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Library access to science and popular science journals: more bad news?

(sciblogs.co.nz): Access to some popular science journals may get worse, according to librarians. News is out that EBSCO has acquired the exclusive rights to on-line full text content distribution many popular magazines, including Science, New Scientist and Discover. Although the librarians are peering into their crystal balls, they say they've seen the results of this sort of "aggregation" before and in the past it's added to their budgets.
   
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US publishers seek new digital model with Apple

(thebookseller.com): Top US publishers are in 'secret' negotiations with Apple for the launch of the expected Apple Tablet/Slate/Pad later this month, with reports suggesting that they are seeking greater control over pricing and supply of digital material. Publishers Marketplace reports that Apple representatives are in New York for meetings this week with "nearly all (and most likely all) of the six largest trade publishers" though adds that those party to the discussion have cautioned that any deals may not be ready in time for the launch next Wednesday.
   
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Science publications suffer

(yaledailynews.com): Despite Yale's push to expand the sciences, student and University publications in the field are feeling the bite of the recession. Funding cutbacks from Master's Offices and departments, as well as decreased advertisement revenue, are making it difficult for several science magazines to meet their goals of expanding coverage. The publications are responding to the harsh financial climate by seeking additional advertisements and corporate sponsorships, three student editors said.
   
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A Treatise On The Future of Publishing

(schneiderism.com): The publishing industry has had 500 years to focus on the production of the printed piece. How is it that 500 years of industry could be in such crisis? Print as a distribution platform has had a good run, but, as it disrupted the status quo of the 15th century, so it also has been disrupted by change at the end of the 20th century.
   
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Lifelines and Funeral Rites in the Publishing World

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The publishing world is going through life and death experiences (with plenty of deaths recorded with grim glee at the Magazine Death Pool). It's certainly not because there isn't a lot to learn about publishing. It's probably due to a few changes that mirror shifts in the publishing landscape. Publishing isn't as lucrative as it once was, so an optional meeting like the SPPC became the object of budget cuts. Learning from senior executives became less meaningful in an age of disruption. Other meetings from smaller organizations drew attendees away, making it harder to fill a long course like Stanford's Online options (blogs, webinars, email newsletters) emerged to satisfy the ongoing professional education needs. The overall definition of who published expanded, making it harder for a single course to find an addressable audience
   
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