and backlist books through Ingram's platform. Utilising CoreSource, Thieme will deploy an entire new collection of multi-format content and will subsequently gain the flexibility to repurpose and re-version all new content published for health professionals and students globally.

Thieme publishes 137 peer-reviewed journals and over 500 new books annually. The company also has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include Thieme eJournals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website WinkingSkull.com and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty.

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Pearson Education India launches its first online book store
- 16 Aug 2010

Education publisher Pearson Education India has announced the launch of its first 'Online Bookstore' through its online retail partner, VRVBookshop. The online bookstore will include the complete catalogue of all Pearson Education India publications. These include imprints like Prentice Hall, SAMS, Longman, Addison Wesley, QUE, Wharton School Publishing, Peachpit and more.

The online bookstore will focus on faculty and students in school, higher education, professional as well as competitive exam segments. Also, it will highlight the latest launches and special bargain offers on Pearson Education books.

VRVBookshop will set up a customer service desk to take care of queries and to assist customers in ordering. Users will be able to pay via multiple modes like debit or credit card and internet banking. All transactions made on VRVBookshop will be secured through a VeriSign secured Payment Gateway.

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Modality expands content offering for modalityBODY iPad App
- 12 Aug 2010

Interactive learning apps developer Modality, Inc., US, has announced the release of three new premium content sets for use in the modalityBODY App for iPad. Clemente's Anatomy Flash Cards, Moore's Clinical Anatomy Flash Cards, and Rohen's Photographic Anatomy Flash Cards, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, are now available for In App Purchase via the modalityBODY Store.

The free modalityBODY App allows users to organise, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images and create custom image collections for study and reference. Users may create their own medical image reference library from commercially available anatomical and medical imaging atlases and flash cards, as well as clinical case images and notes created by users themselves or drawn from publicly available open source databases.

Images may be annotated with custom labels to identify anatomical structures and mark important features. As images and notes are added to modalityBODY, they are simultaneously added to the app's local database, which can be searched to locate specific anatomical landmarks and data points anywhere within the user's entire modalityBODY library.

The modalityBODY App for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. A variety of paid and free premium content sets are available for In App Purchase or download from within the app.

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World Scientific ties up with Baker & Taylor for print-on-demand service
- 09 Aug 2010

Scientific publisher World Scientific Publishing Company, US, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Baker & Taylor's TextStream Digital Print Service to provide print-to-order services. World Scientific Publishing's academic titles, spanning a range of scientific series, will be available for quick delivery to Baker & Taylor's worldwide network of library and retail customers.

TextStream seeks to provide publishers with a full range of print-on-demand/print-to-order services with a wide variety of binding formats and trim sizes. It claims to eliminate inventory guesswork by printing publishers' books as publishers sell them. Combined with Baker & Taylor's library and retail channels, TextStream is projected to represent an excellent and rich resource for World Scientific.

World Scientific offers titles in subjects such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and social sciences. With the new alliance it expects to work with Baker & Taylor to better serve its academic customers by quickly reaching its market with the books it wants and needs.

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Amazon unveils enhanced version of e-book reader Kindle
- 29 Jul 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced the launch of a new version of e-books reader Kindle. The company has also introduced a new addition to its family of portable reading devices - Kindle Wi-Fi. The new Kindle and Kindle Wi-Fi are now available for pre-order, and will ship to customers in over 140 countries and 30 territories beginning August 27.

According to Amazon, the new version of Kindle has an electronic-ink screen with 50 percent better contrast and a new sleek design with a 21 percent smaller body. While keeping the same 6-inch-size reading area, it is 15 percent lighter at just 8.7 ounces. The new Kindle also offers 20 percent faster page turns, up to one month of battery life, double the storage to 3,500 books, built-in Wi-Fi and a graphite colour option.

Kindle claims to offer the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The US Kindle Store currently has more than 630,000 books, of which over 510,000 are $9.99 or less. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.

Kindle lets readers buy their books once and read them everywhere--on Kindle, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices. Amazon's Whispersync technology syncs the users' place across devices, so they can pick up where they left off. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in the Kindle library on Amazon where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.

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Amazon reports increased sales of Kindle following price cut
- 20 Jul 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has announced that Kindle device unit sales accelerated each month in the second quarter - both on a sequential month-over-month basis and on a year-over-year basis.

According to the company, the growth rate of Kindle, its e-book reader, tripled since the price was lowered from $259 to $189. The device is claimed to offer the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The US Kindle Store now has more than 630,000 books, including new releases and 106 of 110 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.

Over the past month, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 180 Kindle books. This is across the company's entire US book business and includes sales of hardcover books where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books were excluded. Amazon has reportedly sold more than three times as many Kindle books in the first half of 2010 as in the first half of 2009.

The Association of American Publishers' latest data reports that e-book sales grew 163 percent in the month of May and 207 percent year-to-date through May. Kindle book sales in May and year-to-date through May exceeded those growth rates, according to Amazon.

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Discovery sues Amazon for patent infringement over Kindle for the second time
- 16 Jul 2010

Media company Discovery Communications intellectual property subsidiary Discovery Patent Holdings has reportedly filed a suit against online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc. According to the company, Amazon's line of Kindle e-book readers infringe on two patents held by the company. The suit is the second between the two companies over such technologies.

