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Content Discovery: Break the Barriers for End Users

(resources.igi-global.com): As information seekers become less interested in the container of information (a monograph vs. a traditional reference work) and focus instead on the currency and relevancy of the information contained, it is important to recognize that the term "reference content" has begun to evolve. It now includes not just what we think of as traditional reference works (e.g., dictionaries, encyclopedias) but also a fuller range of academic resources and digital products that make information readily available to users in an organized fashion.
   
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Customers Move Online = Bad News for News in the Internet Age

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): How dependent will news become to the online outlet? Given what Pew found, it's clear that online news is in fact the only sector of news consumption that's growing its audience, and at a very high rate.
   
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iPad's success cuts laptop and e-reader sales

(silicon.com): Sales of Apple's iPad have cut demand for laptops, netbooks and e-readers, according to research firm ChangeWave. Its survey examined the effect tablet devices are having on the sales of other electronic devices and found that e-reader and laptop sales are most at risk. The report found that 26 per cent of people who had bought a tablet device had cancelled or postponed purchasing an e-reader, 11 per cent had done the same with a laptop and 10 per cent had put off buying a netbook.
   
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The Future Of Search: Better Living Through Algorithms

(forbes.com): Search as we now know it works pretty well if you know what you are looking for and there is one right answer. But discovery is a lot harder than search. With discovery you don't know what you are looking for, and there can be more than one "right" answer. Today, using search as a tool for insightful discovery is frustrating at best - like finding a needle in a haystack.
   
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Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books

(nytimes.com): In borrowing terms, e-books have been treated much like print books. They are typically available to one user at a time, often for a seven- or 14-day period. But unlike print books, library users don't have to show up at the library to pick them up - e-books can be downloaded from home, onto mobile devices, personal computers and e-readers, including Nooks, Sony Readers, laptops and smartphones. (Library e-books cannot be read on Amazon's Kindle e-reader.) After the designated checkout period, the e-book automatically expires from the borrower's account.
   
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