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Weekly News Digest

July 20, 2017 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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hoopla digital Adds More Comics

hoopla digital entered into agreements with comic book publishers Fantagraphics, Lion Forge, and Titan Comics, which adds thousands of popular titles to its catalog. The service now has more than 10,000 titles from about 70 publishers, including DC Comics, Image Comics, and Dark Horse Comics.

hoopla digital will be exhibiting at this weekend’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, where it will demo its Action View digital reading technology for attendees.

For more information, read the press release.

Tunefind Provides Tiered API Solutions

Tunefind, a music discovery service for TV and film, introduced four tiers of APIs to give developers and third-party sites options for their range of development needs, including those creating early versions of an entertainment-focused app or enterprises looking to access accurate, robust, and real-time data. The Starter level is for experimenters, while the higher levels are for companies that want branding control or monetization with their own affiliate accounts. The APIs allow users to add context to song lists, with descriptions of the scenes in which songs are playing, and third-party song identifications with links to iTunes and other outside platforms.

For more information, read the press release.

CABI and SciDev.Net Set to Merge

CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) has agreed to merge with SciDev.Net, a resource for news, views, and analysis on science and technology for global development. The combined organization will be able to have more impact when sharing information, advice, and expertise on sustainable development. It will work on innovations in how research is published and shared.

Per the terms of the merger, SciDev.Net will retain its identity and editorial independence, and CABI will help strengthen its operations and support its objectives.

For more information, read the press release.

Library of Congress Will Have More Options for Blind Readers

The Library of Congress announced on its blog that it will be expanding its services for blind and physically handicapped patrons. Karen Keninger, director of the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, writes in a guest post that now, “with smart information architecture and navigation that’s been tested and retested with screen readers, we can provide a website that serves our blind patrons wonderfully—but that also has visual meaning and appeal for the sighted family, support assistants and staff members who use it alongside them. We also added tools and features for sighted visitors who may need to adjust what is on a monitor for their varying levels of visual acuity.”

Other upcoming services will be duplication-on-demand for reducing wait times for talking books; synthetic speech for bibliographies, endnotes, and recipes; wireless transmission of talking-book files to devices; and Braille e-readers.

For more information, read the blog post.

Library of Congress and National Archives Partner With PDF Association

The Library of Congress (LC) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) joined the PDF Association, an organization promoting the adoption of international standards for PDF technology. Association members will benefit from dialogue with the LC and NARA, and the federal agencies will benefit from access to technical experts in the association. The LC and NARA will work with other PDF Association partner organizations to influence the development of PDF specifications, tools, and systems to meet archiving and long-term access needs.

For more information, read the press release.

PCG Agrees to Help RedLink Expand in North America

RedLink signed an exclusive representation agreement with Publishers Communication Group (PCG) to accelerate its growth in the library market of the U.S. and Canada. PCG will bring RedLink’s Library Dashboard of usage statistics to more libraries.

For more information, read the blog post.

APA PsycNET Gets Updates

The American Psychological Association (APA) updated the APA PsycNET content delivery platform with better search functionality (e.g., related content links now appear in search results), responsive web design, a technology upgrade, and more. It also has an enhanced browser function with journal snapshots in the table of contents for PsycARTICLES users that list the most cited and downloaded articles and other data. PsycTESTS users can access a test lookup feature and options for browsing noncommercial and commercial tests.

For more information, read the press release.

Survey Shows the Dangers of Counterfeit Products

Clarivate Analytics released the results of an online survey of consumers from 10 countries by MarkMonitor, which shows that counterfeit goods post a significant risk to purchasers. Findings included the following:
  • 27% of the respondents said they had unknowingly bought counterfeit goods—such as makeup, skincare items, supplements, and medication—online.
  • Respondents said 34% of these goods were found via search engines.
  • Brand websites were the most trusted source for non-counterfeit goods for 89% of consumers.
  • About 40% of respondents complained directly to the brand’s company about counterfeit products.

“The threat of counterfeiters is ever-present, affecting both brands and consumers. For brands it’s all about the loss of revenue, reputation and customer trust. However, when it comes to non-genuine consumer goods such as cosmetics, skincare, sun care and medicines, the consequences for shoppers are far greater, affecting their health and wellbeing. As a result, it is up to brands to ensure they have a solid online brand protection policy in place to deal with the counterfeit threat and keep their customers safe from harm,” says Anil Gupta, MarkMonitor’s CMO.

For more information, read the press release.

Kudos Pilot Concerns Content Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks

In cooperation with ReadCube, Kudos is starting “a pilot program to help publishers prevent copyright infringement and reclaim lost usage from sharing of research articles on scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs).” So far, participating publishers include the American Thoracic Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and MIT Press.

“Many publishers embrace the idea of authors doing everything they can to maximize the visibility of their work, including maintaining a profile in sites like ResearchGate and,” says Charlie Rapple, Kudos’ co-founder and sales and marketing director. “The challenge is to ensure sharing is copyright compliant, and to measure usage happening in such platforms so that authors, institutions, funders and others can easily gain a comprehensive understanding of the interest in and readership of an author’s work. Our new solution is an exciting step forward in terms of tackling this major industry challenge.”

For more information, read the blog post.

Atypon's Literatum Gets Upgrades

Atypon updated the Literatum publishing platform with enhancements such as a fully integrated e-reader, a new multi-user license framework, and three new login options. It also features the new Atypon Insights, a business intelligence module that improves Literatum’s reporting capabilities by collecting event-level behavioral data on content usage.

The new e-reader replaced PDF with EPUB for books and journal articles. It offers synchronized reading across multiple devices and offline in-browser support. Future updates will add annotation, social reading, a personalized user dashboard, and more.

For more information, read the press release.

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