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An in-depth guide to the library and book trade industry: The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac 2003

May 13, 2003, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announces the publication of the Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac 2003—48th Edition. The Bowker Annual gives users more than 800 pages of the facts, figures, names, numbers, lists, and reports that affect librarians and publishers. This guide details the latest industry trends and developments within the library and book trade fields; reports the latest statistics on book pricing and category growth; and provides overall industry information on events, careers, organizations, and more.

As global events, economic fluxes, and legislation continue to affect the publishing and library and information science communities year after year, the Bowker Annual will help readers identify the changes that will affect the way they conduct business, market their product, and/or serve the needs of the public. The Bowker Annual’s Special Reports section enumerates some of the most immediate concerns affecting the industry. In this

edition, the Special Reports focus on the following:

• Will U.S. citizens settle for “Information lite?” Harold Relyea and Elaine Halchin discuss restrictive changes—enacted in the name of “homeland security”—in the way government information is disseminated.

• Looking at the development of “electronic government,” Relyea and Henry B. Hogue examine how choices have been made and will continue to be made about what information should be available to the general public and in what form.

• Library portals: Are they “the updated embodiment of how a library delivers on its mission or a faddish manifestation of a library’s will to survive?” Brian E. C. Schottlaender and Mary E. Jackson provide an overview.

• The complex question of digital rights management and its implications for scholars, libraries, and publishers is explored by Grace Agnew and Mairéad Martin.

The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac—48th Edition
(May 2003/$199/hardbound/c. 825 pp/ISBN 1-57387-165-6) is published by Information Today, Inc. To order, call the publisher at (800) 300-9868—outside the U.S. call (609) 654-6266]; e-mail; or go to

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