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Metadata, Not E-Books, Can Save Publishing

(toc.oreilly.com): E-books represent a format, just like hardcovers and paperbacks. Because they are a different format, they require different pricing. Things that are consumed and priced differently do open themselves up to a new market but unless that new consumption method is revolutionary, the growth (new readers) to the market cannot be large. E-readers will never be purchased by non-readers in the hopes of becoming readers (until they reach an extremely cheap price-point).
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Amazon Kindle, Larson Success Show E-Readers Are Here To Stay

(pcworld.com): The future is looking bright for e-books. This week brought two important announcements: Amazon reported that its Kindle e-reader, recently lowered to $189 from $259, has sold out (albeit temporarily); and the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, best known for his Millennium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell more than 1 million e-books in the Kindle Store. These developments suggest that e-books are finding a mainstream audience that appears eager to read book-length material on portable electronic devices, including the Kindle and other standalone e-readers (e.g., Barnes&Noble Nook, Sony Reader), and on smartphones and the Apple iPad.
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Publisher argues free access to research violates administration's transparency initiative

(nextgov.com): The American Psychological Association, which publishes scientific articles, believes the future of scientific publishing is among the "genuinely compelling interests," Steven Breckler, executive director for science at the association, testified before the House Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives. The panel invited publishers, scientists, Internet users who have benefited from online research and a federal official to examine the possibility of increasing free online access to scholarly journal articles derived from federally funded research. Breckler said the potential ramifications of open access policies, including one recently established at the National Institutes of Health, include reducing the number of peer reviewed journals, a publishing model where the author must pay to be published, and commercial repackaging of content that otherwise would be protected by copyright.
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There's room for e-books and print

(metrowestdailynews.com): While you might expect a spike in e-book sales to be bad for local bookstores, readers and retailers say there's room for digital and traditional volumes to coexist. While the popularity of e-books is on the rise, the Wellesley Booksmith and Framingham Barnes&Noble say sales of their paper books have been solid.
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Scenes from the Open Science Summit

(reason.com): The inaugural Open Science Summit kicked off Thursday afternoon at the University of California, Berkeley's International House. Some 200 participants have gathered to "update the social contract for science." The summit's chief organizer, a young intellectual entrepreneur named Joseph P. Jackson III, says his aim is to jumpstart Enlightenment 2.0. However, the first panel of presenters made it clear that Enlightenment 1.0 is mired in a bureaucracy run by careerist professionals.
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