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DeepDyve unveils researcher workflow tools for scientific and scholarly research
- 16 May 2018

DeepDyve has unveiled a new suite of researcher workflow tools designed to streamline the scholarly literature search and curation process. These tools are freely available as part of the DeepDyve Freelancer plan, and also included in DeepDyve Pro, the subscription-based online rental service for scientific and scholarly research.

While DeepDyve Pro is designed for researchers in small to mid-sized organisations who do not have institutional access to peer-reviewed content, DeepDyve Freelancer is suitable for any researcher who routinely uses PubMed and Google Scholar. With this launch, these powerful new tools are immediately available to DeepDyve's 1.5 million registered users.

Based on surveys and interviews, DeepDyve found that nearly all of its users followed a similar process in how they conducted the initial phases of their research - run searches, save results, read and filter articles, repeat. However, these same researchers were frustrated by the lack of tools to organise this critical and time-consuming process, often relying on a patchwork of applications from MS Word to Notepad to simply keeping open dozens of browser tabs. With its latest offering, DeepDyve delivers a service to centrally initiate and manage the literature search and curation process.

DeepDyve also released the latest version of its proprietary browser plugin that integrates Google Scholar and PubMed activity with a user's DeepDyve account. Searches conducted at those sites are automatically saved in My Library, and users can add any Google Scholar or PubMed article result to a DeepDyve List for future reference.

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BIR Publications partners with ReadCube to enhance discoverability of its collection
- 24 Jan 2018

BIR Publications, the publishing arm of the British Institute of Radiology (BIR), has partnered with ReadCube's Discover program to index their collection of over 35,000 articles. Through the Discover service all of BIR's journals, including BJR, BJR|case reports, Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, and Imaging, will be searchable in ReadCube's browser, desktop and mobile applications. Each journal will also be accessible in ReadCube's search engine, related article feed and personalised recommendation engine.

In addition to enhanced discoverability, when readers view any article from BIR within any of ReadCube's app, they will enjoy interactive features including hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, direct access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

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AACR Publications partners with ReadCube to enhance discoverability of its collection
- 09 Jan 2018

The American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Publications has announced a partnership with ReadCube's Discover program. The eight, highly ranked journals of the AACR cover the entire spectrum of cancer research and will now be fully indexed and discoverable through ReadCube's web, desktop and mobile platforms. The entire collection will also be included in ReadCube's search engines, related article feeds and popular personalised recommendation engine.

In addition to deep-indexing, when read within any of ReadCube's apps, over 40k articles will be available with ReadCube's popular Enhanced PDF features. These include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, instant access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) claims to be the world's first and largest professional organisation dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes 40,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 120 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 21,900 attendees.

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ICE Publishing partners with ReadCube to enhance discoverability of journals and eBooks
- 01 Dec 2017

ICE Publishing, the publishing division of the Institution of Civil Engineers, has announced a partnership with Boston-based technology company ReadCube to enhance discoverability of its journals and eBooks.

The ICE Publishing portfolio, covering all major civil engineering and construction disciplines, as well as a burgeoning collection of materials science journals, will now be indexed in ReadCube's Discover service. In addition to being searchable across ReadCube's web, desktop, and mobile reading portals, the content will also be included in ReadCube's search engines, personalised recommendation engine, and related article feeds.

In addition to deep-indexing, when viewing content within any of ReadCube's apps, the ICE Publishing collection will be available in ReadCube's popular Enhanced PDF format. Dynamic features include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, clickable author names, instant access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and altmetrics.

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ReadCube partners with scholarly Publishing Platform, Sheridan PubFactory
- 27 Jul 2017

Technology company ReadCube has announced a collaboration with scholarly publishing platform Sheridan PubFactory. Host to scholarly content since 1999 and provider of the only truly content agnostic platform, Sheridan PubFactory will support the use of ReadCube Sharing services for publications hosted across the platform.

ReadCube Sharing will provide Sheridan PubFactory publishers, and subsequently their authors and subscribers, a simple channel for promoting and amplifying published work in a secure read-only format to non-subscribers. Participating publishers can design their own unique rights-managed content sharing policies that best align with their organisation's goals. Past partners have documented countless benefits from participating in this program, including seamless ways for their authors to amplify their work, improved reader engagement, increased readership, and new ways to drive marketing and PR campaigns.

