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AAUP 2016 convenes in Philadelphia
- 17 Jun 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), being held in Philadelphia, is hosting more than 700 publishing and scholarly communications professionals from June 16-18.

The program has been designed to 'Energize&Innovate,' providing opportunities to share knowledge, develop new ideas, and reconfirm commitments to creative and effective scholarly communications. Interested parties may stay a part of the conversation using #AAUP16 on Twitter and other social media.

A keynote for the event will be a June 17 luncheon address by Chris Jackson, publisher and editor in chief of One World, a newly revitalized imprint of Random House. Previously, Jackson was an executive editor at Spiegel&Grau, where he published award-winning and bestselling books by writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Matt Taibbi, Jill Leovy, Eddie Huang, Bryan Stevenson, and Victor LaValle. His own writing has appeared in Callaloo, TheAtlantic.com, and the Paris Review.

Jackson will be introduced by incoming AAUP President Darrin Pratt, Director, University Press of Colorado. Pratt takes office during the meeting, as 2015-16 AAUP President Meredith Babb, Director, University Press of Florida, wraps up her term of service with valedictory remarks at the Association's June 16 business meeting.

Additional highlights of the meeting include the presentation of the AAUP Constituency Award during an opening reception held at the Barnes Foundation (sponsored by the New York Review of Books, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and the AAUP); the welcome of the first cohort of Mellon University Press Diversity Fellows: Maryam Arain (Duke University Press), Niccole Leilanionapae'āina Coggins (University of Washington Press),; Jesús J. Hernández (MIT Press), and Christian Pizarro Winting (University of Georgia Press); close to 40 concurrent educational sessions, roundtables, and Collaboration Labs planned by the 2016 AAUP Annual Meeting Program Committee, chaired by Rob Dilworth (Duke); the 2016 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, in its 51st year, debuts in Philadelphia. Members of the show jury will discuss their selection process and decisions in a June 17 Concurrent Session; and two plenary sessions on essential topics in scholarly publishing will bring attendees together to reflect on the future of design and pervasive computing, and on the past, present, and future of peer review. More details are available at http://www.aaupnet.org/aaup16.

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THE MARKETS - Global Publishing Summit 2016
- 14 Jun 2016

In 2015, for the first time in four years, sales of printed books once again rose slightly, by 0.4 per cent, from 2.748 billion pounds to 2.760 billion pounds. By contrast, at the same time and for the first time in seven years, digital sales (e-books, audio downloads, online subscriptions) decreased by 2 per cent, from 563 million pounds to 554 million pounds. In addition to the United Kingdom, THE MARKETS Global Publishing Summit, the conference to kick off the Frankfurt Book Fair, will also put the spotlight on six other book markets in 2016 - Brazil, Flanders&the Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Spain, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

On October 18, 2016, important publishers, strategists and industry experts from these countries will present their markets and offer analyses, visions, professional contacts and personal tips. The one-day conference is organised by the Frankfurt Book Fair in cooperation with the US trade magazine Publishing Perspectives.

The United Kingdom's book market, known to be the world's fifth largest book market (after the USA, China, Germany and Japan), is maintaining its position. In 2015, total sales in the British book and publishing industry rose from 3.311 to 3.314 billion pounds. At 17 percent, the digital sector's share remains unchanged from the previous year. In terms of categories, academic/reference books hold the lead with 32 per cent, followed by children's books (24 per cent) and textbooks (17 per cent).

These figures were published in early May 2016 in The UK Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook 2015. It is worth noting that the figures for digital sales only include traditional publishers, and not the growing self-publishing market. In fact, according to Nielsen Book UK, self-published e-books have a 22 percent share in the digital book market (2014: 16 per cent).

