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The novel resurgence of independent bookstores

The novel resurgence of independent bookstores | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Defying the onslaught of the e-book revolution, many small bookshops see a rise in sales, aided by savvy business practices and the 'buy local' movement.
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Independent bookstores are doing very well. This article cites some rather diverse reasons: 1) Borders bookstores have closed; 2) the buy-local movement; and 3) the rise of social media means big advertising budgets aren't necessary in order to reach customers.

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Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations

Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Plagiarism is a hot topic in the academic world, but it applies in all aspects of our lives. In a country and culture that values intellectual property, it is imperative that we are conscious of plagiarism guidelines and standards. The reality is, in many facets of life, when we make mistakes, we can claim ignorance. But when it comes to plagiarizing, there is little slack given; we are all expected to understand plagiarism guidelines and what constitutes a violation. While plagiarism is never considered acceptable, there are varying levels of severity with different types of plagiarism violations. So are you wondering…

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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This is something every writer should think about...

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Veronica Ontiveros's curator insight, December 15, 12:54 PM

A neat infographic for the classroom :)

Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, December 16, 2:05 PM

An important topic for all of us - but this graphic works best for secondary students. 

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Ebooks suck for learning

Ebooks suck for learning | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
On Twitter earlier I said this here thing: There’s an implicit assumption in publishing commentary that the trajectory of media evolution (books, ebooks, websites, apps) is a known. That the long-t...
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Maybe when there's been enough time for it to all shake down, there will be a better and more learner-friendly way to present e-books. Until then, we have to take Bjarnason's comments seriously.

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Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics

Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Many more writers have signed on to Authors United, a group not only challenging Amazon on its Hachette dealings, but also asking federal authorities to investigate it on antitrust matters.
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These authors are not questioning whether or not Amazon is powerful -- they're questioning the ways in which it uses its power.

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Bookless library opened by new US university

Bookless library opened by new US university | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Florida Polytechnic University's enormous facility promises to make 'many more books available for the students' in digital form

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Things I Learned After My Photo Hit #1 on Reddit, and Why I Probably Shouldn't Have Posted It

Things I Learned After My Photo Hit #1 on Reddit, and Why I Probably Shouldn't Have Posted It | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Last night, I posted a photo I took (shown above) in 2012 to Reddit's /r/pics subreddit. After I posted it, the upvotes slowly began to trickle in. Within
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This article is an interesting study in how we need to come up with new ways to insure artists, photographers, and others can be compensated for their content.

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Paperbacks still survive in the digital age

Paperbacks still survive in the digital age | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
In an era when mobile technology is always at hand, most people can access an electronic book at any time. Such literary luxuries weren't widely avai
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Paperbacks were the first low-cost, easily carried books. Some people still love them.

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BuzzFeed Fires Editor After Twitter Users Unearth Plagiarized Articles

BuzzFeed Fires Editor After Twitter Users Unearth Plagiarized Articles | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed has fired Benny Johnson, one of its high-profile writers, over plagiarism.
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In our digital world it is easier than ever to find sources to plagiarize, but it's also possible to crowd-source plagiarism checking and there are websites that can do the job. So it's probably better to cite your sources and write your own copy.

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E-readers vs books: the debate

E-readers vs books: the debate | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

Are you going to be piling books into your suitcase this summer or will you opt for the tech version? Claire Kearns argues that even in this era of instant downloads and constant connectivity, there's plenty of pleasure still to be found in a good, solid book.


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Yes, it's true, there are many ways to get our reading material nowadays, but according to a number of sources listed in this Guardian article, some people still prefer the analog to the digital.

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Students Fail to Embrace Digital Textbooks

Students Fail to Embrace Digital Textbooks | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
American students have yet to embrace digital textbooks in considerable numbers. Many of the top universities and colleges have a very slim minority
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In a survey conducted by HP last winter of students at San Jose State, 57% of respondents said they prefer print textbooks. Younger and supposedly tech-savvy students haven't taken to digital textbooks in the numbers expected.

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Kids vs Paper Books: Two Stories

Kids vs Paper Books: Two Stories | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it

I have written about kids’ books more than once for this blog, and my feeling has always been that eBooks are fine for grown-ups like me, where how it looks doesn’t really matter. But for kids, I still think that how it looks does matter. And while I have seen my share of them muck around with reading apps on the iPad, I think that there is still something special about bonding with a tiny child over a printed, paper book. And two book-ish encounters this past week have inspired me to start building up my paper library again, with favourite stories for the kids in my life.


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In this article Joanna Cabot gives two examples of encounters between children and print books, both of which inspire her to say that print books are still important for kids because "how it looks does matter." She talks about sharing a book with a four-year-old who is really affected by the illustrations. She also talks about encountering an elderly woman and her young grandson. The grandmother enjoys buying a stack of books for the child, and Cabot emphasizes the intergenerational nature of a love for books. She concludes that there is room for both digital and print reading options in every child's life.

