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Academic publishers

(thebookseller.com): Academic publishers have stressed they are committed to helping librarians through budget reductions amid fears over declining resources. The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent letter from the trade body Research Libraries UK that warned if journal subscriptions don't come down, librarians "will be forced to cancel significant numbers of subscriptions which will fatally compromise the UK's capacity for research". It called for publishers to restrain themselves on pricing and "acknowledge the reality of current budgets".
   
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iPad leading e-book reader demand despite Kindle price advantage

(arstechnica.com): In a recent ChangeWave survey about consumer e-book reader ownership, iPad ownership doubled between August and November, up from 16 to 32 percent. The percentage of e-book reader owners that own a Kindle dropped 15 points, down to 47 percent. With just 5 percent owning and Sony device and 4 percent reporting owning a Nook, it's clear that Amazon and Apple are fighting for the majority of e-reader users.
   
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Students opting more for textbooks over e-books

(thedailycougar.com): In this fast-paced technological age, where students depend on electronics for everything from text messaging to surfing the Internet, a traditional textbook still prevails over its newer counterpart - the electronic book, or e-book. Students have the ability to write in the margins and highlight passages in traditional textbooks, which they may refer back to at a later time.
   
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Eight More Green Open Access Self-Archiving Mandates Registered in ROARMAP

(openaccess.eprints.org): Eight new Green OA mandates bring ROARMAP's total institutional/departmental/funder mandates to 182 -- for a grand total of 252 if we include the 70 thesis mandates. More are coming soon, especially from Portugal.
   
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The economic case for open access in academic publishing

(arstechnica.com): As hyperbolic as it may sound, academic publishing is the curator and guardian of the accumulated scientific knowledge of the human race, 1600 to present. It is also a cornerstone of modern science, preferentially selecting well-executed research through the peer review process. However, academic libraries are facing decreasing budgets, and even highly ranked universities are having to cut back on journal subscriptions. Since these subscriptions account for up to 75 percent of publishers' revenues, the entire system is feeling the pressure of the economic crisis.
   
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