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Hard times for traditional books as China's digital publishing industry grows

(independent.co.uk): The days of the traditional book in China are numbered, according to figures just released by the central government, as it seems that more and more people are now turning their attention to digital forms of publishing. China's General Administration of Press and Publication says that in 2009 for the first time the value of digital publications surpassed that of traditional means.
   
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Open source book publishing gets a boost

(networkworld.com): The idea of using open-source functionality in the book publishing field has, slowly but surely, gained more momentum lately. The ever-increasing costs of textbooks, not just on the college level, is a sore spot, especially when, in some cases, the content has changed little (math, for example). And with the publishing technology available today, there's no excuse for books to be too expensive for schools to purchase.
   
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Left-handed Cancer, Box Springs, Scientific American, Branding, and Credibility

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Credibility is key to scientific communication. It's the flipside of trust. Journals have to trust authors, professionals have to trust journals, and the public has to be able to trust popular translations of information out of journals in addition to trusting that the entire process is solid. When trust isn't rewarded even infrequently, suspicions creep in, and the credibility of scientific communication is put at risk. A recent study hit on all these areas of trust and credibility.
   
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Industry-paid studies likely to favor company drug

(reuters.com): When drugmakers fund studies of their own products, the results are much more likely to be positive than when the government picks up the bill, US researchers have said. They found that about 85 percent of industry-backed studies reported positive outcomes, compared to only half of those with federal funding.
   
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Information Explosion&Cloud Storage

(wikibon.org): Even in 2009′s "Great Recession," the amount of digital information grew 62% over 2008 to 800 billion gigabytes (0.8 Zettabytes). It is projected that the amount of digital information that will be created in 2010 could fill 75 billion fully-loaded 16 GB Apple iPads. What's critical to realise is that 35% more digital information is created today than the capacity exists to store it; and this number will jump to over 60% over the next several years.
   
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