Thursday, 27 April 2017

How eBooks lost their shine

The Guardian today reports on how just a few years ago, the Kindle was being blamed for the death of the traditional book but the latest figures published by the Publishing Association show a dramatic reversal of fortune with the sales of consumer eBooks dropping by 17% while sales of physical books are up 8%. Consumer spending on books was up £89m across the board last year, compared with 2015. James Daunt, the managing director of Waterstones, says that the UK has “adopted” ebooks and they will remain a substantial market but publishers and readers have rediscovered their love of the physical, and books once more are being celebrated as objects of beauty. Read more from this interesting article by following the link below. 

Young readers

How eBooks lost their shine?

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Use of laptops in class harms academic performance

The Times Higher Education reports on a recent study which warns that using a laptop in class can significantly damage students' academic performance. The findings of this study emerge as increasingly academics permit and often encourage the use of laptops in class. The paper, based on an analysis of the grades of about 5,600 students at a private US liberal arts college, found that using a laptop appeared to harm the grades of male and low-performing students most significantly. Although the authors were not able to definitively say why laptop use in class caused such a negative effect they explained that this was “either due to the superiority of pen and paper, the unforeseen influence of distractions, or some other unseen factor”. Read more from the article by following the link below or accessing the journal through the library ejournal portal. 

students use laptops

Laptops affecting performance

Monday, 3 April 2017

Journal embargoes under fire

A recent article in the Times Higher Education looks at publisher embargoes and the recent criticism of the phenomenon from UK politicians. Having heard evidence that publishers are using embargoes as "news management" tools the Science and Technology committee have stated that they take a "dim view" of the issuing of press releases about academic research that is not openly available and have argued that it impedes fact checking and public debate. In their report, the group say that they believe the embargo system “should reduce inaccuracies in news reporting” but instead it often makes the journalists’ role in scrutinising scientific developments “more difficult". Read more by following the link below or log on to the journal through the library ejournals portal. 

Private and confidential

Journal embargoes under fire