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If I Were a Scholarly Publisher

(educause.edu): Given the currently dire and highly unpredictable budget environment for higher education, 2010 is a rather frightening time to be a librarian. For the same reasons, this must be an absolutely terrifying time to be a scholarly publisher. Scholarly publishers are looking at libraries right now and seeing what has always been the best and most reliable market for their products suddenly changing into a highly unreliable one. There is very little likelihood that library budgets will grow significantly (if at all) anytime soon; in fact, there is a strong likelihood that they will shrink again next year-in many cases, for the second year in a row.
   
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Digitisation: The storage revolution

(arnnet.com.au): The world is becoming more digitised. From health records to legal notes and consumer devices such as e-readers, all kinds of verticals are facing an influx of new data, and each of those verticals has different requirements for the access and use of that data. Look at the medical industry, for instance - institutions are facing pressure to digitise medical records, but in Australia, that creates some steep requirements.
   
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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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