Participating publishers will also benefit from enhanced discoverability and article viewing enhancements through ReadCube's popular web, desktop, and mobile reference management tools. Features include annotation tools, hyperlinked in-line citations, instant access to valuable supplemental materials, clickable author names, a high-resolution figure browser, and article metrics.

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ReadCube and AAAS partner to enhance discoverability
- 29 Mar 2017

Publishing technology company ReadCube has announced a new partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science.

Through this partnership, all six Science-branded titles have been deep-indexed via ReadCube Discover program and are easily discoverable across web, desktop, and mobile reading portals, search engines, related article and recommendation feeds.

In addition to enhanced discoverability, Science articles viewed within any of ReadCube's apps are available in their Enhanced PDF format with enhancements including annotation tools, hyperlinked in-line citations, instant access to supplemental materials, clickable author names, high-resolution figure browser and article metrics.

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The Electrochemical Society and ReadCube partner to enhance discoverability of its collection
- 20 Dec 2016

The Electrochemical Society (ECS), the leader in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology, has announced a partnership with ReadCube to both index and enhance its collection of over 60k articles. The ECS Digital Library, hosted on Highwire platform, is home to 5 journals including the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the flagship journal of ECS.

In addition to enhanced discoverability, when readers view any ECS article within ReadCube's free web, desktop, and mobile applications, they will enjoy interactive features including hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, instant access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and altmetrics.

By continuing to work with publishers like ECS, ReadCube seeks to continue to improve and streamline the way researchers discover and interact with scholarly literature on a global scale.

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Sheridan expands current eCommerce platforms to include online reading
- 19 Jul 2016

Sheridan has expanded its current eCommerce platforms to include online reading. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) – a current Sheridan eCommerce user who desired a way to sell protected eBooks from its website without the drawbacks that DRM typically brings both publishers and consumers – was the first to commit to Sheridan's new online reading option and it is now available to all publishers using Sheridan's eCommerce platforms.

This feature rich reading platform offers enhanced reading experiences not found in leading DRM supported software such as the ability to read from any browser with no additional software needed; the ability to create flashcards and comprehensive study guides; annotation, comment, and pen tools; synced reading to bookmarks, notes, and last page read; and a collaboration tool that allows multiple users who have bought the book to "meet" online and share notes or flashcards.

With online reading, AMS remains in control of the content as purchased titles can only be accessed one session at a time from the purchasers My eLibrary. The ability to offer time based rentals can be customised to the publisher's liking.

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The New England Journal of Medicine content now discoverable through ReadCube
- 27 Apr 2016

ReadCube, an innovative software developer serving researchers, publishers, academic and commercial organisations, has announced its agreement with the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the world's most trusted and influential source of medical knowledge and clinical best practices, to index its content across ReadCube's platform as a part of the Discover service.

Over 180,000 articles including original research, review, perspective, and commentary articles are now fully enhanced and deep-indexed for improved discoverability across ReadCube's web, desktop, and mobile reading portals; search engines; and personalized recommendation feeds.

In addition to improved discoverability, NEJM articles viewed within the ReadCube environment are available with rich interactive features unique to the ReadCube platform. Enhancements include: annotation tools, hyperlinked in-line citations, instant access to supplemental materials and figures, related articles, clickable author names, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM.org) is the world's leading medical journal and website. Continuously published for over 200 years, NEJM publishes peer-reviewed research and interactive clinical content for physicians, educators and the global medical community. NEJM is a publication of NEJM Group, a division of Massachusetts Medical Society.

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ReadCube acquires Papers from Springer Nature
- 17 Mar 2016

ReadCube, an innovative software developer serving researchers, publishers, academic and commercial organisations, has acquired Papers from global academic publisher Springer Nature. Papers is a London-based, reference manager tool which helps researchers find and organise a personal library and cite research literature. The business will be headed by Robert McGrath, CEO at ReadCube. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Both companies were borne out of academia; both Papers and ReadCube were created by researchers for researchers. ReadCube was developed by Harvard researchers, while Papers was the creation of postdoctoral researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Its founders set out with an identical goal, to solve the problem they faced on a daily basis - to enable academic and scientific researchers to organise, read, cite and share research material from the growing mountain of electronic papers and articles available to them.

