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US Reading on paper faster than on reading devices, says Nielsen Norman study - 06 Jul 2010

Product development consultancy Nielsen Norman Group, US, recently conducted a study, according to which it takes longer to read a book on an iPad or Kindle than on the printed page.

For the study, Dr. Jakob Nielsen compared the reading times of 24 users on the iPad using the iBooks application, the Kindle 2, a PC monitor and the paper. It was found that reading on an electronic tablet was up to 10.7 percent slower than reading a printed book. However, Nielsen found that users preferred reading books on a tablet device compared to the paper book despite the slower reading times. Meanwhile, the PC monitor was universally unaccepted as a reading platform among all test subjects.

In addition, Nielsen's results show that reading on the iPad is significantly faster compared to the Kindle 2. The reading speeds between the two devices were, however, 'not statistically significant.' The difference between reading times on the devises is so small that it wouldn't be a reason to buy one over the other.

The study asked each user to rate how they liked each format on a scale of 1-7. The iPad, Kindle 2 and printed book were nearly tied at 5.8, 5.7 and 5.6 respectively, while the PC monitor ranked last at 3.6 points. The test subjects said that reading on the PC felt too much like being at work, while they found it more relaxing to read a printed book than on an electronic device.

Regardless of how fast people can read on an electronic device, the e-reader is becoming popular every year. According to estimates by the Association of American Publishers, e-book sales are currently growing at a rate of 217.3 percent versus 2009.

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Canada CHLA and CIHR to develop first Canadian Virtual Health Library - 06 Jul 2010

The National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) has announced that the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are moving forward with the development of the Canadian Virtual Health Library (CVHL) - a first for Canada.

The CVHL is funded by CIHR through its Knowledge Synthesis and Exchange Branch for $800,000 over three years. It is expected to provide all Canadian health professionals - administrators, policy and programme planners, researchers and public health workers as well as clinicians, such as doctors and nurses - easy access to current, authoritative information and expert support from the network of libraries contributing to CVHL.

The CVHL will build a pan-Canadian virtual client-centric network to link local, regional and provincial health library services and maximise resources through coordinated resource sharing and licensing. A bilingual web portal will provide an easy entry point to these resources and to library expertise. The result will be a tailored, rapid response to health professionals' requirements for evidence-based information to support patient care decisions, health promotion and public health programming.

The CVHL will be rolled out over a three year period beginning in 2010.

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German DGI and Elsevier announce Best Paper Award - 06 Jul 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Informationswissenschaft und Informationspraxis e.V. (DGI) will honour Young Information Professionals (YIPs) with the 'Semantic Web & Linked Data - Elements of Future Information infrastructures' Best Paper Award. The award will be presented at the first annual DGI conference, scheduled for October 7-9, 2010, in Frankfurt.

The DGI will honour contributions from next-generation information professionals with the Best Paper Award. The award, funded with a grant from Elsevier, will be presented during the 1st annual DGI-conference. First, second and third Best Paper Awards will be given, along with cash prizes. The call for papers for the Best Paper Award focuses on all Young Information Professionals - trainees, students, post-graduates, and those newly appointed in the information sector.

At the Conference, organised in cooperation with the Frankfurter Book Fair, YIPs will be offered the opportunity to present their contributions to an audience of information professionals. The selection of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize will be made by a jury of information professionals and conference attendees.

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China Google's Chinese licence renewal remains uncertain - 06 Jul 2010

After a wait of five days, Internet search services firm Google, Inc., US, continued to be kept uninformed on whether or not its operating licence in China would be renewed, according to media reports. The licence, issued by the Chinese government, is necessary for Google to operate its China-based website, Google.cn. Tensions between the company and Chinese officials have put the licence renewal in doubt.

Google's relations with Beijing have been tense since it announced in January 2010 that it no longer wanted to cooperate with Chinese web filtering following hacking attacks. The company closed its China-based search engine in March and began routing users to its unfiltered Hong Kong site. It recently stopped automatic switching following objections from the Chinese government. Chinese government officials had said that if Google continued redirecting users, the company's Internet Content Provider licence would not be renewed.

Google's web search services have also been partially blocked in China. According to company spokeswoman Jessica Powell, Google Suggest, a feature that provides probable search terms when user types their query, continues to be blocked.

