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Wolters Kluwer, CCH Debuts New “Quick Answers” Content Library and Previews Innovative CCH® IntelliConnect Direct

“Wolters Kluwer, CCH today announced the launch of “Quick Answers,” which features more than 2,000 answers to questions most often researched in IntelliConnect®, one of the industry’s most powerful research platforms for tax and accounting professionals. In addition, the company is previewing CCH® IntelliConnect Direct, a new universal platform research tool that provides clear and intuitive access to a wide variety of federal, state and international tax and accounting questions right when users need them As the newest content innovation from Wolters Kluwer, CCH, Quick Answers allows users of both CCH IntelliConnect Direct and IntelliConnect to spend less time looking for answers and more time helping their clients. Quick Answers provides immediate and succinct information on rules, rates and definitions as well as links to key charts and calculators before users review any documents, providing them clarity and saving time.”

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Hachette Group Book Shop Launches on Booksamillion.com

“Books-A-Million, Inc. (BAMM) today announced that they now have a shop on their website dedicated to Hachette titles, which can be found at www.booksamillion.com/hbg. This new feature spotlights well-known Hachette authors such as James Patterson, Scott Turow, David Sedaris, and T.D. Jakes among others. ” (via BusinessWire)

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Stanford University’s HighWire Press receives Growth Equity Investment from Accel-KKR

“HighWire Press, a technology service provider to influential scholarly publishers and an auxiliary unit of Stanford University Libraries, announced today it has received a significant equity investment to support its strategic growth from Accel-KKR, a leading technology-focused private equity firm. The new partnership enables HighWire to further its investment in strategic initiatives and digital innovations in Internet-based publishing.” (via Stanford University Libraries)

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Announcing: Perseus Books Now On Scribd!

What do Friday Night Lights, Skinny Bitch, and Belly Laughs have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing new titles being added to Scribd this week! We’re happy to announce a new partnership with The Perseus Books Group bringing thousands of their amazing books to our readers. You’ll find these new titles and more woven through our curated collections.”

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New technology for sharing old memories

Mercury News – “For Rudy Adler and Brett Huneycutt, the future of social networking is the past. The co-founders of the San Francisco startup 1000memories are trying to turn the world’s smartphones into tools to digitalize the estimated 1.8 trillion fading and yellowing snapshots that people have lying around in their attics, garages and picture albums — often among the most prized, and least seen, of people’s possessions. The goal of the two friends since third grade is to add the past tense to the up-to-the-minute stream of social networks. The company’s iPhone app, called ShoeBox, allows users to photograph their old snapshots with the camera in their smartphone, upload the digital image to the Internet, and share it with anyone they choose. The same day ShoeBox launched in late October, Adler got an email from an interested partner. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted to impart a pep talk.”

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After launching three digital libraries, Patrick Spain tests First Stop Health

Crain’s – “When it comes to aggregating information, Patrick Spain knows his stuff. The co-founder of business database Hoover’s Inc., Mr. Spain went on to launch HighBeam Research Inc., a repository of news articles, and Newser LLC, a Chicago-based feed of news summaries. Now he is testing another information service. Called First Stop Health, his venture provides members with electronic health records, 24/7 access to physicians for advice and diagnosis and help in navigating insurance to get coverage. Members also have access to thousands of articles on disease and treatment and a database of almost 800,000 physicians and 18,000 urgent care facilities. The cost starts at $250 a year.”

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In a Flood Tide of Digital Data, an Ark Full of Books

NYT – “The Physical Archive of the Internet Archive hopes to eventually collect 10 million items, and it has started taking in films as well.”

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ALA calls on Random House to reconsider major ebook price increase

ALA – ” The American Library Association (ALA) is calling on publisher Random House to reconsider its decision to raise the price of ebooks to the library market starting March 1. ALA President Molly Raphael issued the following statement: “While I appreciate Random House’s engagement with libraries and its commitment to perpetual access,” Raphael said, “I am deeply disappointed in the severe escalation in ebook pricing reported today. Calling on our history together and our hope to satisfy mutual goals moving forward, the American Library Association strongly urges Random House to reconsider its decision. In a time of extreme financial constraint, a major price increase effectively curtails access for many libraries, and especially our communities that are hardest hit economically.”

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Some Advice From the Guy Who Helped Save LA’s Libraries

Torontoist – “This year, Toronto Public Library narrowly avoided a 10 per cent budget cut that would have slashed about $17 million from its budget and forced it to reduce hours at branches citywide—but that was nothing. In 2010, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa handed Los Angeles Public Library a budget so severe that the system’s board couldn’t keep any of the city’s 73 libraries open more than five days a week, whereas in 2009, regional libraries were open all week, branches for six days.”

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Librarians Feel Sticker Shock as Price for Random House Ebooks Rises as Much as 300 Percent

Digital Shift – “New prices for Random House’s ebooks took effect on Thursday, and as the details emerged a number of librarians across the country expressed dismay at the doubling and tripling in prices they are seeing. “We’re very concerned. These are tough times for libraries. It’s very tough here in Louisville,” said Debbe Oberhausen, manager of collection services, at the Louisville Free Public Library. “We want to provide this service, but this kind of pricing is really going to take a huge chunk of our budget,” she said.”

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