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German Writers Rely on Readings, Fellowships for Income : Publishing Perspectives

German Writers Rely on Readings, Fellowships for Income : Publishing Perspectives | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
It may surprise many Americans, but German authors are paid to read in bookstores, have access to numerous fellowships and discounted health insurance.
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In Germany many authors make money from bookstore and event readings, plus fellowships, whereas in the United States authors make their money from books.

According to the article: 'Authors, we were told, also often rely on the fellowships to provide them with a steady income. “Nearly every city in Germany has a writers-in-residence program,” said Johann Maas. “They might pay you 800 euros a month and give you a room to work in. Sometimes, there are more generous working grants, [which] can be as much as 2,000 euros a month.”'

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EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google

EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
James Ball: Publishers must fight back against this indirect challenge to press freedom, which allows articles to be 'disappeared'. Editorial decisions belong with them, not Google
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The Guardian lists articles that have been disappeared by Google based on the new court ruling: they include a 2011 piece about French office workers making post-it art and an index of a week of pieces by Roy Greenslade. Why is unknown. This ruling will undoubtedly be controversial.

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Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms

Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat.
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In this interview with Jason Boog about his new book, Born Reading, he says: "Over the last 30 years we've developed this very rich body of research about the science of interactive reading. That is reading to your child in a way where you're asking questions, where you're having them compare it to their own experiences, where it's a very active, participatory experience. You can use a device, you can do it while watching 'Sesame Street,' with a song, but it's you and your child and not your child and a device.


"So we've had 30 years of research telling us it's just crucial for a developing brain to do this. I feel like at a time when books, maybe, are receding a little bit from the public imagination, it's almost a public health issue to know this. People should be handing something out at the hospital saying it's really important that you do this with your child, have this interactive experience. It doesn't have to be an either-or proposition — book over device.


"It would be a terrible tragedy if the art of reading to your child is lost in the digital transition."

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What does Amazon want from Hachette? Pretty much everything. » MobyLives

What does Amazon want from Hachette? Pretty much everything.  » MobyLives | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon and Hachette have been squaring off for months now, but with neither company saying much to the press, the details of their dispute have been difficult to discern. Nearly two months after David Streitfeld first broke the story in…
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Amazon wants a lot, but the print-on-demand aspect is probably most worrying to publishers. According to this article, "If publishers allow Amazon to print out-of-stock titles on-demand, Amazon would immediately begin angling to print as many titles as possible on-demand. And widespread use of on-demand printing by Amazon would threaten the entire industry, as Stone notes:


"'Publishers worry that a widespread shift to print on demand could, like the advent of e-books, disrupt their century-old business model. Companies such as Random House and Simon & Schuster have spent decades investing in their own supply chains, storing books in giant warehouses and developing the transportation infrastructure to ship those volumes to stores within days. If print on demand became widespread, publishers could cut their fixed costs and solve the perennial problem of stores returning unsold books. But that would throw into doubt almost everything else about the way big publishers conduct business, since they’re compensated based on the range of services they provide, from editorial guidance to storage and distribution. Print-on-demand technology would make it harder for the publishers to justify keeping a large majority of a book’s wholesale price.'"

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As Legal Risks Decline, Sports Illustrated Rumored To Enter The Daily Fantasy Sports Marketplace

As Legal Risks Decline, Sports Illustrated Rumored To Enter The Daily Fantasy Sports Marketplace | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
In a move that is likely to shake up the daily fantasy sports marketplace, Advertising Age reported this morning that Sports Illustrated -- a company owned by Time, Inc. -- is launching a daily, play-for-cash app. While it is too soon to predict how the Sports Illustrated app will perform in the daily [...]
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Sports Illustrated is launching a daily, play-for-cash app, as it enters the "daily fantasy sports marketplace." In the past fantasy sport was dominated by startups, but the government has taken a hands off approach and professional sports leagues have not legally challenged these games, so the playing field is wide open, no pun intended. Major League Baseball maintains a cooperative agreement with one daily fantasy website. There are possible federal challenges ahead, but that probably won't stop CBS and Yahoo from entering the "daily fantasy sports marketplace."

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Wanna Bet? Sports Illustrated Embraces Mobile and Fantasy Gambling

Wanna Bet? Sports Illustrated Embraces Mobile and Fantasy Gambling | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Sports Illustrated is embracing the changing digital landscape with a redesigned website and a new fantasy betting app.
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"With consumers flocking [to mobile], with advertising dollars flocking there, what we wanted to build ... is a successful mobile plan so that the consumer will consume our content across any device including desktop and come away with a positive experience with the right advertising built into it," said SI publisher Brendan Ripp.

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The Morbid Fascination With the Death of the Humanities

The Morbid Fascination With the Death of the Humanities | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Why professors, librarians, and politicians are shunning liberal arts in the name of STEM
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Those of us who care about books and publishing need to realize that the humanities are increasingly on the decline at universities. Benjamin Winterhalter says: "See, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there is a crisis occurring in the humanities. I cannot remember the last time I browsed the op-ed section of The New York Times without encountering someone worrying about “the continuing value of a humanities education in an increasingly technology-driven world” or something similar. For the past several years, stories about declining funding, poor job prospects, and sagging enrollments have dominated the public conversation. These stories are so prevalent, in fact, that it has become rather trite to publicly wring one’s hands over the decline of the humanities. The New Republic even features the macabre article tag “Humanities Deathwatch.” In truth, the existence of the crisis is so solidly established that complaining about the hand-wringing over the crisis has itself become a cliché."

