Sales of ebooks protected by digital rights management systems are falling fast in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium, while purchases of those with watermark protection rise rapidly, according to the leading local distributor. The market share of ebooks in the five major European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK) continues to grow apace, according to the UK-based research firm Futuresource Consulting. In Germany, the Bavarian State library says it now offers more than 1 million digitized books online, and the titles can he accessed via its catalog. Relatedly, digital content specialist CourseSmart says it has struck a deal with Naseej, a knowledge solutions provider for the Arabic-speaking market, to provide a library of etextbooks that will be offered to students and educational institutions in the Arab region. Lastly, Irish bibliophile Frank Kennan has set up a library of the history of civilization at a Palladian-style villa, Roundwood House, in County Laois in Ireland.
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