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E-readers: Getting down to content

(business-standard.com): Home-grown manufacturers are luring consumers with an enviable content library to market the hardware. E-books are gaining momentum worldwide. But Indians are yet to join the wave - all things connected to this new world of authors and the Internet. However, that has not come as a damper to home-grown manufacturers of e-readers. They are focusing on content to lure people to the world of digital reading..
   
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Examining the economics of bloc payments for e-journals - new report now available

(jisc-collections.ac.uk): This report is based on an analysis of the practicability and the effect of different models for allocating costs of journal and other digital information licences between HEIs where journal collections or other information products have been licensed by a "bloc" of institutions for a single all-in price - the so-called "Big Deal". This type of transaction is contemplated for core resources that have widespread application in HE. It can operate at a national level, or on a regional basis, or for groups of academic libraries with a common interest in a particular discipline.
   
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Balance-bias battle of climate science coverage

(abc.net.au): A recent study identified the 1,372 scientists around the world with expertise in climate science, measured by their track records of publication in a relevant field. It concluded that there is 'striking agreement' among climate scientists, with 97-98 per cent of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field supporting the conclusions of the IPCC. This suggests that, if the ABC aims to present climate science in an unbiased way, for every qualified climate scientist with a dissenting view we should hear from 39 presenting the consensus view..
   
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Opening the Open Door: Adopt the Least Demanding Open Access Mandate First

(openaccess.eprints.org): Deposit mandates certainly are useful for institutions to retain the knowledge and scholarship of its faculty members. Indeed, some journals already permit institutional depositories. But such permissions do not address the increasing loss of knowledge in the academic community caused by the ever- increasing costs of journal subscriptions and the inability for academic institutions to keep up with shouldering the burden of those costs.
   
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Can community-minded Web developers fix scientific publishing?

(technologyreview.in): Cutthroat competition for funding and positions has turned peer review, the traditional method for deciding what gets published in scientific journals, into an adversarial system that is fundamentally broken, according to those who study it. The solution, say an increasingly vocal chorus of gadflies, is to supplement peer review with something less dysfunctional.
   
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