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October 9, 2008 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Softcover Books Enhance Springerís Ebook Collection

Ebook users now have more options than ever thanks to Springer Science+Business Media. Springer is launching MyCopy, a pilot project designed to boost services for ebook users.

Registered library patrons can now order softcover copies for their personal use of those Springer books that the library has purchased. Users can just click on the MyCopy button on SpringerLink. The first wave of the pilot project includes more than 20 libraries and research institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Users can begin placing orders in November 2008.

MyCopy currently extends to more than 11,000 electronic Springer books published since 2005. The cover of the book is printed in color; the inside is printed in black and white. The universal price of $24.95 for each book includes shipping and handling in the U.S. and Canada. Springer, in conjunction with the print-on-demand provider, will be coordinating the ordering and shipping.

According to Olaf Ernst, president of Springer’s eproduct management and innovation, "Springer is well known for providing users with content in the format they like most, and MyCopy is yet another example of how we are making our eBook packages even more attractive for the science and research communities."

Springer Science+Business Media is the largest publisher of science, technology, and medical (STM) books, the second-largest publisher of STM journals, and the largest B2B publisher in the German-language area. The company publishes more than 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new books annually, in addition to having the largest STM ebook collection worldwide.

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