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Conflicts of Interest, Transparency and the Media

(citybeat.com): When is disclosure of potential or real conflicts of interest sufficient?
This question of transparency provoked an attack on the World Health Organization's recommendations on how governments should cope with the then-impending H1N1 pandemic.
   
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ebooks to overtake print within five years

(telegraph.co.uk): There will be more digital content sold than physical content within five years. This is according to Steve Haber, president of Sony's digital reading business division. He said the same patterns that Sony had seen in the digitisation of music and photography were now being repeated in the books market.
   
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Be nimble with that publishing brand

(brand-e.biz): A publisher's business is not a newspaper, a magazine, or a TV network. And it's not tied to a particular format or flavor of media. So says Razorfish in its new Nimble report on publishing in the digital age. The business is a brand, and it has an audience. The brand has a voice, a reputation, and a set of values that its audience relates to. In order for that business to grow and evolve, it's imperative to understand what the brand means to people and how to extend that relationship in meaningful ways without leaving the core audience behind.
   
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In Search of Sustainability: Business Models in Publishing

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): While library budgets have remained flat, article output is increasing at 3% per year. Librarians like to be able to predict their budget for the next year, but they are not fond of running out of tokens mid-year, or knowing that the same article may be downloaded several times by the same individual. Yet, the token access model has provided access to small institutions who have traditionally not subscribed to GSA journals.
   
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Google to Give Governments Street View Data

(nytimes.com): Google is bowing to the demands of three European governments and says it will begin surrendering the data it improperly collected over unsecured wireless networks. Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, told The Financial Times in an interview in London that within the next two days, the company would share the data with regulators in Germany, Spain and France. The data is thought to include fragments of personal information like e-mail and bank account numbers.
   
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