SAGE Strikes Gold with Andy Field’s New Statistics Textbook/Ebook
by Nancy K. Herther
Serendipity, chance, and a lot of hard work go into creating any textbook. Given the changing market for texts, constant technological change, the open access movement, and the challenge of passing textbook committees and other potential barriers, publishers in this lucrative niche have reasons to wonder about the future. SAGE Publications may have found the perfect formula for success, a "gold standard" for today's marketplace in the publishing franchise, in Sussex University's Andy Field. Field has found his way through the challenges and opportunities of textbook creation brilliantly—while injecting his personality, life story, and humor—to create an award-winning and wildly popular brand in the unlikely area of quantitative research methods.
New Bowker Study on Ebook Markets
The rise in ebook reading in the U.S. and U.K. over the last 3 years has been a key driver in the market share gains of e-retailers, according to research being released this month by Bowker Market Research. In the U.S., e-retailers accounted for 44% of book purchases by volume in 2012, up from 25% in 2010. In the U.K., the rise has been somewhat less dramatic but still significant, up from 25% in January-November 2010, to 38% in the same period in 2012.
Semantico to Redesign Access Science for McGraw-Hill Professional
Semantico, suppliers of digital publishing solutions to the scholarly and professional market, announced it has been selected by McGraw-Hill Professional, to deliver a redesign of its AccessScience content platform. McGraw-Hill Professional and Semantico have already worked together to successfully design and deliver AccessEngineering. AccessScience information will be delivered using Semantico's content platform, Scolaris.
Reprints Desk, Inc. Announces New Open Access Filter
Reprints Desk, Inc. announced the launch of a new open access (OA) filter for the company's document delivery service that is used by research-driven companies and institutions to acquire single copies of scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. It helps corporate and academic customers avoid unnecessary spending on content by checking OA status and delivering article-level links for each matching order.
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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