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Why Metadata Matters for the Future of E-Books

(wired.com): The world of digital publishing can be a lot more complicated than deciding whether to buy a Kindle, Nook, or iPad. If you want to know just how complex things are getting, just ask a publisher, author, or agent about Andrew Wylie. Along with Amazon announcing its new Kindle, the major - and I mean, epoch-making - news in digital publishing in these circles last week was when Wylie, a literary agent, finally made good on his threat to bypass publishers by inking a deal giving the exclusive e-book rights to his agency's backlist to Amazon, through his imprint called Odyssey Editions.
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The Great E-Reader Shakedown

(thenextweb.com): It turns out that if you fight the big boys you often get burned. The giants of the e-reading space are competing at such a high level that the market's smaller competitors are leaving in droves. Not that these companies don't manufacture other products, they are just shutting down their e-reading operations. In effect, they are folding to a market squeeze.
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The Open Access Availability of Library and Information Science Literature

(crl.acrl.org): To examine the open access availability of Library and Information Science (LIS) research, a study was conducted using Google Scholar to search for articles from 20 top LIS journals. The study examined whether Google Scholar was able to find any links to full text, if open access versions of the articles were available and where these articles were being hosted.
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The Intellectually Dishonest Claims Of Those Fighting Against Open Access To Federally Funded Research

(wikibon.org): Scientific journals, as you probably know, are basically a huge scam. Unlike most publications, the journals don't pay the people who provide all the material in those journals. Instead, the researchers pay the journals to publish their research. Not only that, but in exchange for paying the journal, the researchers also have to hand over their copyright on the research. This gets really ridiculous at times, as professors with have needed to totally redo their own experiments because some journal "owned" their research, and they couldn't reuse any of the data.
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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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