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The Progression of Digital Publishing

(rand.org): E-books are beginning to emerge from their incunabula stage. While some may think of an e-book as just an electronic image of a paper product, others have used the electronic format to broaden the spectrum of publishing in the digital age. This paper examines three innovative examples that demonstrate the potential and challenges of electronic publications.
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iPad replaces handhelds, say 38% of iPad owners

(computerandvideogames.com): Around 38% of iPad owners say they'd not buy a portable gaming device after owning the Apple tablet, according to a recent survey. The study, which was conducted online across a nationally representative sample, says that gaming devices and e-readers, not netbooks and laptops, will feel the biggest impact of iPad's success, after Apple managed to sell 3million of them worldwide in just 80 days after its initial release in US on April 3.
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Universities and Libraries Move to the Mobile Web

(educause.edu): The convergence of web-enabled smartphones, the applications designed for smartphone interfaces, and cloud computing is rapidly changing how people interact with each other and with their environments. The commercial sector has taken the lead in creating mobile websites that leverage the capacities of smartphones, and the academic community has begun to follow suit.
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Libraries evolve into information clearinghouses

(nctimes.com): Libraries, long recognized as book lenders, are evolving along with changing reading habits and new technology to become information clearinghouses, offering services as diverse as free passes for museums, e-book loans, housing clinics and live performances. Libraries are also trying to provide a bulwark against the economic erosion of the recession. The San Diego County Library system, with branches in San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas, Poway, Fallbrook, Ramona and Valley Center in North County, offers housing clinics with free mortgage and legal counseling to homeowners facing foreclosure, and hosts an ongoing "job cafe" at its Encinitas branch.
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Ranking Institutional Repositories

(openaccess.eprints.org): Deposit mandates are necessary in order to generate OA content. It makes a big practical difference for success in reaching agreement on adopting a mandate in the first place that both institutional and funder mandates should require convergent institutional deposit, rather than divergent and competing institutional vs. institution-external deposit. The RWWR repository rankings would be much more helpful and informative if they gave a greater weight to the relative size of each institutional repository's content and eliminated multi-institutional repositories from the institutional repository rankings or at least allowed institutional repositories to be ranked independently on content vs links.
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