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Rakuten Buys E-book Distributor OverDrive for $410 Million

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Japan’s Rakuten, parent company of ebookseller Kobo, has purchased US ebook distributor OverDrive, likely blocking Kindle’s further expansion into libraries.

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Patterson Tops UK’s Most Borrowed Library Books of 2013-2014

James Patterson tops the list of the UK's most borrowed book by library users.

The Guardian breaks down the numbers from this year’s report on the most borrowed books by UK library users, a list topped by titles from James Patterson.

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Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015

Michael Cairns

The CEO of Publishing Technology offers his five predictions for academic publishing in 2015, including porous paywalls and the rise of the SAMPC countries.

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Infographic: Future of Library and Information Science Jobs

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What does the future of Library and Information Science look like? What do patrons expect from libraries? This infographic from USC has some answers.

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How Qatari Literary Life is Growing and Sprouting Branches

Claudia Lux, Project Director of Qatart National Libhrary.

A vigorous program is in place to enhance the literary life of Qatar, including strong investment in the National Library and support for publishers.

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In Agra, Literature and Reading is “Dying a Slow Death”

In Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, young people are abandoning books for digital distractions.

Writing for the Times of India, Ishita Mishra describes the declining literary landscape in Agra as fewer people visit libraries and bookstores in the city.

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Colombian Online Library El Libro Total Expands Into Print

Alejandro Navas

Colombia’s El Libro Total, a free multimedia online library of more than 45,000 titles, is now expanding into mobile and print editions.

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Integrating Libraries and Bookstores: In Theory

Integrating bookstores into libraries would help both survive, particularly in underserved communities.

Deborah Emin, publisher of Sullivan Street Press, offers a theoretical plan for saving bookstores and making libraries more robust.

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India’s Focus Medica Launches Massive Medical Video Library

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Bangalore’s Focus Medica has launched a new online medical library with thousands of video clips and over 150,000 images, claiming it is one of the world’s largest.

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