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Could the Kindle and iPad Kill Quality Content?

(gigaom.com): Amazon recently delivered a beta version of its free Kindle for BlackBerry e-book app, a quick download that provides access to more than 420,000 books. It marks just the latest example of how the publishing industry is facing seminal changes. Will the end result be the death of quality content? Amazon has been in the crosshairs of the traditional publishing industry for some time now, with regard to numerous issues. Its standard $9.99-per-title charge for e-books is the same kind of clear and present threat to existing business models in the publishing industry that the music industry faced as low-priced music became available on ubiquitous digital players.
   
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Why Funders Need to Mandate Institutional Deposit, Not Institution-External

(openaccess.eprints.org): The Wellcome Trust -- the very first research funder to mandate OA self-archiving -- is looking into resolving the problem of multiple deposit (IRs and multiple CRs, Central Repositories).The solution will have to be bottom-up (IRs to CRs) not top-down (CRs to IRs) for the simple reason that the world's institutions (i.e., universities and research institutes) are the providers of all research, not just funded research, and the solution has to be one that facilitates universal institutional deposit mandates, not just funder mandates. IRs and CRs are interoperable. So, in principle, automatic import/export could be from/to either direction.
   
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Are e-books greener than paper books?

(sustainablecommunications.org): Environmentally concerned customers may continue reading paper books. A report by the Centre for Sustainable Communications shows that there are no good reasons to claim that e-books have a better eco performance. Only if you read more than 33 e-books during the lifetime of an electronic reading device it becomes beneficial from a climate point of view. Clara Borggren and Åsa Moberg from the Centre for Sustainable Communications present a screening life cycle assessment comparing three different ways of distributing and reading books: a paper book purchased in a traditional bookshop, a paper book purchased in an online store and an e-book read on an electronic reading device.
   
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Perspective from the 2010 SSP Librarians Focus Group

(libraryjournal.com): One mistaken impression held by the publishers is that academic librarians are fairly free to cancel titles and discard the print backfiles. While cost and space constraints are certainly considerations in these decisions, the political challenges related to eliminating print-or even just moving it offsite-are considerable. Even though some forthcoming studies point to the economic advantages of eliminating print collections for electronic counterparts, a recent Inside Higher Ed article points out that the real barrier to savings may be student and faculty resistance to digital collections.
   
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The Convention Crashers

(nytimes.com): Convention industry insiders disdainfully call them "outboarders" - those vendors who set up shop in a hotel suite near a trade show site to promote their products. The industry sees the vendors as parasites who latch onto the host convention and reap the advantages of the often-considerable resources spent on organizing the show and drawing a crowd - without paying their share of the costs. The vendors, on the other hand, argue that they are suffering in the weak economy and that the rock-bottom rates offered by some hotels help them stretch their marketing budgets. Caught in the middle of this tug of war are the hotels, which are increasingly being asked to keep out the interlopers.
   
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