Copyright Alert System to Warn, Then Punish, Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
by George H. Pike
After months of delays, a coalition of content providers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) launched the Copyright Alert System, a "six strikes" structure that will notify, then potentially punish users for illegal file sharing. The system works through the monitoring of peer-to-peer file sharing services by content providers, who in turn will notify ISPs, who will send warnings to their account holders. As more warnings are received, increasingly severe sanctions may apply, up to a reduction in internet speed. The system, which will be fully rolled out over the coming weeks, is being hailed by the content community as a "model for addressing important issues facing all who participate in the digital entertainment ecosystem." Critics describe the system as "Hollywood's private enforcement arm, without the checks and balances public enforcement requires."
LexisNexis Announces Major Release of Concordance Evolution
LexisNexis Legal & Professional announced a major new release of Concordance Evolution, the next generation of the company's fully installed enterprise review software product for electronic discovery and litigation document management. The new release is completely web-enabled, allowing for efficient implementation and deployment.
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 to Launch Etextbook Pilot
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 announced that Courseload, CourseSmart, McGraw-Hill Education and more than 50 publishers are participating in a pilot in fall 2013 to further provide campuses nationwide an opportunity to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from traditional media models, including textbooks, to electronic platforms. The fall 2013 pilot is the latest in a series of efforts.
De Gruyter Signs 10,000 Title Ebook Agreement with YBP Library Services
De Gruyter, the international academic publishing house, announced that it has signed an agreement with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, whereby nearly 10,000 titles from De Gruyter's eBook program, e-dition, will be made available for purchase through GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP's acquisition and collection management interface. De Gruyter publishes more than 850 new titles annually in medicine, the humanities, natural sciences, and law, in addition to more than 600 journals and digital media publications.
by Paula J. Hane
I've been regularly covering news of digital textbooks for several years. It is now a market in such flux, with so many developments, startup launches, reports of research, publishing company restructuring and mergers, and more, that it warrants revisiting frequently. This is a review of some recent noteworthy developments and a discussion of a report on student acceptance.
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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