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MHSP Launches E-book Shorts Imprint

MHSP Launches E-book Shorts Imprint | The daily digest | Scoop.it
Minnesota Historical Society Press has launched a new digital imprint of short form e-books called MHS Express, which will include essays on regional topics, as well as excerpts from recent or forthcoming releases and original e-book shorts.
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Springer launches the “Springer Book Archives”

Springer launches the “Springer Book Archives” | The daily digest | Scoop.it

Springer now offers online access to 37,000 historic, English-language eBooks with the launch of the Springer Book Archives(SBA) at the 2013 American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting (ALA MW). The SBA will be completed by the end of this year, and when finished researchers, students and librarians will be able to access more than 170 years of science through 100,000 titles, available anywhere, at anytime, via Springer’s online platform, SpringerLink (link.springer.com).

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The Serif Readability Myth

The Serif Readability Myth | The daily digest | Scoop.it

I've been involved in publishing all my life, and like many others I've always accepted as axiomatic the notion that typefaces with serifs (such as Times-Roman) are, in general, are more readable than non-serif typefaces (e.g., Helvetica). It never occurred to me that there was any doubt about the matter. Were the monks who invented serifs and other text ornamentations merely engaging in idle doodling? Weren't they consciously intending to increase the legibility of the important documents they were transcribing?

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Thomson Reuters Enhances Discoverability of Scholarly Research with Expanded Book Citation Index

PHILADELPHIA, January 22, 2013 - The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the expansion of the Book Citation IndexSM through partnerships with top publishers such as Elsevier, Johns Hopkins University Press and the University of Chicago Press. These publishers, among others, will greatly enhance available content in the Index by adding 10,000 books in 2013, increasing the total to nearly 50,000 books from a variety of commercial, non-profit and university presses worldwide.

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Designing the Article of the Future

Designing the Article of the Future | The daily digest | Scoop.it
Elsevier's User Centered Design specialists show how they worked with users to transform the format of online articles
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Reader survey results - Tools of Change for Publishing

The results are in and they are intriguing; in some respects they are counterintuitive. Before I say another word, though, I have to erect a bulwark of caveats and qualifications. The survey was filled out by approximately 500 people, hardly enough to be considered to be representative of the book-buying population. And even if ten times that amount had responded, even if a thousand times the number, the respondents would not necessarily be representative of the world of book buyers. Add to this the skewing factor that this was an online survey (believe it or not, some people don’t live online), and you rightly ask yourself, What is this survey representative of, exactly?

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A personalized medical journal is a great idea for an app but Read needs further refinement

A personalized medical journal is a great idea for an app but Read needs further refinement | The daily digest | Scoop.it

One of the ways that modern technology can support doctors is by bringing key information to the point of care. We see this in many medical apps that contain relevant guidelines, drug information and even the latest research. Bringing the latest evidence to the point of care is one of the main reasons for owning a mobile device.

 

Despite this, the number of apps designed to help make research mobile is relatively limited (if we exclude journals). QxMD has recently released a free app called ‘Read’ which is their take on making research mobile.

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URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance

URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance | The daily digest | Scoop.it
University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) Research Laboratory was established at Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University in 2009.
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Global Publishing Market for General Medicine Education is Expected to Reach USD 3.6 Billion by 2018: Transparency Market Research

According to the latest market report published by Transparency Market Research (http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com) "General Medicine Education Publishing Market - Global Industry Size, Market Share, Trends, Analysis and Forecast, 2012-2018", the global publishing market for general medicine education was worth USD 2.45 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 3.6 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2012 to 2018. In the overall global market, North America is expected to continue its lead position in terms of revenue generation till 2018 with a share of 51.9% of the global market followed by Europe at 30.9%.

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McGraw-Hill Professional Expands Its Digital Offerings to Libraries

This new purchasing alternative – perpetual access – is designed to give libraries more flexibility in acquiring McGraw-Hill Professional's digital content to meet the growing demands from their patrons for eBooks.

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Why Video Curation Is the New Secret Sauce of Content Marketing

Why Video Curation Is the New Secret Sauce of Content Marketing | The daily digest | Scoop.it
The future of the web won't be about content sites that drive traffic to commerce sites. It won't be about shopping sites or price matching sites that drive consumers to the lowest price sources.
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Wolters Kluwer Health Completes Acquisition of Health Language Inc.

