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NewsBreaks
Justice Department Responds to Ebook Lawsuit Objections
by George H. Pike
In a strongly worded document, the U.S. Department of Justice responded to public comments made objecting to the department's proposed settlement of price fixing charges levied against Apple, Inc., HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and four other publishers. The charges arose out of an alleged scheme between Apple and the publishers to establish an "agency model" of ebook pricing, with a goal of defeating Amazon.com's widespread ebook discounting. Under this model, the publishers agree to follow the same pricing models in their sales to all ebook vendors including Amazon. According to the Justice Department, the scheme resulted in higher ebook prices and was a violation of federal antitrust laws.

Weekly News Digests
NEH Announces Award to Build Digital 'Library of the Future'
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced a $1 million award to support the incorporation and launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a groundbreaking project that seeks to digitize and bring together the contents of our nation's libraries and archives, and make them freely available to all online.
New Home for Nature Network Blogs
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) announced the launch of SciLogs.com, a new English-language blogging network for scientists and science communicators. Nature Network bloggers will be among the first to take up their new home on the WordPress-based site.
Thomson Reuters to Acquire MarkMonitor
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced that it signed a definitive agreement to purchase MarkMonitor, a leader in online brand protection. The completion of the acquisition is subject to standard regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NewsLink Spotlight
The Challenging Landscape of Ebooks in Libraries
by Paula J. Hane
The overall growth in digital content of all kinds, and in particular, the growing importance and acceptance of ebooks, has clearly presented great opportunities for libraries, as well as plenty of challenges. Many libraries are coping with decreasing budgets while at the same time experiencing increased demand for content and services. Challenges include limited availability of ebooks from publishers, increasing demands for tech support with ebook readers and mobile devices, cumbersome borrowing processes, and minimal discoverability of ebook content. Two recent reports shed some light on the current situation, providing interesting statistics and perspectives.

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

May 6–9, write|edit|index: The 2015 Australian Conference for Editors, Indexers, and Publishing Professionals
Place: Canberra, Australia
Sponsor/Organizer: Canberra Society of Editors, on behalf of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), and ACT Region Branch of ANZSI, on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI)
URL: writeeditindex.net.au

May 11, Content Delivery Summit
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: contentdeliverysummit.com/2015

May 11–13, Data Summit
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: dbta.com/DataSummit/2015

May 12–13, Streaming Media East
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/East2015

May 13–15, The IEEE Ninth International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (IEEE RCIS 2015)
Place: Athens, Greece
Sponsor/Organizer: Harokopio University, IEEE Greece Section, IEEE Computer Society Greece Chapter, and Greek Computer Society
URL: rcis-conf.com/rcis2015

May 18–20, Conf-IRM 2015 (International Conference on Information Resources Management)
Place: Ottawa, Ontario
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Systems
URL: www.conf-irm.org/joomla/

May 18–21, The 11th Annual International Conference on Information Technology & Computer Science
Place: Athens, Greece
Sponsor/Organizer: The Computer Research Unit of theAthens Institute for Education and Research
URL: www.atiner.gr/2015/CALL-COM.htm

May 18–22, The 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015)
Place: Florence, Italy
Sponsor/Organizer: Local Organizing Committee
URL: www2015.wwwconference.org

May 19, ALPSP Training Course: Project Management for Publishing
Place: Oxford, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=430

May 20–22, The 11th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST)
Place: Lisbon, Portugal
Sponsor/Organizer: INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication)
URL: webist.org

May 26–29, The 7th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2015)
Place: Paris
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: isast.org

May 26–29, The 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2015)
Place: Münster, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Systems
URL: ecis2015.eu

May 27–29, The 4th International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-4)
Place: Legon, Ghana
Sponsor/Organizer: Ghana Library Association, University of Ghana Department of Informaiton Studies, and Ghana Library Authority
URL: blogs.ifla.org/acd/2014/10/14/icadla-4-conference-announcement-and-call-for-papers

May 27–29, The 2015 SSP 37th Annual Meeting
Place: Arlington, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
URL: sspnet.org/events/annual-meeting/event-home

May 27–29, BookExpo America (BEA)
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Exhibitions
URL: bookexpoamerica.com

May 27–30, The NASIG 30th Annual Conference
Place: Arlington, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer:  NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group)
URL: www.nasig.org/site_page.cfm?pk_association_webpage_menu=700

May 28–29, The 5th International Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ICIME 2015)
Place: Xi'an, China
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd.
URL: academic-conferences.org/icime/icime2015/icime15-home.htm

May 28–29, The 3rd International Open Data Conference
Place: Ottawa, Ontario
Sponsor/Organizer: Government of Canada,Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the World Bank
URL: opendatacon.org

May 31–June 4, ESWC 2015 (The 12th European Semantic Web Conference)
Place: Portorož, Slovenia
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: 2015.eswc-conferences.org

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

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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