PSP . . . Links, No 70 - September 15, 2011

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A periodic alerting service leading you to information relevant to the professional and scholarly publishing industry

No. 70, September 15, 2011

Table of Contents

1. What’s New on the AAP Website?
2. PSP Education and Training Programs
3. Other Programs of Interest
4. New Job Postings
5. Suggested Reading
6. The PROSE Awards 2011 Submissions Period Now Open!
7. Congratulations to Sara Pinto, her husband Richard and their new baby daughter Gabriella Alessandra

1. What’s New on the AAP Wesite?

Publishers and Google Report Progress in Negotiations
Statement released by Tom Allen, President and CEO of AAP at the conclusion of the status conference.

PSP Summer Bulletin 2011
Now available online.

2. PSP Education and Training Programs

Guest Speaker:

The PSP Books Committee has invited guest speaker Bruce Hildebrand, Executive Director - Higher Education, Association of American Publishers, to its next meeting on Friday, October 7th from 12:30-1:30 PM at the AAP/NY offices.

If you or a colleague would like to attend this talk in person, or via webinar, please email


Fall 2011 Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Electronic Publishing
Tuesday, September 27th — 12:00-1:30 PM
Tuesday, October 25th — 12:00-1:30 PM
Tuesday, November 15th — 12:00-1:30 PM
Tuesday, December 13th — 12:00-1:30 PM
Association of American Publishers
71 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Due to popular demand the PSP Electronic Information Committee (EIC) is holding it's fifth series of the Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Electronic Publishing with new topics and new speakers. The programs are targeted to staff new to electronic publishing at member organizations and address the transition underway from print to the electronic side of scholarly and professional publishing. In-person spaces are limited to 18 but webinar spaces are unlimited.
Course Information
Registration Form

Social Media and Networking in PSP 2.0
Wednesday, October 19th
12:00-3:00 PM
Association of American Publishers
71 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Social Media and Networking in PSP 2.0 was developed in response to the overwhelming positive feedback received from Social Media and Networking in PSP 1.0. This seminar takes things a bit further with presentations to illustrate how technology and social media are actively shaping our behavior and becoming an integral part of our daily lives. While the seminar is still designed to provide a high-level view at how social media and social networking are used in today’s publishing environment, and how you might harness it to enhance your offerings, brace yourself for what the future can potentially offer.
Course Information
Registration Form

Professional, Scholarly & Academic Books:
The Basic Boot Camp

Thursday, October 20th
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wolters Kluwer Offices
Two Commerce Square
2001 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
The Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers presents a unique opportunity to learn about book publishing. If you have less than three years’ experience in professional, scholarly, and academic publishing—or are considering a career change—this workshop will provide an indispensable overview of the industry.
More Information
Registration Form

Save The Date!
PSP 2012 Annual Conference
Prospering with Digital: Making Investments Pay

February 1-3, 2012
Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC
PSP 2012 Annual Conference Program
Online Registration Form
Fax/Mail Registration Form
Hotel Information
Additional Information

For more information on all of these seminars, please visit

All details are posted on the PSP website For more information contact:

3. Other Programs of Interest

NFAIS Humanities Roundtable X
Embracing the Future While Coping with the Present
October 3rd
New York

