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Networking sites help align publishers with customers

(researchinformation.info): Over the past two decades the world of academic publishing has changed beyond all recognition. We've gone from a world dominated by the physical journal on library shelves, to a world where not only are the journal articles available on the web via subscription, but often for free in institutional and subject repositories. The journal article also faces competition for attention from an increasing quantity of grey literature. This is not only technical papers, working papers, preprints and reports, but also less formal forms of user-generated content. Publishers need to find new ways of engaging with their users if they are to continue to be relevant.
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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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