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B2B Publishers See Growing Investor Affection

(paidcontent.org): Is the ever digitising face of publishing an opportunity or a threat to business-to-business (B2B) publishing firms? B2B publishers are reportedly still suffering from weak subscription renewal rates, whilst other core revenue streams such as advertising, promotions and events continue to stabilise.
   
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Disruption, Aggregation, and Third Parties

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The publishing industry is in a state of flux, keeping an eye on new means of creating, packaging, and delivering information, waiting either, depending on your viewpoint, for a clear path forward or for the other shoe to drop. But if we accept disruption as an inevitable consequence of technological progress, must we share our business with third parties? Or are we better served doing it ourselves?
   
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eReaders handy for more than reading

(content.usatoday.com): This holiday season should be especially merry for book lovers. By most accounts, eReaders such as Amazon's Kindle, Barnes&Noble's Nook, and the Sony Reader will be among the top-selling gifts. Recipients can carry hundreds of books without needing a follow-up visit to a chiropractor. But eReaders can be useful even for people who aren't in a bookish mood.
   
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RSC welcomes learned societies' increased role in education

(rsc.org): The restructuring of GCSEs and improved regulation should go some way to curbing the grade inflation that has been allowed to grow out of control. Exam results are like house prices. We all want to see them go up over time, but shoot up too far, too fast for too long and we've got a problem on our hands.
   
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Does Intelligent Design Help Science Generate New Knowledge?

(evolutionnews.org): It's important to realize that when dealing with historical sciences like neo-Darwinian evolution or intelligent design, new knowledge takes the form of both practical insights into the workings of biology in the present day (which can lead to insights into fighting disease), as well as taking the form of new knowledge about biological history and the origin of natural structures. This article brings out examples of areas where ID is helping science to generate new knowledge.
   
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