April 15, 2014

Total Boox to Offer Free Ebook Access During National Library Week

Total Boox to Offer Free Ebook Access During National Library Week

In recognition of National Library Week, Total Boox, the “pay-as-you-read” metered ebook platform, will make its entire collection of more than 20,000 titles free to read from April 13 through April 20. The week-long promotion will allow anyone with an Android, Apple iOS, or Kindle Fire tablet to download the free Total Boox ereader app at www.totalboox.com/freereading and access fiction and nonfiction ebooks.

“Buy-to-Unglue” Ebook Crowdfunding Model Goes Beta

“Buy-to-Unglue” Ebook Crowdfunding Model Goes Beta

Unglue.it, the crowdfunding platform developed to encourage publishers to make ebooks DRM-free and open access under a Creative Commons license, in January launched a beta test of “Buy to Unglue,” a new crowdfunding model that will offer ebook licenses in exchange for donations.

EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics

EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics

EBSCO Information Services today announced the acquisition of Plum Analytics, the developer of PlumX, a tool that gives researchers and institutions a more complete view of the impact of their publications by harvesting and aggregating alternative metrics (altmetrics) data in five major categories: usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations. Plum will continue to offer the same services, with the same management team, operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of EBSCO.

Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Digital First Sale

Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Digital First Sale

In advance of a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks. Comments are due on or before November 13.

JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers

JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers

In an effort to enhance access options for people who aren’t affiliated with universities, colleges, or high schools, not-for-profit digital library JSTOR has launched JPASS, a new program offering individual users access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR’s archive collection.

OverDrive Adds YouTube Executive to Lead Streaming Video Efforts

OverDrive Adds YouTube Executive to Lead Streaming Video Efforts

In a move that underscores OverDrive’s plans to support a robust selection of streaming video for libraries, the company on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lee C. Milstein to the newly created position of chief strategy officer. Milstein was most recently head of the news content partnership team for Google’s YouTube division, and previously held [...]

Nielsen To Acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

Nielsen To Acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a bibliographic information provider, today signed a definitive agreement to sell its Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products to global information company Nielsen.

Q&A: Sarah Peed

Q&A: Sarah Peed

As publishing evolves and writers turn to digital outlets to create and distribute new works, major publishers like Random House Publishing Group, a division of the newly formed Penguin Random House, have committed to finding these new authors and delivering exciting fresh content to today’s most tech-savvy readers. Sarah Peed is the associate editor at […]

Declaring Independence

Declaring Independence

Statewide programs for ebook “ownership” are emerging in California, Kansas, Arizona, and Massachusetts, aiming for direct deals with publishers in some cases, and long-term preservation of local content in others.

Swets Launches Open Access Payment Management Service

Swets Launches Open Access Payment Management Service

Global information services company Swets this month launched a new service to help academic libraries pay and manage article processing charges (APC) on an institutional scale. The move comes in response to a sharp increase in fee-based open access publishing in the United Kingdom.