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August 27, 2001

Possible Discounts for Libraries on REB1100 Thomson Multimedia is offering (some) libraries substantial discounts on eBook readers. Some titles and newspaper subscriptions are included. Makes sense: if the readers are almost free, libraries are more likely to purchase eBooks. [Refer]

E-books and Their Future in Academic Libraries Good analysis by the University of California's Ebook Task Force. Raises some technological issues but focuses on rights management, quoting one respondent who said, "Print has many rights and powers that e-books don't. We like e-books but we must not allow ourselves to be locked into technology or legal/social paradigms that impair our ability to support open research, teaching, and public discourse of our community. We will favor vendors who support open process of scholarship and long-term preservation so we will not rush into e-books." Vy Lucia Snowhill, D-Lib Magazine, July/August, 2001. [Refer]

Some Excellent EBook Articles I know I have been harping on eBooks for the last few days (and I'll stop soon, I promise, once I have a full base of resources). But I would like OLDaily readers to feel my pain, and to see first hand what eBooks will do to the world wide web. Follow this link, then click on the title of your choice. Feel my frustration. Is this the model of free and open scholarly exchange we wish to foster? [Refer]

Self-Destructing Ebooks Quick look at and some criticism of the self-desctructing eBook technology introduced by vendors such as Reciprocal's and Adobe. By Susan Gibbons, Librarians EBook Newsletter, August, 2001. [Refer]

Students, Parents Split on Web's Value This article from CNN conjures up some old demons about the use of the World Wide Web for school projects, with some parents and teachers being quoted as saying a certain number of print sources ought to be required. Associated Press, CNN, August 21, 2001. [Refer]

Essays on Telerobot Human Factors Heady set of resources related to online interaction or 'telepresence', where "telepresence refers to the ability to operate in a remote or computer-mediated world generally." The implications for online learning are obvious. Includes definitions, summary of major theories of telepresence, and several essays. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. [Refer]

Soundbyting Information package delivered by the Recording Industry Association of America to college internet administrators in the United States (a new version is expected this September) in order to pursuade them to restrict that most common of student activities - swapping music files over the internet. Ironically, as Wired reports, the demise of Napster has made file sharing easier - not harder - for college students. [Refer]

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