Will Apple’s iPad mark the beginning of the end for traditional textbooks?
(scpr.org): Apple, which has made a habit of revolutionizing the way we interact with technology, is now turning its digital sights on the venerable analog textbook. Every costly new edition of a textbook means the old one is outdated, so Apple is betting that in the swiftly-changing information age, both… Read More
Traditional Publishing Industry Pins Hopes on Barnes & Noble Success
(dailytech.com): The traditional print publication business in both magazine and book form is hurting today after decades of dominance. As more and more consumers go to the web for digital publications rather than buying print versions of the same publications, it is becoming a challenge for book publishers to continue… Read More
German Publishers Fuel Digitization, Billions Spent in 2011
(publishingperspectives.com): The number of company acquisitions and investments in the German publishing industry increased significantly in 2011, primarily reflecting a shift toward investments in digital business models. The 225 such transactions last year represented a 10% increase over 2010, according to the study “Transaktionsmonitor Verlagswesen 2011” (download the report here),… Read More
Digital publishing as a business tool – why not?
(dynamicbusiness.com.au): ePublishing is being used by savvy businesses as a tool to remain relevant in the digital age. Mandie Spooner looks at the many reasons why SMBs should add digital publishing to their communications toolkit. Read More
Journals weigh up double-blind peer review
Some researchers have long worried that manuscripts submitted for publication are judged not on the quality of the work but on the reputation of the author submitting it. Although authors are rarely told who is reviewing their work, reviewers generally are informed of whose papers they are evaluating. But last… Read More
How to target a journal that’s right for your research
Hitting a target is not easy, and neither is selecting a journal for your research paper. An appropriate target journal is one that publishes work on the subject your paper addresses and which, because of its various qualities, serves your needs and aspirations. Some researchers are under pressure to publish… Read More
Could subscriptions for academic journals go the way of pay phones?
The cost of academic journals has increased steeply over the past few decades and continues to climb. Academic libraries, already caught in an economic squeeze, are finding it difficult to acquire new journal subscriptions or, in the worst case, are even canceling existing subscriptions. Either way, faculty and students find… Read More
Rising academic journal prices limit research access at LSU, other universities
Universities’ libraries are struggling to maintain extensive research libraries as subscription costs for academic journals continue to rise, sometimes at four times the rate of inflation. Procuring journals is especially difficult when library budgets remain stagnant or dip. Researchers still need reference materials, and many have to make do with… Read More
Considering Open Access to Expand Availability to Journal Articles
Once faculty members write, submit and have articles published in magazines or journals, copyright is transferred from the author to the publication. This restricts readership to those with access to that specific publication. But with Open Access, that is changing. Open Access is a principle-based movement, largely driven by university… Read More
Nearly 1,100 Authors Say Amazon Feud With Publisher Has Hurt Sales By Up To 90%
A month after more than 900 authors signed a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to resolve his company’s ongoing contract dispute with book publisher Hachette, an even larger group of writers has written to Bezos and members of the Amazon board of directors to explain how… Read More