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E-Readers: They're Hot Now, But the Story Isn't Over

(wsj.com): Forrester Research estimates 900,000 e-readers will sell in the U.S. in November and December. But e-reader buyers may be sinking cash into a technology that could become obsolete. While the shiny glass-and-metal reading gadgets offer some whiz-bang features like wirelessly downloading thousands of books, many also restrict the book-reading experience in ways that trusty paperbacks haven't, such as limiting lending to a friend.
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Social Media Help Generate Science 2.0

(Internetevolution.com): The idea that the Internet might be used for scientific collaboration shouldn't come as much of a surprise, since the Web's predecessor was originally created as a way to connect researchers at different institutions so they could solve problems together. That said, however, collaboration has accelerated over the past several years, thanks in part to the increasing popularity of social media, or Web 2.0 tools, which have collectively lowered the barriers to online interaction for scientific researchers.
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Unbundling access and affordability?

Last month the Scholarly Publishing&Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) launched a new guide called Who pays for Open Access? The guide, says SPARC, is intended to provide, "an overview of income models currently in use to support open-access journals, including a description of each model along with examples of journals currently employing it."
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The Place Of Peer Review In Science

Many papers that pass the peer review process turn out to be wrong. Peer review is more like an initial test than a final seal of approval. And the secretive process by which scientific papers are judged is the opposite of the core scientific value of openly examining data.
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Follow the E-Reader Money

(Portfolio.com): With ad revenue and audience on the decline, newspapers look to e-readers as a possible new revenue path. But early signs show that "win-win" deals between publishers and e-reader developers are both elusive and nonprofitable.
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