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Tools of Change, 2011 Preview

(publishersweekly.com): It's that time of year again-time for the New York edition of the Tools of Change conference, the digital publishing meeting, February 14-16, at the New York Marriott Hotel. Now in its fifth year, the conference has grown bigger with each show, and this year's edition offers another excellent slate of speakers, panels, and networking opportunities that examine what it means to publish in the digital age.
   
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Industry Experts Tackle Challenges in the Mobile Apps Space

(knowledge.emory.edu): According to the latest IBM Tech Trends survey of IT professionals, over the next five years cloud computing and application development will top the list of the hottest tech trends. As a result, they'll also be the spaces with the most sought-after skills, and in response, Emory University's Goizueta Business School is providing a hands-on learning of this evolving technology.
   
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Tablet publishers still trying to find the missing link: subscribers

(theage.com.au): The fortunes of the few US magazines which release tablet edition data show why a solution is critical. Wired sold 73,000 iPad copies in nine days when it launched in May soon after the iPad did, according to audit figures reported by The Guardian, but sold just 23,000 copies in the whole of November. Vanity Fair sold 10,500 copies in October but only 8700 the next month. GQ went in the same direction, from 13,000 to 11,000.
   
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World's largest medical student organization throws weight behind Open Access

(righttoresearch.org): In a move that demonstrates the building global momentum for student commitment to Open Access, the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) today announced its membership in the Right to Research Coalition, an international alliance of undergraduate and graduate student organizations that promotes a more open scholarly publishing system through advocacy and education. Based in Amsterdam, IFMSA is one of the world's leading student organizations, representing over 1.2 million medical students, and aims to serve medical students all over the world.
   
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Library E-Books Easier, But Still Hassle

(npr.org): Libraries have been lending e-books for longer than there's been a Kindle, but until recently only a few devices worked with them. That's changed in the past few months with the arrival of software for reading library e-books on some popular devices: iPhones, iPads and Android-powered smart phones.
   
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