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Business Realities of Tablets and E-Readers

(editorandpublisher.com): There is a great deal of interest in the opportunities that tablets and e-readers are providing, and many see them as the saviors of newspapers. But publishers have to be careful about the hype surrounding these devices and should consider them thoughtfully before leaping on the bandwagon. One of the most striking things about the conversations is that they are primarily about the needs of publishers rather than the needs of consumers. It is a perilous way to approach any new product offering.
   
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Book industry battling e-book piracy, DRM issues

(myce.com): Consumers continue to embrace e-readers and e-books, with digital book publishing expected to be a big business in 2011. As the industry turns into a major cash cow, the concern over piracy could lead to rash decisions and more DRM. Actual DRM effectiveness remains unknown, with some companies and publishers choosing to test the waters with DRM..
   
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Peer review and the scientific method are failing us

(oncampus.macleans.ca): Rigorous peer review and the scientific method ensure that what gets published in scientific journals is true or at least as close to truth as we can get. Unfortunately, that just doesn't seem to be the case. Peer review often fails to detect major problems with research and that even the most stringent efforts to eliminate variables often can't to control random chance. In an article in the New Yorker, neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer explores something called the "decline effect.".
   
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NPG position statement on open access publishing and subscription business models

(nature.com): Nature Publishing Group (NPG) seeks to generate its income from a diverse range of sources according to where it offers greatest value to our customers - institutions, readers, advertisers, sponsors, employers, marketers and authors. The company continues to experiment with different business models in different circumstances. Top tier journals with high circulations and high costs per manuscript published, are best served by the subscription business model, where costs are spread amongst the high number of readers. Journals with lower costs (and lower paid circulations) are well suited to open access business models, with affordable article processing charges (APCs). NPG is expanding its activities in these areas with new open access journal launches and hybrid open access business models.
   
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Science journals in decline

(winnipegfreepress.com): A major psychology journal will be publishing a paper that purports to offer evidence for extrasensory perception, or ESP. Yup. A study that evidently followed established psychological research methods and was peer reviewed by four "trusted" experts provides "scientific" evidence in support of precognition. It is unlikely that the publication of this study means the scientific method is broken, though it is a tempting conclusion.
   
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