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Amazon And Others Slam Revised Google Books Deal

(wsj.com): Critics who blasted the first Google Books settlement have begun weighing in with objections to the modified agreement, which Google and authors sealed late last year to allay concerns that the first pact would give Google a monopoly in digital books. Amazon.com, one of the most outspoken critics of the original settlement, Wednesday filed an objection to revised one, raising many of the same objections it made to the first. In particular, the books giant argued that the agreement overreaches and violates the U.S. Copyright Act. "The (settlement) continues to give Google exclusive rights likely to lead to a monopoly," it read.
   
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26,000 journals at risk of vanishing

(trinitynews.ie): Access to over 26000 electronic journals is under threat following the expiry of funding agreements. The Irish Research eLibrary, which provides digital access to 18000 journals in the humanities and social sciences and 6000 in science, medicine and technology is funded jointly by the Higher Education Authority and Science Foundation Ireland. The funding agreements expired in December, with an expected cut of up to 75% announced.
   
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Purdue cuts in libraries' periodicals painful for researchers

The libraries of Purdue University are feeling the economic pinch. As administrators grapple with finding millions in savings across the campus, the library system is expecting another year of price increases from print and electronic journal publishers. Already, library shelves have been pruned by $800,000 this academic year through canceling hundreds of subscriptions, switching from print to digital versions of journals and forgoing binding.
   
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Local Scientists Pay More Attention To Documenting Research Tactics

(memphisdailynews.com): Almost as fast as word got out in November that climate scientists had been cherry picking data and massaging results to support the contention of global warming, online message boards lit up. The issue quickly became known as Climategate, and while the details of it were debated worldwide, scientists had a different concern: What might this do to the reputations and funding of honest researchers? The answer to that has wide repercussions for Memphis, which has staked much of its economic future on commercializing homegrown scientific research.
   
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Information Subscriptions Continue to Evolve and Thrive - Why Are Publishers Slow to Adapt?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): How high a priority is the subscription model in your organization's commercial strategy? Because of this framework or something like it, are we even equipped to detect the subscription's proper place as a user preferences? If individual subscriptions aren't a priority, how can we find the new sweet spot? Will we invest the energy and systems necessary to disrupt our own model? Or is this a possible Achilles' heel, something that gives the likes of Amazon a distinct business advantage? Clearly, the subscription model is changing. Instead of annual subscriptions, we're moving to monthly or even weekly subscriptions. Instead of renewal series, users want to keep paying until they stop. Instead of annual commitments, users are willing to commit for longer periods if the deal is right.
   
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