Caught My Eye 3/16/13

Here are a number of fascinating articles/posts from a variety of sources including Forbes, CNET; All Twitter; JCB: the Journal of Cell Biology; and GalleyCat.

What Happens to Publishers and Authors If a Used Ebook Market Becomes Legal?  If you found that our recent “Article of the Week”  Imagining a Swap Meet for E-Books and Music sparked your interest, check out this article in Forbes by Jeremy Greenfield.  He has his own take on the issues involved and raises other interesting questions you might want to consider.

  • Google Reader is dying, but we have five worthy alternatives  With Google pulling the plug on Google Reader in July of 2013 a number of people will be casting around for a new RSS feed.  This post from CNET offers “a roundup” of what authors Jason Parker and Jaymar Cabebe think are the best alternatives available.
  • Google Reader Fans, Do Not Fret: Use Twitter As Your Feed Reader And this piece in All Twitter by Allison Stadd offers another alternative.  Twitter users can  “start a private list in Twitter labeled “Google Reader,” populating it with the Twitter streams of all the sites you were following on Reader. Nearly every single website on the Internet and its mom has a Twitter feed, so chances are slim you won’t be able to subscribe to the content you were subscribing to in Reader. If that is the case, though, you can get that content via browser bookmark, enewsletter, or Facebook…”
  • New mandates? No problem for The Rockefeller University Press  In this article in JCB: the Journal of Cell Biology, Mike Rossner of Rockefeller University Press notes that RUP is in full compliance with new policies from the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Wellcome Trust.  However, he takes serious exception to their requirement “that the articles for which they have paid an immediate access fee be made available under a Creative Commons attribution license (CC-BY).   He fears the resulting impacts on subscription revenues and notes that RUP releases their content “to the public under a CC-BY-NC-SA license, which allows third party use of the content for noncommercial purposes but prevents its use for commercial gain without expressed permission…”


 

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