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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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Digital to Represent 20 to 28% of Publishing's Profits, says Forum d'Avignon/Bain&Co. Report

(publishingperspectives.com): A new study, "Publishing in the Digital Era," commissioned by the Forum d'Avignon and compiled by Bain&Co. states that e-readers, tablets other digital reading devices "could be in the hands of 15 to 20% of the developed world's population by 2015," and offers an unprecedented opportunity for publishers and authors. The "redistribution of value among players, a redesign of their roles and, potentially, an evolution in the way content is created could produced significant new value for the industry…"
   
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eBook business heats up as sales projections surpass US$1-billion

(financialpost.com): The book publishing industry is on the verge of a digital reinvention. With sales of paperless books now expected to reach US$1-billion by year's end, tripling to US$3-billion by 2015, eBooks are set to become the standard way of reading. At that size [of sales] and higher, not only do publishers need to take digital seriously, they must make it the new default for publishing, preparing for a day in which physical book publishing is an adjunct activity that supports the digital publishing business.
   
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Lack of Plan for EPA Libraries Threatens Access to Environmental Information

(ombwatch.org): After more than three years of development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to complete a strategic plan for its library network or to inventory the network's holdings, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Bush administration controversially moved to close several agency libraries, but opposition from Congress and the public pushed EPA to reverse course and reopen the libraries. However, the GAO report makes clear that additional steps are needed to ensure the library network's valuable holdings are genuinely accessible to the public.
   
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