Monthly Archives: February 2011

Limiting number of times ebooks are issued in libraries

A New York Times article (February 28, 2011) describes a move by HarperCollins to limit the number of times an ebook at a library can be issued to customers to 26.   Once this limit is reached, the ebook has to … Continue reading

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New retail outlets for book publishers – apparel, hardware stores

A New York Times article (February 28, 2011) describes book publishers use of apparel retailers (Marc Jacobs, Kitson, Urban Outfitters), hardware stores (Lowe’s Pro Bass Shops) as outlets for book sales.  The decline of Borders, and the increased focus on … Continue reading

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Commodity Trader Glencore’s role in the global supply chain

An article in the International Herald Tribune (February 27, 2011) describes the role of Glencore, a commodity trading company. Glencore provides raw materials supply to OEMs (ArcelorMittal, Sony, Chevron etc) from raw materials suppliers, managing the risk of weather, price … Continue reading

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Are Consumers using products longer ? What is the Impact ?

A New York Times article (February 26, 2011) provides data suggesting that consumers are waiting longer to replace products – 4.5 months longer for cars, 2 months longer for cellphones and one month longer for laptops.  Some of the reasons … Continue reading

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Kidney Transplants – is matching available lifespans of kidney and patient appropriate ?

A New York Times article (February 25, 2011) describes a new proposal for allocation of transplanted kidneys – match the lifespan of the recipient and the kidney. The article describes the fact that in the current system an 18 year … Continue reading

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Targeted Emissions cuts before general carbon focused cuts

The Economist (February 17,2011) suggests that piecemeal focused emissions reductions of specific gases may generate fast results while building a more general consensus. For example,the article cites HFC-134a as a gas 1,000 times more warming than carbon dioxide. Similarly, carbon … Continue reading

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Emissions Rules Relaxation and Industry Impact

A New York Times article (February 23, 2011) describes the current EPA emissions rules – rolling back requirements for industrial boilers, incinerators etc.  The impact is to permit many plants, municipalities, universities etc to reduce their costs of compliance – … Continue reading

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