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Video: Weekend Tech Review: iBooks Event Week 3 2012

Daniel Eran Dilger

Here’s a video recap of the top tech stories involving Apple for the third week of 2012, including a look at Apple’s iBooks Event, product news, the week’s business stories, and upcoming events.

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Weekend Tech Review: iBooks Author Week 3 Jan 2012 – YouTube

  • http://www.life-id.nl vanfruniken

    ** Peer review **
    One more thing… Maybe Apple’s iBooks / iTunesU model will in the end be a nice alternative for scientific authors, who are still under big pressure to publish their articles on peer reviewed journals (such as Nature, those of the IEEE, etc,). They or their labs are advised to contribute a page fee for publishing (which will buy them a number of reprints — a somewhat outdated way to distribute copies to personal contacts), but the catch is that subscription to those journals is extremeley expensive (I payed an arm and a leg during my career and they didn’t even offer me free electronic access to the materials after I retired!!!). Or one can download individual articles one by one for a rather stiff page fee as well.
    This evolution seriously hampers the distribution of scientific results to the general community, which does contribute to science education. Paying sites such as PubMed and Reed Publishing are the usual endpoint of a search for scientific information. Many papers can’t be offered for free because of the restrictive author’s right transfer clauses used by the traditional scientific journals.
    Not surprisingly, there is a movement amongst scientists to make scientific results more readily available, called the Open Access (OA) movement.
    Apple’s iBooks / iTunesU ecosystem has now evolved to a promising phase.
    Critics may object that the traditional scientific journals offer the guarantee of peer review, so maybe Apple should add this feature as well (without incurring any major costs!).
    IMHO, the machinery is already in place in that users can add their opinions to the preview section.
    The preview section to the iTunes / iBooks store should be enhanced for that:
    (i) a special class of reviewers (by invitation from recognized scientists) should author the peer review section;
    (ii) a long-standing flaw of the preview system in that only user comments from the local national iTunes store are visible and included in the statistics, should be removed (or enhanced to allow selectiveinclusion/by language/script/region (even worldwide) ).

    Summarized: with minimal effort and cost, Apple could add a certain degree of reliable peer review to their scientific publications ecosystem.

  • http://www.marketingtactics.com davebarnes

    What was with the DealNN appearing for a few days?
    And, then earlier today. infinite redirect loop.

  • enzos

    You paid for journal subscriptions? Aren’t they covered by the university library? At my last position (in a developing country) they weren’t but almost invariably I could get the article pdfs within a day or two by emailing the author. Although I can’t see that iBooks / ePub on mobile devices will make a great change in distribution from the pdf model, I’ll agree that something needs to be done to free up information in the scientific literature which has, perversely, become more expensive and harder to get since the advent of internet (without the shameless begging that I’ve resorted to ;).

  • enzos

    And I second “earlier today. infinite redirect loop.” (Dave) and add that it’s been happening for at least the last couple of days on my MBA/Safari (and resolved only in the last few hours) . Someone been hacking your site, Dan?