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Publishers continue their impact factor chase

(iwr.co.uk): After Thomson Reuters released the 2009 Journal Citation Report (JCR) with features including five-year Impact Factors (IFs), Eigenfactor metrics, rank-in category tables and journal "self-citations", publishers have rushed in to lay claims on the influence and power of their journals in the academic world. Impact Factors are a method of measuring the influence which a journal has on the scientific community. Calculated by Thomson Reuters, they are designed to indicate how many times the published articles of a journal are cited during the course of a year, providing an insight to how much 'impact' the journal is making on the scientific community.
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Using online video to promote database searching skills

(ojs.lboro.ac.uk): In recent years, online tutorials have become well-established tools for the delivery of information literacy training as information professionals continue to seek new and more effective ways to reach audiences. However, the rapid transience of technologies, and the ongoing need to maximise the efficiency of services, mean that the question of how best to exploit the online medium needs further exploration. This paper focuses on a project at the University of Surrey Library to develop a new approach to online instruction.
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Will the iPad Undercut Digital Readers?

(nytimes.com): The electronic book market is looking increasingly hot, flat and crowded. A vicious price war has broken out among producers of digital readers because of Apple's success with the iPad. Companies like Amazon hope that selling tomes across multiple devices will fill the profit gap. But competition in e-book distribution is heating up and could pressure margins there, too.
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Audiobook Sales Increase in 2009

(audiopub.org): The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of the Survey of 2009 Sales, conducted to evaluate trends and measure the growth of the audiobook industry. The independent research firm, Lewis&Clark, surveyed audiobook publishers and analyzed sales data from 2009, comparing current statistics against the previous years' findings. It was another strong year for audiobooks with a 4.7 percent unit sales increase, though like much of the publishing industry, the audio sector experienced a drop in revenue.
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Libraries Have a Novel Idea

(online.wsj.com): Libraries are expanding e-book offerings with out-of-print editions, part of a broader effort to expand borrowing privileges in the Internet Age that could challenge traditional ideas about copyright. A group of libraries led by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, are joining forces to create a one-stop website for checking out e-books, including access to more than a million scanned public domain books and a catalog of thousands of contemporary e-book titles available at many public libraries.
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