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A Journal's Statement May Aid a Harvard Researcher Accused of Misconduct

(nytimes.com): In a positive development for Marc Hauser, the Harvard researcher whom the university accused last year of eight charges of scientific misconduct, the journal Science said Monday that he had replicated an experiment he published in 2007. Some researchers said they saw the Science statement as a step toward the eventual exoneration of Dr. Hauser, an animal psychologist who specializes in the cognition and behavior of monkeys, while others said it had little bearing on the overall case against him.
   
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No One Knows How Big the E-Book Business Is

(bnet.com): There are lots of numbers floating around that purport to show how big the e-book industry is. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) says that ebooks are the single best-selling category in the US publishing. Amazon (AMZN) says that ebooks are its most popular category of book format. A growing number of independent authors, selling ebooks without a publisher, are making significant numbers of sales. All the numbers suggest that e-books have some serious momentum. But when you look at all the data together, it's clear that no one knows how big the business is, because the information is woefully incomplete.
   
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Publishers see light in free-for-all vision

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): Librarians and publishers have both signed up to a report that endorses an open-access model as the best approach for increasing access to research papers.The report, Heading for the Open Road: Costs and Benefits of Transitions in Scholarly Communications, assesses the cost-benefit ratio of a number of different models for promoting greater access. But Michael Jubb, director of the Research Information Network and a member of the steering committee overseeing the report, said that if gold open access took off, it had the potential to develop a market in fees.
   
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There's a better way to beat the ebook pirates

(blogs.forbes.com): Shocked by the number of pirated ebooks available, the publishers' trade body has decided to create a "copyright infringement portal" where publishers can report any infringing works they find so take-down notices can be issued. Ebook piracy has been a realistic prospect for decades but publishing hasn't come up with any convincing alternative.
   
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Libraries Will Set Aside More Of Their Budget For eBooks Over The Next Few Years

(literacynews.com): Although consumer trade books get a majority of the attention, professional and scholarly books, which include the legal, scientific/technical, medical and business segments, hold 75.9% of the $1.76 billion U.S. E-book market. The latest market research report from media and publishing forecast firm Simba Information, "Professional Publishing in the Digital Age: E-Books in Libraries," predicts library collection managers will set aside more of their budget for E-books over the next few years.
   
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