Publishing giants back pay-per-use Internet model

Publishing giants Random House, McGraw-Hill and Pearson have each given financial backing to Ebrary, a California-based dotcom which is to offer free view-only access to books on the Internet. Financial details have not been disclosed.</p><p>
The investment from leading trade, professional and educational publishers suggests broad support for Ebrary's e-publishing model. Ebrary's service, which is aimed at people using the Internet for research purposes, enables users to search the full text of books and periodicals and view pages for free. Users pay only if they decide to copy or print...

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