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Why Dedicated E-Readers, Like Kindle, Will Thrive

(rferl.org): The evidence about how the Internet has affected the way we read and how our brains work is still in its infancy and admittedly what I know about cognitive function could be written on the back of a neuron. But if there is something to the argument, then perhaps the single-use e-reader is the vanguard in the fight against the onslaught of information..
   
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Strong medicine for China's journals

(nature.com): Few Chinese scientists would be surprised to hear that many of the country's scientific journals are filled with incremental work, read by virtually no one and riddled with plagiarism. But the Chinese government's solution to this problem came as a surprise last week. Li Dongdong, a vice-minister of state and deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) - the powerful government body that regulates all publications in China - acknowledged that the country's scientific publishing had a "severe" problem, with "a big gap between quality and quantity", and needed reform.
   
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New Resource on Open-Access Scholarship

(bigthink.com): Can scholarly journal articles and other scholarly works be made freely available on the Internet? The open access movement says "yes," and it is having a significant impact on scholarly publishing.
   
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Physicians see gifts as payback, says study

(post-gazette.com): Telling physicians they shouldn't accept gifts from drug companies is all well and good. But convincing them that doing so is wrong is another matter. A new study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that physicians rationalize such gifts as payback for all the sacrifices they made to get their education -- although they may not realize they're doing it. The attitude, the researchers said, is one of "because I'm worth it."
   
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E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown

(computerworld.com): For the first time in centuries, how we read is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. E-readers -- as well as tablets that provide e-reader capabilities -- are among the fastest-growing segments of the electronics industry. For example, during a session on e-readers that the International Digital Publishing Forum conducted at BookExpo America in May, several of the panelists emphasized the smashing success of e-readers during the 2009 holiday season.
   
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