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Cites & Insights 11:5 (May 2011) available

Cites & Insights 11:5 (May 2011) is now available for downloading at

The 44-page issue is PDF as usual, and consists of 1.5 essays. Each essay (or portion) is also available as an HTML separate; click on the essay titles. If this seems like an all-ebook issue, that's not intentional.

This issue includes:
Perspective: Writing about Reading (continued) pp. 1-16

This essay completes Perspective: Writing about Reading from the April 2011 C&I, with sections on how ebooks will (if you believe the authors) change reading and writing; "all singing! all dancing"--in which the only future for books is as multimedia extravaganzas; and writing about writing. It's snarkier than the first portion, even though it's been heavily desnarked.

The Zeitgeist: 26 is Not the Issue pp. 16-44

This abecedary goes from Absurd licenses to... Well, no, the topic is the only one truly suitable for the Zeitgeist label at the moment--HarperCollins, pay-per-view in some form, deals with the devil and what you lose when ownership turns to licenses.

If this one seems long, I'll note two things:

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    Publishers Weekly Planning First pre-ALA Supplement

    For the first time, PW will publish a special supplement ahead of this year's American Library Association's annual conference set for June 23-28 in New Orleans. The pre-ALA issue will be published May 30 and will include features on library funding, the e-book loan controversy and an overview of the meeting program, in addition to other pieces on the show. "Our subscribers have been telling us they want more coverage of the library market and the ALA supplement is part of our commitment to act on that request," said PW publisher Cevin Bryerman who will handle advertising inquiries at [email protected] Andrew Albanese will be overseeing the supplement's editorial content and can be reached at [email protected]

    Cites & Insights April 2011 available

    Cites & Insights 11:4 (April 2011) is now available for downloading at

    The 32-page issue, PDF but with most essays also available as HTML separates, includes:
    Perspective: Writing about Reading pp. 1-24

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    Social Media Lure Academics Frustrated by Journals

    By Jennifer Howard in the Chronicle of Higher Education

    Subscriptions for the Masses

    Any article that has the word "kerfuffle" in it gets a mention in my blog. This one, happily, is even of interest and relevant.

    Subscriptions for the Masses. Talks about Apple's just announced subscription model for content. From the New York Observer.

    Cites & Insights March 2011 available

    Cites & Insights 11:3 (March 2011) is now available at

    The 32-page issue (PDF, but with HTML separates in the links below) includes:
    Bibs & Blather (p. 1)

    Announcing preorder availability of Open Access: What You Need to Know Now, from ALA Editions.

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    What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing

    The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing. Around forty thousands answers were collected across disciplines and around the world, showing an overwhelming support for the idea of open access, while highlighting funding and (perceived) quality as the main barriers to publishing in open access journals. This article serves as an introduction to the survey and presents this and other highlights from a preliminary analysis of the survey responses.

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    CSM Interviews Librarian of the Year 2011

    Another interview with Nancy Pearl, this one in the Christian Science Monitor. In response to the question asked by her fans: "Why did it take so long for her be named LJ's Librarian of the Year?", Pearl replied: "Once a librarian, always a librarian."

    The Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR)

    The Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR)
    About the Journal
    The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:

    You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
    There are no page-fees.
    You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
    The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
    You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
    Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.


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