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Net Neutrality for Writers: It's All About the Leverage

(locusmag.com): How do successful writers use copyright? As negotiating leverage. Copyright becomes a productive club-with-a-nail-through-it with which to threaten publishers who might consider publishing a well-known writer's work without their permission. Likewise, copyright is a useful tool for publishers to use in threatening each other, should one publisher take it into his head to copy a competitor's copyrighted books and sell them. Because of this, a successful writer can even auction copyrights off between more than one publisher. But just because copyright can be used for leverage some of the time, by some people, it doesn't follow that it will always provide leverage.
   
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Are e-readers the future of books?

(chronicle.augusta.com): Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift this holiday season. But will you be using it primary for school and other reading in the future? As of now, there are numerous e-readers on the market, such as Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Borders's Kobo, and even more.
   
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5 E-Book Trends That Will Change the Future of Publishing

(mashable.com): Consumers have already shown that they love e-books for their convenience and accessibility, but ultimately most e-books today are the same as print, just in digital form. The e-book of the not-too-distant future will be much more than text. Interactivity has arrived and will change the nature of the e-book. Imagine video that shows how to fix a leaky faucet or solve complex math problems in statistics; audio that pronounces foreign language words as you read them, and assessment that lets you check what you remember and comprehend what you just read.
   
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Scanning books into e-books gets cheaper, but accessing them remains the problem

(betanews.com): Google's efforts with the six-year old Google Books project have yielded 15 million scanned books, a new cross-platform e-bookstore, and a temporary copyright shield that lets Google sell "orphaned" works*; but the task of scanning every book cannot be left solely up to Google and its partners. Earlier this year, Google estimated that 129,864,880 books were in existence. At Google's current pace of 1,000 pages per hour per scanner in use, it could take over 40 years to scan that many books. What's more, Google is only counting the media it defines as a "book," and not the countless other paper media that makes a library such a valuable resource.
   
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U.S. Scientists Top Research-Fraud List -- How Concerned Should We Be?

(politicsdaily.com): A recent paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics showing that American scientists are responsible for most cases of scientific retractions and fraud is causing a stir. The paper's author, Dr. R. Grant Steen, searched PubMed, a leading science research database, and identified 788 retracted papers from 2000 to 2010. Steen's research found that U.S. scientists were lead authors on 169 of the papers retracted for serious errors, as well as 84 retracted for outright fraud. Steen's conclusion: "American scientists are significantly more prone to engage in data fabrication or falsification than scientists from other countries".
   
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