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Why Are Scholarly Journals Costly even with Electronic Publishing?

(eprints.rclis.org): Journal literature has long played a prominent role in the scholarly communication chain. In recent decades, however, the scholarly communication system has been facing a crisis due to the ever-escalating costs of journals. This paper examines the reasons for the high costs of scholarly journals. A brief review of literature on journal publishing costs was carried out. The paper focuses on the economics of scholarly English language journals published mainly in the United States and Europe, but which are sold worldwide, largely to academic and research libraries.
   
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US publishers smile again as Kindle rivals emerge

(google.com/hostednews): US book publishers are smiling again, after years of watching digital versions of their titles sell for below what they thought they were worth. A host of rivals to the market-dominating Kindle electronic reader has given newfound hope to publishers that they will finally be able to dictate their own terms after being at the mercy of Amazon. One new arrival in particular has Murdoch and other publishers excited -- Apple's iPad tablet computer, which doubles as a full-color e-reader of books, newspapers and magazines.
   
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Electronic publishing in cross-strait's good books

(etaiwannews.com): The development of the electronic publishing industry is in the best interests of both Taiwan and China and the two sides are coming to terms with each other to jointly tap the vast Chinese-language e-book market. Officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the non-profit Institute for Information Industry have been exchanging views with their Chinese counterparts on technical integration and standardization of the digital content of the e-publishing industry, including simplified and traditional Chinese characters as well as the different terms and phrases used on the two sides for identical ideas.
   
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Who Gets to Decide About $10 E-Books?

(wired.com): Hachette has become the third major publisher to publicly denounce Amazon.com's $10 e-book model. It joins Macmillan and HarperCollins in what seems now like the death blow to a price point that had less to do with the inherent value of the content than it did with finding a magic number readers could not resist in droves. The question of whether e-book prices should be significantly lower than their print analogs has become a fundamental divide in a simmering dispute between book publishers and the 800-pound-gorilla that is Amazon.com. In part the issue is about consumer choices but like the other digitization wars which preceded it - and continue - in music, television, film and even news, it's also about ensuring that a creative industry survives.
   
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Strategies for disseminating research findings

(researchtoolkit.org): A community research partnership is ideally part of a larger collaboration that includes the interests of each partner and spans a wide range of activities. Often a neglected afterthought in busy research schedules, the dissemination of key findings upon project completion is a crucial step in community-based research. In an effort to increase ease and efficiency, this document provides key strategies for dissemination, including practical advice and specific templates you can adapt for your use. Through this strategic dissemination approach, CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) intends to distribute salient findings to affected communities, participant agencies, health departments, researchers, policy makers, and health advocacy groups. We hope this will help you to do the same.
   
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