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The Future of Education: Tablets or Textbooks?

(mobiledia.com): The federal government, book publishers and the technology industry are considering a large-scale effort to push tablets into public schools, raising questions about hidden costs to implement such a program. The proposed savings made headlines, but infrastructure issues and the effects of tablets upon learning deserve weighty consideration as well.
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Open Science on Quora: Why Are We Not There, Yet?

(intechweb.wordpress.com): In his Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science, Nielsen argues that networked digital tools, such as discussion boards and online marketplaces, can make it easier for scientists to pool their data, share methodologies, and find collaborators, and actually, that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. Everyone's incentive to share, even that of non-scientists, will add up to future public policies that still need to catch up with technological change.
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E-readers rise, but less people reading

(theaustralian.com.au): AROUND 20 per cent of US adults have read an e-book since last year, according to an extensive new study. Those who read books, newspapers and other kinds of writing in digital form also are much more likely to increase, rather than decrease, how often they read. Meanwhile, a substantial number of people still have no interest in e-devices, no matter the cost or product.
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The same challenge facing ebooks and apps

(guardian.co.uk): Is bundling - Ebook publishing is often linked to value depletion for the entire food chain. Ebooks obey the other digital law: low price, high volumes. In this case, extremely low prices. But evidence shows professional authors can find their way in the new world.
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Xenophobic scientific publishers: open access aids foreign enemies

(michaeleisen.org): The American Association of Publishers and the anti-open access DC Principles group have sent letters to both houses of Congress outlining why they oppose the Federal Research Public Access Act, which would make the results of all federally funded research publicly available. They largely trot out the same tired "not all publishers are alike, so don't impose a single model on all of us" baloney they've been using for years.
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