EBooks vs. Print: Is One Better than the Other?

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Scientific American published an article recently that asks whether or not reading on screens is better than good ole’ paper. Stepping away from the arguments centered around nostalgia for printed words on paper, the article posits whether or not digital reading is actually good for the reader. EBooks and eReaders may not be outselling printed books just yet, but their increasing popularity is certainly driving sales, with an over 20% increase in eBook sales over a single decade.

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New Texts Out Now: Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad, Mediating the Arab Uprisings

Posted on April 17, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?

Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad (AI & BH): The idea for this book grew out of the splendid contributions to Jadaliyya from a number of authors who offered interventions on the role of media in the uprisings. With a dearth of critical examinations about the media and the representation of these movements, it became increasingly urgent to challenge some of the prevalent assertions circulating widely. 

Unlike our authors, our work as editors was considerably straightforward. We identified essays that demystified the media and raised more questions than they answered. In the end, the impetus was the hope of introducing nuance into an often oversimplified discussion of a cataclysmic period in regional history.

With the media being a central component into the way in which the uprisings are conceptualized, represented, and historicized, it is vital that journalistic standards and free media principles are problematized to evaluate the performance of the press. Additionally, our intention was to challenge the narrow definitions of uprising and media by exploring the fault-lines.

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Technology in the Classroom: The Big Brother E-Book

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Students are often faced with pages upon pages of reading as part of the curriculum handed to them by there professors. Traditionally, in order to gauge whether or not students are reading books and articles, professors either turn to asking questions in the classroom or assigning papers and essays on the allocated material. With the use of new classroom technology from CourseSmart, however, it has become a lot easier to tell whether or not students are skipping out on their reading. 

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Islam and Academia in the Shadow of the Arab Uprisings

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Amidst the struggles for freedom of expression and the right to free speech following the onset of the Arab uprisings, freedom in the academic world has become another struggle. A couple very intriguing articles recently appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, in a special called “After the Arab Uprisings,” that examine academia and education in the Arab world. 

Unfortunately, the Chronicle of Higher Education is under a paywall. For those who do not have access to the website, Tadween Publishing has provided some highlights to the articles below.   

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Beyond the PDF 2 Conference: Revolutionizing Academic Publishing

Posted on April 05, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

New technology has created a multitude of avenues through which academics, scholars, publishers, librarians, and other related fields can communicate. The challenge, however, is using such technology to communicate effectively and change old habits that no longer seem to be working. This is a challenge that the participants of the Beyond the PDF 2 conference have sought to tackle. 

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Invisible Library Books

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

If you’re browsing the stacks at the library and find a particular book difficult to find, you might be looking in the wrong place. With eBook sales soaring and the popularity of eReader devices at a steady high, some libraries are turning towards electronic book lending, or “e-lending,” as a way forward. Yet, while e-lending may seem a practical move for libraries in the digital age, making the service possible has been difficult. 

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The Perils for Academic Freedom in the Arab World

Posted on March 14, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Calls for change have swept across the Arab world since the uprisings erupted over two years ago. While the process and struggle for political and social freedoms continue, freedom in the world of academia has become a recent, although not new, target in the region.

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The Author’s New Writing Instructor: The Internet

Posted on March 11, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Writers and prospective book authors are influenced by a variety of actors and subject matters. Their writing is shaped by other authors that they admire and by their teachers, from their English instructors from grade school to their professors as an undergraduate. Styles and prose are formed and shaped by a number of different means, but the Internet is taking a prominent role in how authors manage word choice, their approach to writing, and how they promote their new books.

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Books and Historical Amnesia

Posted on March 01, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

A new documentary has reignited the conversation about confiscated Palestinian property. The Great Book Robbery by Israeli filmmaker Benny Brunner chronicles the story of the nearly 30,000 books that were stolen and either burned or stored away in Israel’s National Library. The National Library, in cooperation with the Haganah (a Zionist militia that would later become the Israeli military) and Hebrew University systematically pillaged books from Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, Nazareth, and beyond. All of the extracted books were subsequently labeled AP for “abandoned property.”

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Where to Find Publishing News on the Web

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 1 comment

Tadween Publishing has compiled a list of top blogs and websites that feature news and analysis from the publishing world. Whether you are looking for news from the publishing industry or advice on how to publish your own eBook, the following list consists of the go-to places for what you are looking for.

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Death of the Dissertation?

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 2 comments

The lives of doctoral students are usually defined by one thing: the dissertation. PhD candidates log in hours at libraries in front of computers and pouring over books, conducting research-based interviews in order to produce a massive text that will define their doctoral study. Yet while producing a dissertation has been the norm for decades, some are lobbying to change this process.

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Inspiring Education: How Technology Can Reinvent the Classroom for Students

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 1 comment

As individuals increasingly incorporate technology into their daily lives, it was only a matter of time before educators took to using technology in the classroom. A growing number of schools and teachers of primary and secondary education are bringing technology into the learning process in order to improve their students’ educational experiences.

 However, with an education system that already unequally distributes resources, technological innovation for classroom use highlights inequality in US education.

According to a recent survey by PBS LearningMedia seven in ten teachers (69 percent) who participated in an online questionnaire claimed that technology was allowing them to “do much more than ever before” for their students, and 74 percent claimed that technology helps them motivate students to learn.

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Internet Legislation: A Lack of Creativity

Posted on February 08, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 1 comment

The memorial for Aaron Swartz in Washington, DC this week refueled the conversation about Internet legislation. Many are wondering if Swartz’s disproportionate prosecution and his subsequent suicide was a case of an overzealous prosecutor or the result of an out-of-date law that needs to be reformed. The answer is probably both, and it is difficult to separate the two. Activists and lawmakers alike have already turned their attention to reforming the legal framework that enabled federal prosecutors to go after Swartz.

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Iraq’s Hackerspace

Posted on February 01, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Faced with Iraq’s rival politics, one group based in Baghdad is seeking change by promoting collaboration and entrepreneurship through public spaces.

Fikra Space, based on the Arabic word fikrameaning “idea,” finds its roots in hackerspaces, which act as physical places where members of a community, usually involved in some way with technology, meet and discuss ideas and their work. The idea of hackerspaces originated in Germany in the 1990s and later became popular across Europe and the United States.

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UK Professors Push Back against Government Plans for Open Access

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

In the aftermath of Aaron Swartz’s death, which propelled the argument over open access into the headlines, a collection of university professors in the United Kingdom are pushing back against a new government policy that is attempting to implement open access to academic publications.

The UK minister of state for universities and science David Willetts is planning to make all publicly funded research available for free by 2014, a decision that recently prompted a critical response from a select group of academics. Academic professors associated with the Royal Historical Society, the Political Studies Association, and the Council for the Defence of British Universities have expressed their concern over Willetts’s decision. 

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