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OCLC Creates Digital Division

Submitted by Ieleen on Mon, 12/03/2001 - 14:42
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From Business First-Columbus...

\"The Online Computer Library Center has created a new division to help its member libraries catalog and preserve their digital resources. The division will be responsible for helping libraries create, access and preserve existing digital collections; collaborate to build new digital collections; and learn about digitization and preservation issues. It will house the OCLC\'s Digital Archive, the Digital and Preservation Co-op and the Digital and Preservation Resources Centers.\" From More

BusinessWeek Looks at Questia

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 12/03/2001 - 09:37
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steven bell writes \"In the December 10 issue of BusinessWeek the Technology columnist, Stephen Wildstrom, tries out Questia and likes it, but has some doubts about its current feasibility (obviously written before last week\'s news about more layoffs at Questia).He writes, \"it\'s easy to see how online libraries could take a lot of the tedium out of research. I don\'t think they will ever replace the pleasures of browsing the stack of a serious research collections. As a lover of old-fashioned libraries, I certainly hope not.\" Who is he calling \"old-fashioned\"?

LOC & Preservation Technologies Announce Contract

Submitted by Ryan on Wed, 11/28/2001 - 17:02
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From Excite News:

Pittsburgh-based Preservation Technologies, L.P., signed a new five-year contract with the Library of Congress (LC) to preserve over a million books and 5 to 7.5 million manuscript pages using its Bookkeeper process. This is the first step toward the LC\'s goal of preserving 8.5 million retrospective and new books over the next 30 years.

Questia again cuts its workforce 50% on low growth rate

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 11/20/2001 - 14:00
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The Houston Chronicle is Reporting Questia Media cut its workforce in half last week, reducing the number of employees to just 68, down from almost 300, because of lower than expected demand for its online library and research service.

\"We\'re seeing good week-over-week growth but not at an aggressive rate as we anticipated,\" said spokeswoman Ann Brimberry \"Our priorities now are to make the service work as well as we can for subscribers.\"
Props to Gary Price for this one.

OCLC Makes Offer for Netlibrary

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/15/2001 - 12:22
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Subject to the approval of the bankruptcy court, OCLC Online Computer Library Center announces that it has made an offer to purchase substantially all the assets of netLibrary and assume certain netLibrary liabilities. netLibrary is a leading provider of eBooks, eTextbooks and Internet-based content/collection management services.

Scholastic to Publish Third E-Book Ahead of Print Version

Submitted by Ieleen on Thu, 11/08/2001 - 11:10
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Scholastic is releasing another of its books in electronic format ahead of the print version. This one is part of the \"Dear America\" Series. According to Michael Jacobs, senior vice president of their trade division \"We\'re approaching all our e-book efforts as ways to promote our printed properties, so we\'re not necessarily going to gauge the success of this e-book project solely on the basis of whether we sell a lot of copies, although we\'d like to do that.\" If you hurry and buy it before Thanksgiving, you can get it for $1.95. more

Behind the doors at a sex how-to publishing house

Submitted by Ben on Mon, 10/22/2001 - 23:48
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The San Francisco Chronicle recently featured an article about a local publisher of sex how-to books on spending the past twelve years as a sort of leather-friendly Hints from Heloise.

(It\'s not only a fascinating look at the world of independent publishing, where you\'re not likely to end up in the reviews in Library Journal. It\'s also a chance for me to congratulate my friends (full disclosure, eh) at Greenery Press on \"building better perverts\" for so many years.)