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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.

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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.

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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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Google Books now embeddable

Via Lifehacker Google Books are now embeddable on websites, just like YouTube videos! You can view an example here on Google Operating System posting.

Kindles in the classroom: World history teacher is sold on the K machine

From Teleread: I mentioned this story in an earlier post and I’m thrilled that Chris Edwards, teacher of World History at Fishers High School in Indiana, agreed to the following blog interview about his experience so far with Kindles in the classroom.
Full article here.

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Only the title of the winning candidate's wife will be published in paper

"Only the title of the winning candidate's wife will be published in paper" is a line in an article in the WSJ titled "Amazon Scores Exclusive E-Book Deal".

Amazon.com Inc. struck a deal with a midsize publisher to offer separate biographies of the two potential first ladies on an exclusive basis to users of Amazon's Kindle electronic-book reader.

The two titles, "Cindy McCain: Elegance, Good Will and Hope for a New America," by Alicia Colon, and "Michelle Obama: Grace and Intelligence in a Time of Change," by Elizabeth Lightfoot, are being published as e-books by Lyons Press, an imprint owned by Morris Communications Co.'s Globe Pequot Press publishing unit, based in Guilford, Conn.

Only the title of the winning candidate's wife will be published as a traditional, $14.95 paperback.

Full article here.

An academic library or public library that has a patron that wants to read or cite the biography of the losing candidates wife will only be able to get the book on the Kindle. This limited availability of certain texts is going to raise issues for libraries. What additional problems or issues do you foresee?

Books a weighty issue for law schools

A typical law student lugs around 28 pounds of books worth about $1,000 per semester. In creating cutting-edge future lawyers, some legal professors say, paper is a problem. Are electronic books the future? Could companies like Amazon.com and Sony have the answer to heavy book bags?

"There's a growing movement now in legal education to include serious skills training at a more intensive level than what the academy has done for a century now," Skover said. "Many of us see the print book as a major constraint on any change."
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