ATG News & Announcements – 2/3/21

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ATG News & Announcements – 2/3/21

As Revenue Tops $380 Billion, Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO

According to Publishers Weekly “In announcing another round of record financial results, Amazon said that founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will turn over his CEO duties to Andy Jassy, currently head of Amazon Web Services (AWS), sometime in this year’s third quarter. Bezos will become executive chairman of Amazon.
With fourth quarter sales jumping 44%, sales for the full year at Amazon rose 38% over 2019, to $386.1 billion. Net income increased 84%, to $21.3 billion…’


Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (CARL) Agrees to 3-Year, $7 Million Deal with Elsevier; Deal with Eastern Carolina University Also Announced

According to infoDOCKET “after a year of negotiations, the Colorado State University Libraries recently agreed to a new three-year contract with scholarly publishing giant Elsevier, through the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries... CARL has agreed to pay about $7 million for Elsevier journal titles, and the Libraries will contribute roughly $1.6 million. Annual inflation rates for journal subscriptions typically vary between 4% to 8%, but the Alliance secured an approximately 15% discount from the previous Elsevier contract…”


Milestones: The Internet Archive’s Lending Collection Reaches 2 Million Volumes

Also infoDOCKET reports that “The Internet Archive has reached a new milestone: 2 million. That’s how many modern books are now in its lending collection—available free to the public to borrow at any time, even from home…
The 2 million modern books are part of the Archive’s larger collection of 28 million texts that include older books in the public domain, magazines, and documents. Beyond texts, millions of movies, television news programs, images, live music concerts, and other sound recordings are also available, as well as more than 500 billion web pages that have been archived by the Wayback Machine.


NISO’s Recommended Practice on Reproducibility Badging and Definitions now published

Library Technology Guides reports that “The National Information Standards Organization announced the publication of its Recommended Practice, RP-31-2021, Reproducibility Badging and Definitions. Developed by the NISO Taxonomy, Definitions, and Recognition Badging Scheme Working Group, this new Recommended Practice provides a set of recognition standards that can be deployed across scholarly publishing outputs to easily recognize and reward the sharing of data and methods…”


The Library of Congress Brings People of Color to the Forefront of Historical Study

Information Today reports that “Kate Zwaard writes the following for the Library of Congress’ Of the People: Widening the Path blog: “The [new] Black, Indigenous, and minority Americans Digital Futures Program will sponsor digital projects and partnerships aimed at amplifying the stories of Black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and other people of color whose stories have too often been undertold in our nation’s history…”


Library of Congress is Convening a Copyright Public Modernization Committee, First Meeting Will Take Place in Early Summer 2021

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “The Library of Congress is convening a public committee to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office’s modernization initiative. At this time, the Library is announcing that it will accept applications from qualified members of the public to serve on this committee…”


B&N Press Just Sweetened Its Deal for Indie Authors

Good e_Reader notes that according to a press release from B&N, “Effective today, Barnes & Noble Press authors will receive a flat 70% royalty rate for eBook sales, up from a range of 40% to 65%. The self-publishing platform will also accelerate payments to 30 days after purchase instead of the prior 60 days. In addition, Barnes & Noble Press will expand its array of merchandising options, including curated ads on BN.com, better email placement, and social media and blog exposure on Barnes & Noble Press and NOOK channels…”

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