Publishing

'Piracy'

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Academe today is the site of myriad conflicts over intellectual property, including those of patent ownership, piracy of university press publications, and Google Books, to name just a few.

Scariest Forum on the Internet?

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Just two weeks after its Feb. 2 launch, The Chicago Manual of Style Online’s new discussion forum already features numerous discussions with titles like “ ‘Predecessor to’ or ‘predecessor of’ “? and “Worst online punctuation abuse?” But the most popular thread thus far is titled “I’m afraid to post here.” Its first message: “Could there be a more intimidating place to post?”

The New Twihards

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Call it "Cullen's Law": If it exists, there is a Twilight spin on it. No exceptions -- and that includes academe.

Yes, though it may run counter to the prevalent stereotype of Twilight's audience (14 years old, misguided, breathless), a growing number of scholars are eager to offer their perspectives on the hugely popular novels and the cultural phenomenon they've engendered.

Control of a Beloved Book

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Some in academic publishing think the latest twist in the story of Black Elk Speaks amounts to poetic justice. Others see a sign of just how vulnerable their industry is these days. In either case, this is the story of a book that is much loved and whose fate has been much debated.

Abandoning an Experiment

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Rice U. shuts down its digital university press -- going against recommendations of outside reviewers. With 2 other presses closing, some see growing vulnerability for small outfits.

All In the Delivery

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As publishers and analysts again wonder if e-books are about to take off, the growing popularity of rental options may play as important a role as technology.

Another Press Stops Publishing

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Susquehanna U. Press is placed "on hiatus." Move follows decisions at Rice, Scranton and SMU.

The All E-Book Diet

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Daytona State says switching to only electronic textbooks will lighten the cost burden on students.

A Call for Open Textbooks

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Lobbying for cheaper books, a student activist group throws its weight behind an open-source model.

Long Road to Open Access

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Effort by leading research universities to rethink the economics of scholarly journals has an underwhelming first year, and experts caution against expectations of quick change.

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