In March 2009, Discovery Communications sued Amazon for violating a comprehensive patent on e-book readers titled 'Electronic Book Security and Copyright Protection System'. This covered the Kindle and Kindle 2 models. The latest suit names Discovery Patent Holdings as the plaintiff and adds the DX model also as a new patent which was titled 'Electronic Book Selection and Delivery System'.

The complaint was filed in Delaware's federal district court. The company claims it was issued the affected patents in 1999 and 2007. Discovery is demanding an unspecified set of royalties and is also asking the court for a jury trial.

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Canadian municipal library lending Kindle devices to patrons
- 15 Jul 2010

The West Vancouver Memorial Library has reportedly become the first library in Canada to let cardholders borrow a Kindle e-books reader. The municipal library has bought six of these devices developed by Amazon.com.

As part of an e-reader pilot project, the library began lending out five e-book readers, beginning July 12, 2010. According to Sarah Felkar, the West Vancouver library assistant who is spearheading the programme, the Kindles are part of a 'fact-finding mission' to see how feasible it is to lend out e-books.

Each Kindle is stocked with 50 titles. The library's decision to stock more Kindles or other e-book readers will depend on the feedback it receives from the pilot. However, print books will continue to be stocked and lent.

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Google to launch Google Editions in Japan in early 2011
- 09 Jul 2010

Internet search services firm Google, Inc. will reportedly launch its e-bookstore Google Editions in Japan early next year. The service is expected to enable the purchase of e-book titles for reading on devices such as smartphones, PCs as well as e-book readers.

Google currently offers the Google Books service which allows free access to sections of at least 2 million titles from more than 30,000 publishers across the world. However, Google Editions will offer access to entire publications for a fee.

Google Editions is claimed to be among a growing number of game-changing distribution and reading models available to publishers and book consumers. The service is projected to allow users to procure e-books from various websites via different devices, including Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle. According to sources, Google is calling on publishers to sign a contract as it plans to distribute over half of its sales to publishers.

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Amazon introduces price cuts with launch of latest version of Kindle
- 02 Jul 2010

Online books retailer Amazon.com, Inc., US, has introduced the latest version of its e-book reader, Kindle, at a price of $379, down from $489. The Kindle DX e-reader has been updated to include a new graphite enclosure and high contrast electronic ink display. It also offers free 3G wireless connection with no monthly bills or annual contracts, as the earlier model did.

This is reportedly the second price cut for Amazon's line of e-readers over the past two weeks. Only last week, the company cut down the price of its Kindle with a 6-inch screen to $189 from the original $222. The announcement came hours after bookstore chain Barnes & Noble lowered the price of its Nook e-reader to $199 from $234. Media reports indicate that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble could be forced to further cut prices to compete with Apple's iPad, which also functions as an e-book reader.

The Kindle Store currently has over 620,000 books. More than 200,000 books have been added to the US Kindle Store over the past six months. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.

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Amazon's selection of free Kindle apps expands to include Kindle for Android
- 30 Jun 2010

Amazon.com, Inc., a US-based multinational e-commerce company, has announced that its suite of free Kindle reading apps now includes Kindle for Android. Customers worldwide can now download this free application from Android Market and benefit from Amazon's vast selection of Kindle books on their Android-powered devices.

The free Kindle apps allow customers in the US to discover and read over 620,000 books in the Kindle Store. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android includes Amazon's Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronises a customer's books and bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and now Android-powered phones.

Android-powered device owners can now search and browse more than 620,000 books; read the first chapter of books for free before they decide to buy; access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon's servers for free; synchronise last page read between their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Android-powered phone; customise background color, font color, and font size to help ease eyestrain; read in portrait or landscape mode, tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages; and adjust screen brightness from within the app to make reading easier. Several features will be added to Kindle for Android in the near future, including full text search and purchasing of Kindle books from within the app.

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Kindle App for iPad now available globally
- 31 May 2010

Amazon.com, Inc., a US-based multinational e-commerce company, has announced that its Kindle App for iPad is now available in all countries where the iPad is offered. The app lets users select from hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronises customers' last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad and more.

Customers in the US can choose from over 550,000 books available in the Kindle Store, including new releases and bestsellers. The Kindle Store claims to be the only place to find tens of thousands of books added to the Kindle Store by authors and publishers using Kindle's self-service platform. Customers can search for a specific book or browse by genre or author, and can take advantage of all the features that customers enjoy in the Kindle Store, including Amazon.com customer reviews, personalised recommendations and editorial reviews.

The Kindle App user interface is tailored to the large size, look and feel of iPad. According to the company, the new user interface with bold colours, animation and seamless user experience make Kindle on iPad a unique reading experience. In addition, Kindle App for iPad offers an interactive experience with page turn animation designed to replicate the look of a page turning in a book. Customers who prefer a simpler, unadorned reading experience can choose the 'Basic Reading Mode' option and turn off animation.

