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March 5, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Read an E-Book Week March 8–14

Read an E-Book Week (, a not-for-profit event, is taking place March 8–14, 2009. The website provides information on the latest technology and features of electronic reading devices, the history, and the future of ebooks. Individuals interested in the environmental impact of electronic reading will find details of a life-cycle assessment of paper books versus ebooks. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media, and readers worldwide are welcome to join in the effort. The site encourages anyone to promote electronic reading with any event. These could include public readings, library displays, reading challenges, school visits, newspaper and blog articles, chat show appearances, internet radio interviews, ebook giveaways, and banners on a website.

With digital reading on the upswing, publications are focused on enhancing their online presence. Many are looking to make their content available for electronic reading devices. Having the right device becomes crucial for a pleasant reading experience. provides user reviews on a number of electronic reading devices, including Reader Digital Book by Sony which uses E Ink electronic paper display technology. (Sony and E Ink are supporters of the site.)

Ebooks are growing in popularity and sales are soaring. Ingram Digital’s latest survey indicates that in the education sector, ebook sales have jumped about 400% over last year and the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) show that in the retail sector, ebook sales are up about 103% over last year.

Source: Rita Y. Toews, founder of Read an E-Book Week

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