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Ereaders Outpace Tablets in U.S. Adoption

(pcmag.com): The increase in U.S. adults who own ereaders is outpacing the growth of tablet owners, according to a new phone survey by the Pew Internet Project.Adults who owned ereaders like Amazon's Kindle and Barnes&Noble's Nook doubled from 6 percent of the U.S. adult population in November 2010 to 12 percent in May 2011, according to the survey of 2,277 respondents aged 18 and over. The survey was conducted in both English and Spanish.
   
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Lifetime access to up-to-date info-is this the future of the textbook?

(arstechnica.com): Textbooks are not research-oriented, nor are they up-to-date. Most are already behind the times by the time you buy them. Of course, the relevance of having an updated textbook is field-dependent. Topics in biochemistry and molecular biology change much more quickly than those in general chemistry. Nevertheless, for many fields, an up-to-date textbook could be a useful tool, both for the professors who have to teach from it and for any students that continue in the field..
   
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Assessing the corporate tablet field: Why the enterprise may be different

(zdnet.com): It's quite possible that tablet makers could fare well by becoming business players as Apple runs away with the consumer market. The consumer market is ruled by price and performance (and more the former). Given that most Apple rivals are pricing their tablets exactly the same as the iPad, it's going to be tough to win over customers.
   
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Ebook Spam Could Be the End of the Digital Publishing Industry

(goodereader.com): When e-readers first appeared, the naysayers swore it would never catch on. That claim has now been laid to rest, in light of news that e-books are outselling print on many platforms. But the ebook industry faces a severe threat, a new technique of spamming and piracy that may be enough to cause readers to abandon their devices and return to good old fashioned hard copy text.
   
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Open access comes of age

(nature.com): A study of open-access publishing - published last week in the open-access journal PLoS ONE - has found that the number of papers in freely accessible journals is growing at a steady 20% per year (M. Laakso et al. PLoS ONE 6, e20961; 2011). To many, the growth confirms the health of the free-access, author-pays model. But to a few it is a discouraging sign that open access is not about to take over the world of scholarly publishing.
   
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