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EBook Publishing Growth - Myth or Reality!

(technology-toolkit.com): eBook publishing is set to become one of the largest industries in cyberspace. You can find an eBook on just about any subject. It's fast becoming a huge industry. One of the biggest reasons readers are turning to eBooks is technology. The ability to offer an eBook online and read it from an iPod, Kindle, iPhone or other popular device is building the eBook market. It is downloaded in a matter of minutes and many different eBooks can be placed on the same reader.
   
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Why Even the Most Pirated E-Books of 2010 Won't Bring Down Publishing

(bnet.com): e-book sales could be the next barometer to measure the strength - or weakness - of publishing. This is because e-book sales accounted for $46.5 million at the end of Q3 last year, according to the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), which noted that retail sales could be double that figure due to industry wholesale discounts. It's a small but growing number that has publishers worried about the future of the industry, for two reasons: E-books are cheap, and they're easy to rip off and distribute (illegally) for free.
   
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Are Web Ads Only for Oldsters? Yahoo's Disturbing Study

(mediamemo.allthingsd.com): Brand advertising isn't nearly as big on the Internet as the search ads dominated by Google (GOOG). But that's got to change, as marketers realize that traditional advertising works on the Web, too. The above is an article of faith among a certain kind of Web publisher. And some of them are even paying for studies to prove that display ads-basically all the ads you see that aren't part of search results-really do work on the Web. Except when they don't. That's the unsettling conclusion that some research funded by Yahoo (YHOO) recently reached, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
   
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Copyright exemption for Search Engines in the UK?

(guardian.co.uk): Search engines would be exempted in UK law from any liability for copyright infringement, under a remarkable amendment (292) proposed to the Digital Economy Bill. This could throw the cat amongst the pigeons on practices like aggregating MP3 deep links (for which Yahoo has been penalised even in China) - but would have the most profound impact on the ongoing issue of search engines' ability to crawl news publishers articles.
   
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New ALA Report Details Economic Trends in Libraries and 2010 Outlook

(ala.org): According to a new report prepared by the American Library Association (ALA), libraries of all types are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn while managing sky-high use. Compiled from a broad range of available sources, The Condition of Libraries: 1999-2009 presents U.S. economic trends (2009), and summarizes trends in public, school and academic libraries across several library measures, including expenditures, staffing and services. The report also highlights trends in services provided to libraries by library cooperatives and consortia.
   
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