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The American Medical Association partners with ReadCube to enhance reading experiment and discoverability of JAMA Network titles
- 11 Feb 2016

ReadCube and the American Medical Association have announced a partnership to enhance the reading experiment and discoverability of its JAMA Network titles. All titles, including JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Oncology and JAMA Cardiology, have been indexed and are now easily discoverable via ReadCube’s search engine, related article feeds and personalised recommendations.

JAMA's collection is also now viewable in ReadCube's interactive reading format which includes features like hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, direct access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

Building on a tradition of editorial excellence, The JAMA Network brings JAMA together with 11 specialty journals to offer enhanced access to the research, viewpoints, and medical news shaping medicine today and into the future. Published continuously since 1883 by the American Medical Association, JAMA is one of the most widely circulated, peer-reviewed, general medical journals.

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The Geological Society and ReadCube partner to enhance discoverability of scholarly journals and books
- 05 Feb 2016

The Geological Society of London (GSL), a major international Earth science publisher, has announced a partnership with Boston-based publishing technology company ReadCube to index their scholarly journals and books with ReadCube's Discover service. Over 20,000 articles are now searchable across ReadCube's web, desktop, and mobile reading portals and also included in ReadCube's search engines, related article feeds and popular recommendation engine.

When read within any of the free ReadCube apps, GSL articles will be available in ReadCube's Enhanced PDF reading format. Enhancements include hyperlinked in-line citations and figures, annotations, clickable author names, instant access to supplemental content, social sharing, and altmetrics.

The Geological Society Publishing House is a major international Earth science publisher. The Society publishes a diverse range of books and journals, with over 8000 pages of new peer-reviewed geoscience literature being made available every year.

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ZB MED – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences partners with DeepDyve to provide online access to research portal LIVIVO
- 22 Sep 2015

ZB MED – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences has announced a partnership with DeepDyve to provide online access to millions of fulltext articles available in its research portal LIVIVO. The content is provided to users instantly via the cloud on a monthly subscription basis for web browser viewing. This innovative new service enables scientists, particularly those no longer affiliated with an academic library, to gain instant and affordable access to authoritative content from thousands of leading journals.

The ZB MED search portal LIVIVO offers a semantic search engine which retrieves information across more than 45 life sciences data sources including library catalogues, databases and publisher directories. With more than 55 million records, LIVIVO allows the user to search beyond the limits of their own holdings. Whenever possible, freely accessible sources are linked and the full texts are provided. With DeepDyve, users now have an affordable alternative to paid content. DeepDyve offers unlimited access to more than 12 million full text articles from over 10,000 peer-reviewed journals from such leading academic publishers as Springer Nature, Wiley-Blackwell and Elsevier.

For $40 per month, users can read as many articles as they wish via their browser. The monthly subscription also includes the ability to print up to 20 pages per month, and purchase/download PDFs on a discounted basis. Users can register for a two-week free trial period to get acquainted, and they can cancel at any time.

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The MIT Press becomes 60th publisher to partner with ReadCube
- 20 Aug 2015

The MIT Press, a world-leading university press, and ReadCube, the Boston-based publishing technology company, have announced a partnership that will bring MIT Press's collection to the ReadCube platform.

Through the ReadCube Discover service, over 29,000 articles from 30 scholarly journals across the arts, humanities, economics, science and technology, history, and political science have been indexed for enhanced discoverability through ReadCube's search engines, feeds and its popular personalised recommendation engine.

This partnership with MIT Press is a milestone for ReadCube as they become the 60th publishing partner to sign onto the service, joining the likes of Springer, Nature, Wiley, deGruyter, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Allen Press, and SciELO.

The agreement also includes the MIT press collection available as Enhanced PDFs when read within ReadCube's web, desktop and mobile applications. Features include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, instant access to supplemental materials and figures, clickable author names, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

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Future Medicine and Future Science now discoverable across ReadCube platform
- 05 Jun 2015

Future Science Group (FSG), consisting of two imprints, Future Medicine and Future Science, has partnered with Boston-based publishing technology company ReadCube to increase the discoverability and enhancement of their articles within the ReadCube web, desktop and mobile environment.

All 28 titles from Future Medicine and 7 from Future Science have been deep-indexed for easy discovery across ReadCube's search engines and recommendation feeds.

