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Thursday, March 08, 2012

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NewsBreaks
Amazon’s Squeeze on Booksellers Leads to Boycotts and Protests
by Nancy K. Herther
Following several recent skirmishes with bricks-and-mortar bookstores, Amazon is now tussling with an independent book distributor. On Feb. 21, Independent Publishers Group (IPG)—the country's second-largest independent book distributor—alerted its 400-plus publishing clients that "Amazon.com has failed to renew its agreement with IPG to sell Kindle titles." President Mark Suchomel noted that, "Amazon.com is putting pressure on publishers and distributors to change their terms for electronic and print books to be more favorable toward Amazon." Despite positive industry response, others wonder how long IPG can hold out against Amazon.

Weekly News Digests
Baker & Taylor Agreement With Smashwords to Bring Ebooks to Blio
Baker & Taylor, Inc., a distributor of digital and physical books, together with K-NFB Reading Technology, developer of the Blio e-reading application, announced a distribution agreement with Smashwords that will bring nearly 100,000 independently published ebooks to the Blio store. Blio is the feature-rich ereading application that allows readers to experience ereading in a new way and use their digital library across multiple devices. Smashwords is a distributor of indie (self-published) ebooks.
EBSCO Releases First Subscription Ebook Collection
EBSCO Publishing released its first subscription ebook collection. eBook Academic Subscription Collection supplies full-text ebooks covering a broad spectrum of academic subjects, from business to science and engineering to the humanities. Nearly 70,000 titles are included.
Latest Version of Thomson Reuters ProView E-Reader Platform Launches Globally
Thomson Reuters announced the global launch of the latest version of Thomson Reuters ProView, its professional e-reader platform. Currently available in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia, and soon to launch in other regions, the new version of Thomson Reuters ProView adds power and functionality to the first e-reader platform specifically built from the ground up for professionals, allowing users to interact with ebooks in entirely new ways.

NewsLink Spotlight
Update on Political Fact-Check Websites
by Paula J. Hane
As I write this, the U.S. is in the midst of a hotly contested GOP presidential primary. The countdown to "Super Tuesday" is 6 days, and the countdown to the election is 251 days. Some days, I think I've just had enough election news. It's exhausting for a voting individual to examine all the claims and statements made by the candidates. How do we keep up with who said what and check to see if it contradicts their earlier statements or twists the facts/statistics? Hardly a day goes by that I don't see an article that questions or outright refutes something said in a speech or debate. But which sites can we believe?

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Nov. 4–5, The 5th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICOLIS 2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya and University of Malaya Library
URL: umconference.um.edu.my/ICOLIS2014

Nov. 4–5, Taxonomy Boot Camp
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: taxonomybootcamp.com/2014

Nov. 4–7, KMWorld 2014
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: kmworld.com/Conference/2014

Nov. 5–7, Enterprise Search and Discovery
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: enterprisesearchsummit.com/DC2014

Nov. 5–8, The 34th Annual Charleston Conference
Place: Charleston, S.C.
Sponsor/Organizer:  Charleston Conference
URL: katina.info/conference

Nov. 5–8, Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA Forum)
Place: Albuquerque, N.M.
Sponsor/Organizer: LITA
URL: litablog.org/2013/11/call-for-proposals-2014-lita-forum

Nov. 6–7, The 11th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning—ICICKM 2014
Place: Sydney
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
URL: academic-conferences.org/icickm/icickm2014/icickm14-home.htm

Nov. 6–7, SharePoint Symposium
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: sharepointsymposium.com/2014

Nov. 11, ALPSP Training Course: Understanding eJournal Technology
Place: Oxford, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=381

Nov. 13–14, 2014 Library Journal Directors’ Summit
Place: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Journal
URL: lj.libraryjournal.com/directors-summit/#_

Nov. 14–16, The 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
URL: yalitsymposium12.ning.com

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media West
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2014

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media Producer Live
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: producerlive.streamingmedia.com/2014

 ... View our complete conference calendar here

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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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