Interesting use of twitter as search engine. Can... →
You want to search for a specific story or topic in your local newspaper from your mobile device. You don’t want to open an app or browser and weed though Google results - you just want the information related to your search from a specific trusted source. Well the Guardian newspaper is beta testing a system whereby you tweet tag terms to you are looking for to @GuardianTagBot. So for...
Reading: Screen vs. Page →
The results of the world’s first reading study of its kind undertaken by the Research Unit Media Convergence of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH. “There are no disadvantages to reading from electronic reading devices compared with reading printed texts.” “However, the result of the...
When the wind would blow with rain and snow.:... →
monroeschampagne: laphamsquarterly: Imagine an industry where seventy percent of your products lose money. You knit ten different types of wool socks. Seven don’t sell enough to cover the cost of the wool, while the other three are so popular they’re capable of keeping the whole enterprise afloat….
bigwriting: Demo video for Subtext, a social annotation tool for e-books. You can leave notes in the margin, and read notes others have left. More details in the tutorial PDF here (btw, I like “endorse” as a synonym for the pervasive “like”). It’s available for the iPad; you can download it from the App Store.
When buying books these days...
bloodyhoney: …I find myself buying both the eBook and the physical copy. One for archival, one for reading. It may be weird, but it makes sense in my silly head
Now that's a Republican candidate that I can get...
spectrumfantasticartlive: Cover of the French edtion of We Can Build You by Philip K. Dick. www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com
From Iconic to Ironic
A minor thing I know but I find it amusing, Apple has sent emails to customers who bought the Steve Jobs biography from the iBookstore to redownload a corrected version. According to Mac World: Apple confirmed to Macworld that the emails were genuine and the instructions were to fix formatting problems suffered by a small number of customers who had downloaded the iBook. No changes have been...
Q. When an e-reader is loaded with thousands of... →
A. “In principle, the answer is yes,” said John D. Kubiatowicz, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. “However,” he said, “the amount is very small, on the order of an atogram,” or 10–18 grams. “This amount is effectively unmeasurable,” This is a sure way to win a bar bet at the next ALA. If you want more detail on why this is true Dr Kubiatowicz goes on...
Songwind's Tumblr: My problem with comics... →
songwind: The problem (for me) with being a fan of sequential art is that there is too little that’s available in electronic format. Add in the fact that I’m not terribly interested in DC/Marvel/TopCow/Image supers comics, and it just gets worse. I’m a tech junkie. I have computers and/or my Android…
Space Gandalf: On books and ebooks →
thesonalsorises: Now hear this: ebook hatred is naive. That’s right, I said it. Anyone who thinks that a book is something that can only be read as ink printed on paper fails to understand anything about books or their purpose. Reading isn’t about aesthetics, not really. The way a book feels in your hand? The way…
eBook Positive Feedback Loop →
What is a Positive Feedback Loop? Well a self-fulfilling prophecy is a social positive feedback loop between beliefs and behavior: if enough people believe that something is true, their behavior can make it true, and observations of their behavior may turn increase belief. A classic example is a bank run. eBooks have exploded on the marketplace taking publishers by storm just like a bankrun....
Mod Librarian: Metadata Monday: The Sound of... →
We need to think more about how new mediums and devices benefit and enhance experience. With eBooks we are still just moving text from paper to screen. More publishers need to begin indexing and tagging content and looking outside the obvious. Once a book is on a screen not only can you interact with it with the text by highlighting and notes you have access to a full spectrum of the users senses....
The very first e-book is not what you think it was →
To give you an estimation of the difference in the original and what we have today: the original was probably entered on cards commonly known at the time as “IBM cards” (Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate) and probably took in excess of 100,000 of them. A single card could hold 80 characters (hence 80 characters is an accepted standard for so many computer margins), and the entire original edition...
Can the iPad delete all your newspapers,... →
Apple wants to reduce the amount of data that has to go out over wifi, and is asking developers not to store such data in Documents folders within the app itself that would get automatically backed up. Instead: Data that can be downloaded again or regenerated should be stored in the<Application_Home>/Library/Caches directory. Examples of files you should put in the Caches directory...
Fire/Vox/Nook Color comparison. Kobo looks... →
The $199 Kobo Vox has full open access to Android 2.3 and the Android Marketplace rather than the Amazon forked access. This means you could, if you wanted, download and use the Kindle Amazon app along with the nook App and Aldiko and any number of reading apps available on the Android platform. With a strong international push Kobo could bring Europe up to speed with the US for Tablets as...
e-pub3 official final specs set →
Ereaders and ebooks a good tool for people with... →
Another interesting article at eBookAnoid. If you aren’t following them you should.
Ozzie Osbourne writes an ebook →
eBookAnoid reviews Trust Me, I’m Doctor Ozzy: Advice From Rock and Roll’s Ultimate Survivor. All you old Head Bangers will know this completely off the wall character, and the younger ones will know him from his “reality” TV show, but have you ever thought of him as someone to turn to for medical advice? I rather think not. But that is exactly what this book is all about. The...
Pottermore News: New Pottermore CEO →
pottermorenews: The Bookseller and New York Observer are reporting that Charlie Redmayne, the chief digital officer at HarperCollins, is leaving the company to join the Pottermore team as CEO of the company. Neil Blair is quoted describing Redmayne as “a formidable talent in both the digital and…
Could ditching DRM reduce piracy, prices, and... →
According to a new paper out of Duke and Rice University a study that relied on analytical modeling showed that while copy protection made illegally sharing content more difficult it had a significantly negative impact on legal users. In fact, the researchers say, “only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions [of DRM].” Doesn’t make sense? Well here is a...
It is our first foray into physical retail. This is a new channel for us and...– Arvind Desikan, head of consumer marketing at Google UK on the opening of the world’s first Google store, ‘The Chromezone,’ in London, England inside a branch of PC World on Tottenham Court Road. The temporary 285 square-foot store will be there until Christmas, selling Google’s Chromebook laptop...
French newspaper cashes in on being defiantly ... →
An eight-page newspaper with almost no website, no marketing or ads is making millions in France, reports Max Colchester in the Wall Street Journal (10/3/11). Le Canard Enchaine — which means “Chained Duck” in English — has been around since 1915. The paper’s web page exists mainly to inform readers to buy the paper if they want the content. “Our job is to inform and entertain our readers ...
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog
edgylibrarian: http://www.digital-scholarship.org/sepb/sepw/sepw.htm, Interesting articles for the edgy librarian and collegues to read! This weblog is updated monthly.