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What Happens When the Libraries Die?

(zdnet.com): Libraries will need to be replaced with digital equivalents as publishing moves towards eBooks. As a result, will a new "Digital Underclass" be created from the base of technology have-nots?
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iPad too expensive says UK survey - most consumers will wait

(unthinkable.biz): UK broadband comparison site Broadband Genie has polled over 1,300 visitors to its site and over 60% says they would never pay the 400 asking price for an Apple iPad, and another 20% saying the thing was poor value for money. If 80% of consumers act with those convictions, then the high UK price tag for the device will means sales go slow here.
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Push for greater implementation of open access

(phgfoundation.org): The UK Open Access Implementation Group has resolved to take action in order to increase take-up of open access publishing amongst UK researchers. The group - currently consisting of ten leading organisations from research and academia, including Universities, the UK Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust - concluded in a meeting at the Wellcome Trust that a persuasive summary of the key advantages of open access is needed..
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Are you ready for eBooks?

(theage.com.au): eBooks are going from strength to strength in Australia. About this time last year Amazon started shipping the Kindle e-Ink eBook reader to Australia and since then we've seen a boom in local offerings including the BeBook, Kogan's eReader, Borders' Kobo, Sony's Reader and Apple's iPad.
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Publishing industry at risk from agency model, claims agent

(thebookseller.com): The agency model is a "stupendously ill-judged attempt to revive the ghost of the Net Book Agreement" and could lead to piracy, the agent of Meg Cabot and Duncan Bannatyne has said. Annette Green, writing on the View from Here blog, said the publishing industry has fared no better than the music industry in reacting to digital advances. She said initial experiments with pricing e-books at parity with physical editions were wrong.
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