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Wednesday News: Free access from Oxford U Press this week, the state of digital journalism, Shakespeare’s plays as webcomics, and  celebrating librarians

Wednesday News: Free access from Oxford U Press this week, the...

Oxford University Press Gives You Free Access to Books, Dictionaries & More During National Library Week – So while you can’t access Oxford academic journals, in honor of National Library Week, Oxford University Press is offering free access to a number of its texts, including its dictionaries. So if you’ve ever wanted to peruse the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) but don’t have access, now is the time.

Access will be open until the end of Saturday, the 19th. You will be able to read Oxford’s online dictionaries, online scholarly editions, extensive reference materials, and the popular series of Very Short Introductions,. . . (To access the texts, type “libraryweek” as the username and password in the Subscriber Login area. It appears halfway down the page, on the left.) –Open Culture

Digital journalism: we’re still waiting for the third model of news publishing – A provocative blog entry considering the way in which the “studio system” model of journalism is perceived to be more likely to succeed than a “publishing monolith.” Can a platform that seeks to serve many through journalistic content succeed? Emily Bell is not convinced, and her discussion of what she calls “entrepreneurial journalism” is both depressing and engaging.

Long-term commitment and availability of capital are changing how we think about digital journalism. Baron’s conviction that the world won’t end with Klein’s departure is as likely to be right as the idea that Vox will be successful. We are still waiting, though, for a third model of news publishing to emerge. A news organisation that holds institutional strengths, beliefs and resources at its core but allows the rise of the independently oriented journalist some freedom to succeed or fail is still at the drawing board stage. –The Guardian

All of Shakespeare’s Plays, Converted to 3-Panel Webcomics – This might be better than when the plays were converted to graphic novels. Although they’re not ALL three panels. Although Titus Andronicus’s single panel might be my favorite, Henry VI Part 3 in five panels is pretty great, too. –i09

9 Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome – A cute piece celebrating librarians. –Buzzfeed

Thursday News: BookCon at BEA, British Library exhibits comics, the OED of the future, will eBay and PayPal split, and Lil’ Kim gets sued

Thursday News: BookCon at BEA, British Library exhibits comics, the OED...

“Elaborating on the shift, BEA said that its “research, industry trends, and direct feedback” has shown that the consumer aspect of the show is “critical to driving our core values which are launching and discovering new titles and authors.”” Publishers Weekly

“The exhibition will have sedition and rebellion at its heart, said Dunning. It will also aim to explode a few myths, not least that the publications are all about superheroes and that reading them is the pastime of boys, he added.”

“When we first started to talk to people about this comic book show some people said ‘it’s only for boys’. It’s garbage,” said Dunning. “People were saying girls don’t like blood and psychologically upsetting things and the girls were saying, ‘we love it’.” The Guardian

Nearing only its third edition, and with a new chief editor for the first time in 20 years, the O.E.D. currently has 619,000 words defined, and should be complete by 2037 (assuming everything goes well). It’s also expensive (unless you have university access) and can be somewhat cumbersome to use (the full edition is 20 volumes). But hopefully not for long:

“Mr. Proffitt advocates links in digitized literature to O.E.D. entries; he wants more use by students, whose distinction between “dictionary” and “web search” is increasingly blurred; he is also willing to license O.E.D. data to other companies.” New York Times

“Icahn, a billionaire known for taking stakes in companies to force changes or pay dividends to shareholders, has nominated two of his employees to eBay’s board ‘and submitted a non-binding proposal for a spinoff of its PayPal business into a separate company,’ said an eBay statement.” Yahoo News