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Sony opens up e-book Reader to other booksellers

With the market for electronic books still relatively sleepy, Sony Corp. is trying a new tack: untethering the latest model of its e-book reading device from its own online bookstore.

On Thursday, Sony will provide a software update to the Reader, a thin slab with a 6-inch screen, so the device can display books encoded in a format being adopted by several large publishers. That means Reader owners will be able to buy electronic books from stores other than Sony's.

E-books spell the end for publishers

A rise in the popularity of electronic books will spell the end for publishers, according to Toby Young, author of the bestselling How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

Young claimed that the change will come about because the electronic format allows established authors to publish the books themselves.

Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship

You need special access to read Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship, but the intro looks good:

Online journals promise to serve more information to more dispersed audiences and are more efficiently searched and recalled. But because they are used differently than print—scientists and scholars tend to search electronically and follow hyperlinks rather than browse or peruse—electronically available journals may portend an ironic change for science. Using a database of 34 million articles, their citations (1945 to 2005), and online availability (1998 to 2005), I show that as more journal issues came online, the articles referenced tended to be more recent, fewer journals and articles were cited, and more of those citations were to fewer journals and articles. The forced browsing of print archives may have stretched scientists and scholars to anchor findings deeply into past and present scholarship. Searching online is more efficient and following hyperlinks quickly puts researchers in touch with prevailing opinion, but this may accelerate consensus and narrow the range of findings and ideas built upon.

Why the iPhone is the best and worst e-book reader ever

Seeing the eReader program icon on the iPhone's screen literally brought tears to Joe Hutsko's eyes. Having spent the last decade reading scores of e-books from backlit cover to cover on Palm, Windows Mobile, Nokia and BlackBerry devices, he thought the arrival of eReader to the iPhone was a dream come true ...

Road warriors: Take your library with you

E-book readers allow you to take hundreds of books and documents along with you in a device that’s not much bigger than your smartphone. Michael Kassner looks at the technology behind these products and offers his opinion about two e-book readers using a road warrior’s perspective.

A digital Albom through Kindle

Porco reiterated Amazon.com's claim — a surprise to some publishers — that Kindle downloads from early June through early July made up 12 percent of total sales for the more than 100,000 books available both through the e-book reader and in traditional form. In early June, at the annual booksellers convention, Amazon.com head Jeff Bezos said Kindle sales were 6 percent of the market for books in both formats.

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:

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Kindle 2.0

From <a href="http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2008/07/want-amazon-20-for-christmas.html">Speak Quietly</a>: If your hoping for a new Kindle for Christmas, you may be in luck. There's a<a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/07/15/kindle-20-coming-around-october-2008/"> new rumor out that</a> 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.

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.


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