From the Knowledge Unlatched site:
In March 2014 Knowledge Unlatched started to unlatch books in its Pilot Collection, making them available to anyone in the world to read or download for free on a Creative Commons licence. This was the culmination of a behind-the-scenes process of loading the titles onto our partner host platforms: OAPEN and HathiTrust. The books became live on the OAPEN platform first – followed soon after by HathiTrust. The final book in the Pilot Collection was published and made OA on 2 September 2014.
You can view a list of Pilot Collection titles and download them via the KU collections website here.
The period covered by the data below is from 11 March 2014 to 31 March 2015. As well as the OAPEN statistics, which use COUNTER-compliant methodology to count each book download, the HathiTrust figures below count views per page. The KU Pilot Collection has also been uploaded to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive’s website does not indicate a starting date to their reporting period.
Libraries will gain widest selection of titles, integrated print and ebook systems, plus continued access to Ingram’s fast print fulfillment and delivery
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2015 — ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Coutts Information Services from Ingram Content Group, adding Coutts’ renowned expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms MyiLibrary and OASIS to ProQuest’s vast selection of ebooks and innovative technology framework. The move paves the way to combine Coutts’ acquisitions strengths with ProQuest’s inventive digital tools to deliver a superior end-to-end workflow across print and electronic. Ingram will play a continuing role in print fulfillment in North America, supporting ProQuest with its extensive print inventory, fast on-demand print capabilities and delivery network. The acquisition is expected to close within weeks.
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Berlin, 23 April 2015 – Columbia University Press and De Gruyter are proud to announce their global distribution partnership for ebook content. De Gruyter will electronically distribute a selection of current CUP publications and an extensive backlist of over 1,000 eBooks. Furthermore, in a joint digitalization project, over 3,000 out-of-print titles will be made available as eBooks and hardcover reprints. This transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Columbia University Press while also strengthening De Gruyter’s catalog with a wide range of high-quality academic publications. Continue reading DeGruyter to distribute Columbia University Press eContent
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 23, 2015 – collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution and 3M, the global leader in library innovation, are pleased to announce their eagerly-anticipated partnership which will offer 3M Cloud Library subscribers the ability to load their circulation data into collectionHQ’s ebook module.
The partnership means that collectionHQ public libraries with 3M Cloud Library collections will now be able to include their 3M ebook circulation data in the ebook tools available within collectionHQ, including comparative circulation across genres, summaries of popular authors and their top-circulating titles, circulation of digital copies relative to print copies, and more.
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Farmington Hills, Mich., April 23, 2015 — Supporting public libraries’ life-long learning initiatives, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is pleased to announce Miss Humblebee’s Academy, a new early literacy product that will assist the library’s youngest learners in building foundational literacy skills. Partnering with Miss Humblebee LLC., Gale has co-developed a robust product tailored specifically to the public library user, which includes the assessment tools libraries need to measure their impact on early literacy development in their communities. Studies show that participating in quality early learning can boost children’s educational attainment and earnings later in life, underscoring the importance for public libraries to provide resources that serve this young audience.
Continue reading Gale launches Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an early literacy product for children ages 3 – 6
IPSWICH, Mass. — March 29, 2015 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the release of the eBook Arabic Collection, available via EBSCO eBooks™. This Arabic-language collection of e-books is produced specifically for libraries in Arab League countries and for Arab scholars around the world.
The eBook Arabic Collection features over 1,000 customized, multi-disciplinary Arabic titles providing education content in several key academic disciplines. All titles in this subscription collection are available with unlimited user access, and titles are regularly added at no additional cost. Continue reading EBSCO Introduces a New Resource for Arab Scholars
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 8, 2015 – ProQuest (through its affiliate Bowker) has acquired Palo Alto-based SIPX, creator of a unique digital course materials solution that addresses a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. SIPX eliminates duplicate spending on course packs (collections of assigned readings) by connecting students to materials already purchased and available to them through their university library. Continue reading ProQuest Acquires SIPX
DUBLIN, Ohio, April 14, 2015—OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.
“OCLC partners with significant content providers on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries’ most critical and popular resources,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. Continue reading OCLC signs metadata agreements with publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business
IPSWICH, Mass. — April 15, 2015 — EBSCO Information Services is adding more resources for students and adult learners with the acquisition of the education technology company LearningExpress. LearningExpress is an acclaimed provider of online platforms for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation and career-oriented digital content.
LearningExpress features interactive online platforms, products and e-books designed to help users achieve their educational and career goals. Resources include:
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 24, 2015 – ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest.
“At ProQuest, we design our solutions for ease of access for our end-users and customers. That often means teaming with other providers of research tools to make our solutions more valuable and compatible,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “Our relationship with Google is the latest example of actions we’re taking to make it simple for researchers to access content in their libraries no matter where they start their research.” Continue reading ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing