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Only 4 per cent of Canadians willing to pay for news online: study

(theglobeandmail.com): Only four per cent of Canadians said they'd be willing to pay for news online, according to a study by the Canadian Media Research Consortium, which also suggests Canadians have not been keen to pay for much digital content at all. Another 15 per cent of the 1,682 adults polled for the study said they were unsure if they'd pay for their favourite news site, but an overwhelming 81 per cent said they definitely wouldn't.
   
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Burgeoning eReader and Tablet Sales Hurt PC Manufacturers

(pdfdevices.com): Sales of tablets and eReaders have doubled and tripled in 2010. While this has worked great for Apple, Samsung, Barnes&Noble, and Amazon, the spiraling sales have dampened the hopes of PC manufacturers. Asus, that had earlier estimated a 3% increase in PC sales in Q1 has revised it to a 10% drop compared to the previous 3 months. And the competition isn't doing any better.
   
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Research Practices: Is an Overhaul Overdue?

(mdnews.com): Scientists, journals, the media and public need to reassess how studies are conducted, published and promoted, say University of Michigan physicians in Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA) commentary. A commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 23, 2011, calls for changes throughout the research process to adjust expectations for researchers that conduct studies, the journals that publish results and the public that responds to the findings.
   
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Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing - Authors Now Call the Shots

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Last week, two potentially watershed events occurred - one best-selling author refused an advance of $500,000 in order to self-publish his next two novels, while a self-published author who has made more than $2 million so far decided to accept her first traditional publishing contract. It's tempting to view these events as potentially canceling one another out, but that's hardly the case. In fact, they both show how many book authors are now fully in charge of their fates.
   
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Why iPads Will Beat E-Readers

(pcworld.com): As the market moves from paper to a primarily electronic medium, a new generation of authors will rethink what it means to write a book, and come up with ways to take advantage of the iPad's capabilities. iPads may give e-readers more of a challenge than marketers think. The conventional wisdom, doled out by analysts and vendors in this week's story about the future of e-paper displays, is that the e-reader market has been cloven in two.
   
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