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New evidence of the power of open access

(eurekalert.org): New findings settle one of the arguments about Open Access (OA) research publications: Are they more likely to be cited because they were made OA, or were they made OA because they were more likely to be cited? The study, which will be published in PLoS ONE on the first day of Open Access Week (18 October), shows that the OA citation impact advantage is just as great when OA is mandatory (i.e., the author's institution or funder requires the author to make all research publications OA) as it is when OA is optional (i.e., the author self-selects whether and what to make OA).
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Apple Fails to Impact Amazon as iBookstore Struggles After Six Months

(investorplace.com): The dialogue surrounding Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad since its April release has hailed the tablet's widespread success as not just emblematic of a sea change in consumer grade computing technology but also the death of the still larval e-reader market. With an install base estimated to be more than three times that Amazon Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Kindle, a device that's been on the market five times longer than Apple's machine, there's compelling evidence that the iPad has indeed killed the e-reader before it truly had a chance to shine. This point of view presupposes that iPad users are using their tablets as e-readers though, purchasing e-books through Amazon's Kindle or Banes&Noble (NYSE: BKN) Nook apps or, more importantly, Apple's iBookstore, the literary equivalent of iTunes that launched alongside the iPad last spring.
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Why There Can Never Be A Competitor to Google Books

(technologyreview.com): Publishers are about to grant Google monopolistic pricing power and permanent exclusivity over countless "orphaned" works. Here's one more way Google is the new Microsoft: the U.S. Department of Justice thinks Google is a monopolist, at least when it comes to Google Books.
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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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