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Earlier this year, France made publishing news headlines when its court ruled ebook subscription services like Kindle Unlimited illegal. The law cited was the Lang Law, which gives publishers the exclusive right to set the price of a book. Retailers are not allowed to discount more than 5 percent from this set price.

You may be thinking, A measly 5 percent? Here in the United States, we're used to seeing 50 percent or more slashed off our books. Price fixing in general is regarded as suspect and is, in fact, legally so.

In late 2014 Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) hosted a roundtable to discuss the challenge of making open access work.  The event brought together a group of academic institutions from the United Kingdom and publishers from the US and UK to examine the implications of the rapid growth of open access publishing. Those present focused in particular on the challenges surrounding the payment of article processing charges (APCs) and on the role vendors such as CCC can play in addressing these challenges.  The group's findings were published in the January 2015 report, "Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers."

Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker has received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, one of the prizes and awards within the gift of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Instituted in 1933 by King George V, on the suggestion of the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry “is given for […]

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Scotland goes to the polls this year in its national referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. How fitting, then, that 200 years ago to the day, Waverley, the first great historical novel of the Jacobite rising of 1745 – and, according to some critics, the first true historical novel in the Western tradition – […]

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