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Google ties up with American Booksellers Association for digital books
- 27 May 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) have reportedly formed a partnership. The partnership was announced at a session on Google Editions at the BookExpo America 2010 during the ABA Day of Education with ABA COO Len Vlahos and Tom Turvey, director of strategic partnerships for Google. Both Google and ABA will partner on digital books starting with the official launch of Google Editions later this year.

Google anticipates having 400,000 books - STM, trade and professional - at the launch. The books will be compatible with all e-readers except for Amazon's Kindle. These books can be read offline using Google Gear, which allows for caching in the browser. ABA currently offers e-books on the IndieBound.com website through Ingram, and it will continue to do so. The Google agreement is not exclusive.

While Google will not sell print titles, its system will support print books bundled with the digital edition. Also, Google and ABA will allow bookstores to geo-affiliate in order that bookstores will share in the sale when customers download a Google digital book in the store.

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OverDrive to unveil applications for integrating e-books and multimedia content
- 20 May 2010

OverDrive, a US-based distributor of e-books, audiobooks and digital content, has announced that it will release a series of applications that will combine e-books, audiobooks and interactive and multimedia content into one user-friendly application. The apps will be available for both mobile and desktop operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry. End users are expected to benefit from a single software solution for all OverDrive-supplied content, as well as on-the-go access to e-books from OverDrive-powered library and retail catalogues.

Android devices will be the first to experience OverDrive's app with integrated e-book reading features. The app will enable wireless downloads of premium, copy-protected e-books, as well as enhanced accessibility and usability features such as text-to-speech. This and other mobile apps are being developed under a licence agreement with Adobe and using the Adobe Reader Mobile 9 SDK. All OverDrive apps will support EPUB, PDF and e-book content protection functionality, including library lending and expiration.

For a preview of the OverDrive e-book apps, as well as other service enhancements, interested parties can visit booth 3258 at BookExpo America, May 26-27, in New York City. The company will also exhibit in the IDPF Digital Book Zone, booth 2323, at BEA.

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Apple Inc. announces iPad availability in nine more countries
- 10 May 2010

Apple Inc. has announced that its latest product, iPad, will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, beginning May 28, 2010. Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple’s online store in all nine countries, beginning May 10.

Apple has already sold over one million iPads in the US and customers have downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store, as well as over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.

The App Store on iPad lets you wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the world’s largest app store. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for iPhone or iPod touch. Developers have created more than 5,000 new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

Apple plans to release iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July 2010. The company will announce availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.

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Most US publishers sign up for new e-bookstore, Google Editions
- 10 May 2010

Online search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly garnered the support of almost all publishers in the US for its digital bookstore, which is expected to be launched next month. More than 25,000 publishers and authors have agreed to participate in Google Editions, the company’s venture to distribute books online.

Assuming books with expired copyright are included, Google is projected to handle more than 4 million books, including about 2 million handled by the publishers that have agreed to join. This is set to be the world's largest virtual bookstore. The entry of Google is likely to accelerate the growth of the e-book business, already pioneered by rivals like Apple and Amazon.

While the company did not elaborate on details of Google Editions, an official emphasised that it would include almost all publishers in the US. Google Editions is projected to allow users to easily buy books via its online search service and is likely to involve a model where publishers decide the retail price.

Google Editions claims to be among a growing number of game-changing distribution and reading models available to publishers and book consumers. In a recent announcement, publishers in Australia have welcomed Google’s decision to launch Google Editions. While it remains unknown about when the service will become available in Australia, local response to the US announcement has been positive.

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E-books market expected to undergo sea-change with Google Editions entry
- 07 May 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is making all the right moves that will help it dominate the e-book space, reports eWeek.com. The e-book marketplace is observed to be turning increasingly crowded. Initially, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com were competing for customer dollars. But after Apple launched its iBooks service for the iPad, all that reportedly changed.

Publishers are now able to send their books for selling on several different e-platforms and make profit in a space they originally feared. Another competitor – Google – is making its way to the market. The company plans to release its service in July this year. Amazon.com, Apple and the others are already wondering what the search giant has planned.

Google is known for its tendency to enter the market, find the right place to promote its service and win out or perform well enough to succeed. So far, the mainstream public is still opting for hardcovers over e-versions of a book. But as more and more people become aware of e-books, they will be looking for the best solution, it is observed. While Amazon.com's Kindle or Apple's iPad lead the market today, Google's service, Google Editions, may change that soon. eWeek.com looks at how Google Editions could help the company win the e-books market.

The biggest challenge in the e-books space today is trying to get mainstream consumers to buy titles. Google reportedly has the ability to draw the mainstream. While Apple is convincing consumers to look at tablets, it is debatable whether iBooks will really turn out to be the killer app. Google plans to make the new service available in as many places as possible. Users will be able to buy e-books online from a slew of retailers, including independent book stores. Google also plans to make Editions available to mobile-device users. A major impediment for Google's competitors in the e-books market is that they rely on their own mobile devices to sell books. Google, on the other hand, realises that relying so heavily on a single device will hold it back. It therefore plans to offer its books on as many products as possible.

While publishers had earlier criticised Google for its books digitising project, they are now beginning to warm to the search giant, as they realise the profit potential of e-books. The company is yet to announce any partnerships with publishers, making it difficult to state how many books will be available on the service. Given the success of the iBooks and the Kindle, both big and small publishers are expected to ink deals with Google.

