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House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi
June 2, 2014 | 4:54 pm

We’ve covered the history of efforts to implement resale of digital goods before (more than once, in fact), and there’s been quite a discussion of why it would be a bad idea. Now it’s Congress’s turn to talk about it. Today a House subcommittee held a hearing concerning first sale and how it related to digital items. InfoDocket has links to the prepared remarks of a number of the attendees, as well as the opening statement by Representative Bob Goodlatte. Noting the importance of the first sale doctrine, Goodlatte said Although some legal doctrines...

Wiley buys into executive e-learning with CrossKnowledge acquisition
April 16, 2014 | 12:25 pm

CrossKnowledgeEducation and learning specialist publisher John Wiley & Sons has announced the acquisition of CrossKnowledge, "a learning solutions provider focused on leadership and managerial skills development, for $175 million in cash."As well as ramping up the publishing consolidation and M&A trend another notch, this development also marks another step in convergence between specialist publishing companies and other non-publishing content businesses in related sectors. "In today's knowledge-based economy, organizations of all different shapes and sizes are looking to address skill, productivity and performance gaps through investment in their current workforce rather than hiring additional resources," said Steve Smith, President and CEO of...

More developments in the scientific publishing controversy
December 12, 2013 | 4:20 pm

scientific publishing Following the current controversy over open access research and scientific publishing, a couple more items have surfaced to lend color to the debate. For one, scientific publisher Wiley is trialing a system of "transferable peer review" to speed and systematize the assessment of new research before publication. "On average, peer review takes 80 days. That’s 1,920 hours of waiting for a decision," states the Wiley announcement.  "And it all starts over if a paper gets rejected. We think that’s a long time. We know you do too. So, why not review a paper just once? If a paper is rejected, the review travels...

Supreme Court First Sale Doctrine case could give boost to resale-proof digital media sales
October 30, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Ars Technica has a couple of great, in-depth pieces laying out in detail the facts of the matter surrounding the upcoming Supreme Court case concerning a Thai exchange student who imported and resold cheap foreign editions of English-language textbooks to finance his doctorate. Publishers contend he earned $1.2 million in revenues, and essentially set himself up as an unlicensed importer/distributor, damaging the publishers’ market for the books within the United States. The publisher plaintiff is John Wiley & Sons, which has also garnered attention for its recent lawsuits against unauthorized BitTorrent distributors of its books. The article discusses the Costco vs. Omega case, which I covered...

Wiley sues BitTorrent sharers, gives SCOTUS another shot at first sale precedent
April 20, 2012 | 1:48 am

TorrentFreak reports that For-Dummies publisher John Wiley & Sons has moved to file suit against several BitTorrent users who allegedly shared its books online. The majority of BitTorrent sharers to whom it sent nastygrams capitulated with $750 settlements, However, four users have not: New York residents Jeff Ng, Ralph Mohr, Robert Carpenter and Xiaoshu Chen are no longer anonymous Does. Wiley is proceeding to call for a full jury trial against the quartet in which they will face accusations of copyright infringement and up to $150,000 in penalties for each offense. TorrentFreak writes that...

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit
March 28, 2012 | 11:51 pm

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after apparently settling for an undisclosed amount. The publisher is going to go forward with suing the remaining, now-identified six. It’s not clear whether any settlements Wiley gets out of this case will cover even a fraction of the costs of bringing it, or whether it will act as a deterrent or just make...

Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit
November 26, 2011 | 11:32 am

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for Dummies and Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. PaidContent speculates that Wiley’s goal is to force defendants to settle for a few thousand dollars, as with the RIAA, RightHaven, and other litigators before it. However, this sort of legal approach has proved risky lately, with one recent judge ruling that...

John Wiley & Sons sues 27 BitTorrent sharers of ‘For Dummies’ books
November 1, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Suing copyright violators had had such terrific results for the music, movie, and newspaper industries that it’s only natural publishers would step up to take a shot. John Wiley & Sons has filed suit against 27 BitTorrent sharers of its “For Dummies” books. Wiley argues that through the massive piracy that occurs on BitTorrent, their company is suffering severe losses that might cost several authors their jobs. “Defendants are contributing to a problem that threatens the profitability of Wiley. Although Wiley cannot determine at this time the precise amount of revenue that it...

John Wiley & Sons partners with Bookshare
April 15, 2011 | 9:46 am

Image001 From an email I received from Bookshare: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a leading publisher serving the professional, consumer, scientific, technical, medical and academic communities worldwide, has agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. This agreement will broaden the access of people with disabilities to Wiley content.    ...

Dummies for e-books: Wiley converts 660 titles to EPUB
March 27, 2011 | 5:18 pm

kindledummiesMediabistro’s Ebooknewser reports that publisher John Wiley & Sons will be converting 660 titles from its popular “For Dummies” series to EPUB, using Easypress’s EasyEPUB process that is made to work with large volumes of files. The article quotes Steve Arany, Wiley’s automation manager, as being optimistic about the quality provided by the conversion. “EasyEPUB solves many problems for us by using its software to deliver the conversions directly from our layout files, while maintaining the ‘Dummies’ branding.” I’m more than a little curious how well that is going to work. If they’re actually using the...

Committee on Institutional Cooperation libraries make big ebook purchase
April 15, 2010 | 7:00 am

Screen shot 2010-04-14 at 12.04.42 PM.pngCIC libraries made a major ebook purchase from scientific publishers Elsevier and Wily-Blackwell. The purchases included approximately 2200 Wiley-Blackwell titles covering the 2007 and 2009 publishing years, and 1500 Elsevier books from 2008-2010. By merging the collective purchasing power of its members, the CIC was able to make these purchases at a significantly discounted rate. The libraries like ebooks because they have more functionality than print books and allow 24-7 availability; accessibility to those with print disabilities; translation capabilities; easy integration with course management tools; and the ability to support distance-learning programs, among others. More info here. ...

Quick Note: Wiley goes to Baker & Taylor for print on demand
March 31, 2010 | 9:04 am

Screen shot 2009-11-05 at 8.58.43 AM.pngJohn Wiley & Sons had signed an agreement with Baker & Taylor's TextStream Digital Print Service to do print on demand. Wiley's backlist titles will now be available to both library and retail customers. The backlist will cover subjects such as business, education, health religion and travel. More info here....