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The following is a press release from the Ohio State Attorney General\'s Office regarding the lawsuit brought against Baker & Taylor on behalf of Ohio libraries.
\"In 1999, the Ohio Attorney General\'s Office brought a lawsuit against book distributor and publisher Baker & Taylor, Inc., alleging misrepresentation of discounts to public, school, and university libraries throughout Ohio. While claims against co-defendants WR Gracve remain pending, B&T entered into a settlement agreement with the Attorney General\'s Office in October 2001. The company agreed to provide credits to libraries, schools, and universities involved in the action, with which boks may be purchased. -- Read More
Cate Gable writes...
\"If we can read pages of text at will on little electronic devices-Will books survive?
If we can read news literally up-to-the-minute online-Will newspapers survive?
If we can buy whatever we want at the lowest possible price online-Will stores survive?
If we can get information from Google anytime of the day or night-Will libraries survive?
\"ebrary, a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, announced that Penguin Classics will distribute its library to new online markets via ebrary\'s software, ebrarian. According to ebrary\'s CEO, \"This new deal with Penguin Classics is a breakthrough for both ebrary and the publishing industry, as together we will bring some of history\'s most important works into a format preferred by many readers worldwide. I believe that the authors of these great works would be pleased to see their texts brought into the most modern publishing medium in history, and we look forward to working with Penguin Classics in that pursuit.\" More
Paula Hane writes...
\"For the past 2 years, searchers have had Web access to about 50 ready-reference sources from xrefer.com. Now, the company has officially announced the launch of xreferplus, its new subscription reference service for libraries www.xreferplus.com. The free site is still available www.xrefer.com. It offers general reference works—encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations—and a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. There are over 1 million entries. The cross-referencing technology connects related information across all the works and has generated an additional network of over 5 million xreferences.\" More
An article in today\'s Chicago Tribune says that strong sales after Thanksgiving have dissipated a lot of economic gloom from the book industry.
AAP President Patricia "Snidely Whiplash" Schroeder is quoted as saying that books are like lipstick. But we librarians have known that for a while.
For BusinessWeek Online, Stephen Wildstron writes...
\"Libraries are essential because only a tiny fraction of the knowledge contained in books is available on the Web--and what\'s there is hard to find or use. Things should change as more and more books are put into electronic form and as publishers and distributors figure out how to make money in the process. More
A judge approved a loan to netLibrary going and granted its sales procedure, which in effect allows the sale to go forward, and opens the door to competitive bids, if any.
The remaining workers worked for the equivalent of unemployment benefits — $9 an hour — in the weeks following netLibrary\'s decision to put itself on the block. They are back to normal pay now, the company states, but are owed about $500,000 in back pay.
\"The Online Computer Library Center has created a new division to help its member libraries catalog and preserve their digital resources. The division will be responsible for helping libraries create, access and preserve existing digital collections; collaborate to build new digital collections; and learn about digitization and preservation issues. It will house the OCLC\'s Digital Archive, the Digital and Preservation Co-op and the Digital and Preservation Resources Centers.\" From More
steven bell writes \"In the December 10 issue of BusinessWeek the Technology columnist, Stephen Wildstrom, tries out Questia and likes it, but has some doubts about its current feasibility (obviously written before last week\'s news about more layoffs at Questia).He writes, \"it\'s easy to see how online libraries could take a lot of the tedium out of research. I don\'t think they will ever replace the pleasures of browsing the stack of a serious research collections. As a lover of old-fashioned libraries, I certainly hope not.\" Who is he calling \"old-fashioned\"? Do you think he\'s visited his local academic library recently? I think not. The online version of this article is available only to subscribers. \"
From Excite News:
Pittsburgh-based Preservation Technologies, L.P., signed a new five-year contract with the Library of Congress (LC) to preserve over a million books and 5 to 7.5 million manuscript pages using its Bookkeeper process. This is the first step toward the LC\'s goal of preserving 8.5 million retrospective and new books over the next 30 years.
With strong support from Congress, LC has worked with Preservation Technologies since the mid-1990s to preserve hundreds of thousands of books. As the national library and the official library of the U.S. Congress, LC\'s mass deacidification efforts have focused primarily on its collection of \"Americana.\"
After rigorous research and review, the successful treatment of more than 300,000 books and the successful completion of a four-year contract, the new contract ensures that the Library of Congress and Preservation Technologies will continue to work together to preserve endangered volumes.