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2009-09-09 13:20:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of the Open Book Alliance and several other organizations today joined together in submitting a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, urging it to carefully review and scrutinize the proposed Google Book Settlement and its implications for authors, copyright holders, schools, libraries and the public. The letter, which was organized by the Open Book Alliance, was delivered to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. John Conyers...

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2009-09-09 07:05:00

Opponents of a class action lawsuit settlement that would allow Google to dramatically expand its library of digital books submitted a flurry of last-minute court arguments on Tuesday. The critics, which include Microsoft, privacy advocates, the French government, DC Comics, the National Writers Union, the National Coalition of Authors and others, object to the Internet giant's aggressive plans to scan and sell millions of books online. Microsoft, Yahoo and other opponents have also...

2009-09-01 09:15:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaplan Publishing announced that by working with LibreDigital and Lexcycle, five titles for law and nursing students are now available at the iTunes(R) store via the award winning Stanza eReader with more titles expected soon. This follows the results of a Kaplan Test Prep survey showing in the next year nearly 45% of Kaplan students will have access to an iPhone(R) or an iPod . The first five titles are: The Law School Labyrinth: A Guide to Making the...

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2009-08-27 06:10:00

Microsoft, Yahoo!, Amazon, and non-profit library associations have joined forces to fight a legal settlement which would allow Google to digitize and sell books. The coalition, called the Open Content Alliance, has expressed concerns about "serious legal, competitive, and policy issues" surrounding the Google book project. The group said they are countering the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form. In October of last year, Google reached a class action settlement on a...

2009-08-26 14:30:00

Library Scholar Peter Brantley and Antitrust Expert Gary Reback Spearhead Open Book Alliance to Protect Consumers and Competition in the Emerging Digital Book Market SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies today announced the formation of a coalition - the Open Book Alliance - that will counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form. The proposed settlement is between Google, the Association...

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2009-07-25 13:45:59

Google's book scanning project is already facing anti-trust criticism and awaiting court approval, and now it has also raised concerns amongst privacy advocates and civil liberties groups. Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, said on Thursday the groups expressed "grave concern" that the Google Book Search project was "leaving the crucial component of reader privacy behind." "Increasing access to books is a very important mission that we strongly support, but readers must not be forced to...

2009-07-06 09:26:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ProQuest is leveraging its extensive research of end-users, librarians and faculty search behaviors to drive the creation of an all-new platform that will redefine the search experience for library users around the world. Available in 2010, the new platform will transform the company's highly-regarded platforms into one unified search experience, providing access to a broad range of resources, content, and services that only ProQuest offers. The...

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2009-07-03 11:40:00

Reports say that U.S. anti-trust regulators are investigating a $125 million deal Google made with book publishers to settle copyright issues. The deal compensates copyright holders and gives Google a percentage of online book sales and advertisements. U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General William Cavanaugh said in a letter filed to the New York District Court that the deal "warrants further inquiry."Some fear that the deal might make Google a monopoly for online books."The US has reviewed...

2009-06-02 16:15:00

U.S. researchers have created a digital library and search engine that now holds more than 1 million journal articles and can be easily accessed by anyone. Pennsylvania State University scientists said the library, called CiteSeerX, is based in the university's College of Information Sciences and Technology. It is designed to enhance the dissemination of scientific literature by making papers and other documents easier to locate online, the school said. The library provides resources such as...

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2009-06-02 09:55:00

Google announced on Monday that it intends to begin selling new e-books online sometime this year, as the Web giant appears to be seeking its share of the market currently dominated by Amazon. "We've consistently maintained that we're committed to helping our partners find more ways to make their books accessible and available for purchase," Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker said in a statement on Monday. "By end of this year, we hope to give publisher partners an additional way to sell their...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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