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174 million…Total number of book records found in bibliographic records in the world.  Electronic Frontier Foundation, February 19, 2010, https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/02/google-book-search-settlement-updating-numbers.

<2%…The percentage of all books sold in 2009 that were e-books, according to Bowker.  NYTimes.com, February 27, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/business/economy/28count.html?ref=todayspa.

10…The number of digits of information needed to label uniquely each human being on the planet.  BBC, March 9, 2010, http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/03/the_end_of_anonymity.html.

+1.9%…The 2010 growth forecast in ad spending on print magazines.  Folio, March 9, 2010, http://www.foliomag.com/2010/print-magazine-advertising-grow-2010-despite-popularity-online.

63.2%…The percentage of scholarly book publishers that publish e-books in one way or another, with the average across all publishers at just 9.4%.  Two-thirds of publishers have retro-digitized their backlists.  Press Release, March 18, 2010, http://www.alpsp.org/ngen_public/default.asp?ID=201.

1.8%…The decrease in U.S. book sales in 2009.  Press Release, April 7, 2010, http://www.publishers.org/main/PressCenter/Archicves/2010_April/BookSalesEstimatedat23.9Billionin2009.htm.

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