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Digital Books Now Qualify as Textbooks

(myfoxatlanta.com): The Georgia House has adopted legislation that would expand the definition of textbooks to include digital devices and online books. The bill was approved unanimously in the House on Wednesday. It allows schools to use funds earmarked for textbook purchases in elementary and secondary schools to use that money for items like e-readers.
   
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How bookselling sites are squeezing the independents

(booksandmud.blogspot.com): In the early days of internet bookselling, there was AbeBooks, a Canadian company launched in 1996 whose mission was to provide a platform for booksellers to reach a wider audience, whilst maintaining their individuality. You paid Abe a monthly fee for listing your books, and another fee when a book sold. AbeBooks was a success: after all, it made sense to join together with other booksellers who had different inventories to yours. You reached customers you could never reach on your own, and life looked good.
   
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Publishers bet future on iPad they haven't yet seen

(reuters.com): Publishers are placing big bets that Apple Inc's iPad will kick-start a commercially viable transition to digital magazines and newspapers -- even though few executives have laid hands on the tablet ahead of launch. In fact, many publishers likely will not announce their iPad applications until after the tablet hits U.S. stores on Saturday, due to the many constraints that Apple has placed on allowing its partners access to the device.
   
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Designing the Optimal Open Access Mandate

(openaccess.eprints.org): As the number of Open Access (OA) mandates adopted by universities worldwide grows it is important to ensure that the most effective mandate model is selected for adoption, and that a very clear distinction is made between what is required and what is recommended. By far the most effective and widely applicable OA policy is to require that the author's final, revised peer-reviewed draft must be deposited in the institutional repository (IR) immediately upon acceptance for publication, without exception, but only to recommend, not require, that access to the deposit should be set immediately as Open Access (at least 63% of journals already endorse immediate, unembargoed OA).
   
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Bias in scientific publishing rife

(lifescientist.com.au): The reluctance for negative or neutral results to be published in scientific or medical journals continues to bias research and encourage the proliferation of false medical truths, found an international team of researchers. The negative results conundrum has plagued scientific publication for many years as journals tend to be more inclined to publish significant or positive results rather than the results of a study that has found no significant effect. Acknowledgement of this phenomenon resulted in the creation of a series of journals of 'negative results', although they are still significantly outnumbered by journals of 'positive results'.
   
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