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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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The Open Source trials: hanging in the legal balance of copyright and copyleft

(visionmobile.com): Open source has been in the limelight for the last few years, but its legal implications have been in the dark. Research Partner Åse Stiller sheds some light into the legal precedents of open source
   
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How eBook lending clubs will extinguish eBook Piracy

(goodereader.com): eBook lending services are starting to blossom and bear fruit, as popular e-reader companies, such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble recently allowed their eBook owners to lend out most books for a 14 day window period. Many new websites such as eBookFling, Kindle Lending Club, Lendle and BookLending helps facilitate members sharing purchased ebooks with each other. The question is what effect will this have on piracy?
   
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Information Overload's 2,300-Year-Old History

(businessweek.com): The overload we experience today-millions of Google search results in a fraction of a second-has its costs, but it is also a privilege, the result of the efforts of generations of accumulation before us and of massively increased access to the consumption and production of information in the digital age. Yes, overload creates problems, but it has also inspired important solutions-methods of selecting, summarizing, sorting and storing first devised centuries ago and that still work today, as well as new ones no doubt forthcoming.
   
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The Next Generation of Discovery

(libraryjournal.com): A casual Google search may well be good enough for a daily task. But if you are a college student conducting his or her first search for peer-reviewed content, or an established scholar taking up a new line of inquiry, then the stakes are a lot higher. The challenge for academic libraries, caught in the seismic shift from print to electronic resources, is to offer an experience that has the simplicity of Google-which users expect-while searching the library's rich digital and print collections-which users need. Increasingly, they are turning to a new generation of search tools, called discovery, for help.
   
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