eBooks

CLOCKSS formalizes long-standing commitments from four leading universities to ensure perpetual preservation

How does an archive guarantee “Forever”? (5 November 2018) Researchers, librarians, and publishers look to CLOCKSS and other long-term archives to guarantee that the scholarly record will remain intact in a world where rapid change has become a constant. CLOCKSS is taking steps now, as a strong and stable organization, to formalize its Succession Plan […]

November 6, 2018 - 8:39 am
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Deal on eLending in the Netherlands: Interview with the Dutch Public Library Association

(31 October 2018) Following extensive discussions, libraries in the Netherlands have come to an agreement with publishers and others about eBook availability in the country. Published in the Official Journal on 24 October, the Covenant (available in Dutch) promises to ensure that more books are available for e-Lending by libraries, within a shorter period of […]

November 1, 2018 - 9:02 am
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Ruth’s Rankings 37 – Part 2: How Important are Journal Quality Metrics in the Era of Potential/ possible/ probable predatory publishers and publications?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (21 October 2018) A chaired professor at a distinguished British university is listed as the international advisor for a journal even though he has tried for years to remove his name. A new online directory lists a major database vendor as a sponsor even after a “cease and desist” order Many […]

October 21, 2018 - 5:41 pm
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MIT Press Partners with Silverchair to launch MIT Press Direct eBook platform

(15 October 2018) MIT Press Direct will launch with more than 2,500 titles in 2018, offering a broad range of books from its distinguished front- and backlist, including significant works in economics, business innovation, machine learning and AI, environment, evolution, and energy. Using Silverchair’s suite of self-serve publishing tools, the MIT Press plans to introduce […]

October 16, 2018 - 7:26 am
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Project MUSE offers nearly 300 “HTML5” open access books on re-designed platform

(21 September 2018, Baltimore, MD) Nearly 300 open access (OA) books are now available from Project MUSE, the highly-acclaimed online collection of humanities and social science scholarship, on a newly designed platform that represents a major step forward in OA publishing in these fields.  The books will be delivered in a highly-discoverable and adaptable format […]

September 26, 2018 - 10:54 am
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National Library Board of Singapore receives digital innovation award

(19 September 2018, Cleveland, Ohio and Singapore) Rakuten OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, presented the 2018 Digital Innovation Award to the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) at a ceremony in Singapore last month. This award was presented to recognize the numerous innovative features and services NLB has developed and […]

September 21, 2018 - 2:16 pm
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Springer Nature announces new eBook collection: Intelligent Technologies and Robotics

(12 September 2018) A specially-tailored eBook collection focusing on the fields of intelligent technologies and robotics has now been compiled by Springer Nature. This package focuses on interdisciplinary and dynamic areas of engineering which have emerged from the more traditional disciplines of automation and control. The decision to create this new collection reflects the increasing […]

September 14, 2018 - 9:19 am
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E Ink is developing e-paper that requires no battery

(11 September 2018) E Ink is in the midst of developing next generation e-paper products that do not need a battery. The company has just partnered with Fujitsu to design a reference design board for battery-less products such as badges, price tags, luggage tags and eventually e-readers. The byproduct of this new partnership will likely […]

September 11, 2018 - 8:46 pm
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More changes in eBook lending for public libraries

(7 September 2018) In what the publisher called “good news” for libraries and their patrons, Penguin Random House has announced that as of October 1, 2018, the house is changing its e-book lending licenses for public libraries in the U.S. The shift moves access to book titles from a “perpetual access” model (where libraries pay […]

September 10, 2018 - 11:53 am
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OECD, champion of knowledge access

(28 August 2018) Toby Green, Chief Operating Office, Public Affairs and Communications, reflects on the development of publishing in OECD, from print to digital and the role of the internet in knowledge access.

August 28, 2018 - 2:19 pm
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India lowers the tax on eBooks

(19 August 2018) India has just lowered the tax on eBooks from 18% to 5%, but it has a few caveats. In order to qualify for the discount the eBook also has to have a print edition, which means the vast majority of self-published titles will not see a reduced tax rate. GoodEreader has the […]

August 19, 2018 - 10:42 am
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OASIS® platform adds 5,000 SAGE knowledge ebooks

(9 August 2018, Ann Arbor, MI) Academic libraries can now search for and acquire SAGE Knowledge content directly through the OASIS® platform, ProQuest’s search, selection and ordering system for print and ebooks. SAGE Knowledge is a cross-media platform with high-quality ebook and e-reference content in 10 social science disciplines. Its expansive collection of more than 5,000 […]

August 11, 2018 - 7:45 am
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Reading books is on the decline

(14 July 2018) Michael Kozlowski writes that reading ebooks and print are on the decline and everyone involved in retail and the publishing industry are trying to figure out why. Are people simply not reading for pleasure anymore and consuming original Netflix content or listening to Spotify? What we do know is that between 2003 […]

July 15, 2018 - 7:51 pm
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Cambridge University Press launches digital textbooks on Cambridge Core

(2 July 2018) For the first time, Cambridge University Press is launching digital institutional access to its leading Higher Education textbooks. The release of digital textbooks on Cambridge Core – the Press’s online platform for books and journals – comes in response to customer demands and marks an important step in a journey to provide […]

July 4, 2018 - 4:44 pm
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Springer launches new textbook series in mathematics

Collaboration between Springer and two prestigious Russian institutes will allow an international audience to benefit from outstanding educational mathematics material  (29 May 2018) A new prestigious mathematics textbook series called Moscow Lectures will be published by Springer Nature starting in May 2018. The series builds on the outstanding mathematics research and education tradition in Moscow, […]

May 30, 2018 - 11:15 am
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