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Farewell to the Printed Monograph

Inside Higer Ed The University of Michigan Press is announcing today that it will shift its scholarly publishing from being primarily a traditional print operation to one that is primarily digital.

Within two years, press officials expect well over 50 of the 60-plus monographs that the press publishes each year -- currently in book form -- to be released only in digital editions. Readers will still be able to use print-on-demand systems to produce versions that can be held in their hands, but the press will consider the digital monograph the norm. Many university presses are experimenting with digital publishing, but the Michigan announcement may be the most dramatic to date by a major university press.

Ready for digital stacks?

Ready for digital stacks?
If approved, Google anticipates public and university libraries will participate by making their collections available to be digitized, which would make books more accessible to students, researchers and readers.

For every 10,000 students enrolled at a university, the company would provide its library with one terminal for free access to the Google Books Database, but if a student wants to access the information on their home computer, there woul d be a fee involved, said Peter Botticelli, assistant professor at the UA School of Information Resources and Library Sciences.

Major Book Publishers Start Turning To Scribd

Online document sharing site Scribd has announced that it has partnered with a number of major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing Co., Berrett-Koehler, Thomas Nelson, and Manning Publications, to legally offer some of their content to Scribd's community free of charge. Publishers have begun to add an array of content to Scribd's library, including full-length novels as well as briefer teaser excerpts.

World's First Color E-Book Reader Goes on Sale

Story is at Wired.com. I think the article title may be deceptive. I don't know if this is the first color ebook reader but it is the first color e-ink book reader. Currently the cost is very high so clearly it will not be bought by the general population. What is significant is that the color e-ink technology is out there. In time as the cost comes down textbooks with color pictures will become an option for e-ink readers. I am surprised that someone has not come into the current market with a dual screen ebook reader. One side being a black and white e-ink screen and the other screen a color LCD.

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Sony e-book reader gets 500,000 books from Google

Google Inc. is making half a million books, unprotected by copyright, available for free on Sony Corp.'s electronic book-reading device, the companies were set to announce Thursday.

It's the first time Google has made its vast trove of scanned public-domain books available to an e-book device, and vaults the Sony Reader past Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle as the device with the largest available library, at about 600,000 books.

Full story here.

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Questions On Encryption Technology Patent Rights for Kindle

Reuters reports: Media company Discovery Communications Inc has sued Amazon.com, accusing the online retailer's Kindle of infringing its patent on electronic book technology.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Delaware, marks another blow for a closely watched gadget that has drawn fire from publishers that say Amazon is trying to avoid paying royalties.

The lawsuit claims that Amazon, in two versions of its Kindle, has infringed one or more of the claims on a patent that Discovery founder John Hendricks received in November 2007.

The patent deals with encryption technology for the distribution of digital books.

Site Removes Ebook Script Reference After Amazon Threat

Amazon asked an online forum to remove links to software that lets people load ebooks they buy from sources other than Amazon onto their Kindles.

The MobileRead forum removed references to the software but doesn't believe the program violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as Amazon charges.

Full story here.

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Video showing Kindle software on iPod Touch

Here is a video that lets you see a Kindle book on an iPod Touch.

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Comparing Ebook Readers

There are of course huge difference between ebook readers and the iPhone which can be used to read ebooks. What is interesting is some of the issues carry over regardless of whether or not you use a single purpose device or a multi-purpose device.

Let’s start by by side-by-side comparison on the Sony Reader and Kindle

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Another Take On Technology

It's wireless and never needs charging. It has a touch interface and works with that which you have at home.

The good folks over at Penny Arcade offer their take on the latest in bibliotechnological merriment!

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