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Will the iPad Undercut Digital Readers?

(nytimes.com): The electronic book market is looking increasingly hot, flat and crowded. A vicious price war has broken out among producers of digital readers because of Apple's success with the iPad. Companies like Amazon hope that selling tomes across multiple devices will fill the profit gap. But competition in e-book distribution is heating up and could pressure margins there, too.
   
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Audiobook Sales Increase in 2009

(audiopub.org): The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of the Survey of 2009 Sales, conducted to evaluate trends and measure the growth of the audiobook industry. The independent research firm, Lewis&Clark, surveyed audiobook publishers and analyzed sales data from 2009, comparing current statistics against the previous years' findings. It was another strong year for audiobooks with a 4.7 percent unit sales increase, though like much of the publishing industry, the audio sector experienced a drop in revenue.
   
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Libraries Have a Novel Idea

(online.wsj.com): Libraries are expanding e-book offerings with out-of-print editions, part of a broader effort to expand borrowing privileges in the Internet Age that could challenge traditional ideas about copyright. A group of libraries led by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, are joining forces to create a one-stop website for checking out e-books, including access to more than a million scanned public domain books and a catalog of thousands of contemporary e-book titles available at many public libraries.
   
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A Future for our Digital Memory: Strategic Agenda 2010-2013 for Long-Term Access to Digital Resources

(ncdd.nl): Printed documents can be locked away in some closet for tens or even hundreds of years without their usefulness being in any way affected. Digital information is another matter altogether. Digital media (cd's, dvd's) have limited life spans, hardware and software become obsolescent in a matter of years, internet links disappear almost as quickly as they appear, and software such as Photoshop makes it increasingly difficult to determine what is authentic and what is not.
   
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China pushing the envelope on science, and sometimes ethics

(washingtonpost.com): A decade ago, no one considered China a scientific competitor. Its best and brightest agreed and fled China in a massive brain drain to university research labs at Harvard, Stanford and MIT. But over the past five years, Western-educated scientists and gutsy entrepreneurs have conducted a rearguard action, battling China's hidebound bureaucracy to establish research institutes and companies. Those have lured home scores of Western-trained Chinese researchers dedicated to transforming the People's Republic of China into a scientific superpower.
   
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