Someone writes "The NYTimes reports executives at Amazon.com are negotiating with several of the largest book publishers about an ambitious and expensive plan to assemble a searchable online archive with the texts of tens of thousands of books of nonfiction, according to several publishing executives involved.
Lee Hadden writes \"The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article in the June 16, 2003
issue that compares Questia, Britannica, MSN Learning & Research and
eLibrary as alternatives to visiting traditional libraries.
\"Writing Tools: For students researching a paper, online libraries
are increasingly the way to go. Here\'s how they stack up.\" By LEAH MCGRATH
Paige Taylor, a 17-year-old high-school student from Laguna Beach,
Calif., says using online libraries cuts the time it takes for her to write
Tutor.com, "the innovative leader in one-to-one on demand online homework help, today announced that it has acquired the Reference Division of LSSI."
Included in the acquisition are LSSI Virtual Reference ToolKit™, Web Reference Services and LSSI Integrated Reference Management System with RefTracker™. LSSI's Arthur Brady has been named Vice President and General Manager of the new Tutor.com Reference Division. Steve Coffman will serve in an advisory role to Tutor.com as Vice President of Strategic Development.
Underground/alternative comic book publisher Fantagraphics is putting out a plea for survival. The company that houses such greats as R. Crumb, Los Bros Hernandez (of Love and Rockets fame), and the visionary author of Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware, is in deep financial trouble.
Don Saklad points over to Kur5hin.org and This Look At Spyware, Adware, Back doors, and all the other stuff vendors put in programs to spy on your machine.
They say the biggest problem, might come in the form of back doors to popular programs, which may give software vendors complete access, and in some cases complete control, to an end user's system.
There's a list of possible solutions, and a list of links to other stories for background readings as well.
Jill O'Neill passed along This IT-Analysis Story on divine, who you probably know filed a petition to reorganise under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy rules on Tuesday.
They cover some history, and say that Rowecom had collected some $50m worth of subscriptions for magazines and other publications on behalf of a variety of publishers but had then used the money to pay off its own debts and to cover running costs rather than coughing up to the publishers.
Gary "Visit The ResourceShelf" Price sent over This Chronicle of Higher Education Story that says Elsevier Science announced new procedures last week for handling journal articles in its databases that are the product of plagiarism or other research misconduct. Librarians and scholars have complained that the Anglo-Dutch publisher was jeopardizing the integrity of scholarship by removing articles from its databases with little explanation.
I received this short email today with no other details.There\'s also no mention on the Cancerlit Site. \"We regret to inform you that NCI is discontinuing the
CANCERLIT bibliographic database. Therefore, no more updates
will be distributed to licensees. This decision is the
result of a reassessment and prioritization of NCI cancer
information products and services, given limited resources.
Paula J. Hane, over at InfoToday is keeping up on the RoweCom saga.
She says the beleaguered subsidiary of divine filed a 14-count lawsuit in the same court against its parent company, alleging that divine had made “fraudulent transfers” of over $73.7 million of RoweCom funds and had looted the company.
You can read the exact text of RoweCom’s allegations can read the original complaint filed with the bankruptcy court by downloading this PDF file.
Steve writes \"I found This Story from eWeek to be so ironic as to be funny. In it, Microsoft cautions that significant damage may be done to its business model by the open source software movement. Hmmmmm, why can\'t I shed any tears for Microsoft? And why do I inwardly shout Hip Hip Hooray for open source?!\"
Slashdot has it too, with more than a few good comments. As always, check out OSS4LIB, or usrlib.info to see how you can use Open Source stuff in your library.