Archive for January 2012

Apple and Textbooks: A Second Look

Apple’s move into the education market may be just a bare-knuckled move designed to sell more iPads. Does Apple truly support the education market? Or is it hoping the education market will support Apple? Continue reading

Rediscovering Discovery — How We Find Things, and Its Implications

A recent ALA panel on discovery prompts some musings about the direction that local search will take and the likelihood that one vendor will control access to almost all library collections. Continue reading

Chart of the Day: How Science Stacks Up in the US Budget

Chart of the Day: How Science Stacks Up in the US Budget — from an Atlantic article entitled, “The Innovation Nation vs. the Warfare-Welfare State“:

Size and Discipline Bias in F1000 Journal Rankings

The rankings of journals based on F1000 scores reveals a strong bias against larger journals and those with little disciplinary overlap with the biosciences. Continue reading

The Little Letters in Our Lives — e to the i to the x

Is the decade-long trend in e, i, and x naming based on a deeper trend in how the world is coming together? Continue reading

The End of the Salad Days — Where Is Google Headed Next?

Google once represented the spirit of Internet optimism distilled into a successful company. Now, with more cynical plays and shuttering experiments, what does Google’s new approach tell us about the Internet of tomorrow? Continue reading

Why E-books Are Turning the Library and Publishing Worlds Upside Down

Old intersections of libraries and book publishers don’t work in the e-book era, and the rapid adoption of e-readers has shown that new bargains are inevitable. Whether libraries and publishers belong together in that future isn’t clear. Continue reading

The Four-step Program to an Academic Web Site

Academic publishers that are seeking to enhance their consumer-facing Web sites should follow these four steps and be sure to anchor the site in the company’s strategy. Continue reading

The Research Works Act: Is It Time For a Rally To Restore Sanity?

When it comes to discussions about access, the silent majority focused on doing science is presented with real choices, not all of which square with the scorched-earth rhetoric that too often dominates. Continue reading

Congress, the White House, and the Myth of Free Security

The very real trade-offs inherent in Internet security have to faced directly, but politicians are avoiding these trade-offs as they talk about SOPA and PIPA. Continue reading

A First Take on Apple’s New Education Tools

Some early thoughts on Apple’s recent announcement for tools for developing educational content. It’s not about the product; it’s a game of platform wars. Continue reading

The Hidden Expense of Energy — Print Is Costly, Online Isn’t Free

How many joules does it take to get a journal out? A small, quick study suggests that print consumes much more energy than online, but shows that online is far from free, with energy its main variable cost. Continue reading

Pirate Attitudes: SOPA, PIPA, and the Struggle to Control Digital Properties

On the Wednesday of SOPA protests worldwide, it’s time to consider why these bills run counter to the security and reliability of the Internet itself. Continue reading

A Newfangled Online Bookstore

There are compelling reasons to create an online bookstore specializing in academic titles. Such a bookstore could be linked to physical community spaces and may even have a life as a component of library catalogs. Continue reading

The End of Mass Media Mentalities and the Sciences

The big trend of the last decade has been the quiet, unremitting erosion of mass media. Television has been a major form of mass media since the 1950s, but it is quickly losing its ability to exert a mass effect. A recent study from Accenture notes these trends both in viewing habits and in hardware … Continue reading

The Joy of Books — A Short, Inspired Film Full of Passion

Passions die harder than businesses, and when passions energize a business, little miracles can happen, as this short film demonstrates. Continue reading

Devices and Shopping — New Trends, New Potential, and New Perils for Retailers

As customers become facile with a new level of information infrastructure, what will that mean for us over the next few years? Continue reading

Wordnik, the Online Dictionary — Revisiting the Prescritive vs. Descriptive Debate in the Crowdsource Age

Can an online dictionary combining wiki and search do better? In some ways, yes. In others, there’s still the intractable problems of English to solve. Continue reading

Better Late Than Never? Economists Grapple with Conflicts of Interest and Disclosure

A major economics association establishes conflict of interest and disclosure rules for its publications, expecting others to follow. But is the lateness of these rules reassuring, or maddening? Continue reading

The Secret to Your Perfect Look — By Adobé

The secret to a beautiful you? Just apply this, and all your concerns about your appearance can disappear. Continue reading

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