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How E-book Sales Compare To Print...So Far

(publishersweekly.com): Hoping to get a sense of how frontlist bestsellers are really performing in digital compared to print-and get a snapshot of the e-book market in the process-Publishers Weekly (PW) ran down the performance of a handful of current hit titles. To do so, it asked Amazon for a list of its bestselling Kindle editions over the past 30 days. PW then asked publishers for a ratio of print to e-book sales for their frontlist titles that are on that list. The numbers, which are for lifetime sales, show that, measured across all outlets, hardcovers are still driving units, though e-books represent an important, and widely varying, slice of total sales.
   
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How science funding is putting scientific data at risk

(arstechnica.com): A Policy Forum in the latest issue of journal Science look at what's become a significant problem in the sciences: enabling and maintaing unfettered access to large collections of scientific data. Although the report focuses on the biosciences, many of the problems it describes apply to other areas of research as well. The biggest problem, however, is fairly simple: there's no good mechanism for determining who pays for maintaining large amounts of data, which leaves existing repositories at risk of either duplicating efforts or losing funding entirely, with a resulting loss of data.
   
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Global E-paper Market Worth US$ 5.73 Billion by 2015

(marketsandmarkets.com): There is an increase in the adoption of e-paper display by the designers of consumer electronic devices due to the performance benefits it offers. Many new e-paper technologies are lined up for commercialisation and will certainly help in increasing the adoption rate of the e-paper display. Existing studies and third party market reports do not provide a comprehensive understanding of the E-paper market and there is a lack of focus on its various applications. This report analyses E-paper market and its various application segments, product segments and also provides a geographic split.
   
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iPad, netbooks and other devices make computer-buying decision harder

(nj.com): There's no one-size-fits-all decision. A lot depends on what other computing devices, from laptops to e-readers, you've already got. What's more, now is a decidedly murky transitional period, largely because the iPad is spurring innovation in tablet computers and portable devices. No one really knows where these developments will lead, and whether tablet computers will be a niche within the computing landscape or full-fledged replacements for laptop and desktop computers.
   
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The Information-Seeking Habits of Engineering Faculty

(crl.acrl.org): Many studies of information-seeking habits of engineers focus on understanding the similarities and differences between scientists and engineers. This study explores the information-seeking behavior of academic engineering faculty from twenty public research universities. This investigation includes an examination of how frequently engineering faculty seek or access information, how they keep abreast of current developments in the field and find less recent journal articles, how often they visit the library in-person, and how important library services and resources are in meeting their information needs.
   
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