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As the E-Book World Blossoms, Is There Room for Both the iPad and the Kindle?

(emarketer.com): We all knew this day would come but it arrived sooner than some of us had expected. On July 19, Amazon announced it had sold more e-books than hardcover books over the past three months. Further, the growth rate in e-books accelerated during that time. In the month leading up to the announcement, Amazon sold 180 e-books for every 100 hardcover books, compared with a ratio of 143-to-100 during the three-month span.
   
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The eBook may not have the last word

(telegraph.co.uk): While the paper edition is still viable, there is no doubt that eBooks are on the march. Already, millions of people are reading them, whether through dedicated devices such as the Kindle (in the US), or Sony's Reader, or multi-purpose handhelds such as Apple's iPad. As the gadgets improve and prices fall, millions more will clearly follow suit.
   
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Apple iPad Owners Outnumber Amazon Kindle's: Analyst

(eprints.rclis.org): Apple iPad owners outnumber those of the Amazon Kindle's, according to an analyst's estimates. Amazon faces e-book pressures from not only Apple, but Google and other booksellers. Apple's iPad has surpassed the estimated ownership base of the Amazon Kindle, according to a July 21 analyst report, and could exert considerable long-term pressure on the e-reader-as well as Amazon.com's leverage with publishers.
   
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With U of Tennessee Rollout, OCLC's Cloud-Based ILS Enters Early-Adoption Phase

(libraryjournal.com): Little more than a year ago, OCLC unveiled its ambitious cloud-computing-based integrated library system (ILS) project, Web-scale Management Services (WMS). That project has now moved into an early-implementation stage at a handful of libraries, including the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's (UTC) Lupton Library, marking the last major phase in WMS's development before a planned U.S. rollout next year. WMS aims to use several existing OCLC services--such as WorldCat Local, which is the discovery layer of WMS--as well as newly developed applications, to combine the many different functions of a locally installed ILS into one cooperative online network.
   
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BP locking in scientists, research to prep for lawsuits

(arstechnica.com): The scientific community has always had difficulty policing conflicts of interest, since financial interests and other exterior motivations have a very real potential to influence if and how scientific data gets reported. This issue has historically reared its ugly head in the biomedical community, where many researchers also consult for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
   
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