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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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2009-05-29 12:11:55

The European Union's executive body is going to study Google's plans to make money from its books, which are available online, after Germany said the Internet search giant's project openly disregards EU copyright laws. On Thursday the bloc's industry ministers agreed to ask the European Commission to find how Google's settlement with authors in the U.S. has affected writers' rights in the EU. "The commission will carefully study the whole issue and, if need be, to take steps," Vladimir...

2009-05-28 07:00:00

Proprietary Annotation Platform Enables Stakeholders and Experts to view all Relevant Documents and Engage in Dynamic, Contextual Discussion for Public Record NEW YORK, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SharedBook Inc., the custom publishing enabler, announces the launch of a new digital platform to facilitate public debate on Google's settlement with the book publishing industry in an unprecedented way, using SharedBook's patented digital annotation technology. For the first time, the full...

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2009-04-28 13:24:13

Amazon, the maker of the Kindle e-book reader, is reaffirming its presence in the electronic book market with the purchase of Lexcycle, a year-old company that makes the iPhone e-book application Stanza, The Associated Press reported. The Stanza software uses the "epub" format "” an open standard supported by the International Digital Publishing Forum that many publishers use to create e-book files. But while Amazon.com's Kindle does not support the format, Sony's competing Reader...

2009-04-06 10:11:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's proposed settlement with authors and publishers raises antitrust concerns, Consumer Watchdog said today and the nonpartisan, nonprofit group called on the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice officials Consumer Watchdog asked the department to seek a delay of the settlement until a "most favored nation" clause favoring Google is removed and the deal's "orphan...


Word of the Day
bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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