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The Google Book Search Settlement: Some Authors Still Fear It Robs Them of Power at the Bargaining Table

(broadbandbreakfast.com): If a federal district court judge in New York approves of a proposed legal settlement between Google and two major U.S. authors' and publishers' groups, the search behemoth could become the world's largest purveyor and custodian of digital books. So far, Google has scanned more than 12 million books from the collections of various academic libraries both in the United States and abroad. As a point of comparison, the Library of Congress, founded in 1800, houses 32 million books.
   
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The Brigadoon Library!

(librarything.com): Techcrunch just reported an interesting development with Barnes and Noble's Nook eReader, a feature called "Read in Store." The idea is simple. If you've got a Nook and you're in a physical Barnes and Noble store, you can read any ebook they carry. When you leave the store, the book goes away. As TechCrunch writes, "It's the Brigadoon of ebook reading."
   
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Green patents corralled

(onlinetmd.com): Driven by efforts to curb fossil-fuel use and concerns about the security of energy supplies, the number of applications for renewable-energy patents is booming. But the patents are scattered across many databases, in different formats that are not readily searchable, leading to a lack of clarity over who owns specific energy-technology patents, and in which regions. This is not only holding up technological progress, it has also become a sticking point in international climate-treaty negotiations.
   
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British Academy and Wiley-Blackwell Announce Result of the 2010 Wiley Prize

(as.wiley.com): Dr Essi Viding, an outstanding young developmental psychologist from University College London specialising in the causes of violent antisocial behaviour in children and adolescents, has been named by the British Academy and Wiley-Blackwell as the winner of the 2010 Wiley Prize, awarded for the first time this year to an early career scholar.The Academy's Wiley Prize in Psychology, worth 5,000, was created in 2009 as an annual award to recognize outstanding contributions in a field of psychology. For the first time this year it rewards research by a younger UK-based psychologist (within five years of receipt of doctorate) whose research and achievements show exceptional promise.
   
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New e-journals project help Indian students, researchers and faculty members access 2,000 e-journals and 51,000 digitalised books

(ptinews.com): ) Over 2,000 e-journals and 51,000 digitalised books will be just a click away for students, researchers and faculty members of over 7,000 colleges across the country with the launch of an electronic library, N-LIST, here today. The National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST) project will also enable users to access the e-resources and download articles.
   
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