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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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Juggling Demands Distracts Today's Students From Learning: Cengage Learning/Eduventures Study

(blog.gale.com): Today's college students are juggling multiple demands and are also entering school lacking essential skills, which is significantly impacting their ability to study and focus, according to a survey released today by Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions. The survey, entitled "Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes" conducted by Eduventures, identifies a new generation of students and highlights pressures and obstacles hindering student success.
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Will Ebooks Jeopardize the Book Industry's Carbon Reduction Goals?

(triplepundit.com): The shift towards ebooks is having a significant influence on every part of the book industry, from publishers working to reinvent their value proposition to brick and mortar bookstores fighting for their future. But what about the carbon footprint of the book industry? Does this shift represent an opportunity for the industry given the growing number of books sold without even one tree falling down?
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