Springer Launching Visual Analytics Tool

December 9th, 2010 · Comments Off

From a Springer Press Release:  Springer is launching a new free analytics tool http://realtime.springer.com/ which provides multiple visualizations of the usage that is generated worldwide by Springer’s online products, including journals, books, images and protocols. Realtime.springer.com aggregates the raw data on downloads of Springer journal articles and book chapters in real time from all over […]

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Introducing SpringerBriefs, 50 – 125 page eBooks

November 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Springer is launching a new product line SpringerBriefs. Featuring cutting-edge research and practical applications in compact volumes of between 50 and 125 pages, SpringerBriefs will be available as eBooks and in print. SpringerBriefs will cover a wide range of content from professional to academic across a variety of subject areas including business and economics, computer […]

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Charleston Conference – Open Textbooks Model & Library Involvement

November 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Jeff Shelstad, Founder and CEO of FlatWorld Knowledge spoke first. Jeff provided some stats on higher education: 19.1 million students in 2010 in college $850 avg spent on textbook so, it’s about a 10billion industry Cengage, Pearson, McGraw-Hill are the big 3 publishers along with many other small ones Problem is that the industry has outworn […]

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Articles of Interest

October 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

For E-Reader Fans, Competition Is Paying Off – NYTimes.com The Nookcolor and the Future of Textbooks – Inside Higher Ed Libraries Say ‘No DRM’; Springer Agrees Students Remain Reluctant to Try E-Textbooks, Survey Finds

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Reference Universe adds Springer Reference

October 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Paratext has integrated thousands of links to more than 150 Major Reference Works from Springer into the Reference Universe service.  Paratext’s Reference Universe is the only cross-searchable database that supports article and index-level discovery of major reference works from more than 750 imprints.  The service focuses exclusively on subject encyclopedias and scholarly compendia–the authoritative introductory […]

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Publishers, please read this, particularly those of you involved with PA

October 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Publishers, please read this, particularly those of you involved with the Publishers Association. Reprinted in full from Library Journal, October 15, 2010. Francine, you go girl! Dear Publishers, We missed you, but, more importantly, you missed out on an opportunity to engage in discussion with a large market already invested in the future of ebooks. […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Conferences/Events · Lending Readers · Library News · Publishing

Ingram to distribute Springer titles including POD

October 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

Ingram Content Group Inc. and Springer announced a new integrated distribution services model that combines traditional physical book fulfillment with single-copy print-on-demand solutions for Springer’s entire Americas publishing program.  According to PR sources for Ingram, the Springer $24.95 My Copy program will continue with this partnership. From the press release: Starting in the first quarter […]

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ebrary adds new pharmaceutical eBook collection and breast cancer information center

October 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

ebrary® announced this week the availability of two new resources.  First, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ebrary® has collaborated with librarians from other organizations to create an open access database of breast cancer publications.  The site is available today at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/breastcancer.   ebrary’s Breast Cancer Searchable Information Center features a range of authoritative […]

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Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice

September 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Yesterday at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of the acquisition models of eBooks for academic libraries.  We chatted about business models, workflow issues and their opportunities and challenges, the pros and cons of electronic access,and the future of eBooks.  I was pretty busy doing my moderating duties […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Mobile Devices · Patron Driven Acquisition · Print on demand · Publishing

LYRASIS eBook Expo – 4th session, virtual attendance option

September 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

On Tuesday, October 5th LYRASIS is hosting the 4th in its eBook Expo series. This free event with both in-person and virtual components will look at the timely topics of patron driven acquisition and discovery of ebooks.   Speakers include: Samuel Klein, Wikimedia Foundation Trustee and Director of Outreach for One Laptop Per Child Mike […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Patron Driven Acquisition · Vendor News