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iPad Owners Prefer Reading on Device Over Print

(designtaxi.com): People who own Apple's iPad prefer reading on their tablet over print material, according to a survey conducted by Cooper Murphy Webb in the UK. 41% of the 1,034 UK iPad owners surveyed say they'd rather read ebooks on the iPad as opposed to physical versions. Newspapers and magazines fared the same-31% would rather the digital versions over print.
   
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Why e-readers will soon cost less than $100

(slate.com): Late last month, Amazon unveiled a new version of its Kindle e-book reader that, like every new Kindle, is thinner, lighter, and smaller than the previous one. It's also the cheapest Kindle ever-the new Wi-Fi version sells for just $139. A year ago, Amazon was selling the 3G Kindle-a version that allows you to download a book even when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network-for $299. This June, Amazon lowered the price of that version from $259 to $189, a few hours after Barnes&Noble announced that it was lowering the price of its 3G e-reader, the Nook, from $259 to $199. The new Wi-Fi Kindle is a direct response to the pricing of Barnes&Noble's Wi-Fi version, which sells for $149.
   
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Are eBooks More Eco-Friendly Than Printed Books?

(daemonsbooks.com): One argument heard against e-readers like Kindles and nooks is that they are environmentally unfriendly when compared with the printed book. This argument always seemed counterintuitive because of all the paper, and therefore trees, required to make books. On the other hand, e-readers require electricity to run and will likely end up in landfills when they are obsolete. So which is more eco-friendly?
   
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It's Going Too Fast - Can Embargoes Manage the Real-time Web?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Expectations are changing. You can feel it in our publishing cultures, a change that's been percolating for years - publish-ahead-of-print or online-first or papers in press or fast-track or red swift or what have you, these ways of meeting the need for speed just continue to compound. But even the real-time Web can be slowed down.
   
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Shanghai rankings rattle European universities

(google.com): Research fraud and limited academic freedom make China an unlikely arbiter for international university excellence, but a Shanghai school's rankings are making Europe's education ministers sweat. France's higher education minister travelled to Jiaotong University's suburban campus last month to discuss the rankings, the Norwegian education minister came last year and the Danish minister is due to visit next month..
   
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