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Scholarly Reportage: Fad or Movement?

(insidehighered.com): We are now witnessing a trend that is offering academics a mode of engagement that might just have a lasting impact on the place of the intellectual beyond academia. In short, it might be a movement precisely because it offers a replicable method.
   
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World's store of data calculated

(annenberg.usc.edu): A study appearing Feb. 10 in Science Express, an electronic journal that provides select Science articles ahead of print, calculates the world's total technological capacity - how much information humankind is able to store, communicate and compute. Compared to nature, we are but humble apprentices. However, while the natural world is mind-boggling in its size, it remains fairly constant. In contrast, the world's technological information processing capacities are growing at exponential rates," said lead author and doctoral student Martin Hilbert.
   
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E-books raise issues on citation formats

(statenews.com): With the growing use of e-reading devices in academia, some students and scholars are working to find new ways to cite material. Organizations including the Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association created guidelines for citing books in the new formats. However, many still struggle, primarily because of the inconsistencies in digital versions of books, said Terri Miller, head of reference services for MSU libraries..
   
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Is the internet killing the traditional bookstore?

(examiner.com): The internet is affecting how we buy our reading material and that has traditional bookstores concerned. The last twelve months have seen a decline in sales for the "brick and mortar" stores, thanks to more than just one option available to consumers. With the price of hardcovers and paperbacks rising to the point where reading is becoming a luxury that many can't afford, consumers have been looking to other avenues.
   
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No Weight Off Your Shoulders:eReaders might not replace traditional textbooks…yet

(falconaire.monmouthregional.net): The average college student will spend somewhere between 700 to 1,100 dollars on textbooks every year. That means by the end of four years of college, you could have spent as much as $4,400 on textbooks alone. A solution may be around the corner. New products such as the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes&Noble Nook, the Apple iPad, and the Kno allow consumers to download and store books onto an electronic reader, virtually making textbooks obsolete. Can these eReaders really eliminate the need for textbooks?
   
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