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Evolution of the E-book: When Is a Book Not a Book?

(businessweek.com): When introduction of the iPad was first rumored, it was suggested that the tablet could become a platform for authors of all kinds to find a larger market for their works-not just authors of traditional books (many of whom love the e-book revolution for a variety of reasons), but also bloggers and other thinkers with interesting ideas, academics with valuable research papers, or anyone with something he or she might feel deserves a larger audience. In some ways, it's like the early days of the Gutenberg revolution, when authors published short manuscripts and "chapbooks," and everything in between..
   
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E-Pub for academics

(wired.com): The impact of new technologies on publishing is inescapable, from e-readers like the Kindle to new platforms like the iPad, printing-on-demand to the growth of electronic libraries. There has been much discussion within the scholarly community about the transformations of journals and textbooks, but less about those two mainstays of academic humanities publishing: the monograph and the edited collection.
   
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Reports: Tablets Are Here To Stay

(ibtimes.com): Reports from research firms ABI Research and Gartner differ on the number of tablets shipped as well as the device's growth over the next few years, but both acknowledge its popularity. Gartner's report said 19.5 million tablets will ship out globally this year while ABI Research's number said 11 million will. ABI's research sees a slower rate of adoption, while Gartner sees an explosion over the next few years.
   
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Effective search terms yield the right information

(alphagalileo.org): It does not matter how good a search engine is if the person doing a search does not ask for the desired information in the right way. So far, a great deal of the research on information retrieval has aimed to develop search algorithms and powerful search engines. Yet, a new doctoral thesis on natural language processing from the University of Gothenburg shows that it is also important to look at the terms people type into the search box..
   
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California Could Reduce College Dropouts, Save Millions in State Funds by Utilizing Technology

(interestalert.com): In a report released this week, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) found that $467 million was spent by the state of California from 2003 to 2008 to support students at four-year colleges and universities who leave school before their sophomore year. The report also found that nationally, state and federal governments spend more than $9 billion -- including $7.6 billion in state appropriations and grants -- on students who will not return for their sophomore year.
   
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