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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

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS) have improved access to Japanese-language article abstracts in Ichushi-Web through the Summon web-scale discovery service. The inclusion of metadata from the JAMAS abstracting and indexing database for more than 5,800 journals covering medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy subjects will be available to mutual subscribers of each company's service.

Posted Oct 29, 2012

EBSCO Publishing's recent agreement with content partner, Digitalia will enable Spanish content, serving a vast range of interest and needs, to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service. Digitalia has thousands of ebooks from Spanish and Latin American publishing houses, as well as relevant Spanish journals.

Posted Oct 26, 2012

ProQuest announced The Globe and Mail will be accessible in the ProQuest digital research environment. As part of ProQuest's Historical Newspaper collection, the archive of The Globe and Mail will be cross-searchable with a worldwide selection of both major and specialty newspapers - from The New York Times and The Guardian to the Chicago Defender and the Jerusalem Post.

Posted Oct 22, 2012

In addition to using scholarly journals for active research projects, business faculty rely on materials that share insights and ideas ahead of publication, according to a new study from ProQuest. Business faculty members are using working papers, printed books, pre-prints, conference proceedings, and dissertations to explore,specific research topics. When asked about passive forms of research -- such as staying up-to-date in the field or identifying ideas for further research -- newspapers join books at the top of most-used resources.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

The Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language.

Posted Oct 04, 2012

Elsevier, a provider of STM information products and services, and Ex Libris Group, a provider of library automation solutions, announced a collaborative initiative that will enable joint customers to search the Scopus abstracting and indexing database via the Ex Libris Primo Central Index.

Posted Oct 02, 2012

Springer will begin migrating its global library customers to the new version of its platform, SpringerLink. The platform was re-engineered with a focus on improving the user experience based on three principles: speed, simplicity and optimization.

Posted Oct 01, 2012

Oxford University Press is continuing to expand its digital publishing program this September with the launch of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) and the re-launch of the Oxford Handbooks Online and Oxford Reference.

Posted Sep 06, 2012

SPIE has announced a new program that provides Gold Open Access upon publication for a journal article for which authors or their institutions pay voluntary page charges, beginning 2013. Authors will retain copyright under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.

Posted Sep 06, 2012

Springer is expanding its open access program by offering a fully open access option for books, which will extend Springer's established SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journal portfolio, and its Springer Open Choice option. Any electronic version of a SpringerOpen book is fully and immediately open access, and thus freely accessible on SpringerLink for anyone in the world with access to the internet.

Posted Aug 29, 2012

To help K-12 libraries acquire ebooks more strategically, ebrary, a ProQuest business, has added hundreds of ebooks across acquisition models. The database now includes a growing selection of more than 8,500 titles with unlimited, multi-user access and a wealth of information in professional development and training resources. Almost 4,500 titles in the database have relevance to state, national or provincial curriculum standards - with coverage of all common core subjects.

Posted Aug 20, 2012

John Wiley & Sons, Inc, announced the launch of a new interdisciplinary review publication called WIREs Energy and Environment. This publication will serve as an interdisciplinary review work which the company says will highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education.

Posted Aug 01, 2012

Scientific publisher, Springer Science + Business Media, announced the company has acquired UK-based Canopus Academic Publishing. Canopus is a publisher that specializes in the subjects of physics and astronomy. With this acquisition, Springer will absorb more than 50 published or planned works.

Posted Aug 01, 2012

ebrary has announced the company's ebook collection, College Complete, is about to get a lot bigger with the acquisition of over 1,000 new ebook titles. The collection, designed for community and career colleges, will be adding titles from publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Packt Publishing, and Emerale Group Publishing.

Posted Jul 30, 2012

Scope eKnowledgeCenter announced the newest version of ConSCIse, which generates abstracts and keywords for scholarly literature. According to the company, ConSCIse has the ability to extract keywords from the document based on sophisticated statistical linguistic rules and will then take sentences from the document to form the abstract.

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Scientific publisher, Springer, announced plans to extend the period of free access to its online platform in Haiti through the year 2015. This will give over 15,000 students and researchers in the country access to Springer's scientific content from 2,000 research-level scientific journals including French-language editions.

Posted Jul 16, 2012

Gale, a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, announced the launch of its newest resource Business Insights: Essentials. The company believes this new resource will make information easier to find and will also allow users to make connections among disparate data.

Posted Jul 12, 2012

ebrary, a ProQuest business, will offer two new subscription products in Employee Development and Human Resources in an effort to assist libraries with strategic ebook acquisitions. The Employee Development database will cover topics such as business communication, strategic thinking, and creativity. The Human Resource database will cover recruitment, retention, training and development, and corporate diversity.

Posted Jul 09, 2012

Cambridge University Press announced the launch of new open access journals in Mathematics called Pi and Forum of Mathematics. Cambridge says the two journals will be published with peer-review standards set by an international editorial board of a very high caliber.

Posted Jul 02, 2012

Research and scholarly publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced its open access option for individual journal articles will be available to authors in 81% of the journals it publishes. By granting this open access format, the company says it will give authors the option to publish an open access paper in their journal of choice.

Posted Jul 02, 2012

Gale has announced a new program, ed2go, which the company says will provide education solutions through public libraries. Ed2go is designed to provide online training courses for adult education, career, and corporate training markets while working in conjunction with libraries.

Posted Jun 20, 2012

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