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Your Question for the Day — What Is “Peer Review”?

A recent “Slate” article shows what can go wrong when we talk about “peer review” as if we all share a common definition about an unchanging phenomenon. Continue reading

The Authors Guild Loses (Again), and HathiTrust Wins–But What Does It Mean?

The Authors Guild’s lawsuit against HathiTrust over the latter’s massive library of digitized print books has been dismissed by the Second Circuit Court. What does this mean for libraries, authors, and readers? Continue reading

Did He Just Say That?! The Perils of Video Recording the Conference Presentation

Science journalist, John Bohannon, castigates publishers as corrupt, scientists as furious, and journalists as the fix. Or did he? Continue reading

The Journal Redesign — More Complicated, More Costly, and More Strategic Than Ever

Journal redesigns seem to be occurring more frequently — and are certainly more complex — than in the past. What motivates a publisher and editor to undertake a redesign? And why is it so complex, costly, and strategic today? Continue reading

What is an eBook? How do Publishers price it?

A short video explaining the costs that go into producing a book, and how little difference there is in those costs between electronic and print books. Continue reading

Hit the Road — How a Forgettable Paper and a Misguided Publisher Created an Unnecessary Controversy

The censorship scandal at Taylor & Francis has wrapped up, and the lessons are as obvious as you think. Continue reading

How Important Are Library Sales to the University Press? One Case Study

A study of sales data for 2012 imprints from the University of Chicago Press offers tantalizing hints about the importance (or lack thereof) of library sales to university presses — particularly with regard to scholarly monographs. Continue reading

This Just In from the 1990s — We’re Doomed, Doomed, Doomed, Sayeth the Editor of VentureBeat

A Silicon Valley journalist has seen open access and deemed it disruptive. He’s 15+ years and scads of evidence behind the times, as we enter the post-disruption era. Continue reading

Contemplating a Chart — How the Home Page Dominates Thinking . . . and Little Else

A quick analysis of data based on an insight from the New York Times’ “Innovation” Report suggests that the home page dominates thinking far too much, leading to blind spots about what really deserves our design attention. Continue reading

Life in a Bubble — The Limitations of Public Access, the Challenges of Public Engagement

Presumptions about the benefits of access fail to take into account the power and difficulty of true engagement with diverse publics. Continue reading

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