To roll out Editions in as many places as possible, Google plans to share a majority of its profit with partners. While publishers are already making big profits on their deals with Amazon.com and Apple, it is obvious that they will migrate to the e-books platform that will deliver best returns. If Google Editions becomes as successful as it is expected to be and continues to share the bulk of its profits with retailers and publishers, it could put competitors in a dangerous position.

The iPad is not the dominant player in the e-books market, even though it is seen to deliver a fine reading experience. In a few years time, Apple would have likely dominated the e-books market if not for Google's intervention. Google’s new service could help its chances of taking on Apple. With a slew of e-books available for download quickly for the device, the Kindle is claimed to be the most successful e-reader currently. But it is expected that once Google enters the market, Amazon.com will need to drastically change its strategy just to stay relevant.

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Google readying sales strategies for new e-books retail service
- 05 May 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is planning to enter the digital books sales market by July 2010, media reports indicate. Such a move would pitch the company against existing players in the market such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple. The online sale of digital books has been part of Google’s strategy for several years now. Dubbed Google Editions, the service is projected to allow users to procure e-books from various websites via different devices. This would differentiate the service from existing rivals that require proprietary devices and software.

The Google service would allow users to purchase digital versions of books they come across via its book search service. Also, book retailers, including independent shops, would be able to sell Google Editions via their websites. This would give Google partners the bulk of the revenue. The company’s servers would hold copies of works for which it forges agreements to sell. Whether the prices will be set by publishers or Google is yet to be decided upon.

Google Editions would allow users to read books from a web browser, doing away with the need for a specific e-reader device. Plans are also afoot to develop software to enhance reading on certain devices – such as the iPhone or iPad. On the other hand, Amazon has built its digital books strategy largely around its proprietary Kindle e-reader and software that operates on certain other hardware.

While publishers have not yet publicly committed to participate in the new service, Google is unlikely to face problems here, since publishers have no reason to object to an increased number of retail outlets. Also, Google Editions would ensure that small independent bookstores also gain access to the e-book sales service offering a wide range of titles.

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User disapproval, anti-trust probe may impede iPad sales, say reports
- 04 May 2010

Computing devices manufacturer Apple, US, has reportedly announced significant sales for its newly launched device, iPad. However, according to industry observers, complaints from certain sections of users and regulators may impede further sales.

Regulators in the US are reportedly set to launch an antitrust inquiry on Apple's decision to restrict the use of third-party, cross-platform tools by developers to create applications for the iPad and the iPhone. This is particularly seen to apply to the use of Adobe Systems tools. Also, some users have reported problems in watching video via the 3G-enabled iPads.

A federal inquiry may also hurt iPad sales, according to media reports. The inquiry is seen to reflect the dissatisfaction of some developers over the restrictions placed on them by Apple. For instance, each iPhone and iPad app is required to undergo an approval process. Apple has also barred large groups of programmes, inclusive of pornographic ones.

The cross-platform tools banned by Apple reportedly make it easier for developers to create apps that can run on various devices, such as BlackBerrys and gadgets based on Google's Android software. Apple representatives argue that such tools do not work well with the company’s devices, and that the resultant apps may delay the incorporation of other new features in the devices.

Since the device is neither pocket-sized nor features a keyboard, the benefits are not immediately visible to users, should Apple should explain them more explicitly, critics feel.

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Apple iPAd offers opportunities but with strings attached, publishers told
- 30 Apr 2010

Magazine industry experts have reportedly been warned that while Apple's tablet computer, iPad, may offer several publishing opportunities, these are likely to come with strings attached.

According to Juan Senor of the Innovation International Media Consulting Group, the arrival of the iPad and other tablets in development is projected to help publishers who have concentrated on content and refreshing their product. Speaking at the PPA Annual Conference, Senor warned that Apple is going to keep pricing control and publishing data. Further, he noted that publishers must beware and should join forces to negotiate strongly with Apple.

Speaking on another panel, Tim Brooks, Guardian News & Media managing director, said that it was difficult for an individual publisher to get the attention of Apple, which was executing a clear strategy with great skill. According to Brooks, that plan does not include ceding control of its shop or downloadable apps market to publishers.

The iPad went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010, and is expected to launch in the UK in late May. The product’s international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing strong demand for the device in the US.

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MediaNet launches eBook catalogue and distribution service
- 28 Apr 2010

Digital media content provider MediaNet, US, has announced the launch of a comprehensive eBook catalogue and product offering. The advanced MN Open platform will now support the integration of eBooks using an intuitive API that has been widely adopted by over 100 application developers, web publishers and online retailers for music offerings.

MediaNet will make available a broad catalogue of eBooks including the most popular titles that are available through major physical and online book sellers. These eBooks will initially be offered in the Adobe ePub and PDF formats which are compatible with a wide variety of devices including PC, Mac, Sony Reader, Nook and new entrants such as the Plastic Logic Que. Additional formats will be introduced as needed.

