My review of Academic & Professional Publishing, edited by Robert Campbell, Ed Pentz and Ian Borthwick has now been published in Learned Publishing where it is (currently) freely available . I liked it, a lot: The fact that book publishing deadlines (especially multi-contributor works) sometimes means that the rapid pace of events can overtake some [read more]
I was pleased to have been invited to talk at the Association of Subscription Agents Annual Conference this week, because otherwise I would most likely not have gone and this would have meant missing an interesting meeting. Nearly all the talks were informative and engaging, and even if not one then usually the other. For [read more]
From the press release:Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information, has announced that more than 900 leading research libraries and corporations from all over the world are participating in the trial of eBooks on ScienceDirect…. Following the launch, approximately 50 newly published titles will be added to the eBooks list on ScienceDirect each month, offering researchers unparalleled integration and linking between the latest online book and journal information.
Ovid Partners with Global STM Publisher Springer Science+Business Media to Expand E-Book OfferingsFrom the press release:More than 800 Titles Spanning Core Medical Specialties Will Be Available on Books@Ovid for Purchase or SubscriptionOvid will offer more than 800 medical and health sciences titles to medical organizations globally, including hospitals and hospital consortia, medical schools, and medical departments or entities within a higher education institution, government organization, or corporation…. Key titles coming to Books@Ovid include AJCC Cancer Staging Atlas, Medical Informatics, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, widely considered must-have, “core” resources in their respective disciplines.
Underlying operating margins are improving with good revenue growth and further cost efficiency.The market marked Elsevier’s share price down ~4% in response to the Harcourt news:“Shares in Reed Elsevier, the publishing group, fell on Thursday after it warned that revenues would be ”broadly flat“ at its US-based Harcourt Education subsidiary…. The one billionth article download has also been counted by industry-standard measurements as Elsevier is fully COUNTER compliant”Elsevier to expand eBooks programmeIWR reported a couple of days ago that “Elsevier plans to launch 4,000 scientific and technical books online next year, a major expansion to the resources already available on STM database ScienceDirect .”The expanded programme will include ebook titles published since 1995, with approximately 50 titles added to the ebooks list on ScienceDirect each month.
It has recently signed agreements with academic institutions including the Great Western Library Alliance consortium (US), the University of Chicago (US), the University of Manchester (UK), the University of Oslo (Norway), the University of Jordan, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology/ETH, the Akademintorg / Russian Foundation for Basic research consortium, several members of the KESLI consortium (Korea) and several institutes in India…. The company has introduced a special offer, wherein customers who purchase the 2007 eBook Collection before the end of 2006 get the electronic versions of all Springer books published in 2005 and 2006 as well.