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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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Open equation, but perhaps it is 'unintelligible'

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): The future of open access to academic work was high on the agenda as researchers and leading scientific publishers came face to face at a debate in Oxford. The Scientific Evolution: Open Science and the Future of Publishing, held on 29 February, took place in the aftermath of the decision by publishing giant Elsevier to withdraw its support for the (now-abandoned) US Research Works Act, which would have prevented the US government from making the results of publicly funded research available via open-access repositories..
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Is the Open Science Revolution For Real?

(wired.com): The researcher rebellion against the closed research-and-publishing system, tallied most explicitly in a petition boycotting publisher Elsevier, continues to expand. (The Economist covers it here, and I covered the complaints last year in a feature.) The big question, of course, is whether this noisy riot will engender something like a real revolution. Will it replace the old regime with a new?
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