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The Tablet Wars Are On, With Big Stakes for Publishers

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The long-anticipated deluge of tablets is finally upon us. The iPad had the market to itself from its launch in April 2010 up until now - almost an entire year. And what a year it was for iPad sales. According to KPCB industry analyst Mary Meeker, Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads in the 3 quarters after its launch. This dwarfs the introduction of the iPhone, considered a phenomenon at the time. There is no doubt that Apple has found (or created) a market for a new form factor. Its imitators, while slow in coming, are finally here to cash in.
   
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Regulators eyeing Apple's m-publishing strategy

(mobilebusinessbriefing.com): The Wall Street Journal reports that several US regulators have begun looking at the terms Apple is imposing on media companies looking to sell content for iPad users, with the European Union also apparently monitoring the situation. According to the paper, the investigation is still at a preliminary phase, and may not lead to formal action, but centres on the fact that Apple is "funnelling" media companies to sell their content via the App Store, in order to enable Apple to take a 30 percent revenue cut.
   
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Book stores struggling to compete with new technology

(ksby.com): The technology age is leaving book stores in it's wake and local stores have not been immune to decreased business due to more people reading books from a computer screen. Statistics from the International Digital Publishing Forum say national eBook sales more than doubled from 2008 to 2009 and again from '09- to 2010.
   
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Share the knowledge, health researchers say

(ottawacitizen.com): Medical researchers from Ottawa and Britain want all their colleagues to tell the world what studies they're working on. Sometimes the left lab doesn't know what the right lab is doing. The call to announce new studies publicly applies to "systematic reviews," which are wide-ranging summaries of all the existing research on a given health topic. Doctors and scientists need these reviews.
   
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Lure of iPad subscriptions may outweigh pain for publishers

(macvideo.tv): There may not be a ton of enthusiasm in the publishing world for Apple's new policy for subscription services--particularly when it comes to giving Cupertino a 30 percent slice of the pie. But the iPad juggernaut may be too big for many publishers to risk pushing back.
   
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