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A Slow Day in the Book Industry

Whether we are all waiting breathlessly for the Michael Jackson verdict, wilting in the NYC humidity, or just suffering from Monday brain-deadness...the truth of it is, there's not much happening of note right now. So...we return to Bowker, which seems to be a nearly-endless fount of news these days.

The longest-running on-again/off-again relationship in the book world -
Bowker & Ingram - is on again after a few years of acrimony between the two. Having ripped all of Bowker's data unceremoniously out of its system, Ingram is now supplying Bowker with data based on Book in Hand work in its warehouse.

Syndetic Solutions - the library enhanced-content service run by Allan Graham - is now a Bowker acquisition. Syndetics gets its data from Ingram - cover images, descriptions, etc. Via Syndetics, Bowker will receive all of Ingram's data.

However, we are assured, "both companies will continue to sell and market their products separately."

Increasingly, it seems, they're becoming the same product, but whatever makes you guys feel better....
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