eBooks, DRM, and ILL, a superior blend or a toxic cocktail?

October 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My recent discussion with Cynthia Cleto from Springer got me thinking about some issues.  I’m curious if Springer’s model – no DRM and ILL rights – is unique or if other ebook publishers and aggregators offer similar things.  To me, it’s a superior blend, but I’m thinking that most publishers and aggregators feel it’s a […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Standards

A View From the Top Panel at ALA

July 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s a snapshot from the ALA Presentation – A View from the Top. Left to right: John Barnes, Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke, Sage, Sue Polanka, WSU, Michael Ross, Britannica, Casper Grathwohl, Oxford To start the session, each of the panelists was asked: Will we have reference in 10-15 years?  If so, what will it look like? […]

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Sage Acquires CQ Press

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

SAGE Acquires CQ Press, Book-Publishing Unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington, DC (May 30, 2008) — CQ Press, the book publishing unit of Washington-based Congressional Quarterly Inc. (CQ), has been sold to SAGE, the leading independent academic publisher. The sale was announced jointly by Robert W. Merry, CQ’s […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

Gale Virtual Reference Library

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off

Gale Virtual Reference Library Review. First published November 1, 2006 (Booklist). Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) contains more than 700 reference titles from more than 25 publishers, including Gale, Wiley, Sage, and Cambridge, and focuses on multivolume encyclopedias from a variety of fields. Purchased title by title, GVRL can be customized to fit any library. […]

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Sage eReference

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off

REVIEW. First published November 1, 2007 (Booklist). Sage eReference is a small but growing reference collection. Currently, it contains more than 50 Sage titles (multivolume social-science subject encyclopedias, published since 2002), with 62 on target for year’s end. Among the currently available titles are Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002), Encyclopedia of World Poverty (2006), […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · Vendor News