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Cites & Insights 8:8 available

Cites & Insights 8:8, August 2008, is now available. The whole issue is PDF, but individual essays are available in HTML from the C&I home page or the article links below.

The 28-page issue includes:

  • ©4: Locking Down Technology - A number of skirmishes in the ongoing battle for full copyright maximalism, including strange lawsuits and even stranger threats.
  • Perspective: On Numeracy, Naivete, Google & Pew - Did your newspaper say that Pew says 21% of atheists believe in God? Read on...
  • Library Access to Scholarship - A range of interesting items, one newsworthy--and, by the way, the PALINET Leadership Network has a brand-new cluster on open access.
  • Making it Work - A slew of comments on possibility and reality--or, if you prefer, pragmatism.
  • Retrospective: Pointing with Pride, Part 4 - A few gems, including "Living with Contradictions" from way back in 2001.

Kindle 2.0

From Speak Quietly:

If your hoping for a new Kindle for Christmas, you may be in luck. There's a new rumor out that says Amazon is preparing to launch two new Kindles (one in October and one a little later in the year or possibly 2009).

The new Kindle will alledgedly be smaller, cheaper, and prettier then the first generation one. Insiders say they are trying to target a younger audience.

Fujitsu to commercialize e-reader with color e-paper in the fall

Fujitsu Frontech, Tokyo-based subsidiary of the Fujitsu group, plans to sell its FLEPia, an e-reader using color e-paper, to mass consumers this fall. The exact launch date is yet unknown.

According to Japan’s leading business newspaper Nikkei [registration required], Fujitsu will initially offer the A4 version only (210×304×12mm). They didn’t say if the A5 device will follow.

Could Google Monopolize Human Knowledge?

Could Google Monopolize Human Knowledge? As Microsoft Backs Away From Digitizing Old Texts, Some Worry One Source Could Privatize It All: "It's not the end," he says, but he concedes that now would be a great time for the next Andrew Carnegie -- the 19th-century industrialist turned library-building philanthropist -- to step forward and leave his or her own legacy by financing an open, nonprofit, worldwide digital library.

"The best works of humankind are not on the Net yet," he says.

Living in the future with the book of books

Wayne MacPhail Takes A Look At his new Sony eBook Reader... "And, I have to say, holding a little silver book that contains a shelf full of fiction and research, it does feel like I'm living in the future. The fact that that future is 100 per cent DRM-free makes it taste pretty sweet. "

Electronic Papyrus: The Digital Book, Unfurled

Put a bigger screen on a cellphone or an e-reader, and soon it outgrows pocket size. Now a hallmark feature of these screens — their rigidity — is changing. New technologies are developing that make displays flexible, foldable or even as rollable as papyrus, so that large screens can be unfurled from small containers.

O’Rourke of the Flexible Display Center likes the look of the new generation of supple screens, but he also likes their toughness. “Some of them we’ve beaten with hammers, and they still run,” he said. “No one could do that with a BlackBerry.”

Dual-display e-book reader lets you flip pages naturally

E-book readers like the Kindle may be getting better, but still fall short of the usability of paper books. You can't turn or flip through pages, or compare different documents as you would with paper. A new prototype with two displays can do all that - as the video here shows.

The two leaves can be opened and closed to simulate turning pages, or even separated to pass round or compare documents. When the two leaves are folded back, the device shows one display on each side. Simply turning it over reveals a new page.

Reading the Kindle with Your Morning Coffee

Over At Business Week they say Print devotees will likely find Amazon's newfangled e-reader an imperfect substitute for the old-fashioned newspaper—even if it saves trees...

Electronic books with musty book smell launched

An electronic textbook Web site is launching a smelly e-book after finding college students like to be able to smell their books.

A survey of 600 college students conducted by pollster Zogby International found that 43 percent of students identified smell, either a new or old smell, as the quality they most liked about books as physical objects.

Text treasure hunters hope to save books from extinction

The Edmonton Sun takes a look at Greg Newby, Mark Akrigg and a worldwide society of text treasure hunters, led by Michael Hart, couldn't live with themselves if that happened. But their work of helping to save important and orphaned public domain titles — a life's chore in the case of Hart — could speak volumes about not only our past, but how we may digest the words of the future.

Think of Newby, Akrigg and Hart as a breed of literary Indiana Jones — searching along forgotten bookshelves, instead of dark, damp tombs. The thinking man's library raiders — with computers instead of wooden crates to store their prized finds.

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