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eBooks are now Outselling Paper Books

Michael Hart gives us a couple of of intresting pieces of news in this months PG Newsletter.

In a recent article, CNN wrote, “[a]s further proof of how digital media dominate today’s entertainment, Amazon announced Thursday that its customers now buy more e-books for its Kindle device than all print books — hardcover and paperback — combined.”

“Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books. We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly — we’ve been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years,” according to Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.

Also, the Association of American publishers are saying that ebook sales for March 2011 were just about 2.5 times [in dollars] what they were in March, 2010, and there’s more and more reports stating that eBooks are now outpacing paper in the various retail markets, and that’s not even counting the number of free eBooks being handed out all over the world.

This really is the “Year of the eBook!!!”

Towards A Universal Digital Library: A Few Milestones

Many of us dream of a universal digital library freely available on the web, i.e. available anywhere and at any time. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive and others, we are getting there, at least for the books from public domain. The process began a while ago with a few pioneers – It is running at full speed now. We still need to see copyright issues worked out in order to provide free access to as many works as possible. We still need large scale knowledge-building projects to get reliable reference, scholarly and educational content. We still need better quality OCR technology and in the future, go back to the original image files to provide a higher quality book. We still need more efforts, there are currently 25 million books belonging to the public domain and as of mid-2007, just over 2 million freely available on the internet.

Continue reading Towards A Universal Digital Library: A Few Milestones

China Enters Copyright Agreement

Chinese authorities this week announced an agreement with four trade associations about the ongoing problem of copyright infringement, which is reportedly rampant in China. The Business Software Alliance and the Publishers Association (both in the United Kingdom), the Association of American Publishers, and the Motion Picture Association of America (in the United States) signed the memorandum of understanding, under which the organizations will provide the Chinese government with lists of products that should be protected by copyright law. The four groups will also keep Chinese authorities informed about legal actions against suspected copyright infringers. The National Copyright Association of China will oversee the information from the four groups and will work to improve the country’s efforts at enforcing copyrights.CNET, 15 December 2006


You’ve been reading an excerpt from Edupage: http://www.educause.edu/Edupage/639

Publishers Criticize Professors For Copyright Violations

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is calling on colleges and universities to take steps to address what they see as rampant copyright abuse by faculty. According to the AAP, faculty who post protected content online for use in their courses cost the publishing industry at least $20 million each year in lost revenues. Before the advent of online reserves, faculty would often place hard-copy materials in the library for students to view. That practice has been largely replaced by making digital copies of course materials available online. The publishing industry objects, saying faculty who do this go beyond the scope of fair use. Allan Adler, vice president for legal and governmental affairs with AAP, said, “We can’t compete with free.” The organization pointed to a recent agreement with Cornell University in which the institution works to educate faculty on appropriate uses of copyrighted material and on best practices to avoid infringing uses.
The AAP hopes that other institutions will implement programs similar to the one Cornell has adopted.Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 20 November 2006


You’ve been reading an excerpt from Edupage: http://www.educause.edu/Edupage/639