WK today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Health Language, Inc., a leader in the fast-growing Medical Terminology Management (MTM) market. The acquisition further expands Wolters Kluwer Health’s leadership position and comprehensive solutions portfolio in the point-of-care market.

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Intellectual Property Is a University’s Best Friend

Intellectual Property Is a University’s Best Friend | The daily digest | Scoop.it
Universities should seek to retain control of their copyrights and develop mechanisms to monetize them to ensure the financial health of the institutions. This is a proposal that sides neither wit...
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Samsung Expands its E-Book Service with Readers Hub 2.0

Samsung Expands its E-Book Service with Readers Hub 2.0 | The daily digest | Scoop.it

28 January 2013, London UK - Samsung Electronics today announced it has expanded its e-book service and will now offer even more customers the chance to transform their digital reading experience with Readers Hub 2.0.  The service brings thousands of bestsellers and e-books from around the world, including illustrated cooking books and interactive reading materials for kids, to owners of Samsung's smartphones and tablets.

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BMJ Group launches new learning tools for 2013

BMJ Group launches new learning tools for 2013 | The daily digest | Scoop.it
A trusted global medical publisher providing a range of evidence-based medicine products that improve the decisions doctors and patients make every day
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ProQuest to Acquire Ebook Library

ProQuest to Acquire Ebook Library | The daily digest | Scoop.it
In a move that will further expand its e-book footprint in the library market, ProQuest today formally announced the acquisition of Ebook Library (EBL), a pioneering e-book provider in the library market.
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How do I cite a tweet?

Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.
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Elsevier In Advanced Talks To Buy Mendeley For Around $100M

Elsevier In Advanced Talks To Buy Mendeley For Around $100M | The daily digest | Scoop.it
The world of ed-tech is ramping up another notch, and getting a lot more open in the process: educational publishing giant Elsevier is in advanced talks to buy Mendeley, a London/New York-based provider of a platform for academics to share research...
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The book-free library

The book-free library | The daily digest | Scoop.it
Today, after months of planning, Wolff and other county leaders will announce plans to launch the nation's first bookless public library system, BiblioTech, with a prototype location on the South Side opening in the fall.
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Increasing utilization of Internet-based resources following efforts to promote evidence-based medicine: a national study in Taiwan

Since the beginning of 2007, the National Health Research Institutes has been promoting the dissemination of evidence-based medicine (EBM).
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Free app brings Thieme E-Book Library to the iPad

Free app brings Thieme E-Book Library to the iPad | The daily digest | Scoop.it

The collection of Thieme’s acclaimed E-Book Library is now available to institutional customers for the iPad. With the free iPublishCentral reader app, end-users within an institutional license can download all titles in the Thieme E-Book Library to their iPads and read them anywhere they want, even without an internet connection.

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Is it justifiable to judge a paper by its author or funding source?

Is it justifiable to judge a paper by its author or funding source? | The daily digest | Scoop.it

Pharma has a bad reputation in the medical community, and there is history to back it. One of the most well-known scandals involved Vioxx being taken off the market in 2004 after Merck admitted it withheld information about known adverse risk of heart disease, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.


There are also practical concerns of being overly dismissive of industry. Amidst the history of manipulation and fraud, there are medical contributions too. In the New York Times, surgeon and author Pauline Chen cited data showing that industry was responsible for nearly 60 percent of the more than $100 billion spent on research in 2007. Using authorship ties as a proxy for quality means possibly overlooking research of potential value for patients.

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21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words

Few of us use all--or even most--of the 3,000 English-language words available to us for describing our emotions, but even if we did, most of us would still experience feelings for which there are, apparently, no words.

In some cases, though, words do exist to describe those nameless emotions--they're just not English words.  Which is a shame, because--as today's infographic by design student Pei-Ying Lin demonstrates, they often define a feeling entirely familiar to us.

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Survey Says: E-Readers Are Racing Toward Extinction -

Survey Says: E-Readers Are Racing Toward Extinction - | The daily digest | Scoop.it
I can't even begin to count the number of articles I've seen over the past few weeks about the swiftly growing popularity of tablet computers. A week or tw
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Harvard Medical School launches series of e-books

Harvard Medical School launches series of e-books | The daily digest | Scoop.it

The publishing arm of the Harvard Medical School is planning a series of short, original e-books on work, parenting, yoga and how to be a surgeon.

The eight books launched Monday by Harvard Health Publications are part of a new series, “A Harvard Medical School Guide.” They will be distributed by RosettaBooks, a digital publisher. The books have a list price of $5.99.

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