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E-books enticing but they can't go everywhere

(thechronicleherald.ca): With the rise of e-readers such as Apple's iPad, Amazon's Kindle and the Sony Reader, and with the unstoppable march of the e-book, declarations of the paper book's death are everywhere. The growth in e-book sales has been staggering, and this has occurred in the midst of a recession. This summer, Amazon announced that for the first time, e-books outsold hardcover books.
   
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Do Problems in the Publishing Industry Have a Technical Solution?

(gigaom.com): While paper books are still the norm, e-books now account for up to 20 percent of book sales in categories like romance and sci-fi. The shift in publishing isn't just about going digital on the iPad or Kindle instead of killing trees; authors now have the options of self-publishing e-books on Smashwords, posting research materials on Scribd, connecting to readers on Facebook and Twitter, and transforming the experience of a book with the web and multimedia through Vook.
   
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E-journals Dominate, Access Not an Issue, Skimming Increasing

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Generally, researchers are dealing with too much information, and feel there's "too much literature being produced." The abundance of articles and other demands created "too many time constraints militating against full and considered reading." As a coping mechanism, researchers are "skimming and dipping" more than ever - not a new observation, but apparently the behavior is becoming more prevalent.
   
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Pundits predict plunging iPad market share

(reghardware.com): Acer's chairman JT Wang may believe Apple's share of the tablet market may shortly plunge to between 20 and 30 per cent, but market watcher iSuppli doesn't see it falling below 60 per cent, for the next few years at least. Wang argues that the arrival of a fleet of Android-based tablets from his company and others will together grab the lion's share of the tablet market, leaving Apple with a fifth of the business. That assumption is based on the way the desktop computer market developed: give people a standard platform - the Wintel PC - and punters will buy into its openness instead of closed, proprietary platforms.
   
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The E-Reader Price Wars Heat Up

(pcworld.com): E-reader prices are tumbling, but is it enough for stand-alone e-book devices to stay alive? The battle for tech-savvy bookworms is on, with Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Sony competing to sell e-book reader hardware. And as the major players struggle for better position in the electronic-publishing industry, recent months have seen price drops, new devices, and defeats.
   
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