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Trade Publishing and Ebooks: W(h)ither the Supply Chain?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Among the leaders of the book publishing industry gathered recently for the Book Industry Study Group's (BISG) annual Making Information Pay Conference, there was general agreement that the book industry's supply chain is broken when applied to electronic books. When trade book publishers talk about their customers, they are not referring to readers - the people who actually buy their books. They mean bookstores. And in many cases they don't sell directly to bookstores but go through wholesalers, who buy in bulk and then resell to bookstores.
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Medical Research Bias and Concealment Harming Patients

(emaxhealth.com): German scientists say tighter regulations are needed to protect patients from "publication bias" from medical researchers. Findings over the years show that pharmaceutical companies and researchers commonly neglect to publish findings of medical research or adverse outcomes of drugs that could harm patients. The scientists say in some instances "legal regulations" mandate withholding the results of medical research.
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New thematic series to celebrate 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

(blogs.openaccesscentral.com): The rich diversity of life is essential to our presence on the earth and yet it is at risk of decreasing at an accelerated rate due to human activities. The action of the United Nations, in highlighting biodiversity during 2010, is an important chance to increase our understanding of the vital function of biodiversity and a prompt to act now to reduce its loss. To celebrate this initiative, BioMed Central is featuring leading research from different disciplines that share common goals in conserving biodiversity.
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Making room for a paperless world

(arabnews.com): The debate is no longer confined to a few academics in distant universities. It is now a widely prevalent, mainstream topic of discussion. How will the news of the future be distributed? The jury is still out, but not completely. Increasingly, we are driven to believe that the future will be paperless. Some argue that the "paper" will be taken out of the "newspaper" within a few years. Their logic might have come across as far-fetched in the late 1990s, but it can hardly be dismissed in 2010.
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Swets supports Library Choice

(swetswise.com): As the number of publishers offering e-content continues to grow, the role of the librarian is increasingly defined by the volume of work associated with providing access to and management of e-collections. Subscribing to a large package of e-journals, either individually or through a consortium, whilst providing greater access, typically creates more work for administrative, serials and technical staff. Not knowing precisely which titles and years are included in a deal makes collection management difficult and time consuming and this lack of detail makes content linking and discovery difficult, if not impossible. Factors such as these may compromise or even prevent libraries from fulfilling their key role - enabling intuitive, seamless access to their information collections.
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