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E-Books: What a Librarian Wants

(chronicle.com): Many university presses are working hard to figure out how to be effective players in the e-book market. What do academic libraries want when it comes to e-books? Users have made their own shift toward digital materials. The University of Chicago Library recently did a survey of Chicago's graduate and professional students. Many respondents said they wanted more e-books.
   
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China to double science communicators by 2020

(scidev.net): China will double its number of science communicators to four million by 2020, according to the Chinese Association for Science and Technology. The association will train and support professional communicators to work in rural areas and museums
   
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Peer reviewers swamped, so extras get the heave-ho

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): A biomedical journal has sparked debate about transparency and the limits of peer review after announcing that it will no longer accept extra material submitted with academic papers. Until now, in common with many scientific journals, The Journal of Neuroscience has hosted supplementary material - additional content that can accompany published articles - on its website. But John Maunsell, the journal's editor-in-chief, says the volume of this content has grown exponentially since it was first accepted in 2003 and is rapidly approaching the size of extra articles.
   
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The Editorial Fallacy

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The editorial fallacy is the belief that all of a publisher's strategic problems can be solved by pursuing and publishing the finest books and articles. The publishers of journals know that not all things are equal. There are significant advantages to those few publishers that can offer bundling (the "big deal") and technology platforms. These are not editorial matters.
   
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Are TVs and Smartphones the Future of the Internet?

(connectedworldmag.com): The days of the personal computer as the main gateway to the Internet are numbered, as new categories of connected devices show enormous potential. Two of these market segments-smartphones and connected TVs-could be set to change the way we access information and entertainment.
   
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