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Ebook market exploding, says new iDPF survey

(teleread.org): The ebook market is growing faster as it grows larger. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) on Friday reported U.S. wholesale ebook sales for January, 2010 were $31.9 million, up 261 percent from the same month a year earlier. The data is collected from only 12-15 U.S. trade publishers. This means it dramatically understates what's really happening in ebooks, because thousands of large and small publishers, as well as tens of thousands of independent authors, aren't reporting their data. The data also doesn't capture ebooks sold outside traditional retail channels.
   
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Amazon Threatens Publishers as Apple Looms

(nytimes.com): Amazon.com has threatened to stop directly selling the books of some publishers online unless they agree to a detailed list of concessions regarding the sale of electronic books, according to two industry executives with direct knowledge of the discussions. Amazon.com has threatened to stop directly selling the books of some publishers online unless they agree to a detailed list of concessions regarding the sale of electronic books, according to two industry executives with direct knowledge of the discussions.
   
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Why is Spain So Slow to Launch E-books?

(publishingperspectives.com): The market for Spanish-language e-books has potential to be huge, as it encompasses both Spain and all of Mexico, Central and Latin America. And it was last June already when Spain's "Big Three" publishers - Random House Mondadori, Santillana, and Paneta - announced plans to collaborate on a digital distribution company. The company is now scheduled to launch in May. That said, it makes one wonder why in particular Spain has been so slow to launch e-books. A Brazilian start-up has managed it, so why Spain? As mentioned in today's article, e-readers are available, though there has been much Twitter traffic expressing mounting frustration at the lack of books available.
   
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Crowdsourcing and Open Access: Collaborative Techniques for Disseminating Legal Materials and Scholarship

(papers.ssrn.com): This short essay surveys the state of open access to primary legal source materials (statutes, judicial opinions and the like) and legal scholarship. The ongoing digitization phenomenon (illustrated, although by no means typified, by massive scanning endeavors such as the Google Books project and the Library of Congress's efforts to digitize United States historical documents) has made a wealth of information, including legal information, freely available online, and a number of open-access collections of legal source materials have been created.
   
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EPA Makes Chemical Information More Accessible to Public For the first time

(epa.gov): EPA is for the first time providing free access to the consolidated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory on its Web site. Also for the first time the Inventory is available at Data.gov as a dataset and as an extraction tool, which makes the data easier to manipulate. In the coming months, EPA will take further steps to increase transparency and make more information available to the public, including adding TSCA facility information, and the list of chemicals manufactured to the Facility Registry System (FRS). FRS is an integrated database that provides the public with easier access to EPA's environmental information and better tools for cross-media environmental analysis.
   
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