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GWU MPS Cohort 12 Weekly Newsletter


October 2016

E-Books vs. P-Books: What Do Students and Instructors Prefer? Taking the Bull by the Horns.

In early February this year, several publications reported that ninety-two percent of college students around the world prefer p-books over e-books when studying. Among the reasons students give for this preference are: A sense of accomplishment when they finish reading... Continue Reading →

College Students: E-textbooks vs. Print books

As a undergraduate student five years ago, digital textbooks were not as popular as they are now. I remember seeing the e-textbook option available for purchase but it wasn't until I started graduate school that I felt comfortable purchasing the... Continue Reading →

Should Parents Fear E-Books?

The question of print versus electronic book is often seen as a point of individual preference, except when talking about children. As e-book sales have plateaued, one area of publishing that has somewhat resisted e-book development is Children’s books. Furthermore,... Continue Reading →

Digital Fatigue and the Decline of E-Book Sales

How many hours a day would you say you spend behind a screen? Before you answer, really think about your day. How many times did you check your social media account(s) today? What about your favorite news app? Did you... Continue Reading →

Are Hispanics Embracing E-Reading?

If you ride the metro in any city of the country, you will see fellow commuters reading books: some are reading printed books, others are using an e-reader, some are reading on a tablet, others are reading on a smartphone,... Continue Reading →

Trick or Treat?: Self-Publishing is on the rise- Thanks to Amazon

On March 24, 2016 Bowker –the US company that issues International Standard Book Numbers or ISBNs- published a study that reviewed the growth of self-publishing from 2010- 2015 (Bowker 2016). Their study found that during that time the number of... Continue Reading →

Disturbing: Most UK authors’ annual incomes well below minimum wage

For the last several years, researchers in the UK have been following a startling trend. While the publishing industry itself has seen a rise in sales, the majority of authors’ incomes are steadily declining. A report released last month by... Continue Reading →

Harrowing: Will a Bankrupt Shipping Company Force Publishers to go Without Sales this Holiday Season?

In August of this year, Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection in South Korea after they were unable to cover fuel costs and worker pay. Now you wonder what a shipping company in Korea has to do with the biggest... Continue Reading →

Scary: Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Scientific Editors?

At the Frankfurt Book Fair this week, a startup company based in Toronto has claimed to have created artificial intelligence that out-performed their scientific editors in recognizing and selecting manuscripts. The company, Meta, has titled their innovative product Bibliometrics Intelligence, and... Continue Reading →

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