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Stephen Colbert is “mad prime” at Amazon for delaying the purchase of his books

Stephen Colbert is “mad prime” at Amazon for delaying the purchase of his books | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
And now he's started his own war: Sell more books than Amazon VIDEO
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I loved Sherman Alexie's answer when Colbert asked about siding with Amazon or Hachette: "You root for the authors."

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Here again, the studies seem to show that longhand writing should not be relegated to irrelevance.

From the article: "taking notes by hand forces the brain to engage in some heavy “mental lifting,” and these efforts foster comprehension and retention. By contrast, when typing students can easily produce a written record of the lecture without processing its meaning, as faster typing speeds allow students to transcribe a lecture word for word without devoting much thought to the content."
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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As we move to e-books and other forms of electronic publishing, we would probably benefit if we don't get read of older forms. This article about the importance of learning cursive is instructional in that way. "Two psychologists, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, have reported that in both laboratory settings and real-world classrooms, students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard. Contrary to earlier studies attributing the difference to the distracting effects of computers, the new research suggests that writing by hand allows the student to process a lecture’s contents and reframe it — a process of reflection and manipulation that can lead to better understanding and memory encoding."

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Content Creation: Know Your Rights, Keep It Legal

Content Creation: Know Your Rights, Keep It Legal | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
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This post contains a lot of good information about what is fair use and what is copyright infringement.

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Little love for newspapers from college journalism students: Ted Diadiun

Little love for newspapers from college journalism students: Ted Diadiun | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Spending considerable time hanging around a college campus during the semester just past forced me to imagine what the world will be like when the newspaper is a thing of the past.
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Journalism students aren't planning to work for newspapers.

 

Ted Diadiun explains:  "I'm never surprised when most students and young adults say they don't read the paper. These are children of the Internet age, and have never developed a fondness for the measured pace of newspaper reading, or the tactile love of ink on paper. The romance of "The Front Page" is lost on them.

 

"But my class was populated with graduate students in the school of journalism, for crying out loud. Surely their instincts would be different, right?

 

"Nope. When I asked the class how many people read a newspaper regularly, only one hand went up: a woman who works for a television station in Youngstown.

 

"I should note here that while these were journalism students, they were not, wisely enough, people who planned to one day work for a newspaper. Only one had even any kind of news career in mind ... the rest were bound for jobs in public relations mostly, with a couple interested in magazines and photography."

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Only the powerful will benefit from the 'right to be forgotten'

Only the powerful will benefit from the 'right to be forgotten' | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Mark Stephens: The European search engine ruling weakens our democratic foundations and could lead to our history being rewritten
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The Guardian argues that the judgement last week "...by the European court of justice allowing anyone to demand that a search engine should remove unwanted information from its index – even if it is accurate, lawful, and publicly available elsewhere – is a dangerous step in the wrong direction."

The article goes on to say: "The judgment exempts information processed "solely for journalistic purposes" without defining this term – deeply problematic at a time when more and more people have access to both newsworthy information and publishing tools. This narrow exemption will not protect the practice of journalism. Search engines have become an invaluable tool for reporters and citizen journalists alike, and also play a critical role in extending the reach of independent media organisations. We can expect both the production and consumption of journalism to be corrupted."
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Getty Images Gives Up, Makes Photos Available For Free

Getty Images Gives Up, Makes Photos Available For Free | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
Getty Images, one of the largest sources of stock photos out there, has decided to distribute 35 million of its photos on the web absolutely free. Why? Because the photos were all out there anyway so it just gave up.
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Finding new ways to credit creators and to monetize content continues to be a struggle in the increasingly digitized world. This article says, "Rather than continuing its practice of filing copyright infringement lawsuits or sending out settlement demand letters (often to people like bloggers that didn't have money to give Getty in the first place), Getty Images is giving options to use its photos legally (for non-commercial purposes) and making sure both it and the photographer get proper credit for their work."

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New York magazine’s bad bet

New York magazine’s bad bet | Electronic Publishing | Scoop.it
The storied weekly earned plaudits for scaling back on print. Here's why it shouldn't have
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While the discussions about print vs. digital continue apace, this article at Salon reminds us that without content creators, there won't be anything to read/listen to/watch. This list of industry problems is discouraging: "The MSN Networks – hardly a struggling company, what with Microsoft’s $79 billion in total equity – has killed virtually all of its original content, laying off numerous editors, contract workers and freelance writers in the process. (This includedthe “Dean Of American Rock Critics,” Robert Christgau, previously canned by a corporate-consolidating Village Voice.) The same goes for Bloomberg, which has laid off a number of its culture writers, as well as others across the newsroom. Britain’s Independent, meanwhile, had sacked all of its art critics. And any number of professional photographers have been unceremoniously eliminated from newspapers – the Chicago Sun-Times most notoriously— as well as from websites."

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