PSP . . . Links, No 76 - December 21, 2011

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

No. 76, December 21, 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

A Happy Holiday Season to All!

This will be the only issue in December. The next issue will be published on January 15th — or a bit earlier if there are significant developments in late December or early January.

1. What’s New on the AAP Website?

PSP Fall 2012 Bulletin

American Publishers Stand with Prominent Egyptian Publisher Attacked by Military Government

Top-Selling Authors Adopt New York Area Schools, Meet with Local Students

2. PSP Education and Training Programs

PSP Programs & Conferences:

PSP Books Committee: Guest Speakers
The Library of Congress CIP e-Book Metadata Pilot: Collaborations to Provide Better e-Book Access and Metadata for the Nation
Attend in person or via webinar!
Friday, January 13th — 12:00-1:30pm
Association of American Publishers
71 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Additional Information
Speaker Information

PSP 2012 Annual Pre-Conference
Smart Content, Smart Delivery, Smart Business

February 1st
Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC
PSP 2012 Annual Pre-Conference Program

Registration Form

PSP 2012 Annual Conference
Prospering with Digital: Making Investments Pay

February 1st — 3rd
Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC
PSP 2012 Annual Conference Program
Registration Form
Hotel Information
Additional Information

Just Announced!

The Usage Factor

A Webinar Presented by COUNTER and PSP Journals Committee

February 15th — 11:30am-12:15pm (ET)
Registration Form
Additional Information

For more information on all of these seminars, please visit

For more information contact:

AAP Webinar

Rights and Permissions Advisory Committee’s

Copyright Basics Webinar

Thursday, February 9th — 2:00-3:30pm (ET)

This webinar will feature speaker Eric S. Slater, Esq. of the American Chemical Society discussing the basics of copyright in book and journal publishing.

Registration Fees: $25.00 AAP Member $40.00 Non-Member

Registration Form

For more information contact

3. Other Programs of Interest

SSP: Librarian Focus Group

January 31st

Washington, DC

BISG: Making Information Pay for Higher Ed Publishing

February 8th

New York

O‘Reilly Tools of Change: Change/Forward/Fast

February 13th — 15th

New York

NFAIS Annual Conference 2012

February 26th — 28th


4. New Job Postings

  • The University of California Press is seeking a Marketing and Sales Director. Reporting to the Director, the Marketing & Sales Director is responsible for developing and executing a clearly defined marketing, communication and sales strategy across all product lines that supports consistent revenue growth and enhances the reputation of UC Press. This position is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training and managing all marketing and sales functions to achieve UC Press objectives of sales, growth and visibility while ensuring a consistent marketing message and position consistent with UC Press’s mission.

  • The University of Chicago Press is seeking a Director, Journals Division. The Director, Journals Division reports to the Director of the University of Chicago Press and has overall responsibility for strategic goal-setting within the Division and for developing and managing the business and operations to meet those goals. A key requirement is understanding and acting on the balance between business goals and the mission of a university press journals publisher with publications that are in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Coordination and collaboration with the Press's Director, Chief Financial Officer, and Chicago Distribution Services are especially important. The Director, Journals Division also has ultimate responsibility for the Press's activities in acquisition and retention of scholarly journals and provides leadership in budgeting, staffing, management, and relations with editors at the Division's University-based journals and at journals sponsored by outside organizations.

  • Wolters Kluwer is seeking a Sr. Publisher. The primary responsibility of the Sr. Publisher is to manage a portfolio of society and proprietary medical journals. Other duties and responsibilities include business and product development — develop and enhance web initiatives around existing and unique print and online content; financial — ensure revenue and margin goals for all products are met or exceeded; editorial — set editorial direction based on market opportunities and potential for growth; communications — provide reports on product updates and visitor/member activities to Executive Team as directed; communicate with ad sales force on product features and benefits, site metrics, product messaging, demos, trainings, etc.; society — effectively manage current society relationships; and attend industry events including new media programs in order to enhance skills & knowledge in online publishing.

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)

Websites of Interest

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) write in response to the request for information issued November 3, 2011, by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Articles of Interest


Remembering the rights of others

PW— 12/14/11

Two years ago, in September 2009, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)testifiedin front of the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, urging support for the proposed Google Book Search (GBS) settlement between Google, the Authors Guild and the AAP.

National Federation of the Blind Seeks to Join HathiTrust Defendants

Chronicle of Higher Ed— 12/14/11

The National Federation of the Blindhas askeda federal court to add it to the defendantsnamed in alawsuitbrought by the Authors Guild and others against the HathiTrust digital repository and five universities.

AIM Commission Releases Report on Disparities in Postsecondary Learning Material for Students with Disabilities

Department of Education Press Release — 12/6/11

The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities released today a report providing Congress with vital recommendations for improving the ability of postsecondary students with disabilities to obtain accessible instructional materials in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Copyright & Intellectual Property

Register of Copyrights Addresses Legislative Efforts
Publishers Weekly — 12/16/11
Pallante, who took over from Marybeth Peters this year as the 12th register of copyrights in US history, made her comments as part of a panel entitled “Copyright & Commerce: Orphan Works & Fair Use in aDigitalAge.”