International Society of Imaging & Technology Editors
October 18th
Oxford, UK

Internet Librarian
October 17th — 19th

Internet Librarian International
October 26th — 28th

NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books
October 24th — 25th

4. New Job Postings

  • Johns Hopkins University is seeking an Ebook & Digital Promotion Manager to oversee all digital promotion for books division, and all promotion related to online references and any other products emanating from the online books division. The Manager oversees the content, appearance, and functionality of informational web pages on the JHUP site for the books division and online books division. The Manager is responsible for all operational aspects of the Press’s ebook initiatives. The Manager plays a key role in shaping strategy, developing new products, designing workflow, and managing vendor relationships. Duration of position will be up to September 1, 2012. Current need exists due to scheduled leave; new hire will work alongside incumbent prior to leave period.
  • Johns Hopkins is seeking a Publicity Coordinator to prepare review lists, facilitate timely bound book and galley mailings, and handles other publicity needs for 10-15 books each season. The Publicity Coordinator processes review excerpts and distributes reviews and media coverage, monitors general publicity email box, evaluates and processes review copy requests as they are received, provides administrative and logistical assistance for events as necessary, and handles mailing of seasonal catalogs to media.
  • The American Psychological Society is seeking a Marketing Director. The Marketing Director reports directly to the Executive Director of the APS and is responsible for developing, designing, implementing and analyzing marketing and promotional campaigns for 15 scientific journals, membership programs and meetings and conferences. Other duties include planning and implementing shipping, attendance and promotional requirements to exhibit APS at about 10 conferences per year. The successful candidate must have a Bachelor's degree and at least 8 years of marketing experience in or working with the non-profit sector, preferably in a medical/scientific association with at least 3 — 5 years in management.
  • The American University of Cairo Press, the leading English-language publisher in the Middle East, is seeking a Director for the executive management of the publishing programs, and the bookselling services of the AUC Press in Egypt and abroad. The Director is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan for the Press publishing programs and bookselling services; providing leadership and management direction to a dedicated team of 12 senior managers and approximately 50; developing and implementing innovative publishing services in both print and electronic formats; overseeing all editorial development and publishing programs of AUC Press; preparing annual operating plans and budgets; directing both worldwide sales and marketing activities; representing the vision and mission of the Press within AUC, and at local and international professional publishing and bookselling events; and collaborating with the AUC Press Advisory Board (a committee of the University Trustees), the internal Publication Committee (an appointed committee of University faculty), as well as the University financial, planning, and administrative procedures and protocols.

For full details, please visit to view these and other exciting career opportunities. To post a position please contact

5. Suggested Reading

(Please note: some links may require passwords)

Web Sites of Interest

Download iThenticate's new white paper, The Ethics of Self-Plagiarism, which offers a clear definition of self-plagiarism and how authors and publishers can avoid this issue and the costly retractions associated it.

2010 PLoS Progress Update. PLoS released its 2010 update which summarizes the year’s developments and reports that PLoS covered its operating costs with revenue for the first time, adding to the concept that high-quality open-access publishing is sustainable. PLoS also announced that for the second consecutive year publication fees will not increase.

Articles of Interest


eBooks for the Visually Impaired
Speech Technology
— 9/1/11
But not everyone in publishing perceives TTS as a threat to audiobooks. “If audiobook producers can be replaced by text-to-speech functions, then I don’t think they’re doing anything all that interesting,” says Hugh McGuire, founder of LibriVox, an open-source project to create public domain audiobooks.

Copyright & Intellectual Property

Wards of the Court
Inside Higher Ed
— 9/14/11
Paul Courant expected to host representatives from the Authors Guild on his campus for a friendly discussion about some innovative ways his university is distributing digitized content. So he was surprised when they asked instead to see him in court.

Authors Guild Locates Orphaned Work Author in Less Than Three Minutes
— 9/14/11
Using Google and a telephone, the Authors Guild uncovered the author of a so-called orphaned work in less than three minutes—illustrating a major research problem as universities and libraries decide what to do with millions of scanned books.

Library Copyright Alliance Called Authors Guild Suit ‘Deplorable’
— 9/14/11
Today the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) attacked the Authors Guild’s lawsuit against HathiTrust. The Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ) and eight authors have also joined the lawsuit about the fate of seven million scanned books.

Authors’ Guild Sues Universities Over Book Digitization Project
— 9/13/11
With the planned settlement between Google and book publishers still on indefinite hold, a legal battle by proxy has started. Google partnered with many libraries at U.S. universities in order to gain access to the works it wants to digitize. Now, several groups that represent book authors have filed suit against those universities, attempting to block both digital lending and an orphaned works project.

