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Books of the world, stand up and be counted!

(booksearch.blogspot.com): When you are part of a company that is trying to digitize all the books in the world, the first question you often get is: "Just how many books are out there?" Well, it all depends on what exactly you mean by a "book." We're not going to count what library scientists call "works," those elusive "distinct intellectual or artistic creations." It makes sense to consider all editions of "Hamlet" separately, as we would like to distinguish between -- and scan -- books containing, for example, different forewords and commentaries.
   
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In e-reader accessibility race, new Kindle, iPad in front

(arstechnica.com): E-readers are becoming increasingly popular, due in part to plummeting prices and the growing availability of books in various digital formats. One area where these companies are notoriously weak, however, is accessibility-and we're not talking about the Internet kind. One of the big strengths of digital books should be their easy support for technologies like screen reading and large print, tools that can help the visually impaired. But as it turns out, such progress has been slow and unsatisfactory for many users.
   
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Digital Copyright Exemptions Benefit Educators, Filmmakers and Smartphone Owners

(newsbreaks.infotoday.com): In what is being described as a "win" for college and university students and faculty, smartphone users, and visually impaired ebook readers, the Librarian of Congress recently approved several new exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The first of these exemptions would allow DVD protections to be circumvented for fair use purposes by college and university faculty and film and media studies students. An exemption was also approved to permit iPhone users to "jailbreak" their phone's built-in software to allow the use of software that may not be approved by Apple. An exemption was also renewed to allow ebooks to be circumvented to allow increased accessibility for readers with visual impairments.
   
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Will Google Save the News?

(thedailybeast.com): There are a lot of ideas circulating for saving the news business-such as adopting a nonprofit model that would turn newspapers into public-service institutions like public radio or universities, or soliciting an antitrust waiver that would allow news-based companies to act in concert and charge consumers online-but getting Google (and its smaller competitors) to share revenue with creators of content would be a money stream that essentially does not now exist. This is obviously not a solution to the whole problem, but every penny counts, and there are a lot of them out there that are not being shared.
   
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How Libraries Stack Up: 2010

(oclc.org): This new report examines the economic, social and cultural impact of libraries in the United States. As the current economic environment is impacting library budgets and library usage is increasing, particular attention is paid to the role that libraries play in providing assistance to job-seekers and support for small businesses.
   
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