The agreement also offers readers access to enhanced reading features on over 25,000 articles when read within any of the free ReadCube apps. Article enhancements include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, clickable author names, integrated altmetrics, and direct access to supplemental content.

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SciELO and ReadCube partnership to enhance scholarly articles
- 27 May 2015

Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) has announced the integration of ReadCube Connect's Interactive PDF viewer for over 285 scientific journals and over 280,000 articles of the SciELO Brazil collection. ReadCube Connect combines the familiar, print-like layout of PDFs with interactivity and a wealth of related content often lost when readers download the static PDF.

The core of ReadCube's Enhanced Article technology includes annotation tools, bundled supplementary information, hyperlinked in-line citations, and clickable author names that initiate searches to find related articles.

Aside from on the SciELO platform, ReadCube Enhanced Articles are also available offline, through the companion ReadCube desktop (Mac/PC) and mobile tools (Android/iOS). Readers can save Enhanced Articles directly from SciELO platform, with their full complement of enhancements and annotations directly to any of the free ReadCube apps. The free tools also can automatically import, build and curate the researcher's existing library of scholarly literature and help to discover other relevant articles via integrated search tools and personalized reading recommendations.

SciELO is a Program of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for the cooperative publishing of open access journals on the Internet. Especially conceived to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries, it provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scientific literature published by nationally edited journals. In addition, the SciELO model comprises quality control and integrated procedures for the measurement of usage and impact of scientific journals.

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FASEB and ReadCube enter agreement to provide enhanced content discoverability solutions
- 22 Apr 2015

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), an international publisher of progressive academic research, has announced an agreement with Boston-based publishing technology company ReadCube to enhance its content via indexing on ReadCube's platform. Used by more than 6 million researchers worldwide, ReadCube Discover will enhance the discoverability of the peer reviewed articles published in The FASEB Journal by leveraging its web, desktop, mobile reading portals, search engines, and recommendation feeds.

FASEB's mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to its member societies and collaborative advocacy.

All articles within FASEB's journal titles will be available with ReadCube's signature enhanced PDF reading experience when read within ReadCube's web, desktop and mobile platforms. FASEB articles will feature enhancements include clickable author names, hyperlinked in-line citations, direct access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, annotation tools, and Altmetrics.

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AIP Publishing launches ecommerce site powered by Sheridan for print-on-demand conference proceedings
- 16 Mar 2015

AIP Publishing, a division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has launched a branded eCommerce site - printorders.aip.org - to offer print copies of conference proceedings direct to consumers.

The solution is an integration of two Sheridan technologies - Sheridan Connect—a publisher-branded and direct-to-consumer eCommerce platform; and Sheridan Select—a universal print automation system that facilitates single or multiple copy print orders for journals, books, and custom compilations. Together, these technologies enable AIP Publishing to streamline and automate both the purchase and the fulfillment of printed volumes.

Through this print-on-demand program, AIP Publishing, which publishes over one hundred proceedings annually, offers conference organisers a fast, affordable, and flexible option of publishing their proceedings - no bulk purchase is necessary as attendees can purchase single volumes directly through printorders.aip.org. Consumers will appreciate the site's streamlined navigability, secure checkout, and limited-time discount offers.

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ReadCube announces expansion of its suite of scholarly literature tools
- 16 May 2014

ReadCube has announced the expansion of its suite of scholarly literature tools. Along with a new release of the popular free ReadCube desktop application, ReadCube welcomes the addition of ReadCube's iOS apps, its Word-compatible citation tool (SmartCite), and a premium offering with cloud sync (ReadCube Pro). Since launching its beta version in the end of 2011, ReadCube's suite of tools have supported over 5.7 million researchers worldwide.

ReadCube's desktop application is available free for both Mac & PC and offers researchers the ability to discover and access literature faster, organise their literature and enjoy interactive reading of scholarly articles. ReadCube Pro, a new premium add-on to the desktop application, offers cloud sync with unlimited storage space.

Priced at $5 per month (or $45 per year), ReadCube Pro allows ReadCube users to access their library, notes, and recommendations instantly across all their devices.

ReadCube's new free iOS apps are the perfect extension to the ReadCube desktop and includes all popular desktop features such as: integrated search for easy discovery and article downloads; interactive PDFs for enhanced reading with clickable inline references and annotation tools; personalized recommendations; simple integration with institutional proxies; and easy syncing across multiple devices with cloud sync capabilities.