Currently there are applications available in the marketplace that will allow for compatibility with the ‘iDevices’ including the iPhone and iPad. Web publishers and application developers can access MediaNet’s eBook service through an API built on top of MediaNet’s enterprise class content delivery platform. MediaNet’s API provides complete control over the user experience, functionality, e-commerce and content catalogue. Online retailers can rapidly implement more advanced browsing, discovery, and purchase options under their own brand.

In May 2010, MediaNet will make available its popular suite of Web Components for the eBooks offering. With no coding required and a quick time to market, Web Components allow anyone to place dynamically displayed eBook content anywhere on the Web. This offers a contextually rich experience with eBooks content presented to end users in a relevant manner when they are most interested in an author or subject and likely to transact.

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Cisco Press launches first iPhone/iPad networking technology Apps for IT professionals
- 28 Apr 2010

Cisco Press, a publishing alliance between Cisco Systems and the Pearson Education division of Pearson plc, has announced the launch of its first iPhone/iPad networking technology Apps, for IT professionals interested in general networking, networking security, or IP Video.

The new Apps complement the suite of Cisco Press learning materials that are readily available in print, electronic, video, and simulation formats. The Cisco Press Apps join the growing list of topical Apps from Pearson including in the areas of IT certification, programming, operating systems/server, web development, software engineering, home/office, and marketing.

The iPhone/iPad Reader Apps seek to offer technology professionals access to the content they need to solve problems and advance their careers on one of the most popular mobile devices and the paradigm-shifting iPad device. Having Cisco Press content on these portable devices gives users the flexibility to learn anywhere and at any time. Also, it allows users to benefit from features only digital platforms can offer. This includes easier search, navigation, hyperlinking and the unique code view feature only available from Pearson.

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Media firms devising marketing strategies centered on iPad
- 27 Apr 2010

Video asset management systems firm KIT digital recently conducted a survey, according to which 76.8 percent of senior marketing executives believe an iPad video strategy is crucial to their company's success. Ever since Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the company's plans to release the iPad tablet device, experts have been viewing the new device as the saviour of traditional media. Just under a week after launch, Apple sold 450,000 iPad units, witnessing 3.5 million iPad application downloads and over 600,000 iBook downloads. According to data from web metrics firm NetApplications.com, the iPad already accounts for 0.03 percent of all online traffic. In contrast, Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform reportedly captures 0.04 percent.

While several media giants are betting heavily on the device, rival content providers are introducing competing apps of their own. iPad is seen to enable new entertainment formats and opportunities. It also introduces mobile marketing possibilities, heralding a new, interactive channel to reach consumers. The iPad’s capacity to seamlessly integrate ads into applications and media content is observed to set it apart from previous marketing channels. Publishers and advertisers are presently formulating their approaches to decide what works and what doesn't on the iPad.

With the iPad set to enable new, multimedia-centric developments that revolutionise traditional print formats, publishers are already experimenting with both advertising and content. Earlier last month, it was reported that Time magazine had signed marketing agreements with Fidelity Investments, Unilever, Toyota and at least three other brands willing to pay over $200,000 apiece for a single ad spot in each of the first eight issues of the newsweekly's iPad edition.

Geolocation is reportedly the most revolutionary dimension of the iPad marketing paradigm. The iPad with WiFi and the WiFi + 3G models triangulate user whereabouts to enable location-specific services. While it is not possible to accurately anticipate how dramatically the iPad will shape and reinvent the digital marketing landscape, it is expected that the impact will be significant.

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Israel lifts ban on iPad imports
- 26 Apr 2010

Israel has lifted its ban on imports of the iPad. The country had recently banned imports of the iPad citing concerns that the gadget's wireless signals could disrupt other devices. Apple's tablet computer will now be allowed in the country after a ban lead to confiscation of the device at airports.

Israeli officials had then said that the ban is simply a precaution to assure that the iPad doesn't affect wireless devices already in use in the country. Though Israeli standards are similar to those in many European nations, Israel was the only country so far to officially ban imports of the device. The Communications Ministry has said that iPads would be allowed to be imported beginning Sunday, limited to one per person, and that confiscated devices would be returned.

The iPad combines the features of a notebook computer with the touch-pad functions of the iPod. The product went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad’s international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing strong demand for the device in the US.

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Thieme and Modality, Inc. partner to deliver content via modalityBODY App
- 22 Apr 2010

Thieme Publishers, part of STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that a free sampling of anatomy illustrations and clinical content from the Atlas of Anatomy is now available for use on iPad, via the newly released modalityBODY App. This sampler highlights the exquisite illustrations and unique features of the Atlas, including schematics, multiple image views, muscle facts, and radiographs. More of Thieme's anatomy content will be available for In-App purchase within modalityBODY in the coming weeks.

The free modalityBODY App, created by Modality, Inc., offers an anatomy and medical image reference and training solution for health sciences professionals. Users of the modalityBODY App for iPad will be able to create their own medical image reference library from Thieme’s atlas and flash card products, as well as clinical case images and notes created by users themselves or drawn from publicly available open source databases. Images may be annotated with custom labels to identify anatomical structures and mark important features. As images are added to modalityBODY, they are simultaneously added to the app’s local database, which can be searched to locate specific anatomical landmarks and data points anywhere within the user’s entire modalityBODY library. Fast access to Google, PubMed, and other web sources for additional information on specific structures is available with a network connection. In addition to interacting with images individually, users have the option to view Thieme content in modalityBODY’s Page Mode, which displays content as it appears on the printed page.

