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No Weight Off Your Shoulders:eReaders might not replace traditional textbooks…yet

(falconaire.monmouthregional.net): The average college student will spend somewhere between 700 to 1,100 dollars on textbooks every year. That means by the end of four years of college, you could have spent as much as $4,400 on textbooks alone. A solution may be around the corner. New products such as the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes&Noble Nook, the Apple iPad, and the Kno allow consumers to download and store books onto an electronic reader, virtually making textbooks obsolete. Can these eReaders really eliminate the need for textbooks?
   
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Rethinking Copyright: Letting Free Be Free

(techdirt.com): Lots of folks have been rethinking copyright lately. Michael Scott points us to an interesting piece by someone at the Yale Law&Technology blog arguing that copyright only works for big companies and does more harm than good for "smaller" artists.
   
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Google, antitrust, and the 'Copygate' hypocrisy

(theregister.co.uk): Google recently made (countless) headlines when, after an intricate "sting operation", it accused Microsoft of "copying" its search results. Many missed the irony of "Copygate", but others quickly picked up on what can only be described as painfully obvious.
   
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OPDS: RSS for ePub or how to distribute ePub files

(blogs.plos.org): ePub is a great format for scholarly content, and there are a number of tools to create ePub files. But creating content is only half the story, at least as important is an easy mechanism for distribution. This is particularly true if your ePub files are not books, but shorter pieces of content: journal articles, blog posts or even output from your ongoing research..
   
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How Not To Get Sued For Stealing Content On The Internet

(businessinsider.com): While many hail the Web for lowering the barrier to publishing, it's also created an economy where people feel anything they find on the Web is fair game. And that couldn't be further from the truth.
   
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