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Will Libraries Turn Into Digital Reading Rooms?

(treehugger.com): Paper books that are shared over and over again are far greener than an electronic gadget. But, as e-books take over and the e-reader market booms, will libraries start to follow suit? Sony hopes so, with a new program to promote digital reading in libraries. According to Sony, the Reader Library program supports libraries that are expanding their ebook collection. Many libraries offer members the ability to 'check out' books online, downloading them onto their computers or reading devices for two or three weeks.
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Asia e-reader scene hotting up

(zdnetasia.com): The e-reader scene in Asia is hotting up as vendors such as Sony, Acer and Hanwang Technology have either recently introduced new devices or announced plans to do so, but Amazon remains non-committal about its Kindle plans for the region. A Sony spokesperson pointed out that the company announced in May that it will be making its e-book device--the Reader--available to Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, China and Australia as it expands its business to newer markets. The Reader was previously available only in North America and some European markets.
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Libraries switch on to electronic lending with eBook scheme

(news.scotsman.com): Flicking through well-thumbed and yellowing paperbacks could soon be a thing of the past as Edinburgh libraries prepare to roll out their first electronic lending scheme. With so-called eBooks becoming more popular, the city's libraries will soon be offering a wide range of books to download for a short spell. Library members will be able to access the library catalogue remotely through the new YourLibrary online portal, and when the rental period expires the book will simply disappear from their device. The system removes the need to physically borrow and return books, and the automatic deletion removes the misery of overdue fees.
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Scientific Research or Corporate Marketing?

(westpalmbeach.injuryboard.com): Though celebrities, executives, and politicians may have ghostwriters for speeches; using ghostwriters when publishing medical research and reports presents dangers to appropriate medical treatment and to the professional credibility of medical experts. After reports surfaced that drug companies were using educational grants from the Senate Finance Committee (hereinafter 'Committee') to finance and promote off-label uses of their drugs [uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (hereinafter "FDA")], the Committee inquired about financial relationships between pharmaceutical&device companies and articles published in medical journals. The Committee's inquiry resulted in distinct cases where there existed inconsistencies between the amount in payments physicians and scientists (authors of medical articles) received from drug companies and the amount reported by the institutions.
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Health Sites Use Semantic Technologies to Provide Better Results

(newsbreaks.infotoday.com): Searching for health information continues to be one of the most dominant areas of web search activity. Over the years, we've seen the development of better search capabilities in a newer generation of search engines that draw on semantic technologies (the meaning of language) to provide concept-based searching, in contrast to full-text search. Behind the scenes, the search engines draw on taxonomies and databases of medical concepts that include diseases, conditions, causes, symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, and other medically relevant attributes.
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