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Textbooks will be the next frontier for e-reader sellers

(StarTribune.com): As Sony's e-book devices vie with the Kindle to win over readers, the real showdown may come later, when a shift to electronic textbooks at schools threatens to eclipse the current market for the products. Within five years, textbooks will be the biggest market for e-book devices, dwarfing sales to casual readers, predicts Sarah Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.
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Access Through Metadata: Library Group Tackles the Challenge

(Digitalpreservation.gov): Perfect metadata is NOT required - good metadata IS useful. So say the resident metadata experts at the Library of Congress, who made this point very clearly at the recent National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program partners meeting. Consistent and rich metadata are needed in order to improve search of the Library's collections and provide web services that users have come to expect.
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Will Microsoft pay publishers to block Google?

(Imediaconnections.com): News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch's plan to block all of the publisher's content from Google seemed more than a little harebrained, but the plan is picking up speed with reports that News Corp. and Microsoft are forming an anti-Google axis. Microsoft has been in discussions with News Corp. about helping the publisher de-index its pages from Google. Microsoft has also reportedly approached other publishers about the same Google-blocking scenario.
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Sen. Grassley Prods Med Schools About Medical Journal Ghostwriting Practices

(Medicalnewstoday.com) Senator Charles E. Grassley wrote to 10 top medical schools to ask what they are doing about professors who put their names on ghostwritten articles in medical journals - and why that practice was any different from plagiarism by students, The New York Times reports. The inquiry is part of a continuing investigation by Grassley into the practice of outside writers, in some cases paid by drug or device makers, writing research articles without putting their name on the final publication.
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ResearchGATE Offers New Publishing and Communication Tools for Scientists

(Animallab.com) Ijad Madisch launched ResearchGATE 18 months ago in hopes to help scientists connect and collaborate.Scientists from around the world are using the site to find research partners and other scientists who might be conducting similar types of work. With ResearchGATE, Madisch wants to give scientists an opportunity to reach out to their peers and speed the process of scientific discovery and sharing.
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