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2010-09-15 13:02:00

House Judiciary Committee Takes Proactive Step to Examine Anti-Competitive Behavior WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, September 16, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy will explore growing concerns about anti-competitive and monopolistic practices taking place online. The Open Book Alliance applauds the action and urges the subcommittee to use the hearing to continue their examination of the threat to online competition presented by...

2010-06-28 10:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- At the American Library Association Conference in Washington, D.C., attendees got a glimpse of the future of search as ProQuest unveiled the latest developments for its all-new platform. Highly anticipated for its promise to unify all ProQuest content in a single framework, the new platform will now include ProQuest Extended Search, a Serials Solutions technology that will enable libraries to connect to other non-ProQuest databases as well....

2010-05-05 15:30:00

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Bowker, a leading global provider of bibliographic information solutions and services, has reached an agreement with Google to provision and facilitate the assignment of ISBN numbers to Google Editions, Google's digital book offering launching later in 2010. The agreement sets an important publishing industry precedent, helping to ensure a standards-driven framework for the identification of digital and print-on-demand book products made...

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2010-02-05 14:55:00

The Justice Department criticized on Thursday a revised legal agreement that would allow Google Inc. to build a vast digital library, saying the deal failed to address antitrust and copyright concerns. While acknowledging that progress had been made, lawyers with the department told the U.S. District Court in New York that "issues remain." Despite good faith efforts by all involved, the revised agreement "suffers from the same core problem as the original agreement," the department said in a...

2010-01-19 10:05:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance has been steadfast in its belief that the digitization of books is a seismic change that will help reduce the literary divide in our nation and our world, and open up new ways to more efficiently and thoroughly conduct research. However, it is critical that the commercialization of books does not trump the benefits of their digitization. The current Google Book Settlement does just that. While much debate over the...

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2010-01-11 06:50:00

Google Inc. issued a publicly apology over the weekend to a number of Chinese authors, excusing itself for inadequate communication with them before it began scanning their books into its digital library.  The apology is being viewed as a first step towards a rapprochement between the Internet behemoth and a Chinese writing guild amidst an ongoing legal row over copyright infringement. For more than five years Google has been engaged in a visionary effort to make all of the world's books...

2010-01-07 07:30:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Serials Solutions is pleased to announce its partnership with Springshare, the maker of LibGuides. Together, Serials Solutions and Springshare will provide the first ERAMS-based LibGuides integration, enabling common subscribers to create LibGuides A-to-Z lists powered by the authoritative e-resource data of Serials Solutions(R) KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase. "Serials Solutions and Springshare are passionate about delivering compelling end user...

2009-12-30 16:44:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Serials Solutions today announced the launch of the new and improved 360 Search federated search service. The new service combines the best features of the Serials Solutions 360 Search and WebFeat platforms with new and improved capabilities that give users the power to control their search and librarians the power to deliver the best results. "The recent acquisition of WebFeat by Serials Solutions changed the federated search market," says Rob Mercer,...

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2009-12-28 11:20:00

Internet hulk Google is being sued by the provocative Chinese author Mian Mian for an alleged violation of copyright laws, her lawyer announced on Monday. In the first civil lawsuit to be leveled against Google in China, the case is bound to draw even more negative press to the Web giant's already controversial plans for a massive Web-based digital library. Mian's attorney, Sun Jinwei, told AFP reporters that the case will open on Tuesday in Beijing. "Tomorrow afternoon at the Haidian court,...

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2009-12-21 12:30:00

In a controversial effort to digitize the world's books, Google is set to start scanning Europe's cultural treasures -- starting in France, where the U.S. giant got a digital foothold this week, AFP reported. Patrick Bazin, the director of the Municipal Library of Lyon, said the Internet search giant began peeling open the pages of half a million books from the library on Monday and is contracted to scan them within 10 years. The French government will spend over one billion dollars (750...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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