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NewsBreaks
Cengagement: Cengage Acquires National Geographic School Publisher
by Marydee Ojala
Just as the annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) was getting underway in New Orleans, Cengage Learning announced its "definitive agreement" with the National Geographic Society to acquire National Geographic's School Publishing unit. The acquisition gives Cengage the National Geographic Science series, National Geographic Explorer! magazines, and Hampton Brown's literacy and language programs.

Weekly News Digests
CCC Offers Entire Book Reuse Rights
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is enhancing its Pay-Per-Use Services for academic institutions. Users can obtain reuse rights for entire books, including many that are currently commercially unavailable. Publishers can offer reuse rights for their books, including those that are commercially unavailable, through CCC.
McGraw-Hill Announces Development on AccessEngineering 3.0
McGraw-Hill announced that it has begun development on AccessEngineering 3.0, a new platform that it reports will bring unprecedented functionality to its vast store of engineering reference content. McGraw-Hill will work with Semantico, a digital publishing solutions provider, to develop the redesigned platform.
Serials Solutions Developing New Web-Scale Management Solution
Serials Solutions, a member of the ProQuest family of companies, announced the development of a new web-scale management solution. Built entirely new from the ground up, the new platform from Serials Solutions will provide librarians with a single, comprehensive service that will eventually eliminate the need for integrated library systems, improve efficiencies and address the challenges that libraries experience when managing their physical and electronic content and collections. Serials Solutions will begin releasing components of this new service by the end of 2012 on an annual subscription basis and will release enhancements to the service as they become available throughout 2013 and beyond.

NewsLink Spotlight
Sources for Free Ebooks and Ereader Software
by Paula J. Hane
In late May, BookExpo America week kicked off with IDPF's annual Digital Book 2011 conference. Judging from the product announcements and buzz from the events, ebooks are hot, hot, hot! Kobo, which partners with Borders, announced that its new $130 E-ink touchscreen reading device would be available in June. Barnes & Noble announced a $139 black-and-white E-Ink touchscreen e-reader. Amazon dropped the price of its $189 3G Kindle with Special Offers to $164. Amazon also reportedly told U.S. publishers that it will begin accepting files in EPUB format in the near future, and these files will be readable on the Kindle. With the acceleration of sales of ebook readers and so much interest in ebooks, it seems as if it's a good time to look at good sources to get free ebooks. I will also discuss free ereader software as an alternative to buying dedicated devices.

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ITI Blogs

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ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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Editor: Deborah Poulson
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