Roundup: News and Analysis from the Publishing World

Posted on February 19, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments
Tadween Publishing brings you the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production.

The inside story of Aaron Swartz’s campaign to liberate court filings
By Timothy B. Lee (Ars Technica)

Before the late Aaron Swartz tackled JSTOR’s dominance in academic publishing, there was PACER. Timothy B. Lee provides the story behind Swartz and Steve Schultze’s attempt to liberate paywalled, yet public, court records from PACER, which stands for
Public Access to Court Electronic Records. 

Random House Penguin Merger Approved By Department of Justice
Huffington Post (via the Associated Press)

The United States Department of Justice closes an investigation over the merger of publishing mega houses Penguin and Random House. The merger between the two companies will give them control of at least 26 percent of the global publishing market.
How the People Saved Book Publishing
By Jeremy Greenfield (Forbes)

The newspaper, magazine, and music industries have been turned upside down throughout the digital boom of the past few decades. Jeremy Greenfield explains how smart business people managing the book industry’s transition into the digital world have helped keep book publishing afloat.

Why is Academic Writing So Bad?
By Stephen M. Walt (Foreign Policy)

In response to a thread on academic writing posted by blogger Andrew Sullivan, Stephen M. Walt ponders over why the formulaic approach to academic writing brings down its quality, and why the lack of concise writing by academics leads to ambiguity and incomprehensible prose.
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