SmartCite, ReadCube's Word-compatible citation tool, offers researchers an easy-to-use solution to what can often be a time-consuming part of writing a paper. SmartCite enables researchers to easily insert citations from their ReadCube library, create bibliographies, and choose from thousands of journal formatting styles. Plus, unlike other citation tools, SmartCite allows ReadCube users to directly cite articles from online databases and seamlessly collaborate with their co-authors. ReadCube users also enjoy seamless interactions with ReadCube's publishing and institutional partners, enabling readers to add articles direct from publishing partners sites including Nature.com, and access articles through ReadCube's innovative rental and cloud access program.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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University of Utah, NPG join Labtiva’s pilot for access to single journal articles
- 28 Sep 2012

Software company Labtiva, US, has launched a pilot programme that seeks to provide libraries and institutions with affordable and instant access to scientific articles in non-subscribed journals. The first participants in the pilot programme, called ReadCube Access, are the University of Utah and Nature Publishing Group.

Labtiva aims to help scientists access any journal article they need, without having to pay per article or jump through other hoops. It has been noted that currently researchers rely on their libraries to purchase articles individually and at significant expense, spend research funds to purchase articles for themselves, or simply go without access.

According to Labtiva, researchers at the University of Utah no longer need to pay to read articles in any journal on Nature.com, including more than 50 titles for which the institution does not hold full site licences. Instead, the library picks up the tab as researchers download articles in a single click through the free ReadCube literature management application.

The library will pay only $5-10 for each download. Researchers can also choose to rent an article for 48 hours, which will cost the library $3-6. Articles downloaded through ReadCube Access appear as normal PDFs, but cost much less because they may not be printed or shared.

The goal for ReadCube Access is to establish a model mutually beneficial to researchers, libraries and publishers to expand access to research literature by supplementing existing site licenses. Discussions with other publishers and universities are already underway.

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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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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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Amazon Web Services unveils AWS Marketplace, an online store for customers to find and buy pre-configured software for the AWS Cloud
- 20 Apr 2012

Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has launched AWS Marketplace, an online store that makes it easy for customers to find, compare and immediately start using the software and technical services they need to build products and run their businesses. Visitors to AWS Marketplace can use one-click deployment to quickly launch pre-configured software and pay only for what they use, by the hour or month, while benefiting from the scalable, flexible and on-demand features of AWS.

With AWS Marketplace, software and Software as a Service (SaaS) providers with offerings that run on the AWS Cloud can benefit from increased customer awareness, simplified deployment, and automated billing. AWS Marketplace features a wide selection of commercial and free IT and business software, including software infrastructure such as databases and application servers, developer tools, and business applications - available from popular vendors such as 10gen, CA, Canonical, Couchbase, Check Point Software, IBM, Microsoft, SAP AG, and Zend, as well as many widely used open source offerings including Drupal, MediaWiki, and Wordpress.

AWS Marketplace simplifies many of the traditional challenges software and SaaS companies face, such as acquiring customers, developing distribution channels, and billing for their software. With AWS Marketplace, a simple listing process makes it quick and easy to add products and expose them to AWS's hundreds of thousands of active customers. Product prices are clearly stated and charges appear on the same bill as a customer's other AWS services. Billing is managed by AWS Marketplace, relieving sellers of the responsibility of managing customer accounts and processing payments, and leaving software developers more time to focus on building great software.

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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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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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Article Exchange feature now available within WorldCat Resource Sharing service
- 19 Jan 2012

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has announced that following a successful five-month trial, the Article Exchange feature is now available within the WorldCat Resource Sharing service and, where available, through an ILLiad add-on. This new feature is available at no charge to OCLC libraries that use WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad Resource Sharing Management Software, and will be offered in WorldCat Navigator, in regions where available, and VDX later this year.

Article Exchange provides a single, secure location where lending libraries can place and borrowing libraries and their users can retrieve requested articles obtained through interlibrary loan. Lending libraries scan documents and upload them to the site and notify the borrowing libraries of the documents' availability. The site generates a unique URL and password for each document. An e-mail button enables the lender to insert the borrower's e-mail address and send the link directly to the library.

Once a file has been retrieved, it remains available for five days or five views. After 30 days, unviewed files will be removed. A file can be picked up a maximum of five times for each URL/password combination. Access to the current experimental site will end on January 31.

