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Web review - 24/01/2014

Who is really reading ? The reader or the ebook ?

'Consumers’ appetite for new formats still depends on the publishers’ ability to innovate » suggested Bain & Cie study 'The Seven Year ItchImagination and transmission, creating value?' for the 2012 Forum d'Avignon. The evolutions of the traditional relationship between reader and books have just begun. The use of the data which editors begin to master contributes to transform the work of authors, critics and of course booksellers.

©Fondation_pour_linnovation_politiqueThe algorithm to discover the perfect book exists at 84 %

To predict the success of a book with 84 % of success, it is the stake in a study published by American scientists. The latter leaned on the classic works contained in the archives of the Project Gutenberg. The commercial success of the works has been analyzed, compared and peeled.

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Prescription: the literary critic in the abyss of Big Data or how personal data could be more effective than the human being?

What becomes the literary critic at the time of the big data ? Can he keep its noble function of alert and curiosity? Is there a way not to see the critic being gobbled up by the anonymous algorithms' efficiency ? 

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©dalberaStruggling to Satisfy Demand

Why libraries need understand how their collections are being used ? Library-centered usage data can help them to make decisions with regards to e-content, and to counter media and industry hype. 

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©teclasorgAs New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You 

Before the Internet, books were written — and published — blindly, hopefully. Sometimes they sold, usually they did not, but no one had a clue what readers did when they opened them up. Did they skip or skim? Slow down or speed up when the end was in sight? The book knows so much about it you.

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