Google’s Global Library Takes a Further Blow
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
— 9/13/11
With university allies in Google's Print Library Project under fire in court—and the company cutting back on ambitious projects—is the plan's end near?

Authors Guild Sues University Libraries
— 9/12/11
With the Google Settlement in tatters and the case expected to soon head back to litigation, the Authors Guild Monday announced that it has doubled down on its infringement claims by suing a consortium of university libraries over its digital initiative known as HathiTrust. According to the complaint, filed in New York, the Author’s Guild, along with the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors have filed a copyright infringement suit against the consortium, led by the University of Michigan, but which now numbers more than 50 partners, and nearly 10 million volumes.

Lawsuit Seeks Removal of a Digital Book Collection
New York Times
— 9/12/11
Three major authors’ groups and eight individual authors filed suit against a partnership of research libraries and five universities on Monday, arguing that their initiative to digitize millions of books constituted copyright infringement.

Authors sue universities, say unauthorized online books being scanned for use
Washington Post (AP)
— 9/12/11
Authors and authors’ groups in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom sued the University of Michigan and four other universities Monday, seeking to stop the creation of online libraries made up of as many as 7 million copyright-protected books they say were scanned without authorization.

Second Circuit Copyright Ruling Could Affect Libraries, and Jobs
— 9/7/11
Librarians and book re-sellers say their core activities are now in question after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on August 15 upheld a lower court decision finding that the “First Sale” doctrine in U.S. copyright law—the provision that enables libraries to lend and consumers to re-sell books they’ve lawfully purchased—does not apply to works manufactured outside the U.S.

Who Owns Copyright in Course Materials?
Copyright On Campus
— 9/1/11
To date, no litigation has arose as a result of Course Hero or sites like it. However, a copyright infringement action is pending in a Florida district court concerning the sharing of course information and may answer the question of whether sharing of course materials actually qualifies as fair use.

HathiTrust Orphan Works Project Grows as University of California, Others Join Up
Library Journal
— 9/1/11
A number of recent announcements have greatly expanded the research bandwidth available to investigate the pool of orphan works in the HathiTrust collections—a fact that could stir discussion on orphan works access, both in and out of academia.


Great digital expectations
The Economist
— 9/10/11
To see how profoundly the book business is changing, watch the shelves. Next month IKEA will introduce a new, deeper version of its ubiquitous “BILLY” bookcase. The flat-pack furniture giant is already promoting glass doors for its bookshelves. The firm reckons customers will increasingly use them for ornaments, tchotchkes and the odd coffee-table tome—anything, that is, except books that are actually read.

E-books' popularity is rewriting the sales story
USA Today
— 9/6/11
"It's been a watershed year for e-books," says Tina Jordan of the Association of American Publishers. “Any publisher will tell you that a best-selling title from a branded author can run upwards of 30% to 40% in digital sales."

Why an e-book still needs an index
O’Reilly radar
— 9/2/11
An index in an ebook offers a level of discovery search can't touch.

E-Book Market Partially "Subsidized" by Physical Bookstores: Simba Information
Simba Information
— 8/31/11
A recent report by media and publishing forecast firm Simba Information found that even though bookstores have lost some of their customer base over the years, the channel feeds into the e-book universe by serving as a 'book showroom' for the roughly 10% of U.S. adults who buy e-books.


HathiTrust and Google Will Help Duke U. Press Digitize a Trove of Older Titles
Chronicle of Higher Education
— 9/12/11
Duke University Press has struck an agreement with HathiTrust and Google to make a large number of its backlist titles freely available through the HathiTrust digital repository. The press, like many others, hasn't had spare resources to digitize and archive all those books itself.

Google Book-Scanning Lawsuit Is Dropped by French Publishers
— 9/8/11
Three French publishers dropped a 9.8 million-euro ($13.8 million) lawsuit against Google Inc. over books scanned by the search-engine company.

