The December 2013/January 2014 issue of Against The Grain features six feature articles and one opinion piece on ebooks in academic libraries. The issue, eBook Platforms for Academic Librarians, was guest edited by Audrey Powers.
Here is the Table of Contents (note you must be a subscriber to read the full-text):
- eBook Platforms for Academic Libraries by Audrey Powers
- eBook Lending Platforms by John Novak
- eBook Aggregators: A Primer by Deborah Lenares
- Commercial Publisher eBook Platforms by Cris Ferguson
- University Press eBook Platforms: A Brief Overview by Mark Johnson
- Op Ed: Inadvertent Innovation by Joe Esposito
NEW YORK, February 5, 2014—Oxford University Press is pleased to announce it will partner with the University of North Carolina Press to launch North Carolina Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality.
“The University of North Carolina Press is honored and excited to be a part of the University Press Scholarship Online platform,” said John Sherer, Director of The University of North Carolina Press. “Part of our 10-decade long tradition has been to disseminate the work of our authors as broadly as possible and this new partnership will achieve that in a dynamic new way.” Continue reading Oxford University Press Scholarship Online adds University of North Carolina Press
“Open Access is Part of Our Core Business”
De Gruyter Open: A New Imprint for a Growing Portfolio
Berlin, 23 January 2014 – Open Access (OA) is an important and growing aspect of De Gruyter’s publishing activities, impacting all subject areas. De Gruyter is therefore consolidating all OA publications under a new imprint: De Gruyter Open. The publisher Versita, which was acquired by De Gruyter in 2012, will be fully subsumed under the new imprint. Continue reading De Gruyter consolidates all OA publications in new imprint: De Gruyter Open
Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new site for reading, searching, and sharing Duke University Press’s books: read.dukeupress.edu. Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, available to libraries for purchase.
Features of the new Drupal-based site developed by HighWire include responsive design, tailoring the attractive and functional interface to any device; DRM-free content; individual chapter downloads; and such tools as advanced search filters, social sharing, and reading recommendations, all of which deliver a rich, user-friendly reading and research experience. Continue reading Duke University Press launches new eBook platform
Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014) In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.
“This white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts about the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,” stated lead author Mary Somerville. “Our recommendations advance the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.” Continue reading SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships
Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.” In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.
Highlights of the survey:
- 239 respondents to the survey, 95% of whom identified as academic librarians.
- 67% work with 25-50+ vendors
- 85% of respondents are part of a decision making committee, recommendation team or have some influence on the decision and are NOT the sole decision maker at their organization
- 91% do NOT have a document negotiation process for the acquisition of products and services Continue reading Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process
2800 Harvard University Press titles will be re-released as e-ditions with De Gruyter beginning in January, 2014. Libraries can choose e or p versions of the titles. 200 titles are ready and available at this time with the remainder slated for full release by the end of 2013 (updated information). Here is more from the press release:
Berlin/Cambridge, 5 November 2013 – To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Harvard University Press is working with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all the books published since its founding, HUP and De Gruyter announced today. Continue reading Harvard University Press partners with De Gruyter to re-release 2800 titles
2500 titles from O’Reilly Media and other partner publishers are included for the ebrary platform. EBL is not included at this time, but will be in the near future due to the merger of the products. See more from the press release below:
October 24, 2013 – Palo Alto, CA, USA — Libraries are better equipped to support the academic and professional success of their researchers now that vital technical titles from O’Reilly Media are available on the ebrary platform. Continue reading ProQuest signs O’Reilly Media for ebrary ebooks
Highwire announced the launch of Folio, a new eBooks product, this past week during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Folio is built on the Highwire Open platform. According to the press release, “Folio is a flexible ebook solution designed for publishers to rapidly bring their books online. Key components of the product include a publisher home page, an informative book landing page and a user friendly ereader view. Folio is currently showcasing the library release of the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection.
More information about Folio is available here: http://highwire.stanford.edu/products/ebooks.dtl
I am extremely excited to hear the news about the launch of the Knowledge Unlatched pilot collection. I first heard about the project in 2010 when Frances Pinter, who developed the idea, presented at the Tools of Change conference. Frances and I discussed the project back in 2010 in one of the NSR interviews and I’ve been following the development of the project since. It’s really great to see this open access monograph pilot become a reality. Congratulations Frances and everyone at KU.
Librarians – please support this initiative for open access monographs by signing up today! Here are the details:
- The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for a large numbers of scholarly books.
- If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by 31 January 2014, 28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis.
- The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.
- The collection can be viewed at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-participate-1/
- Knowledge Unlatched is inviting libraries to pledge a capped maximum of US$1,680 to ‘unlatch’ the collection. This works out to an average of US$60 for each book.
- Libraries can pledge their interest at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/
- Pledging will remain open until 31 January 2014.
Much more information is available on the Knowledge Unlatched website.