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Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has now introduced experimental new functionality on and a beta set of principles and guidelines that will:

- Enable subscribers to 49 journals on to share a read-only version of full text-subscription articles, to support collaboration. Reasonable sharing is encouraged for non-commercial, personal use.
- Enable 100+ media outlets and blogs to link to a read-only version of full text-subscription articles.
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"Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader—an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending libraries—actively logs and reports every document readers add to their local “library” along with what users do with those files. Even worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear, allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic (such as the National Security Agency, Internet service providers and cable companies, or others sharing a public Wi-Fi network) to follow along over readers’ shoulders."
Digital Editions even tracks which pages you've read. It might break a New Jersey Law.
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We took a bit of a break over the summer, but we are back with new posts here and the website will be updated soon.
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"Echoing almost a decade of pro-neutrality sentiment in academe, 11 higher-education and library groups released a set of 11 principles on Thursday that promote the notion that all Internet content, regardless of origin, should be treated equally."
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“Since consumers have an absolute right under Title 17 to resell, donate, or even destroy the copyright works that they have lawfully acquired, the exclusion of digital would be no different than the taking away of any property right from Americans simply because technology has changed or improved our lives.”
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The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the downsides of discovery services.
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.
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See Wiley's infographic of their librarian survey about digital book purchasing.
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"Old-fashioned media—books, tapes, CDs, etc.—are governed by the first-sale doctrine, a legal provision that allows a buyer to do whatever she wants with a copy.

The licensing of digital media, however, gives publishers far more power. Instead of selling an album outright, they can sell permission to access its contents for a fixed amount of time."
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"In order to meet users’ expectations for immediate access to appropriate copies of full text, libraries have largely been reliant on middleware known as the OpenURL link resolver.  Unfortunately, as various studies have suggested, Open URL linking has been less reliable than desired.  Studies suggest OpenURL links fail anywhere from 5-30% of the time. [2]  And even if reported link failure rates may be somewhat inflated, linking issues are still the most frequent complaint of library end-users."
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"The Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision, holding that the creation of a full-text search database and providing access to the print disabled constitute fair uses and such activities are thus protected under the Copyright Act."
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Marshall Breeding released his annual report on the state of library technology industry.
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Welcome to Library Technology Launchpad where I’ll cover technology relevant to librarians and libraries.  Possible topics will include:

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  • Ereaders and ereader software
  • Mobile library and ereader apps
  • Social networks and libraries
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