Atlas of Anatomy is based on the work of Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, and Udo Schumacher and is edited by Anne M. Gilroy, Brian R. MacPherson, and Lawrence M. Ross. Illustrations are by Markus Voll and Karl Wesker. Anatomy Flash Cards feature illustrations from Atlas of Anatomy and are edited by Anne Gilroy.

The modalityBODY App for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Colleges delay iPad use over network stability issues
- 20 Apr 2010

Apple Inc.'s iPad, lauded by many as the next wave in education technology, is reportedly having difficulty being accepted at the Princeton University and George Washington University due to network stability issues. Additionally, Cornell University is also facing connectivity problems with the device. The university also cited concerns regarding bandwidth overload.

Issues such as these could be a major setback for Apple, which targeted the higher education market by highlighting the iPad's portability and availability of e- books. Some higher education insiders also worry that there is not adequate educational content available via the iBookstore application.

Princeton University recently said that it has blocked about 20 percent of the devices from its network. The university noticed that the malfunctions could affect the entire school's computer system. According to a statement on the school's website, Princeton is working with Apple to resolve the issue. Earlier this month, George Washington University said that its wireless network's security features do not support the iPad. It could take until next spring before the iPad operating system is fully supported on the university's network.

Many school networks are however accepting iPads without problem. Some universities are even embracing the device. However, even these schools accept that the device has its drawbacks.

According to industry analysts and professors, schools will not fully embrace iPads until textbook publishers offer more digital resources that go beyond e-versions of hard copy books. They note that it would be more difficult to translate educational books into e-books as they often include mathematical formulas, graphs and other non-standard-text material.

The iPads went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad's international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing heavy sales in the US. The company reportedly sold over 500,000 iPads the first week the product was in stores.

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Israel bans Apple's iPad over Wi-Fi concerns‎
- 19 Apr 2010

Israel recently announced a new regulation which bans imports of the iPad, Apple Inc.'s latest product, citing concerns that the gadget's wireless signals could disrupt other devices. Customs officials have recently confiscated about 10 of the lightweight tablet computers. The ban does not allow anyone, including tourists, to carry iPads into Israel unless certified by officials that they comply with local transmitter standards.

The US Federal Communications Commission allows devices with Wi-Fi capability to broadcast at higher power levels than are allowed in Europe and Israel. According to Nati Schubert, a senior deputy director for the Communications Ministry, the iPad's stronger signal could throw off others' wireless connections. Some Israelis however successfully got the popular devices into Israel before the ban was imposed. Amnon, a software developer who legally brought an iPad into Israel, said that he and other high-tech businessmen need the iPad to develop new applications for the device.

The iPad combines the features of a notebook computer with the touch-pad functions of the iPod. The product went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad's international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing heavy sales in the US.

Israeli officials have said that the ban is simply a precaution to assure that the iPad doesn't affect wireless devices already in use in the country. Though Israeli standards are similar to those in many European nations, Israel is the only country so far to officially ban imports.

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Ingram to provide publishers with access to Apple's iBookstore
- 06 Apr 2010

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced that Apple has selected Ingram as a preferred partner for helping publishers provide content to Apple's new iBookstore. Through CoreSource, Ingram's solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on Apple's new iPad.

Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple. This will enable a publisher's catalogue to be ingested, converted into ePub - Apple's required format - and submitted to the iBookstore.

Ingram currently distributes over 500,000 digital assets to major retailers and distributors worldwide. The company invests in the latest digital technologies and resources so publishers can invest in the next generation of e-books.

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Baker & Taylor’ TextStream unit to provide print-on-demand services for John Wiley & Sons
- 31 Mar 2010

Baker & Taylor, Inc., a US-based distributor of physical and digital books, has announced that it has signed an agreement for its TextStream Digital Print Service to provide print-to-order services for publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Wiley's wide variety of backlist titles, spanning a broad range of well-known professional and trade series, will now be available for quick delivery to Baker & Taylor's worldwide network of library and retail customers.

This agreement is Baker & Taylor's latest step in expanding TextStream's reach in the publishing community. TextStream provides publishers with a full range of print-on-demand/print-to-order services with a wide variety of binding formats and trim sizes. TextStream eliminates inventory guesswork by printing publishers' books as publishers sell them.

Baker & Taylor, Inc. offers print and digital books along with value-added services to libraries, educational institutions and retailers. According to the company, it maintains one of the largest combined in-stock book, video and music inventories in the US, and services the broadest customer base in the industry.

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Baker & Taylor to offer Elsevier content on e-reader software Blio
- 10 Mar 2010

Baker & Taylor, Inc., a US-based distributor of physical and digital books, has announced an agreement with STM publisher Elsevier to provide highly-formatted content on Blio. Created by knfbReading Technology, Blio is an e-reader software application powered by Baker & Taylor.

