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Court rejects many of publishers' arguments on e-reserves

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In landmark ruling, federal judge rejects most arguments made by publishers in suit against Georgia State over e-reserves. But she also imposes some rules that could complicate life for librarians and professors.

University of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-source textbooks

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U. of Minnesota will catalog and offer peer reviews of open-source textbooks, aiming to help professors find those materials and give them the confidence to assign them.

Supreme Court will hear case with major implications for textbook prices

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Supreme Court will decide on whether less expensive, foreign-made editions of textbooks can be lawfully sold to thrifty U.S. students.

Texas community college faculty object to common textbook plan

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A Texas community college district wants to save money for students by selecting common materials for each course. Faculty object, saying their teaching role is being diminished.

Kno-Cengage lawsuit highlights high stakes of digital migration

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EdTech Industry
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A legal spat over e-textbook "enhancement" tools highlights the importance of digital content as tech companies clamber for customers.

Major publisher bends under pressure from frustrated scholars

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As a boycott against its journals gains momentum, a prominent scholarly publisher folds support for anti-open-access bill and offers concessions to angry mathematicians.

U.S. call for advice on publicly funded research reignites open access debates

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White House solicitation about the government's role in making federally funded research available to the public rekindles debate over open access.

Author provides inside look at IRBs

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Author gets inside look at IRBs, and offers perspectives on how they operate, and how researchers can improve their chances of a smooth review.

Researchers discover challenges of debating scholarly work on the Web

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Scholarly Communications
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Blog-borne debate about a study on the relationship between social media and scholarly communications reaches new levels of meta.

Universities look to get discounts on e-textbooks for students

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Universities have started banding together to negotiate favorable contracts with software vendors. With new effort, a group of them aims to exercise similar leverage with publishers on behalf of students.

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