Inside Views A Clatch of Copyright Cases At The Supreme Court of Canada

Intellectual Property Watch— 12/6/11

A “clatch” is another word for “brood”, which is a not inappropriate word in the present circumstances — considering that Canada’s highest court will hear five (yes, five!) cases on December 6 and 7, 2011 that all emanate from Canada’s Copyright Board.

Use It, or Lose It


When it comes to copyright, the discussion today invariably focuses on piracy. For today’s large copyright-based industries, almost any unauthorized use of their content is considered stealing. But the real question may be what such a restrictive reading of copyright steals from the public.


Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries

InfoToday/Searcher — 12/11

Chuck Hamaker writes: Long-term preservation and retention rights to stable content are not the norm, because many resellers and vendors don’t possess those rights from the publisher or author. Instead of true ownership, most e-book “purchases” are more like leases, and leases with few residual rights at that.

E-Book Lending Lures Readers Back to the Library
Mobiledia — 12/20/11
Butbook publishersaren't quite as happy. Since libraries began lending e-books a few years ago, the industry has grappled to find a solution that pleases readers,publishers, and lending institutions alike.

Publishers Are Still Missing the Boat on E-book Prices

Businessweek (GigaOM)— 12/15/11

When the major book publishers signed an agreement with Apple that allowed them to control theprices of their e-books—unlike the deal they had with Amazon, which gave the online retailer the right to cut prices if it wished—they probably thought they had won a major battle.

Is Amazon Pushing Publishers to Brink On Terms, Co-op?

PW— 12/15/11

Last week Amazon caused a furor in the bookselling world, with its reveal of aprice check app consumers could use in bricks-and-mortar stores to get discounts at the retailer. Although the app did not include books, its announcement offered many a chance to slam Amazon as a ruthless corporation out to destroy the community bookstore and, as Richard Russo claimed in theNew York Times, literary culture along with it.

DOJ Investigating E-book Pricing, Official Says
PCWorld — 12/7/11
Sharis Pozen, acting assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ's antitrust division, didn't name the targets of the agency's e-book probe, but the EU's investigation focuses on Apple and five e-book publishers.


Canadian Booksellers Association Links with Google eBooks

PW — 12/16/11

When Google’s eBookstore first launched in Canada in November, its retail partners were limited to a consortium of campus bookstores and the McNally Robinson stores. But a new deal between the Canadian Booksellers Association and the consortium known as Campus eBookstore has opened the door for independent CBA members to start selling e-books through the Google eBookstore immediately.

Class Action Filed inGoogleBooks Case — 12/19/11
The long- delayed lawsuit over the Google Book project took a significant step toward court action and potentially farther away from a settlement with thefiling of a motionfor Class Certificationby The Authors Guild and several individual authors.

Authors Guild Files Motion For Class Certification In Revived Suit Against Google
Wall Street Journal — 12/13/11
The complaint, last amended this October, notes Google's announced plan was to allow users to search the text of the books online, using what it now callsGoogle Book Search.

Higher Education

Journey of a Bookworm

New York Times— 12/18/11

E-textbooks save students money, and students can access them on mobile devices. We believe that e-books, e-textbooks, and e-zines are the next frontier; the market for them is blossoming. But students and faculty members will probably always have the choice of printed or e-books.

Senator seeks to offer free digital textbooks
Chicago Daily Herald
— 12/17/11
The leader of California’s Senate wants to offer an electronic library of free basic textbooks for college students in a bid to offset higher university fees. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Tuesday he will offer legislation next year to create 50 textbooks for the most common college classes.

Open Access & Institutional Repositories

Is free inevitable in scholarly communication? The economics of open access

College & Research News — 12/11

This article makes the case that a change in the delivery of scientific content and in the business models for delivering scholarly communication was inevitable from the moment journals moved online.

Global portal throws spotlight onopen accessmovement
— 12/6/11
The open access (OA) movement — which campaigns for free scholarly information via the Internet — has welcomed a website that aims to be the first port of call for checking the status of OA around the world.


SOPA Mark-Up Session Delayed Until Next Year; An Opening for OPEN?

PW— 12/21/11

With Congress embroiled in a fight over extending the payroll tax cut, House Judiciary Committee spokeswoman Kim Smith confirmed that Wednesday's scheduledSOPA hearing has been delayed. Smith said the committee expected to take the bill up again "early next year."

It's Time Hollywood Faced the Music Over Preventing InternetPiracy: View
Bloomberg — 12/21/11
Because some overseas websites exist solely to distribute bootleg content, and are beyond the reach of U.S. law, Hollywood is seeking stronger protections. In essence, it wants the right to require American companies to stop doing business with entire websites.

Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear

TechCrunch— 12/21/11

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isdelayed in Congress, but it is definitely not dead. The media company lobbyists and their Congressmen (hello, Lamar Smith!) are simply regrouping. Some of the morecontroversial aspectsof the bill include transferring liability for copyright infringement to sites that host user-generated content and blocking that content via DNS servers.

