|Weekly News Digest
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BookSense.com (Finally) Launches
BookSense.com, the e-commerce product for independent booksellers, has officially launched. Having concluded a 5-month beta test, the national BookSense.com hub site (http://www.booksense.com) and more than 200 affiliated bookstore Web sites are now live and selling books to consumers. BookSense.com is the e-commerce component of Book Sense, the American Booksellers Association's (http://www.bookweb.org) integrated marketing program that's designed to raise consumer awareness about the value of shopping in independent bookstores. (More than 1,200 bookstore locations participate in the Book Sense program.)
Through BookSense.com, each participating Book Sense store has its own co-branded Web site at its own URL, its own content, and a title database of more than 2 million books. In addition, the national BookSense.com hub site aggregates sales and traffic for the individual store sites. The hub site gives customers the ability to locate their closest BookSense.com store or to purchase books from their local bookstore at the hub site. Unlike other online booksellers, BookSense.com-affiliated sites give consumers the option to pick their orders up in their local bookstore and to interact with real booksellers when making a purchase. Each individual store site can feature staff recommendations, local author information, reading group information, and details about in-store events.
ingenta Announces Key Reference Linking Agreements
ingenta, the global research gateway, has announced several important agreements to link third-party references to full-text articles. ingenta (http://www.ingenta.com) will collaborate with Ex Libris on integrating ingenta's electronic journals service with Ex Libris' SFX context-sensitive linking software (http://www.sfxit.com). ingenta also signed an agreement with Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA; http://www.csa.com) for links from its abstracting-and-indexing databases. The new linking agreements build on ingenta's existing relationships with SilverPlatter Information and numerous subscription agencies.
ingenta and CSA have agreed to allow users of CSA's more than 70 bibliographic databases to link directly to full-text articles in ingenta. These articles are available free for desktop delivery to subscribers and—for a fee—nonsubscribers.
ingenta also announced that it has become a registered agent for CrossRef, the reference linking initiative for scientific and scholarly publishers (http://www.crossref.org). The CrossRef initiative links more than 3 million articles from thousands of journals and will add 500,000 new articles each year. CrossRef allows participating publishers to seamlessly link from electronic article references in one publication to citations and references in another publication. ingenta will act as an agent on behalf of member publishers to register their metadata, look up DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers), store them in a local system, and share them among different member publishers.
Reuters Announces New Chief Executive
Reuters (http://www.reuters.com) has announced the appointment of Tom Glocer as group chief executive, effective from July 2001. He will replace Peter Job, who will retire from the company in July. Glocer is currently CEO of both Reuters Information and Reuters America, Inc. He was appointed to the Reuters Board in June 2000. According to the announcement, he will be the first American to lead Reuters in its 150-year history, and also the first non-journalist.
In October 1998, Glocer assumed responsibility for managing the operations of Reuters Information in North and South America and acted as Reuters' senior company officer for the Americas. He joined Reuters in September 1993 as a senior member of the group's legal department and a year later became general counsel of Reuters America. He joined the company from the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Since October 1999, Reuters had been actively searching for a successor to Job and had reviewed both internal and external candidates. According to the company, Glocer's appointment reflects the considerable abilities he will bring to the role, including a thorough understanding of the ways in which Reuters both markets and evolves its technologies, as well as exceptional leadership qualities. According to the announcement, he is highly regarded within the group and is widely known in the industry. Glocer and his family, who are currently based in New York, will relocate next year to London where Reuters' headquarters is based.
Source: Reuters America, Inc.
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