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e-book concept struggles to take off in Japan

(mainichi.jp): According to the nationwide poll conducted in September, only 10 percent of those surveyed said they have read e-books, with youngsters showing more interest in the new reading method. About 30 percent of those in their late teens through 20s have read e-books, while only 3 to 4 percent of those in their 50s or older have done so, the survey has shown.
   
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The Printing Industry transformed

(technorati.com): The printing industry is just one example of an entire industry movement that is changing while keeping up with the development of new technologies. The printing revolution is centered on the trend away from hard-copy publications towards digital media mainly because of its inherent convenience. Newspaper circulation has decreased significantly, newspaper jobs have been lost, and many newspapers have gone out of business.
   
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New search method tracks down influential ideas

(princeton.edu): Princeton computer scientists have developed a new way of tracing the origins and spread of ideas, a technique that could make it easier to gauge the influence of notable scholarly papers, buzz-generating news stories and other information sources. The method relies on computer algorithms to analyze how language morphs over time within a group of documents -- whether they are research papers on quantum physics or blog posts about politics -- and to determine which documents were the most influential..
   
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New model to trace the origins of information

(alphagalileo.org): The first community model capable of tracing the origins of computer-generated information is now available. University of Southampton researcher, Professor Luc Moreau, says that the new model will lead to better degrees of trust online. The new paper entitled The open provenance model core specification, by Professor Luc Moreau of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and a community of international researchers, describes a new data model, the Open Provenance Model (OPM), designed to represent the provenance of information.
   
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Ebook restrictions leave libraries facing virtual lockout

(guardian.co.uk): Library organisations have criticised potential ebook regulations though publishers claim they may help prevent copyright abuses. For libraries facing dwindling borrowers and brutal budget cuts, the ebook seems to offer an irresistible opportunity to reel in new readers and retain old ones too busy or infirm to visit during opening hours.
   
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