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Smarter Metadata - Aiding Discovery in Next Generation E-book and E-journal Gateways

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): With the recent surge in library e-book sales, serials aggregators are racing to add e-books to their platforms. ProQuest's recent acquisition of ebrary and JSTOR's expansion into current journals and e-books signal a shift from standalone e-book and e-journal aggregator platforms to mixed content gateways, with e-books and e-journals living cheek by jowl in the same aggregation.
   
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U.S. Consumers More Likely to Purchase a Smartphone Than Other Consumer Devices in 2011

(gartner.com): Consumers in the United States are more likely to buy a smartphone in 2011 than PCs, mobile phones, e-readers, media tablets and gaming products, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. U.S. smartphone sales are expected to grow from 67 million units in 2010 to 95 million units in 2011. By comparison, mobile PC shipments are forecast to total 50.9 million in the United States. in 2011, up from 45.6 million from 2010.
   
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Have Media Companies Destroyed Their Copyrights With The 'Share' Button?

(paidcontent.org): Righthaven has become controversial by taking a sue-first-ask-questions-later approach to copyright enforcement on behalf of its newspaper clients, which include MediaNews Group as well as the smaller chain that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Most content companies, by contrast, are content with more low-key methods of making sure their copyright is respected. But if the Righthaven experiment ends badly, it could be a big setback for other media companies trying to make sure their content isn't copied-even for companies that wouldn't ever consider an aggressive strategy like Righthaven's.
   
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High Prices Threaten to Kill Tablet Adoption

(pcworld.com): Are high prices going to push the nascent tablet computing platform into a nose dive it can't recover from? The biggest issue with high pricing is that it creates a high-end niche for tablets. It's as if manufacturers have decided the best way forward is exclusivity: Sell fewer tablets yet make higher profits on each one sold. Taking an overview, this does the tablet computing platform no good at all.
   
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E-Book Lending: Boon or Bane to Publishers?

(publishingperspectives.com): When Barnes&Noble and Amazon announced that their eReader devices would now include the ability to swap e-books, they tackled one of the most common complaints about e-books. Reading itself is a solitary act, but if the proliferation of book clubs and online forums like GoodReads are any indication, contemplating what we've read is an experience we seem to enjoy best with others. With lending enabled, these e-book things begin to resemble the socially experienced books we've known and loved..
   
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