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In E-Book Era, You Can't Even Judge a Cover

(nytimes.com): With a growing number of people turning to Kindles and other electronic readers, and with the Apple iPad arriving on Saturday, it is not always possible to see what others are reading or to project your own literary tastes. You can't tell a book by its cover if it doesn't have one. Among other changes heralded by the e-book era, digital editions are bumping book covers off the subway, the coffee table and the beach. That is a loss for publishers and authors, who enjoy some free advertising for their books in printed form.
   
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IPad could be Kindle's first big threat in e-books

(cellular-news.com): Amazon.com, which has dominated the young but fast-growing electronic book market for the past few years with the Kindle, could get its biggest threat Saturday, when Apple releases its iPad multimedia tablet. The Kindle starts at $259 and is designed mainly for reading text on a gray-and-black screen. The iPad starts at $499, but with the higher price comes more functions: a color touch screen for downloading books from Apple's new iBookstore, surfing the Web, playing videos and games and more.
   
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Scientists make publishing mark

(theaustralian.com.au): THE publishing clout of scientists funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council is above the global average across all biomedical fields for the first time, according to a new citation analysis. In an independent study covering 2002-2006, the lagging field of neuroscience edged above the global average for the first time. It remains the weakest field, however. Biotechnology was the biggest improver, showing a 37 per cent increase in relative citation impact compared with its performance in the last study covering 1999-2003. Fields with the largest output of papers were medical and health sciences (9861) and clinical sciences (6330).
   
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Universities Use Social Media to Connect

(nytimes.com): Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes have not only invaded the classroom but have also become part of the class. ArXiv.org, which emerged in 1991 from Cornell University in New York, was one of the earliest applications of academic social networking. An open-source Internet platform, designed to be used by researchers as a communication tool, it revolutionized the way scientists shared findings before official publication in journals.
   
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Why Publishing Needs to Rethink Its Digital Strategy

(publishingperspectives.com): We all know that the e-book market as it is currently structured is not designed in the best interests of book publishers. "Why should it be?" is a common response. And they'd be right: publishers have no special right to exist. Nevertheless, publishers remain powerful forces and should at least make an effort to change the game in their favor. To do so requires deeper thinking and better, more strategic, long-term action than they are currently exhibiting.
   
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