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Why killing Live Book Search is good for the future of books

Live Book Search provided access to the huge collection of material scanned by the Open Content Alliance (OCA). Microsoft's decision to dismantle Live Book Search and integrate all book search queries directly into the main Live search engine is seen as the right move for the company, according to Brewster Kahle, who heads the Internet Archive. Kahle, who is taking a lead role with the Open Content Alliance, thinks this makes sense in the long term perspective. Read this interesting article by Nate Anderson, associate editor at Ars Technica.
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Don't judge peer review by its occasional failings

Recent media coverage on ethical misconduct in scientific publishing has raised questions about the legitimacy of peer review. In this article, Adrian Mulligan, associate director of research and academic relations at Elsevier, writes that while peer review may not be a panacea for ethical misconduct in scientific publishing, it is essential to protect science.
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Fewer Medical Journal Articles Planted by Phantom Authors

After a spate of scandals involving high-profile ghost-authored papers published in the 1990s and early 2000s, accusations of more recent wrong-doing are hard to come by. In this article, John Gever, Staff Writer, MedPage Today, discusses how ghostwriting, when done with proper acknowledgment and without serving a corporate agenda, is tolerated and even welcomed by journal editors as well as researchers.
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Start Writing the Eulogies for Print Encyclopedias

A series of announcements from publishers across the globe in the last few weeks suggests that the long migration to the Internet has picked up pace. According to this article by Noam Cohen of The New York Times, the classic multivolume encyclopedia is well on its way to becoming the first casualty in the end of print.
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Publishers face distribution and DRM decisions as use of e-textbooks grows

No longer viewed as a dot-com-era fad, Internet-based education is rapidly gaining legitimacy and market traction. According to this article by Keith Regan, electronic textbooks are in the pathway of a runaway trend within digital media distribution - the move to eliminate digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. In the case of e-texts, DRM restrictions can ensure that a book isn't copied or otherwise distributed in a way that would decrease future sales. Keith Regan is a freelance writer in Grafton.
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