Piracy act debate getting ridiculous

SF Chronicle— 12/21/11

As Congress debates nothing less important than the future of the Internet, our nation's leaders are applying all the intellectual rigor you'd expect from a tween selecting a smart phone.

Stop OnlinePiracyand PROTECT IP Acts Do More Harm Than Good
U.S. News & World Report — 12/21/11
Both the House's Stop OnlinePiracyAct and the Senate's PROTECT IP Act call for a form of Internet filtering that would do very little to stop infringement while imposing severe costs to cybersecurity and online free expression.

Copyright Theft Costs Jobs and Threatens Creativity

U.S. News & World Report — 12/21/11

Congress should pass rogue site legislation. The Internet is a critical resource for businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs across America, but the promise of better connection and communication with consumers and fans is being steadily eroded by criminal foreign website operators.

SOPA Haters Are Already Finding Easy Ways To Circumvent Its Censorship
Forbes — 12/21/11
While Congress has postponed the second half of its hearing of SOPA until next year, the Internet’s communities of coders and free speech advocates have interpreted the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as intolerable digital damage before it has even come to a vote, and are already working on tools anyone can use to route around its roadblocks to foreign, copyright-infringing sites.

Time to patch up the Hollywood-Silicon Valley spat
CBS News — 12/19/11
Internetpiracycosts the American economy as much as $135 billion every year. Fighting it unifies the fiercest of rivals, aligning labor unions with corporate CEOs as well as Democrats with Republicans.

GOP chairman expects Obama to sign anti-online piracy bill

The Hill— 12/18/11

House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said he expects President Obama will sign the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a controversial measure to crackdown on online copyright infringement, if it clears Congress.

The Sunday Conversation: Robert Levine

LA Times— 12/18/11

Robert Levine, 41, a former executive editor of Billboard, sounds the alarm on Internet piracy and technology companies' economic war on the music, movies, television, book publishing and newspaper industries in "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back" (Doubleday).

Lawmakers trade barbs in hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act

Washington Post — 12/15/11

In a raucous House debate on Thursday over a bill to stop piracy on the Internet, lawmakers representing the interests of old media and new media drew their swords in passionate attacks and counterattacks over the controversial proposal.

Four hundred companies push for piracy legislation

The Hill— 12/14/11

A coalition of 402 companies, from 1-800 Contacts to Zumba Fitness, sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to crack down on online piracy.

Rogue websites: A threat to the US economy

The Hill— 12/14/11

The property rights of American businesses and artists are under assault by foreign rogue sites, websites dedicated to the theft of intellectual property. This property, embodied in trademarks and copyrights, is being stolen en masse by cyber criminals and resold to unsuspecting consumers, oftentimes at their own risk.

The Case For Supporting SOPA And PROTECT IP

Forbes — 12/8/11

Last month, 150 online illegal enterprises were shut down by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of its ongoing “Operation in Our Sites” campaign against theft of intellectual property.

Professional & Scholarly Publishing

Do We Really NeedCopyrightFor Academic Publishing?
Techdirt — 12/20/11
Becausecopyrightoriginated from publishing, it is primarily concerned with protecting the expression of works — whereas the ideas expressed are not copyrightable. Perhaps copyright protects the wrong thing for academics: what they really care about is credit for the ideas their papers contain, not how they phrased them.

Open AccessIs Spreading — But Is It ReallyOpen Access?
Techdirt — 12/19/11
The latest big boost to open access has come from in UK government's "Innovation and research strategy for growth" (pdf). Publication is a commercial act. The key thing here is that publishers have been paid for fullopen access, not a watered-down version.

ORCID, Inc appoints Semantico to build global scholarly author registry

Press release — 12/5/11

Semantico has been selected by ORCID, Inc, a not-for-profit global consortium of academic institutions, publishers, scholarly societies, corporate companies, governmental bodies and not-for-profit agencies, to help build the first phase of their worldwide registry for scholarly authors.

What does Creative Commons mean for science? — 12/15/11
Launched in 2005, Science Commons aims to provide open standards andopen accessto research data andjournalsin order to further scientific pursuit.

Exploring open access in higher education: live chat best bits

The Guardian — 12/7/11

What is the benefit of open access to academia? Who will pay for open education resources? These questions and many more are answered by our live chat panel.

What Is Publishing? A Report from THATCamp Publishing

Chronicle of Higher Ed — 11/28/11

The entry of many research libraries into the publishing industry has muddied the definition of what exactly a publisher is. These includeM-Publishingby the University of Michigan library and theScholarly Resources Integration departmentof the Ohio State University library.

General Interest

No, You’re Getting a Book

New York Times— 12/22/11

Enough is enough. No more computers, cameras or consoles. No more watches, neckties or perfumes. Heck, no dead tree, no annoying lights, no overstuffed duck, either. I’m casting an ink-and-paper pall over the holiday, whether Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa: This year we’re going to give each other a book.



PSP Contributing Staff:

Sara Pinto, Director

Kate Kolendo, Project Manager

John Tagler, Executive Director