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MSU survey looks at viability of e-books

(statenews.com): When students begin hunting for the cheapest textbooks this fall, they might see a list of available electronic books, or e-books, on MSU's website as a result of a study currently being conducted at MSU. The campuswide student survey, which is part of MSU's Environmental Stewardship Initiative and is expected to be completed in September, will gather information about how prepared students are for a potential switch to e-books and digital courseware.
   
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When Did Print Become an Input?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): To be content-focused, content developers must first consider the utility or customer use being addressed by the content and only after that determine the most effective delivery mode (print, online, mobile) and packaging option (book, article, app). But what happens instead is that print, having been the only mode of content delivery for so long, has become the mode of content creation as well. Publishers create content for print.
   
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Best Practices in medical education to take centre stage at Dubai Medical College Symposium

(zawya.com): Dissemination of best practices in medical education is one of the key objectives of the 'Medical Education Symposium 2010' to take place at the Dubai Medical College (DMC) on Sunday, May 23rd. The symposium, accredited by the Dubai Health Authority as a CME (Continued Medical Education) program, is open to participation from medical practitioners, teaching professionals, residents and interns.
   
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Science News for Kindle

(blogkindle.com): Science News is a biweekly publication and it is available for Kindle for $2.25 a month. The pictures are included and can even be enlarged to be viewed in full screen mode. Science News was first published since 1922 under the name The Science News Letter by the nonprofit group, Society for Science&the Public in Washington DC. This biweekly news magazine covers important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, reaching nearly 130,000 subscribers and more than one million readers.
   
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Harvard's paper cuts

(boston.com): The thin, tattered book, an 1899 dissertation on Homer, written in French, is tucked into one of the more than 40 shelves devoted to the epic poet in the stacks of Widener Library. Collecting obscure works like this one has helped Harvard amass the world's largest university library. But the days of accumulating every important title and artifact under the scholarly sun are over for Harvard's labyrinthine system of 73 libraries. Facing an unprecedented budget crunch, the university cancelled print copies of more than 1,000 journal titles last year in favor of online subscriptions. And Harvard is turning toward other universities to collaborate and share acquisitions, all while trying to maintain its libraries' stature in an increasingly digital world.
   
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