An instant library is helping universities in Myanmar connect to the wider world as the country emerges from decades of military dictatorship. Electronic Information for Libraries, with financial backing from the Open Society Foundations, has implemented elibraries at the University of Mandalay and the University of Yangon. This will give students access to a wealth of digitized materials. Also, a far older institution, the Vatican Apostolic Library is digitizing about 3,000 manuscripts and plans to make many more available in a digitization project that is due to run until 2018. Japanese specialist NTT DATA will provide much of the digitization expertise for the project. Meanwhile, it's fair to say there's no shortage of stats on book markets. It's no surprise that hard copy book sales in the UK fell last year, according to a recent report from research firm Nielsen. But spending on ebooks rose 20%.
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