Books & Media Move to the Clouds; Apple, Amazon, and Walmart Fight for Market Share
by Nancy K. Herther
In the past 2 weeks, we have seen major announcements from Walmart and Amazon targeted at opening up the market for ebooks and mobile apps from the control of mobile device manufacturers, especially Apple. These events and actions have the potential to change the current distribution systems dramatically for both apps and ebooks.
Textbook Rental Firm Chegg to Add Etextbooks
Chegg announced it is significantly expanding its digital offering, adding more etextbooks and digital content to its emerging social education platform. In addition to textbook rentals, Chegg has rapidly enhanced its services, offering a fully integrated experience with digital services including homework help, course selection, and class notes (through its recently acquired company Notehall). Its goal is to offer millions of print books and etextbooks to students by the end of the year. Chegg has partnered with a number of publishers to offer etextbooks to its students, such as Cengage Learning, Elsevier, F.A. Davis, Macmillan, McFarland, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Taylor and Francis, and Wiley.
Moreover Technologies Releases Three Versions of Newsdesk Monitoring Service
Moreover Technologies rolled out three versions of its Newsdesk media monitoring and news sharing solution to serve all types and sizes of business, starting at just $1995 per year. They are Newsdesk Alert, a streamlined Newsdesk offering focused on breaking news feeds and alerts, Newsdesk Corporate featuring advanced media monitoring and customized newsletters, and Newsdesk Enterprise for firms requiring companywide deployment of media analytics with global coverage and news sharing capabilities.
J. J. Keller Provides Content to Gale
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., a provider of regulatory compliance information for the human resources, workplace safety, and transportation industries, announced that it has licensed content for use in databases, products, and services from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. The licensed content includes J. J. Keller's ez Explanations, newsletters, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), video clips, blog articles, and court case summaries. The J. J. Keller content will be accessible in the Gale Business Insights family of products, the Gale InfoTrac cross-searchable journals databases, and other product lines. Gale is best known for its accurate and authoritative reference content, as well as for its intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
Inmagic’s New Idea Management System for Collaborative Innovation
by Paula J. Hane
Idea management systems are one way to approach innovation and product development. They provide a structured and disciplined approach for managing idea generation, capture, collaboration, assessment, implementation, and outcome monitoring. In 2010, Gartner's Emerging Tech Hype Cycle put the technology as being 2-5 years from mainstream adoption. I hadn't really paid much attention to this category until the recent announcement by Inmagic of IdeaNet, its "next-generation innovation application," powered by Inmagic Presto.
Buying and Selling Information
A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success
by Michael L. Gruenberg
Both sides of the negotiating table are represented in this practical and much-needed guide by Michael Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field. With over 30 years selling information to a wide variety of libraries, Gruenberg's time-tested tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by both information professionals and sales professionals
2014/232 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6 | Regular Price: $49.50 | Pre-Order Price: $29.70
March 2–4, SPARC 2014 Open Access Meeting
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
March 4–7, iConference 2014: Breaking Down Walls: Culture, Context, Computing
Sponsor/Organizer: iSchools Organization
March 5, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
March 5–6, Library Publishing Forum 2014
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition
March 11–13, SMX West (Search Marketing Expo)
Place: San Jose, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Third Door Media
March 11–15, PLA 2014 Conference
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Library Association (PLA)
March 13–16, Leipzig Book Fair
Place: Leipzig, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Leipziger Messe
March 18–20, The Fourth International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications (ICDIPC2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
March 18–20, ILLiad International Conference
Place: Virginia Beach, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: Atlas Systems, Inc.
March 19–20, The Seventh Annual Library Technology Conference
Place: St. Paul, Minn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 21–24, Paris Book Fair
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Expositions France
March 22–24, The 4th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST 2014)
Place: Valencia, Spain
Sponsor/Organizer: International Journal of Information Systems and Technologies (IJIST)
March 25–26, SMX Munich (Search Marketing Expo)
Sponsor/Organizer: Rising Media, Third Door Media
March 26–28, Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014 (RDAP14)
Place: San Diego
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
March 27–28, The 2nd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2014)
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 28–April 7, The 12th Bangkok International Book Fair 2014
Sponsor/Organizer: Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT)
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