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Academic Publishers Experiencing Piracy of Online Products

(geekwithlaptop.com): The academic publisher SciFinder is being adversely affected by piracy, as their online products become illegally available for sale online. Other scientific publishers are also experiencing the effects of piracy, as clever hackers break into university accounts and sell illegal access to scholarly databases.
   
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ALA Annual 2011: Ebooks: New Strategy Required, Now

(libraryjournal.com): Not much has changed between publishers and librarians across the decades, one could argue. In 2011, they remain, at worst, two inflexible bureaucracies linked but at odds. But here's some good news: they need each other more than ever as authors multiply and readers scatter, so it seems, far beyond marketing reach.
   
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Libraries Are Seeing Record Increases in eBook Borrowing

(goodereader.com): The American Library Association Conference is wrapping up in New Orleans and the unilateral consensus is that libraries all over North America are seeing significant cutbacks in their funding. It is no secret that libraries are seeing a decline and most often are a target when city counsels are trying to slash money from a budget.Many libraries are turning to services such as Overdrive and the upcoming 3M Cloud Lending Service. There are plenty of new services that libraries can tap into for content distruburion such as the new Axis 360 Program debuted over the weekend.
   
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Ereaders Outpace Tablets in U.S. Adoption

(pcmag.com): The increase in U.S. adults who own ereaders is outpacing the growth of tablet owners, according to a new phone survey by the Pew Internet Project.Adults who owned ereaders like Amazon's Kindle and Barnes&Noble's Nook doubled from 6 percent of the U.S. adult population in November 2010 to 12 percent in May 2011, according to the survey of 2,277 respondents aged 18 and over. The survey was conducted in both English and Spanish.
   
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Lifetime access to up-to-date info-is this the future of the textbook?

(arstechnica.com): Textbooks are not research-oriented, nor are they up-to-date. Most are already behind the times by the time you buy them. Of course, the relevance of having an updated textbook is field-dependent. Topics in biochemistry and molecular biology change much more quickly than those in general chemistry. Nevertheless, for many fields, an up-to-date textbook could be a useful tool, both for the professors who have to teach from it and for any students that continue in the field..
   
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