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E-Book Sales Grew in April, But More Slowly

(publishers.org): Book sales tracked by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) for the month of April increased by 24.8% percent in April to $629.8 million and were up by 11.8 percent for the year through April. E-book sales jumped up 127.4 percent for the month ($27.4 million), reflecting an increase of 217.3 percent for the year-to-date.
   
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The catalog is out of the box

(oclc.org): For hundreds of years, metadata was kept in a box. Literally. A wooden box, filled with paper cards. Libraries cataloged for one reason: to be able to find resources on a shelf. Today, though, we're seeing a growing importance placed on metadata management activities. In an increasingly information-driven world, good metadata is the key to more than finding the right item.
   
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New copyright regulations coming to college campuses

(wo.ala.org): Starting July 1, new copyright regulations will apply to colleges that participate in federal student aid programs. The regulations implement provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) relating to copyright infringement on campus networks. HEOA creates three new requirements for colleges, as summarized by EDUCAUSE
   
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Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries to share biodiversity data

(globaltimes.cn): Some 25 representatives from eight countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region agreed to use a global platform to share biodiversity data, according to Kathmandu-based International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan brought together to discuss " Open access to and publishing of mountain biodiversity data from the HKH region" during June 14 to 18 agreed the decision..
   
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In Online News, Content Is No Commodity

(internetevolution.com): Is news a commodity? Is it like grain or oil, the value essentially being the same everywhere, decided in terms of how the market sees the thing itself, as opposed to how it sees the value of a particular provider? Rupert Murdoch is often mocked by the digiterati for sweeping statements regarding his confidence that users will pay for quality content if forced to do so. One poignant example is this interview with an employee of his own network, in which Murdoch answers "How do we make sure people pay for the online content?" with "It's simple. You turn 'em off."
   
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