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Some European Publishers Embrace iPad, But Adoption Still Slow

(publishingperspectives.com): Apple may have announced that more than 3 million iPads have been sold worldwide since the US launch in April, but just a few weeks after the international launch of the iPad, it appears that many publishers in Europe are still choosing to exercise caution when it comes to the iBookstore. According to Apple spokesman Adam Howorth, there are now some 15,000 titles in the iBookstore in the UK, France and Germany (a breakdown per country was not provided).
   
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Facing the Facts: University Presses in the Digital Age

(publishersweekly.com): The future is now: That's the message university and scholarly presses received this past weekend at the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses in Salt Lake City from June 17 to 20. The conference, titled "Toward a Sustainable Future," conveyed a sense of urgency in dealing with the changes now facing scholarly publishing. Whether it's finding ways to publish scholarship that doesn't fit the print book model, moving to e-publishing platforms, or accommodating shrinking library budgets, the conference's recurring themes suggested that intellectual vitality and financial viability lie in better meeting users' needs, and in closer collaboration with all stakeholders, from faculty to students to the universities themselves.
   
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Why content will stay free

(kyivpost.com): There are those who believe that the era of free content is over and we are entering a new age of paid media. They are surely wrong. The fact is, that when these people say "free" they really mean "ad financed," (which is how we've gotten most of our content for decades).
   
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E-books: Royalties vs. respect

(cbc.ca): With competition between electronics makers taking off for the fledging e-reader market, which is expected to hit 14 million units in the United States alone this year, the book publishing industry is being rapidly redefined. New players such as Amazon and Apple aren't just competing with traditional retailers such as Indigo and Borders, they are also going head to head with the publishers themselves by making it easy - and potentially lucrative - for authors to skip going through regular channels to get their books out to readers.
   
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Are medical research subjects adequately informed?

(naturalnews.com): When a person signs up to participate in medical research, he or she is given a form to sign that is supposed to state the goal of the study as well as all the known possible risks of the drug or procedure being tested. But a new report by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Columbia University concludes informed consent forms are often too long and complicated -- full of legalese and technical gobbledygook -- for many people to understand.
   
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