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Publishers Win a Bout in E-Book Price Fight

(nytimes.com): With the impending arrival of digital books on the Apple iPad and feverish negotiations with Amazon.com over e-book prices, publishers have managed to take some control - at least temporarily - of how much consumers pay for their content. Now, as publishers enter discussions with the Web giant Google about its plan to sell digital versions of new books direct to consumers, they have a little more leverage than just a few weeks ago - at least when it comes to determining how Google will pay publishers for those e-books and how much consumers will pay for them.
   
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Why Are Scholarly Journals Costly even with Electronic Publishing?

(eprints.rclis.org): Journal literature has long played a prominent role in the scholarly communication chain. In recent decades, however, the scholarly communication system has been facing a crisis due to the ever-escalating costs of journals. This paper examines the reasons for the high costs of scholarly journals. A brief review of literature on journal publishing costs was carried out. The paper focuses on the economics of scholarly English language journals published mainly in the United States and Europe, but which are sold worldwide, largely to academic and research libraries.
   
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US publishers smile again as Kindle rivals emerge

(google.com/hostednews): US book publishers are smiling again, after years of watching digital versions of their titles sell for below what they thought they were worth. A host of rivals to the market-dominating Kindle electronic reader has given newfound hope to publishers that they will finally be able to dictate their own terms after being at the mercy of Amazon. One new arrival in particular has Murdoch and other publishers excited -- Apple's iPad tablet computer, which doubles as a full-color e-reader of books, newspapers and magazines.
   
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Electronic publishing in cross-strait's good books

(etaiwannews.com): The development of the electronic publishing industry is in the best interests of both Taiwan and China and the two sides are coming to terms with each other to jointly tap the vast Chinese-language e-book market. Officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the non-profit Institute for Information Industry have been exchanging views with their Chinese counterparts on technical integration and standardization of the digital content of the e-publishing industry, including simplified and traditional Chinese characters as well as the different terms and phrases used on the two sides for identical ideas.
   
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Who Gets to Decide About $10 E-Books?

(wired.com): Hachette has become the third major publisher to publicly denounce Amazon.com's $10 e-book model. It joins Macmillan and HarperCollins in what seems now like the death blow to a price point that had less to do with the inherent value of the content than it did with finding a magic number readers could not resist in droves. The question of whether e-book prices should be significantly lower than their print analogs has become a fundamental divide in a simmering dispute between book publishers and the 800-pound-gorilla that is Amazon.com. In part the issue is about consumer choices but like the other digitization wars which preceded it - and continue - in music, television, film and even news, it's also about ensuring that a creative industry survives.
   
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