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In the future, all content will be layered

Once upon a time the broadcast model was the only viable option for content distribution. The newspapers, magazines and books read were the same regardless of people's personal interests or where they lived. The web and other digital models offer more personalisation. Content layering is something author has been writing about for several years now. That vision is now starting to become a reality.
   
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Nearly 1,100 Authors Say Amazon Feud With Publisher Has Hurt Sales By Up To 90%

A month after more than 900 authors signed a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to resolve his company's ongoing contract dispute with book publisher Hachette, an even larger group of writers has written to Bezos and members of the Amazon board of directors to explain how this standoff has hurt authors. Amazon is attempting to pressure Hachette into making a deal by refusing to take pre-orders on new Hachette titles. Shipping on the publisher's in-stock titles is often delayed, and books from other publishers are receiving more attractive discounts.
   
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Changes in digital publishing: a marketer's perspective

The people have a great deal of resources at their disposal most of the time, look things up on their tablets and phones immediately, and are able to retrieve information on almost any topic at any time, almost anywhere. We've never been so connected globally. As a marketer, the author is intrigued and excited by engaging with this global community; working in global online product marketing, he is keen to embrace new technologies and digital resources so people can fulfill their aim to disseminate content to everyone and anyone who wants and needs it.
   
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Could Government Policy Destroy South African Publishing?

The South African Department of Basic Education just released a policy document, open for public comment, explaining how the department plans to handle textbooks in the future. Arthur Atwell notes that while it is still a draft, a senior DBE leader recently told a group of publishers that the government's position on procurement was 'very unlikely to change.' Atwell writes that while the document contains many important ideals, with an emphasis on making sure that each child has textbooks, 'there is one, huge, glaring misadventure: the DBE wants to buy a single textbook in each subject for the whole country.'
   
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What Good are They to Academic Libraries?

New knowledge is built on existing knowledge and academic libraries are the primary repositories of existing knowledge for the scholars whose work they support. In these times of belt tightening and budget reductions, it behooves academic libraries to think about how to demonstrate to administrators the value being returned on investments in the library, and to provide scholars with tools to do the same. Traditional means of measuring the quality of new knowledge like the impact factor and h-index are being made richer and more meaningful through the addition of new, social media based alternative metrics. Altmetrics also provide scholars communicating in non-traditional venues like the blogosphere and the Twitterverse with meaningful measures of the impact of their work. This article introduces altmetrics, discusses their advantages and disadvantages relative to more traditional metrics, and propose some specific uses to which academic libraries may put altmetrics in support of the transitions now occurring in scholarly communication and thus in academic libraries.
   
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