By leveraging relationships with the publishing community and its digital technology partners LibreDigital and knfbReading, Baker & Taylor seeks to increase the content offered on Blio. With over 44,000 customers across 120 countries, the company claims to have a global reach that allows it to provide enhanced content management and distribution for the e-reader application.

By the end of the year, Elsevier plans to launch 8,000-9,000 titles, including titles within its life science, physical sciences and professional lists. The company’s Focal Press has plans to introduce enhanced titles with embedded media on Blio for its post production list, including titles with 3-D effects.

Blio, featuring print-to-speech (for rights-enabled titles) and full-colour 3-D technologies, was created by Ray Kurzweil. It is projected to deliver a highly advanced, flexible and open reading platform. Blio is also hardware neutral, meaning it works on a number of devices, including personal computers, laptops, netbooks and iPhones, apart from up and coming tablets.

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DeepDyve to provide Caltech Alumni Association members with affordable access to scholarly journals
- 23 Feb 2010

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced that it has been chosen by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Alumni Association to provide members with access to DeepDyve’s extensive catalogue of scholarly and professional journals. As part of the agreement, Caltech Alumni Association will promote the DeepDyve service to the entire population of about 22,000 alumni.

Students at Caltech and other academic institutions have free access to a range of journals in their field of study. However, after leaving the university, former students lose their online institutional access and must begin bearing the cost of reading such journals – costs that can exceed $30 per article, or up to thousands of dollars for an annual subscription. DeepDyve seeks to address this need by providing graduates with journal access at a substantially reduced cost.

Beginning in March 2010, Caltech’s alumni association members will have the option to subscribe to DeepDyve’s monthly Gold plan at a discounted rate. With the Gold plan, users will be able to rent as many articles as they choose with no expiration dates. To learn more about DeepDyve and its available services, interested parties can sign up for a free 2-week trial.

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Six publishers to make journal articles available via DeepDyve’s online rental service
- 04 Feb 2010

DeepDyve, a research engine for the Deep Web, has announced that six major publishers have agreed to make their articles available via the company’s online rental service for research articles. These publishers will add important journals in the areas of information technology, social sciences and the humanities to DeepDyve’s collection of life sciences and medical publications.

Under the terms of their agreements, the publishers will add hundreds of thousands of articles spanning more than 700 journals to DeepDyve’s rental service. DeepDyve users can rent individual articles for $0.99, or subscribe to one of the company’s monthly plans that provide access to multiple articles for an extended period.

The new publishers joining DeepDyve’s rental service include Association for Computing Machinery, American Institute of Physics, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, MIT Press, Radiological Society of North America and University of California Press. The full catalogue of publisher titles is expected to be available via DeepDyve beginning in February 2010.

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De Gruyter and CiteULike partner with DeepDyve to make journals more widely accessible
- 15 Jan 2010

Academic publisher De Gruyter, Germany, has announced that it is making more than 160,000 scholarly and professional journal articles available via DeepDyve, a company whose rental service for scientific research articles is designed to meet the needs of sophisticated professionals and consumers. Through DeepDyve, users will be able to rent the full-text of any article from De Gruyter's vast collection of humanities and natural sciences journals.

De Gruyter’s entire portfolio of journals will be available via DeepDyve beginning in March 2010. Users will have the option to rent individual articles for $0.99. The full text of rented articles can be read repeatedly for up to 24 hours. And for those users who want to rent a higher volume of articles or would like longer-term access to their articles, DeepDyve offers subscription plans. Those interested in DeepDyve’s subscription plans are encouraged to sign up for a free 2-week trial.

In a related announcement, DeepDyve announced a collaboration with CiteULike to deliver a superior way to easily and affordably share and read scholarly information on the Internet. CiteULike’s web-based service is widely used in academic and professional circles as a way to store, organise and share scholarly papers. Through its partnership with DeepDyve, CiteULike now offers its users a simple way to rent and read the journal articles they discover.

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Cengage Learning launches CengageBrain.com, enters textbook rental market
- 12 Jan 2010

Higher education publisher Cengage Learning, US, has announced the launch of CengageBrain.com, a retail outlet providing students with a variety of choices for obtaining the company's diverse array of learning solutions. Students can now rent textbooks for up to 70 percent off the suggested retail price, and purchase print textbooks, eTextbooks, individual eChapters and audio books. The Web site also includes Cengage Learning's broad range of homework and study tools, features a selection of free content and offers discounts for purchasing multiple products.

Currently, 1,200 Cengage Learning titles are available for rent. This includes popular titles such as Essentials of Psychology, 5th Edition (Douglas Bernstein); American Government: The Essentials, 12th Edition (James Q. Wilson); and Principles of Economics, 5th Edition (N. Gregory Mankiw). Approximately 1,500 more titles will be added in July 2010. Students who choose the rental option will have immediate access to the first chapter in eBook format and will also have a choice of shipping options. Once the rental term is complete, students can either choose to print a pre-paid return label from CengageBrain.com and ship the textbook back, or purchase the title.

CengageBrain.com is the latest innovation from Cengage Learning, the first higher education publisher to offer a full-choice, direct-to-consumer online retail outlet. The company has pioneered the development and delivery of a range of unique print and digital learning solutions, such as 4LTR Press, The Watch and Aplia.