Google Declares Progress Against Piracy as It Seeks Media Partners
New York Times
— 9/2/11
Seeking to disassociate itself with copyright infringement in the eyes of potential business partners, Google says it's made progress in its effort to combat online piracy this year.

Higher Education

College Spending Trends Show Students Bearing a Growing Share of the Costs
Chronicle of Higher Ed
— 9/14/11
The White House, foundation leaders and other policy makers love to tout community colleges as key players in raising national educational levels, yet as the recession hit in 2009, two-year colleges were also the sector of higher education that took the hardest financial hits, according to the latest Delta Cost Project report, released today.

UNC to launch Digital Innovation Lab
— 9/14/11
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will launch a new virtual lab that will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative digital humanities projects. The Digital Innovation Lab will encourage the production of digital “public goods”: projects and tools that are of social and cultural value.

Back to School: Rethinking the Textbook
The Scholarly Kitchen
— 9/13/11
Over the past few years I have been meeting with a steady stream of entrepreneurs who are determined to reshape the textbook business. While some of these new ventures are in the area of K-12 publishing (these tend to be the more ambitious schemes), most have targeted the market for higher education textbooks.

Accountability for Colleges
NY Times
— 9/1/11
Your August 16 editorial “An Industry in Need of Accountability” misses the mark. Improved accountability in higher education is critical for every institution, not just the for-profit sector.

More and more, college students go buy the e-books
Boston Globe
— 9/1/11
Campus bookstores have increased the number of digital textbooks this school year, as students weaned on Facebook and iPads seek virtual alternatives to heavy tomes. Digital textbooks are projected to account for 10 to 15 percent of course materials sold by the fall of 2012, compared with just 3 percent of the $5.85 billion sold last year, according to the National Association of College Stores.

Online Education Is Everywhere. What’s the Next Big Thing?
Chronicle of Higher Ed Wired Campus — 8/31/11
Like many other colleges, Southern New Hampshire University is experiencing an online-education boom. But look under the hood of its digital learning operation, and what you’ll find in many ways resembles traditional education: students forking over substantial tuition payments to study in small, professor-led classes that last from eight to 11 weeks.

‘Textbook Rebellion’ pushes for free, open books (UPDATE)
Washington Post — 8/31/11
In response, a spokesperson for the Association of American Publishers said in an email: “The nation’s higher education publishers have been aggressively working to provide students with multiple course material options in a wide variety of prices and formats. Their efforts have led to cost savings for students: unlike tuition, typical student spending on publisher produced materials has declined 8-percent in 2009 vs 2001, according to the most recent study by Student Monitor.”


Book banning, coming to a library near you?
— 9/6/11
Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 — Oct. 1, 2011. Is the freedom to read in jeopardy in the United States? This year alone, individuals in more than 26 states were forced to fight for their right to choose reading materials for themselves and their families, as hundreds of attempts were made to ban books from public and school libraries.

WorldCat turns 40
OCLC press release
— 8/26/11
OCLC marks the Today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of resources held in libraries around the globe.

Book Lovers, Technophiles, Pragmatists and Printers: The social and demographic structure of user attitudes toward e-books
College & Research Libraries preprint
— 8/20/11
As academic libraries shift to investing in e-book collections and experimenting with a growing range of purchasing models, a research team at Miami University in Oxford, OH, conducted a study to identify opinions about e-books among the population of library users.

Open Access & Institutional Repositories

Early Journal Content on JSTOR, Free to Anyone in World
JSTOR press release
— 9/6/11
JSTOR recently announced a new policy to make journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. This represents 6% of the content on the platform.

OA Rhetoric, Economics, and the Definition of “Research”
Scholarly Kitchen
— 9/7/11
Librarian Rick Anderson expresses his concerns about the popular phrase “access to publicly-funded research,” which overlooks the large and expensive gap that lies between the completion of a scientific experiment (which is what funding agencies have historically provided funding for, and which is what is commonly meant by the term “research”), and the creation of a publishable product based on that research.


