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Spotify announced the release of their updated iOS app version 0.6.0. This update has been released to address some known issues but also to launch new features. It includes fixes to a few bugs, such as having "Now Playing" showing while the phone is locked. Additionally, there have been reported complaints from iPhone 5 users that the old Spotify app did not accommodate the new phone's screen size particularly well.
Posted Mar 04, 2013
De Gruyter is proud to announce the acquisition of two academic publishers, Akademie Verlag, based in Berlin, and Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, based in Munich. Both companies were acquired retroactively as of January 1, 2013 from Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe, which is seeking to streamline its business.
Posted Feb 26, 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc. announced the launch of an on-demand print and fulfillment journals program. Ingram Content Group's solution provides publishers with the tools to manage their print journals, from file set-up to print on demand to delivery. From a website, publishers can upload and manage content and subscription lists, designate fulfillment requirements, place print orders for direct delivery to their subscribers, as well as order one-off issues for claims fulfillment.
Posted Feb 20, 2013
NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing, is introducing a new feature to NoveList Select, its catalog enrichment resource. The new feature adds e-resource recommendations to NoveList Select. The recommendations guide patrons to relevant e-resources directly from catalog records. This new feature will benefit libraries looking to make patrons more aware of the wealth of electronic resources available through the library.
Posted Feb 11, 2013
Even if you don't work in higher education, you're probably aware that most US universities are facing unprecedented challenges, and are, rightly, nervous about their future. The most immediate challenge, strained funding, has been well documented by the media since the recent recession. However, over the past year, a great deal of coverage has also been paid to disruptive models for delivering educational content. Many education experts predict that in the future, these new models will remove students from the traditional college track. This longer-term threat represents a huge concern for higher education administrators, as their approach to learning has been legitimately challenged by innovative solutions ready to meet the huge demand for quality educational content.
Posted Feb 08, 2013
Approximately two-thirds of college students need financial aid to begin or continue their studies, according to the United States Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. To help students find ways to fund their education, Credo announced it has partnered with Reference Service Press, an authority on college scholarships. Under the terms of the agreement, Credo will integrate financial aid information from Reference Service Press into its Literati solutions for schools, academic institutions, public libraries and student athlete programs.
Posted Jan 24, 2013
As libraries adjust their lending models to meet today's digital requirements, more are turning to Ingram's MyiLibrary platform. Ingram Content Group announced it will now offer Random House, Inc. U.S. titles to libraries via the platform.
Posted Jan 24, 2013
OverDrive announced it will enhance its library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook, and music collections at libraries and schools around the world.
Posted Jan 24, 2013
Knovel, a provider of web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, announced its newest subject area, Engineering Management & Leadership. The offering addresses the needs of both new and experienced engineering leaders, as well as managers of teams of engineers, scientists, and other technical staff.
Posted Jan 24, 2013
Credo, a provider of solutions for information skills, announced the availability of Literati School and Literati Student Athlete. Following the launch of Literati Academic and Literati Public, these two new solutions enable librarians and educators to cost-effectively help learners of all types gain the information skills they need.
Posted Jan 22, 2013
Starting in January 2013, Springer and Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, will cooperate to publish the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science. As of Volume 43, Issue 1, the journal will be part of the SpringerOpen portfolio. As a fully sponsored open access journal, it will be freely available on www.nzjforestryscience.com and SpringerLink without subscription charges or registration barriers.
Posted Jan 17, 2013
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Ingram announced an agreement aimed at benefitting mutual customers of Ingram's OASIS (Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System) and eBooks on EBSCOhost. The agreement will allow libraries to order eBooks on EBSCOhost through OASIS.
Posted Jan 16, 2013
The MIT Press announced it will partner with Oxford University Press to launch MIT Press Scholarship Online on OUP's University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment.
Posted Jan 15, 2013
Talis announced the launch of its new software service -- Talis Aspire Digitised Content. Developed with the collaboration of university library partners, The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), and using data supplied via the OCLC xISBN service, the new software service will help universities and colleges in the United Kingdom manage complex digitization workflows, and help ensure they are compliant with copyright legislation.
Posted Jan 15, 2013
EBSCO Publishing has released a new library resource featuring a comprehensive digital collection of poetry and short stories available for use by students, teachers and researchers. Poetry & Short Story Reference Center offers users access to a collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary full-text poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and authoritative essays.
Posted Jan 10, 2013
EBSCO Publishing has expanded its evidence-based healthcare content with the acquisition of PEMSoft, a pediatric point-of-care clinical information resource. PEMSoft is an online clinical library and multimedia decision support system that addresses acute and chronic illness, as well as injury conditions in children from newborn to young adult. PEMSoft was founded in 2003 by Ronald Dieckmann, MD, MPH, and Rob Pitt, MD.
Posted Jan 09, 2013
Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced the acquisition of Knovel Corp. New York City-based Knovel provides a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.
Posted Jan 07, 2013
Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com, announced that it plans to produce pilots for six original comedy series. The series come from a diverse set of writers including newcomers to Hollywood and industry veterans. This marks the studios' first pilot production since expanding into original programming development earlier this year.
Posted Dec 20, 2012
ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced that it is moving ahead with its efforts to support non-English language programs for customers around the world. The company is launching a new ebook subscription database, ebrary Nordic Collection, as well as recently acquired content from renowned German publishers including Verlag C.H. Beck, W. Bertelsmann Verlag (WBV), and Frank & Timme.
Posted Dec 18, 2012
Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions, and students, announced that 60 new publishers have added more than 35,000 new digital textbooks and online course materials to its VitalSource Bookshelf platform.
Posted Dec 04, 2012
The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple: to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. Beginning in 2013, two of De Gruyter's publishing partners - Harvard University Press, and Böhlau Publishers - will offer their content globally through De Gruyter Online as part of the PDA distribution model. By participating in PDA distribution, these publishing houses will be able to provide customers with access to an expanded range of academic content.
Posted Nov 28, 2012
For electronic content providers and digital publishers, the age-old question remains: fee or free? Today, the answer for many lies somewhere in between-in other words, freemium. As a business model, freemium-offering a completely gratis but possibly feature-limited product or service that also allows options for premium upgrades/options that users can pay for-is increasingly in vogue, as evidenced by the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Google, and countless other businesses offering free versions of products used by millions today. (Case in point: IHS recently revealed that an astounding 96% of all smartphone apps downloaded in 2011 were free.)
Posted Nov 26, 2012
Publishing and education group Pearson, PLC announced in August that it has launched a higher education college in the U.K. As of September 2012, Pearson College offers business degrees to a small "pioneer" intake of 40 students, becoming the first FTSE 100 company directly delivering undergraduate degrees in the U.K. A larger intake of students will embark on their studies in September 2013.
Posted Nov 20, 2012
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced a new collaboration with TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, to create and supply instructor materials for its recently launched series of "TED Studies." To support the demand for integrating TEDTalks into classroom coursework, TED created TED Studies - 21 collections of curated talks, organized into popular academic subject areas. Wiley will commission instructor materials to accompany TED's offering to educators. These materials will be offered at no cost with TED's video content on iTunesU, Wiley.com, and other platforms.
Posted Nov 12, 2012
Springer Science+Business Media has reached an agreement to acquire Mekentosj BV and Lifve Ltd. which includes the software tool Papers. Papers is a reference manager which allows researchers to organize, use, share and cite research literature more effectively.
Posted Nov 06, 2012