An OCLC Resource Sharing and ILLiad Users Group Meeting will be held on January 22 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, Room D227, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. For those unable to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting, OCLC will hold an OCLC Resource Sharing and ILLiad Users Group Virtual Meeting on January 26, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Interested parties may register for this event through the OCLC website.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FASEB launches online tool to connect researchers and suppliers
- 06 May 2011

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recently announced the launch of an online tool aimed at bridging the gap between the more than 100,000 members of FASEB's 23 member societies and biomedical supply companies.

FASEB has partnered with web publishing company MultiView, Inc. to create the Life Science Marketplace, an online directory containing only products and services from the experimental biology field. The directory will feature only products and services aimed towards helping biomedical researchers and companies find the most cost-effective and convenient business tools.

The Marketplace provides consumers with a clutter-free way to browse for goods and services, searching only within the parameters of the experimental biology field. Professionals can utilise either a basic search by keyword or an advanced search using a company name, exact phrase or geographic location. Vendors now have the ability to present their catalogue of products directly to those industry specific buyers they have been looking to target.

Listed suppliers can further connect with users through a Completed Listing, featuring: contact information, a quick e-mail option, location and links to the company's website and social media pages. Suppliers also have the option to highlight specific products in the Product Showcase section of the Marketplace.

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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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OCLC and Ingram to offer new service option to access e-books
- 12 Apr 2011

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, and Ingram Content Group Inc. will soon offer a new service option that will provide library users short-term access to e-books not in their collection through WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad.

The new service option, to launch in the coming months, will seek to expand access to library content available through WorldCat Resource Sharing to include access to e-books from Ingram's MyiLibrary e-book collection for a period of up to nine days. E-book loans are fee-based, set at 15 percent of the MyiLibrary price for access to the e-book. The fee is managed through the WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan Fee Management feature, a service that supports payment of resource-sharing services through the library's OCLC invoice.

Using WorldCat discovery services, library users can find what they need and staff can request access to available e-books in Ingram's MyiLibrary. OCLC is working with Ingram to identify and attach holdings to the MyiLibrary e-books available to users.

To support this e-book access programme, OCLC is adding a new 'Alert' category in the request manager in WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad to inform borrowing library staff that the record requires immediate action. The library user will have nine days from the date the e-book is shipped to use the link before it expires.

This short-term access option delivers e-books to users quickly, so they can begin to use requested titles right away. Once a request is updated to 'shipped' status, it is immediately available for use with no delays for shipping or the time required to pick up a requested print title. In addition, many users access e-books to obtain specific parts of information for research. The MyiLibrary interface lets users search full text of titles to quickly identify the sections they need.

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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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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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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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New Google service for publishers to manage access to digital content
- 18 Feb 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has introduced Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content. With Google One Pass, publishers can maintain direct relationships with their customers and give readers access to digital content across websites and mobile apps.

Readers who purchase from a One Pass publisher can access their content on tablets, smartphones and websites using a single sign-on with an email and password. Importantly, the service helps publishers authenticate existing subscribers so that readers don't have to re-subscribe in order to access their content on new devices.

With Google One Pass, publishers can customise how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them - offering subscriptions, metered access, 'freemium' content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps. The service also lets publishers give existing print subscribers free (or discounted) access to digital content.

Google One Pass is another initiative developed to enable publishers to promote and distribute digital content. German publishers Axel Springer AG, Focus Online (Tomorrow Focus) and Stern.de are some of the first Google One Pass partners. Other publishers already signed up include Media General, NouvelObs, Bonnier's Popular Science, Prisa and Rust Communications. Google One Pass is currently available for publishers in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.

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ebrary announces 'Topic of the Week' e-book programme
- 15 Feb 2011

E-books and research technology provider ebrary, US, has announced the commencement of its 'Topic of the Week' programme to make it easier for libraries to keep their e-book collections current and timely. Each week, ebrary's on-staff librarians will select important topics and highlight relevant e-books on the ebrary website. Anyone may freely browse these e-books using ebrary Title Preview, and libraries have the option of purchasing individual titles at a discount with minimum order.

This week's topic is Egypt, featuring e-books such as Egypt (Middle East: Region in Transition), by Laura S. Etheredge (Britannica Educational Publishing, 2011). Additional titles on Egypt may be previewed at www.ebrary.com.

