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Prices and Product Lifecycle - An examination of Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes&Noble Nook, and Apple iPad

(wiglafjournal.com): An examination of e-reader market demonstrates some serious flaws in a cursory acceptance of these premises. This article looks at the price and product evolution of the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes&Noble Nook, and Apple iPad to demonstrate some finer nuances of the product lifecycle. While the e-reader market didn't take off until the Amazon launched the Kindle in 2007, Amazon wasn't the first to market an e-reader. Sony was back in 2006. By 2010 however, even Amazon is being given a run for its money with the Apple iPad.
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Erasing all digital footprints 'impossible'

(sfgate.com): It's been almost two decades since mainstream users began trekking into the library-slash-playground known as the World Wide Web. Now, several years into that excursion, many are taking a long hard look at the trail they've left behind. The idea of tracing our steps through the digital jungle and departing it like we were never there seems too ambitious, almost unfathomable.
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SCL welcomes government's support programme for public libraries

(iwr.co.uk): The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has welcomed the announcement made by the government that the SCL will play a fundamental role in shaping the future of public library services. The government programme for public libraries will be led by the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council and the Local Government Association, initially the programme will work with ten library authorities looking at governance models, partnership working and ways to share services with the findings later being shared with the wider public library network.
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Will Europe's Three Million Orphan Books Ever Be Digitized?

(publishingperspectives.com): The issue of orphan books -- those books with no clear copyright holder -- continues to vex digitization efforts across the globe. In Europe, it's a particularly contentious issue, so much so that the European Commission vowed to look into the issue beginning last year. Among its first steps has been to determine the size of the problem and last month it issued a report estimating there are some three million orphan books among member states.
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The Open Science Shift

(xconomy.com): Recent years have seen technological revolutions in informatics, communications, and the life sciences. Xconomy readers are deeply engaged with these trends, but may be unaware of the most important development of all, the transition (sometimes painful), to an Open Science system better suited for a global, networked, knowledge economy. Sadly, rapid technical progress has thus far not been matched by a revolution in the democratization of scientific problem solving. Instead, the practices and institutions that comprise our science and innovation paradigm are badly strained, and in some cases, arguably crumbling in the face of rapid technological and economic change.
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