Warner Bros. Sued For Allegedly Abusing Anti-Piracy Tool
The Hollywood Reporter
— 9/13/11
Hotfile, the popular cyberlocker currently under legal attack by Hollywood studios, has submitted counterclaims alleging that Warner Bros. has been abusing its anti-piracy tool.

Putting Piracy on ICE
— 9/15/11
When a federal grand jury indicted five founders of the website, it marked the most recent instance of the federal government getting tough on Internet piracy.

Is It Plagiarism? iParadigms Walks Both Sides of the Question
Scholarly Kitchen
— 9/12/11
The two most popular plagiarism-detection programs are Turnitin — widely used in higher education — and CrossCheck — widely used by scholarly publishers. Both programs rely on software developed by iParadigms, a company headquartered in Oakland, CA. Now, a lesser-known iParadigms product called WriteCheck , a student-only version of the plagiarism-detection software.

E-Piracy: The High Cost of Stolen Books
Huffington Post
— 9/8/11
Lost book sales can't be quantified, making it impossible to calculate the full cost of e-piracy, but the sheer number of illegal copies available for download gives an idea of the scope of the problem. At one file-sharing website, users have uploaded 1,830 copies of three books by a popular young adult author.

Professional & Scholarly Publishing

Hacking the Academy: the Book
Chronicle of Higher Education
— 9/9/11
A somewhat different version of the text has been, and will continue to be, available on the original website for the project, but as Cohen and Scheinfeldt explain, the goal is both to reach audiences beyond the social media echo chamber and to show how “scholarly and educational content can exist in multiple forms for multiple audiences.”

Uninformed, Unhinged, and Unfair — The Monbiot Rant
Scholarly Kitchen
— 9/1/11
I tried to ignore it. It deserved to be ignored — an ill-informed activist with academic aspirations using the Guardian as a pulpit to deliver a tiresome sermon filled with intentional misunderstandings, misinformation, and misapprehensions about academic publishing.

The Big Deal: Not Price But Cost
Information Today
— 9/11
We should note that publishers deny that the Big Deal is inflexible. “There has always been this perception in the industry that the Big Deal is an all-or-nothing situation,” says John Tagler, vice president and executive director at the Association of American Publishers.

Social Media’s Long Tail of Industry Disruption
10,000 Words (
— 8/31/11
What got me thinking about this was an excellent post that Mathew Ingram wrote for GigaOm, titled “So When Does Academic Publishing Get Disrupted?”

How Industry Uses the ICMJE Guidelines to Manipulate Authorship—And How They Should Be Revised
PLoS Medicine
— 8/9/11
Rather than obstructing industry, the current International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines provide a ready tool for misattributing authorship. The ICMJE guidelines should be fundamentally revised and the concept of origination given comparable importance to authorship and contributorship.

General Interest

So Many Gadgets, So Many Aches
New York Times
— 9/10/11
They’re everywhere: hunched shoulders, angled necks and wrists, hands twisted like claws. As people harness their bodies to use more electronic devices in more places, they may unknowingly be putting themselves at a greater risk of injury.

The Voyage of “The Library of Congress” Motion Picture
The Library of Congress
— 8/29/11
This 20-minute motion picture, produced in the 1940s, provide a special glimpse into the Library of Congress and captures the library’s roles in the tapestry of American history.

6. The PROSE Awards 2011 Submissions Period Now Open!

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (the PROSE Awards). All members of AAP and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are eligible for the Awards.

The 2011 Call for Entries and Entry Form are available ONLINE ONLY at The submissions deadline is Monday, October 31, 2011.

If you would like to be added to the PROSE Awards mailing list, please contact Kate Kolendo at 212.255.0326 or And remember, you can also stay abreast of all things PROSE by joining the PROSE groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, and by following PROSE on Twitter!



PSP Contributing Staff:
Sara Pinto, Director
Katie Balaski, Interim Administrator
Kate Kolendo, Project Manager
John Tagler, Executive Director

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