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It's Time for a Fresh Look at Copyright Laws - Forbes

It's Time for a Fresh Look at Copyright Laws - Forbes | Book Business | Scoop.it
Are copyright laws hurting America? Increasingly, and particularly in this first month of 2013, the answer seems to be yes. The January suicide of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz made me wonder if we have lost our way.
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Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More - Forbes

Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More - Forbes | Book Business | Scoop.it
I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations...
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Celebrity American Girl doll from New York City library gets a checkup at home : Wsj

Celebrity American Girl doll from New York City library gets a checkup at home : Wsj | Book Business | Scoop.it
For the past eight years, Kirsten has gone home with girls who checked her out of a New York public library.
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A Good Fit for Small Screens, Short Stories Are Selling

A Good Fit for Small Screens, Short Stories Are Selling | Book Business | Scoop.it
The short-story collection, often an underappreciated literary cousin of novels, is now enjoying the limelight, thanks to digital media.
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Billboard Makes YouTube Part of Hot 100 Formula

Billboard Makes YouTube Part of Hot 100 Formula | Book Business | Scoop.it
Billboard has decided to add YouTube views to its formula for determining the No. 1 single in the United States.
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Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Book Business | Scoop.it
A scholarly press's lawsuit will have a chilling effect on academic freedom, say supporters of the librarian.
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Digital Literacy Gap Announcement | FCC.gov

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski joined HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and representatives from Connect2Compete, Best Buy, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the District of Columbia Housing Authority to announce an effort on digital literacy as part of a national initiative to close the broadband adoption gap. In the spring of 2013, Connect2Compete and Best Buy's Geek Squad in partnership with HUD and other partner facilities, will launch a national digital literacy training program.

 

Currently one-third of Americans don't subscribe to broadband services at home and more than 60 million Americans lack digital literacy skills, which are the basic skills needed to use a computer and the Internet. Connect2Compete is a national nonprofit coalition dedicated to helping narrow the digital divide by making high-speed Internet access, computers, educational and job content, and digital literacy training more accessible for millions of Americans without home connectivity.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Half of Amazon Book Sales are Planned Purchases - Forbes

Half of Amazon Book Sales are Planned Purchases - Forbes | Book Business | Scoop.it
Statistics show that nearly half of Amazon book sales choices are pre-planned and only ten percent are via the site's much lauded recommendation engine
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Fitchburg Public Library ends fundraising campaign with surplus : Wsj

Fitchburg Public Library ends fundraising campaign with surplus : Wsj | Book Business | Scoop.it
The Fitchburg Public Library has completed the $3.3 million capital campaign for its new facility, which opened in June 2011.
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Dr. Dipesh Navsaria: Reach Out and Read supports children's literacy and health : Wsj

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria: Reach Out and Read supports children's literacy and health : Wsj | Book Business | Scoop.it
In his State of the State address, Gov. Scott Walker emphasized the importance of reading to ensure every child has access to a great education. Access is important, but for
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A Game Aims to Draw Attention to Women’s Issues

A Game Aims to Draw Attention to Women’s Issues | Book Business | Scoop.it
A new social game intended to raise awareness about issues like female genital mutilation and child prostitution will be introduced on Facebook in March.
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Barnes & Noble Weighs Its Nook Losses

Barnes & Noble Weighs Its Nook Losses | Book Business | Scoop.it
The company’s underperforming Nook Media division might signal that its substantial investment in its digital future has essentially run its course.
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We're Still in Love With Books - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education

We're Still in Love With Books - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Book Business | Scoop.it
Technology has only deepened the affection many academics have for our own books and libraries.
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'Big Three' Publishers Rethink K-12 Strategies - eText, eBooks, and Playlists

'Big Three' Publishers Rethink K-12 Strategies - eText, eBooks, and Playlists | Book Business | Scoop.it
The shift to more digital offerings is occurring as districts in nearly every state are considering their textbook needs in light of the Common Core State Standards.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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