|Weekly News Digest
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Amazon Acquires Print-on-Demand Company
Amazon.com has bought privately held BookSurge LLC (http://www.booksurge.com), which maintains a catalog of books that can be printed on demand. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. BookSurge maintains a catalog of thousands of titles that can be printed on-demand and are available for sale on Amazon.com. Amazon's new relationship with BookSurge will provide Amazon customers an ever-expanding selection of titles that are not available through other channels. An Amazon representative said: "Print-on-demand has changed the economics of small-quantity printing, making it possible for books with low and uncertain demand to be profitably produced."
BookSurge offers its inventory-free book fulfillment network to publishers through BookSurge Publisher Services and to authors through BookSurge Publishing. In addition, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors can leverage the BookSurge Direct wholesale platform. BookSurge, based in Charleston, S.C., was founded in 2000.
Source: Amazon.com, Inc.
Ovid Adds Social Policy Database
Ovid Technologies (http://www.ovid.com) announced the exclusive availability of the Social Policy and Practice bibliographic database on the SilverPlatter platform. The database comprises more than 200,000 bibliographic records and abstracts referencing materials held by four U.K.-based organizations: Centre for Policy on Ageing, Greater London Authority, IDOX, and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Ovid worked closely with the four information sources to produce the database as part of Ovid's Partner Publishing program. The program provides database design and development services to bring important bibliographic resources to market.
A significant number of references in the database are "gray" literature—semi-published reports, surveys, and statistics—providing access to difficult-to-obtain resources and into many areas frequently overlooked by other social science sources. The database includes records dating from 1981 with an average of 20,000 new records added annually.
Ovid is an operating company of Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), a division of Wolters Kluwer nv, a multinational publisher and information services company. SilverPlatter was acquired by Wolters Kluwer in the spring of 2001 and merged with Ovid, which continues to support the SilverPlatter products and services.
Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc.
Thomson Gale Launches Economic Literature Collection
Thomson Gale, a part of The Thomson Corp., launched The Making of the Modern Economy: The Goldsmiths'-Kress Collection of Economic Literature 1450-1850. The company said that the new digital collection, which was introduced at the ACRL conference in Minneapolis, is the most comprehensive collection in existence for the study of early economic, political, business, and social history and for researching the literature of economics from this period.
The online collection combines the strengths of two collections—the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Collection of Business and Economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration—along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.
The Making of the Modern Economy digital collection presents more than 61,000 books from the period 1460-1850, as well as 466 pre-1906 serials—totalling almost 12 million pages. Thomson Gale used its microfilm collection to create the new digital product. For more information, visit the product Web site at http://www.gale.com/moderneconomy.
Source: Thomson Gale
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