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Google’s New Interactive E-Books Would Be Impossible to Print

“There was a moment when e-books felt a little bit magical. A single device that stores hundreds of books, fits in a tote, and doesn’t give paper cuts? Clearly, this was an upgrade to the tattered paper books we’d been reading for hundreds of years. Then, some years and a few generations of Kindle later, digital books began to feel less like magic and more like pixelated versions of what’s already on our shelves. Being digital didn’t necessarily add anything to the reading experience. In fact, it was physical books that seemed to be pushing the boundaries of publishing.” (via Wired)

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Undergraduates’ Use of Google vs. Library Resources: A Four-Year Cohort Study

“This longitudinal study at a large public university surveyed students of the 2008 freshmen cohort over four years about their use of Web sites and library resources for their research papers. The three goals of the study were to track changes in reported research behavior over time, to see if students’ reported source choices were associated with librarian instruction and/or if they were associated with instructors’ source requirements. The study found that, as students matured, they used library resources more frequently. Librarian instruction and faculty source requirements also were associated with increased use of library resources.” (via ACRL)

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Improving patent quality one search at a time

“Good patents support innovation while bad patents hinder it. Bad patents drive up costs for innovative companies that must choose between paying undeserved license fees or staggering litigation costs. That’s why today we are excited to launch a new version of Google Patents, which has the power to improve patent quality by helping experts and the public find the most relevant references for judging whether a patent is valid. The ability to search for the most relevant references–the best prior art–is more important today than ever. Patent filings have steadily increased with 600,000 applications filed and 300,000 patents issued in 2014 alone. At the same time, litigation rates are continuing their dramatic climb, with patent trolls bringing the majority of cases, hitting companies of every size in industries from high-tech to main street.” (via Google Public Policy Blog)

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Gale Expands Relationship with Google and Discovery Services

Evolving to meet researchers where they begin their searching, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is supporting discovery by working with Google to index millions of documents in Google Scholar, and expanding the amount of content indexed by major library discovery services. In addition, Gale is promoting transparency in discovery through compliance with industry information standards to improve results for researchers and libraries.” (via Gale)

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Google Wants to Save Our Schools—And Hook a New Generation of Users

“The old “dog ate my homework excuse” is about to become a thing of the past. And kids will have Google to thank. The search giant has just released Classroom, a free tool that allows teachers to do everything from assigning projects to collecting and grading assignments, all online. Classroom uses Google’s own products such as Docs and Drive to manage and organize the often chaotic classroom workflow.” (via WIRED)

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News stories ‘forgotten’ from Google searches

“British news outlets are having their stories removed from European Google searches under the continent’s “right to be forgotten.” The Guardian, BBC and the Daily Mail have reported that their stories are being deleted from searches within Europe, which writers worried would be a threat to journalism. At the BBC, economics journalist Robert Peston wrote that he received a notification from Google on Wednesday that the Internet giant is “no longer able to show” Europeans a link to a 2007 blog post to. The post was about a former head of investment bank Merrill Lynch who was forced out after the bank suffered “colossal losses” on some of its investments.” (via TheHill)

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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

“Many professors and students gravitate to Google as a gateway to research. Libraries want to offer them a comparably simple and broad experience for searching academic content. As a result, a major change is under way in how libraries organize information. Instead of bewildering users with a bevy of specialized databases—books here, articles there—many libraries are bulldozing their digital silos. They now offer one-stop search boxes that comb entire collections, Google style.That’s the ideal, anyway. The reality is turning out to be messier.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Authors Guild asks US court to rule against Google

“Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project. The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying that Google’s effort to create the world’s largest digital library was violating the rights of authors and stifling competition in the busy Internet book sales market. Google declined to comment on the Authors Guild’s effort to reverse a November ruling in favor of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.” (via AP)

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Google prevails over authors in book-scanning U.S. lawsuit

“Google Inc on Thursday won dismissal of a lawsuit by authors who accused the Web search and media group of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan accepted Google’s argument that its scanning of more than 20 million books, and making “snippets” of text available for online searches, constituted “fair use” under U.S. copyright law. The judge said the massive library makes it easier for students, teachers, researchers and the public to find books, while maintaining “respectful consideration” for authors’ rights. He also said the digitization was “transformative,” and could be expected to boost rather than reduce book sales.” (via Reuters)

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Google’s Super-Speed Internet Is Off-Limits for Businesses

“Google’s ultra-high-speed internet service is for homes, not businesses. And Google wants to keep it that way. At least for now.Joe Barnhill knows this only too well. He lives in Kansas City — the first city to receive Google Fiber, an internet service that’s about 100 times faster than what you’re used to — and recently tried to build a business around the service. Google put a stop to it.” (via Wired.com)

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