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E-book sales outstripping real books for first time, claims Amazon

(dailymail.co.uk): Sales of digital e-books have outstripped real books for the first time, according to Amazon. The firm said that it has sold 143 e-books for its Kindle e-reader for every 100 hardcover books over the past three months.
   
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Medical Residency Applicants and Plagiarism

(blogs.wsj.com): A team from Brigham&Women's Hospital wanted to know about a different sort of copycatting - using plagiarized material in a medical or surgical residency program admissions essay. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers report finding 'evidence of plagiarism' in 5.2% of such essays by applicants to Brigham's internal medicine, anesthesiology, general surgery, OB-GYN and emergency medicine residency programs between Sept. 2005 and March 2007.
   
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Semantically Enhancing Collections of Library and Non-Library Content

(dlib.org): Many digital libraries have not made the transition to semantic digital libraries, and often with good reason. Librarians and information technologists may not yet grasp the value of semantic mappings of bibliographic metadata, they may not have the resources to make the transition and, even if they do, semantic web tools and standards have varied in terms of maturity and performance. This paper presents some lessons on building small, focused semantic digital library collections that combine bibliographic and non-bibliographic data, based on specific topics. The tools map and augment the metadata to produce a collection of triples. We have also developed some prototype tools atop these collections which allow users to explore the content in ways that were either not possible or not easy to do with other library systems.
   
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The future holds no paper, no books; but expect lots of reading

(digitimes.com): The rise of e-books will restructure the publishing industry, with paper mills, print shops, conventional publishers, book distributors and bookstores having the potential to gradually disappear, while makers of e-paper and display panels will help publishers integrate and market content online, and non-professionals will take a DIY approach to publishing their writing. However, the recent launch of the iPad has caused uncertainty for the business outlook of e-books. Although e-book readers and tablet PCs are different in functional appeal and usage environments, the segments can still work together to develop the market, despite having some unavoidable competition
   
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The Benefits of Integrating an Information Literacy Skills Game into Academic Coursework: A Preliminary Evaluation

(dlib.org): This article describes a new tool for teaching information literacy skills to college undergraduates. BiblioBouts is a game built on premises of educational gaming that came out of research published in the October 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine. BiblioBouts seeks to satisfy student requests for a gaming experience directly integrated into their current coursework. Alpha testing of the game focuses on answering three main questions: Is BiblioBouts an effective approach for teaching undergraduate students information literacy skills? Do students want to play this game? What improvements does BiblioBouts need? Student response has been encouraging on all fronts. Contact information is provided so that interested parties can learn more.
   
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