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WHY Kindle e-book reader failed to impress Princeton undergrads

Kindle e-book reader failed to impress 50 Princeton undergrads during trial run. Are any e-book readers ready for college textbook applications?

If e-books and e-book readers continue to be only read-only and do not include ways to interact with the document (some form of note-making and then sending those notes to others. ergo. social networking), the e-reader will never become a popular device for the academic world. The Princeton trial failed for this reason, regardless if it was used on a Kindle or an iPhone.


29 October 2009 Posted by | Digital Publishing, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

20 Years Later Universities are Still Angry That They are Having to Cut Journal Subscriptions

LEHIGH UNIV announces: Journals unavailable due to cost increases 27 OCT 2009

These headlines have been the same for 20 years. “Libraries are unsustainable” – said Michael J. Kurtz, HARVARD prof and astronomer at SSP’09. Most communication between scientist today is via blogs and pre-print sites. Journals are useful for reporting and storage, but there are better ways of finding research results and accessing data sets. Universities must take the bull by the horns and redesign the way we teach our students learn. Chaining our students’ future research endeavors to the (traditional) journal communication model or the newer ScienceDirect type mega-databases is like chaining all future transportation solutions to fossil-fueled machinery: DUMB.

28 October 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Societies are good at creating knowledge, but need help managing it

There are dozens … hundreds of new tools and products available that enable scholarly groups (societies, universities, institutions, etc.) to publish … peer review & edit, dissemination, comment & feedback, link to videos and data, archive, post reading lists and curriculum, sell, give away, etc. etc.

2010 is the right time for global scholarly communities to shift the way they communicate knowledge.  The tools are already available.   You have to start using them!

27 October 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How Elsevier and the International Diabetes Foundation Partnership is WIN-WIN

Here’s the news: MONTREAL, CANADA — 10/21/09 — The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is pleased to announce a new publishing partnership with Elsevier, world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. From 2010, the Elsevier-published journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice will become the Official Journal of the International Diabetes Federation.,1008765.shtml#

Its win-win since both Elsevier and the IDF who gain these benefits:

Benefits for IDF:
The IDF has been around for 50+ years, but generates (publishes) very little new knowledge. Its DIABETES ATLAS is only in its 3rd edition, and only sells for 10Euros. IDF also has a quarterly newsletter. The venerable society now publishes a venerable journal too. Soon its sphere of influence will increase.

IDF members have better access to a top journal indexed in PubMed and MEDLINE for the papers.
The IDF receives considerable support (US$ 700,000< ) from its 17 corporate partners (mostly large pharmaceutical and health-industry corporations). The partnership increases the value of IDF to its supporters and insures future support.

Benefits for Elsevier:
Elsevier gets the brand. They can now leverage the IDF brand to create other new publications related to diabetes. Instant credibility and market acceptance.
Increased circulation: IDF is an umbrella organization affiliated with WHO, and representing 200 different diabetes associations in 160 countries. Assuming 300 members for each local association means a constituency of at least 60,000 members. Elsevier can now easily market the Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice (as the official journal of the IDF) to its members and member’s institutions.
Better Bibliometrics since higher circulation will result in a higher H-Index (Hirsch Index).
Elsevier improves its relationships with its large corporations who benefit from improved flow of information about new medical breakthroughs and medicines to the global diabetes community.

23 October 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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