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Research and Markets adds Professional Engineering Publishing's new subscription journal to their offering
- 06 Oct 2009

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the addition of Professional Engineering Publishing's new subscription journal ‘Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part N: Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems’ to their offering. The journal publishes particular aspects of nanoscale engineering, science, and technology that involve the descriptions and characterizations of nanoscale systems and materials.

The Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems reflects work on real devices, processes and materials that arise from transitioning the scientific and engineering database. The journal also serves researchers at the interfaces of chemistry, materials science, physics and engineering.

The Journal is concerned with systems level approaches for the synthesis or fabrication of devices, materials, and processes where function of the nanoscale components is central to the overall performance. It seeks to provide a forum for those involved in the invention, modeling, fabrication, and analysis, of nanoscale systems, and their applications.

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Cadmus to provide print and distribution services for Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins journals
- 10 Aug 2009

Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications, US, a Cenveo company, has announced that it has been awarded the print and distribution services for over 100 journals from healthcare publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW).

The titles for which Cadmus will provide print and distribution services include journals published by the American Heart Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and many others. The proposed contract term will end December 31, 2011.

Cadmus provides end-to-end, integrated graphic communications services to professional publishers, not-for-profit societies, associations, and corporations. The company claims to be the world's largest provider of content management and production services to scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers. It has been a long-time partner of LWW and welcomes the opportunity to continue to provide web, sheet fed, and digital print services along with domestic and foreign distribution solutions.

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Blackwell in deal with Ingram Digital to distribute e-Books to academic libraries
- 14 Jul 2009

Digital content services provider Ingram Digital, US, has announced an agreement with Blackwell, US, supplier of books and bibliographic support to academic and research libraries. The deal gives Blackwell e-book distribution rights to libraries around the world via Ingram's industry-leading MyiLibrary platform, with the exception of the United Kingdom and Canada. The agreement will allow Blackwell Digital Services customers to discover and order MyiLibrary e-books via Collection Manager, the Blackwell interface.

MyiLibrary is a sophisticated platform of aggregated e-book content from the world's leading commercial publishers. It currently hosts over 185,000 e-books and is used by hundreds of academic, public and professional libraries around the world.

Blackwell's Collection Manager has just been released in a new version, providing sophisticated faceted search capabilities using the Endeca search engine. FRBRized organisation of searched titles will allow libraries to see metadata for both print and electronic versions of books, including those available from the MyiLibrary platform. Identified orders can then be ordered directly through Collection Manager, or from the library's order system, based on data downloaded from Collection Manager. Assistance in answering licensing and platform questions will be available from experts within Blackwell's Digital Services Department.

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Ingram Content Group announces new organisation structure
- 19 Jun 2009

David "Skip" Prichard, President and CEO of the recently formed Ingram Content Group Inc., has announced a new organisational structure designed to make it easier to do business with the new company.

Ingram Content Group was recently created to fully integrate Ingram's content companies, which include Ingram Book Group, Lightning Source Inc. and Ingram Digital. The group will now be organised as a market-focused organisation which is expected to better serve all of its retail customers, libraries, publishers and partners.

Services to publishers include Lightning Source print-on-demand, Ingram Digital's CoreSource, Ingram Marketing Group, Ingram Publisher Services and Ingram Book's buying department. This new publisher-focused organisation will be led by Chief Content Officer Phil Ollila. All of Ingram's customers in the library and retail channels will be served by one organisation, led by Chief Commercial Officer Shawn Everson.

The company also announced the appointment of key organisational leaders within the Content and Commercial organisations. In the Commercial organisation, Rich Rosy, former General Manager of NetLibrary, will head all of Ingram's library businesses including Ingram Library Services, MyiLibrary and Coutts. Dan Sheehan, currently Vice President of Sales for Ingram Book Field Sales, will also take on responsibility as General Manager of Ingram Periodicals.

In the Content organisation, David Taylor, President of Lightning Source, will be responsible for all publisher content acquisition activities. Mark Ouimet will become General Manager of Ingram Publisher Services.

The realignment is expected to make Ingram's 'integrated suite of services' even more accessible and functional for its channel partners, helping them sell more content to more customers.

Seedmagazine.com launches Seed Bookstore to provide readers with top science content
- 18 Jun 2009

Seedmagazine.com, the primary online presence of Seed Media Group - publishers of Seed Magazine - has launched the Seed Bookstore, which carries all titles recommended by Seed's editors since the magazine first started its Book Review section in October 2005. The Bookstore will provide Seed Magazine with a new tool for connecting its readers with top science content. Books will be available for sale directly through the Seed Bookstore, powered by Amazon.com, as well as through the Seed Picks book reviews on Seedmagazine.com.

To celebrate the opening of the Seed Bookstore, Seedmagazine.com has announced the launch of a Daily Book Giveaway. One winner per day will receive a free copy of a recently reviewed book.

Seedmagazine.com seeks to provide readers with relevant, insightful and entertaining original science content on the web. Updated 6 days a week, the site includes everything from breaking news and in-depth features to columns and reviews, including articles from Seed Magazine.

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