Once purchased, Topic of the Week titles can be seamlessly integrated with other ebrary products including Academic Complete, the company's flagship product. The Academic Complete subscription e-book database offers unlimited access to a growing selection of more than 52,000 multi-disciplinary titles, as well as other perpetual access titles and e-books acquired through Patron Driven Acquisition.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Semantico's SAMS e-commerce to help publishers drive sales
- 15 Sep 2010

Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced the release of an e-commerce component for the Semantico Access Management System (SAMS). With library budgets under pressure, selling access directly to students and researchers is becoming an increasingly important business model. The SAMS e-commerce component allows end users to purchase e-books immediately rather than requesting that someone authorise the purchase.

Users can search for publications and be prompted to buy a subscription where none exists through their library or department. In order to purchase access they will be required to create a personal account. The ability to gather details about end users provides publishers with the opportunity to establish a direct relationship with readers, who can be strong advocates for individual titles.

Semantico was formed in 1999 to develop online publishing solutions for the publishing industry. The company's content delivery tool-sets, subscription management products, and hosting and support services enable rapid and robust, customised solutions for a wide range of clients.

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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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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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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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Swets puts eBooks procurement portal into beta testing phase
- 23 Nov 2009

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that its newly developed eBooks procurement portal has entered into Beta Testing. The portal integrates a comprehensive eBook catalogue and procurement options into existing SwetsWise services, most notably SwetsWise Subscriptions. These features will provide customers with a single source for purchasing eBooks and a means to select the desired access route to their acquired content, be it by publishers directly or through an aggregator.

Swets has seen a steady increase in demand for eBook content over the past couple of years. Its customers have however raised issues with the complexity of the selection and acquisition processes that are currently available to them. SwetsWise Subscriptions facilitates the essential interaction with publishers needed to ensure the timely delivery of subscriptions in the format information users and knowledge workers require. Expanding SwetsWise's scope to include eBooks enables customers to retain their acquired unprecedented control over all content and provides them with a unique and attractive alternative to traditional book suppliers and other agencies.

The Beta Testing period for SwetsWise's eBooks portal is expected to run until early February 2010.

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Content DSI brings Castle Connolly Graduate’s Medical Board Review Manuals online
- 30 Oct 2009

Publishing software developer Content Data Solutions, Inc. (Content DSI), US, and Castle Connolly Graduate Medical Publishing (CCGMP) have announced the launch of the latter’s new interactive website. The site brings Castle Connolly Graduate’s Medical Board Review Manuals and interactive study tools online.

According to CCGMP, changes in medical education funding have forced it to alter its business model. To maintain free access for all US senior residents and fellows, it has gone online with its entire catalogue. The aim is to create new revenue streams by changing from a single-commercial sponsor model to an advertising-supported model.

Over three months, Content DSI worked collaboratively on the website design, digitised the content of 18 specific medical specialty publications and associated study tools, and integrated the content into a newly designed e-commerce-enabled website.

CCGMP will offer its digital books and its print books to practicing physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical students internationally via www.ccgmp.com.

Content DSI is a software and systems integrator providing content management, publishing solutions and services to commercial publishers, manufacturers and other content centric companies. It seeks to help publishers acquire, create, edit and process information and release it to their audiences via websites, hardcopy publications, CD/DVD, e-readers and other output media.

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Sheridan Custom Publishing Direct launches with HighWire
- 21 Oct 2009

Printing and publishing services provider The Sheridan Group, US, and Stanford University’s HighWire Press have announced the availability of a new service, Sheridan Custom Publishing Direct, on select HighWire-hosted publications. The service allows readers to create their own customised content collections for downloading or print-on-demand.

With Sheridan Custom Publishing Direct, readers can select articles and build their own custom publications, organised according to their needs. Links to the service can be found in several locations within the publication - the issue TOC, at the article abstract level or within the online publication’s own search results.

Readers have the option to order print copies of their publication, or download an electronic version via a straightforward, secure e-commerce system. The easy-to-use interface lets users search and select directly from multiple points of content. New content is immediately available to readership. Publisher-compiled collections can also be offered to purchasers in order to actively market popular content.

Earlier this year, the service was selected for installation at the American Society for Horticultural Science’s recent editions of the Journal of ASHS, HortScience and HortTechnology.

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