The loss of its Chinese licence is expected to set back Google's efforts to tap into the world's most populous Internet market of nearly 400 million users. Web surfers can still reach the Chinese-language Hong Kong site by typing in its address, but industry analysts predict that web surfers are likely to switch to Chinese competitors such as Baidu.

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German Thieme publishes visually-driven single volume atlas focusing on the nerves of the human brain - 06 Jul 2010

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has published a visually-driven single volume Atlas that incorporates detailed descriptions of the anatomy and function of cranial nerves with practical coverage of clinical concepts for the assessment and differential diagnosis of cranial nerve dysfunction.

The atlas 'Cranial Nerves: Anatomy, Pathology, Imaging' is claimed to be the only atlas in this field that combines normal anatomy with case studies and pathology illustrated with modern cross-sectional techniques. It skillfully combines the surgical perspective of an experienced neurosurgeon and the imaging knowledge of talented neuroradiologists to provide a complete picture of complex cranial nerve anatomy and pathology.

The publication commences with a general introduction. Each subsequent chapter details the functional anatomy and pathology of the 12 cranial nerves, complete with tables, bullet point summaries and numerous illustrations highlighting case studies. More than 300 high-quality images and state-of-the art CT and MR images depict key anatomic concepts and pathologic findings. The authors use tables to synthesise key information related to anatomy, function, pathology, and imaging.

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UK Maney Publishing partners with digital preservation services to secure e-journal content - 06 Jul 2010

Academic Publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has joined the CLOCKSS, LOCKSS and Portico digital preservation services to guarantee the long-term security of its e-journal content.

Maney currently has more than 100 e-journals in materials science and engineering, health sciences and humanities. The partnerships seek to enhance the service Maney offers to libraries, working to ensure that perpetual access is maintained for all journal subscribers.

CLOCKSS will preserve Maney journals in its geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 11 major research libraries around the world. With LOCKSS Maney joins about 400 leading scholarly publishers that have granted permission for their content to be preserved and for the provision of post-cancellation access by LOCKSS Alliance participants.

Maney is one of 111 publishers, representing more than 2,000 societies and associations, which work with Portico. Portico currently has 11,330 e-journal titles and 43,253 e-book titles committed to the archive, and 657 participating libraries around the world.

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UK Emerald acquires Review of Marketing Research book series - 06 Jul 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has acquired Review of Marketing Research, and will publish the next volume of this book series in early 2011. Founding Editor Dr Naresh K. Malhotra has been recognised as one of the most eminent scholars in the Marketing field, recently receiving the accolade of Marketing Legend from peers. He is Nanyang Professor at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore and Regents' Professor Emeritus, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Review of Marketing Research includes articles from leading marketing researchers and academics around the world. The book series includes cutting-edge methodologies, empirical studies, emerging trends and international developments, with each volume representing an across-the-board view of the full range of current marketing research methodologies.

Review of Marketing Research is available through the Business, Management and Economics eBook Series Collection. Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration electronically to Dr Malhotra at naresh.malhotra@mgt.gatech.edu.

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Switzerland Yerevan named World Book Capital 2012 - 06 Jul 2010

Yerevan was named as the 'World Book Capital 2012' at the conclusion of the selection committee meeting, which was held on July 2, 2010 at UNESCO's Paris headquarters. The city of Yerevan was selected for the quality and the variety of its detailed, realistic, grass-roots programme, focusing on universal issues, and linking all the aspects and actors of the book chain.

The meeting brought together representatives of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and UNESCO. Every year, IPA, IBF, IFLA and UNESCO designate a city as World Book Capital for the 12 months between two celebrations of World Book and Copyright Day. This initiative is a collaborative effort between representatives of principal stakeholders in the book sector and the cities which have committed themselves to promote books and reading.

Yerevan, Armenia, is the twelfth city to be designated World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), and Buenos Aires (2011).

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India Mobile access for Knowledgespeak now available - 06 Jul 2010

Knowledgespeak subscribers, on the move, can now access quality STM News of their choice any time any where with the all new SCOOPE service. SCOOPE is the only mobile application that allows subscribers to customise content.

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