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E-Books Have a Future in iTunes

Top publishers are revving up their libraries of digital books to capitalize on the presumed success and hype of the Amazon Kindle — actual sales are still based on speculation — but one big name is putting its money on a device that has proven its popularity: the iPhone.

“We’re very bullish on that as a platform. We think it’s gonna be a great competitor to Amazon,” said David Langevin, VP and director of electronic markets for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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Digital Textbooks Gaining Favor

Digital Textbooks Gaining Favor: As printed books get more expensive, electronic versions are on the rise as a popular, cost-saving alternative. Mary Hughes Stone, a psychology professor at San Francisco State, often directs her students to iChapters. Stone says it's an "optimal system" for visual learners and she sees "definite value" in the multimedia components. Because the e-books are distributed on the Internet, they also have the advantage of being weightless and easily accessible from any computer.

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Detailed Amazon Kindle Review

Speak Quietly has a Detailed, five day, review of the Amazon Kindle posted. He spends 5 days showing the Kindle and what it can do.

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"JewBerry" Lets Observant Pray by PDA

Particularly if you live in New York City or another urban area, you might have seen Orthodox Jews reading or quietly reciting daily prayers from a prayer book while on a bus or subway or at a quiet corner at work.

Now it's been made easier, by technology of course. NY's Gothamist has a story on a new twist to the Blackberry for observant Jews: the "Jewberry".

Two Jewish entrepreneurs have developed software that can turn an average BlackBerry into a sacred prayer book. They've dubbed their upgrade "The JewBerry," and have sold it to over 10,000 customers for $30 a pop, according to the NY Post. Co-creator Jonathan Bennett explains the appeal: "Throughout the day, Jews gather in office-building stairwells and conference rooms to pray, and while sometimes you might not remember your prayer book, no one goes anywhere without their BlackBerry."

The Medium - Pump Up the Volume

In the New York Times:

I’m alone on a cold October morning at Kennedy Airport. The flight will be pleasantly solitary. I anticipate my enforced freedom from conversation and the Internet with excitement bordering on euphoria. There’s a Major Tom factor to air travel now: silent go the devices as up we rise, while the taut invisible Web wires snap one by one until finally we’re floating in a placid immaculate zone where no one can Twitter or gchat or e-mail. If the airlines knew how precious that icy aloofness was to some passengers, they’d find a way to make us pay for it. The JetBlue ColdSpot.

Even so, I’m taking a Kindle with me on this flight, for the first time. Amazon first offered its Kindle, a device for reading e-books, a year ago, and I don’t know why I waited so long to buy one. I can’t seem to put it down. It’s ideal for book reading — lucid, light — but lately it has become something more: a kind of refuge. Unlike the other devices that clatter in my shoulder bag, the Kindle isn’t a big greedy magnet for the world’s signals. It doesn’t pulse with clocks, blaze with video or squall with incoming bulletins and demands. It’s almost dead, actually. Lifeless. Just a lump in my hands or my bag, exiled from the crisscrossing of infinite cybernetworks. It’s almost like a book.

Full article here.

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E-books May Get O-Factor Boost: Oprah Expected to Endorse Kindle

The talk show host who has done wonders for books sales through her book club – not to mention certain presidential candidates -- is expected to give e-books a major boost today by endorsing the Amazon Kindle on her show, reports the Financial Times.

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The future belongs to the E-book

The E-book. At the Frankfurt Book Fair, the E-word was aggressively buzzing around the stands. A handy electronic device, capable of containing thousands of digital books, the first version was produced just ten years ago, only to disappear again a few years later. However, this time around, the timing seems to be right. Is the printed book doomed, and will we in future take an E-book with us to the beach?

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Revolutionary plastic e-paper set to hit the high street

Revolutionary plastic e-paper set to hit the high street: The era of the traditional newspaper could soon be over as scientists launch production of a revolutionary electronic version - made out of plastic.
The e-reader is the brainchild of students at Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory and will be developed by manufacturing plant Plastic Logic at a factory in Germany. The invention is due to hit the high street next year.

DRM In Your Library? Consider This...

Thinking about utilizing a service in your library which uses Digital Rights Management (DRM)?

Consider the wise comic of Randall Munroe:

Work-in-progress for LISTen #43

I do caution that this likely has warts, typos, grammatical silliness, and worse. It is not a finished item and should not be treated that way. It is a work-in-progress that I am not finished revising and editing. It is planned that such be included in LISTen #43 in one form or another:

Commentary – The Strange Case of the Annoyed Librarian

For all the heat generated recently over the hosting by Library Journal of a blog by a person writing under the pen name “Annoyed Librarian”, there are disturbing things to be considered.

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