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.


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.


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?


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.

E-books put to the test

Over on the BBC Working lunch's Simon Gompertz has visited the British Library and asked Librarians to give their opinions on electronic readers which have been designed to replace paper books.


Second Generation Kindle?

Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.TV highlighted the leak of possible photos of a new Kindle model. Cali's source has more.

E-paper tablet race heats up

E-paper tablet race heats up: Two startups are claiming the world's first letter-sized electronic paper tablet.

IRex Technologies BV (Eindhoven, Netherlands), a spinoff of Philips Electronics N.V., and Plastic Logic Inc. (Mountain View, Calif), a spinoff of the Cavendish Laboratory at University of Cambridge, U.K.

Both the iRex 1000 and the Plastic Logic Reader have outer dimensions approximating the size of an 8.5- by 11-inch tablet. Both use reflective, high-contrast gray-scale electrophoretic material from E-Ink Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.). The iRex 1000 is available now. Plastic Logic's Reader won't be available until 2009, but the company claims its tablet is slightly larger.


eBooks: The first step of a long change

Mitch Ratcliffe Says it’s clear that the eBooks market is growing. It’s also clear that there are huge hurdles to overcome before we, as readers, migrate away from paper. He shares a few ideas that he plans to test as he goes into his research process. He plans to write a long research report about eBooks, reading devices (including phones and PCs), and the ideas we need to throw out.
1.) Devices are optional.
2.) Format is the suicide king.
3.) It’s a new medium, stupid.
4.) How many ways can one copy be used?



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