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Death by Irony: How Librarians Killed the Academic Library

(chronicle.com): It is entirely possible that the life of the academic library could have been spared if the last generation of librarians had spent more time plotting a realistic path to the future and less time chasing outdated trends while mindlessly spouting mantras like "There will always be books and libraries" and "People will always need librarians to show them how to use information." We'll never know now what kind of treatments might have worked. Librarians planted the seeds of their own destruction and are responsible for their own downfall.
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Google's digital newsstand revives publishers' hope for subscription model

(ibtimes.com): Google and Apple are slugging it out in the publishing domain as they up their ante to woo publishers, who are still emerging from the recessionary shock and are looking for a viable digital content-related business model. WSJ reported that Google is in the throes of creating a digital newsstand for its Android users and is fervently seeking support from publishers of newspapers and magazines. Google is vying for the digital publishing space where Apple has an early mover's advantage with its iTunes store.
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Digital Bookstores Hitting International Markets

(thejakartaglobe.com): Among avid readers, the question of whether e-books would eventually replace the printed page remains a hotly debated subject. Many readers simply don't want to give up their regular visits to bookstores, where they can browse hundreds of titles and come home with a shopping bag full of literary gems to add to their collection. Others are already convinced that e-books are the future of literature and printed copies will become more and more redundant in the future, if they don't end up vanishing completely.
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Net Neutrality for Writers: It's All About the Leverage

(locusmag.com): How do successful writers use copyright? As negotiating leverage. Copyright becomes a productive club-with-a-nail-through-it with which to threaten publishers who might consider publishing a well-known writer's work without their permission. Likewise, copyright is a useful tool for publishers to use in threatening each other, should one publisher take it into his head to copy a competitor's copyrighted books and sell them. Because of this, a successful writer can even auction copyrights off between more than one publisher. But just because copyright can be used for leverage some of the time, by some people, it doesn't follow that it will always provide leverage.
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Are e-readers the future of books?

(chronicle.augusta.com): Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift this holiday season. But will you be using it primary for school and other reading in the future? As of now, there are numerous e-readers on the market, such as Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Borders's Kobo, and even more.
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