In 2015, domestic sales (print and digital) rose by 3 per cent to 1.893 billion pounds. The largest jumps in sales were seen in non-fiction/reference books (+9 per cent) and textbooks (+13 per cent). Fiction sales were also up slightly, by 1.6 per cent over 2014. With revenues of 1.42 billion pounds and a quota of 43 per cent, the United Kingdom is the world champion in book exports. Education, science and ELT (English Language Training) account for the lion's share - namely, two-thirds - of this. The share of digital products remained at 15 percent, and Europe continues to be by far the most important target market, followed by the regions South Asia and Middle East/North Africa.

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Cochrane partners with four leading organisations to host the first Global Evidence Summit in 2017
- 13 Jun 2016

Cochrane, together with four other leading organisations in the production and dissemination of evidence for decision making in the global health, social, and economic policy and practice sectors - has announced the first 'Global Evidence Summit' in Cape Town, South Africa.

Next year, Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health, is joining with four other leading organisations - the Guidelines International Network, The Campbell Collaboration, the International Society for Evidence-based Health Care, and the Joanna Briggs Institute - to hold the first 'Global Evidence Summit' (GES) in Cape Town, South Africa from September 12-16, 2017.

The theme of the GES, 'Using Evidence. Improving Lives', will highlight and promote evidence-informed approaches to health policy and development, offering the most cost-effective interventions.

The summit will focus on the opportunities and challenges facing low- and middle-income countries - a reason why the GES is to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is expected to attract up to 2000 delegates and will bring together many parts of the evidence community to promote evidence-informed decision-making worldwide.

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W3C and IDPF to organise one-day Publishing Community Meeting at W3C TPAC 2016
- 13 Jun 2016

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) are organizing a one-day Publishing Community Meeting during W3C's largest annual event, TPAC (Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee week).

The Publishing Community Meeting at W3C TPAC (Lisbon, Portugal) will be held on September 22 from 08:30 until 15:00. The agenda will include discussion about publications on the Web, print on demand and other broader use cases for Open Web Platform technologies in publishing, updates and future evolution of EPUB 3 and related specifications such as the EPUB for Education profile, and recent developments in open source building blocks for EPUB and Web-based publishing. Discussion among all participants will be encouraged. A detailed agenda and speakers will be announced later this month.

All IDPF and W3C members are invited to participate; the registration page is now available on the W3C site. (Register with your email address or request a free W3C public account if you do not already have one.) IDPF members participating in the Publishing Community Meeting may also register to attend other meetings during W3C TPAC, including the W3C Technical Plenary day (Wed. Sep 21) and the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group meeting (Sep 19&20) and may request to observe other meetings as listed on the registration form. There is a daily fee of 90 EUR for each day you register to attend if you register prior to 2 September; that fee increases on 3 September.

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NFAIS announces 'Call for Presentations' for 2016-2017 Lunch&Learn education series
- 09 Jun 2016

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), a global non-profit membership organisation serving the information services community, has announced a 'Call for Presentations' for its 2016-2017 Lunch&Learn with NFAIS virtual education series. The submissions deadline for the 2016-2017 series cycle is August 1, 2016.

Building on a successful first year of this program, NFAIS is seeking a new set of knowledgeable and articulate experts to share their insights and expertise with their peers and colleagues in the information services community. Lunch&Learn with NFAIS sessions are free for NFAIS members to attend and accessible to non-members for a nominal fee.

Under the submission guidelines for Lunch&Learn with NFAIS, presentation submissions should focus on new innovation or emerging technology in scholarly publishing and research; new or emerging practices for greater efficiencies, user engagement and/or improved quality; case studies that demonstrate successful partnerships or business models; industry research or studies that highlight or illuminate new thinking, analysis and innovation on the future of information services; and creative solutions to existing challenges within the information services community.

All submissions will be reviewed by the NFAIS Workshop and Webinar Planning Committee, and are selected based on the following criteria: relevance to the industry; overall quality; timeliness of the topic; speaker qualifications; and well-defined focus within selected content area. To submit a presentation online, visit: http://www.nfais.org/call-for-presentations.

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