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Did Apple Conspire with Book Publishers?

(businessweek.com): While everyone is consumed with deciphering how the bid by Google (GOOG) to acquire Motorola Mobility Motorola Mobility (MMI) will affect the dominance of Apple (AAPL) in the smartphone market, Apple has other fights on its hands. A class-action lawsuit contends that Apple illegally maintained high prices for e-books when it agreed to the publishers' "agency model." Ironic, for sure-but illegal?
   
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Innovative, EBSCO Agree to Cross-Pollination of Discovery Search Results

(libraryjournal.com): EBSCO Publishing recently announced a new partnership with library automation company Innovative Interfaces (III) to provide the option of accessing EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) search results via III's Encore Discovery platform. Though the functionality will only be available for libraries that already use both services, it's an intriguing move to effectively consolidate results from the competitive discovery products-and could lead to more such partnerships among discovery companies down the line.
   
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Rise of e-books will benefit one group: readers

(bellinghamherald.com): Last month's news that the giant Borders bookstore chain had collapsed, taking 400 stores and 11,000 employees with it, leaving behind only a couple of hundred millions of dollars in IOUs to publishers, was for many the seventh sign of an impending apocalypse: for bookstores, for the art of reading, for the very concept of literacy.But rather than the first steps of a funeral cortege, the death of Borders is really just the first little dip on a wildly careening roller coaster ride for the people who write, publish, buy and sell books.
   
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eBooks sales increased more than 1,000% since 2008

(ubergizmo.com): It looks like eBooks are one of the few things that are still selling well in the US despite the country's current depressing economy. According to BookStats, a company that studies the US publishing industry, eBooks have been doing really well. Sales of eBooks made up 6.4% of all book sales in 2010, with the number expected to grow even more this year.
   
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The Sometimes Folly of Peer-Reviewed Journals

(medpagetoday.com): The peer review process employed by Type 1 medical journals uses secret, anonymous peer reviewers working behind an opaque shield hiding clueless and spineless editors who may use either no reviewers, or a few cronies, or those reviewers known to be opposed or known to be in favor of some medical theory, hypothesis, study, test, product, or procedure. As such, the results of the entire review process may be rigged by any of that cast of journal decisionmakers, known collectively as "editors."
   
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