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A computer administrator offers “A few thoughts on the Google Book Library project” in the latest isue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly
He writes, “Pause to imagine the absence of Google’s initiative, and it immediately becomes apparent that books and other printed material would quickly reach obsolescence if not easily accessible through digital technology. . . . Search engines are the new subject indexes to virtually infinite amounts of information on the Internet.”
Au contraire. Search engines are not “subject indexes” but only keyword indexes. And the difference between the two concepts is enormous.
Spotted this one on Engadget I think: "As high density living puts a strain on private space, storage space tends to suffer the most. One of the items people find hard to let go of are books. To those who own a lot of books, books are much more than what meets the eye. Collections of books tend to be ones’ pride and memory on certain moments in life. When taking a dusty book of the shelf one may remember the state of mind on the first read years ago... LIVRE is a new age book, a product that addresses all of these aspects of book reading!"
You may have heard about Google's initiative to scan lots of university book collections and make them available through the Google Books service. Less well-known is an initiative by the Open Content Alliance (OCA) to also scan books, but to make them available to any search engine. The Triangle Research Libraries Network recently announced that they -- that is to say the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and UNC -- will be joining the OCA initiative and making public domain books from university libraries available online.
Thanks to lifehacker Mark discovered that Read an Ebook Week is in early March. The Epublishers Weekly blog has a post which covers “30 Benefits of Ebooks,” which while containing some bits of truth, if you will, is mostly INHHO [In His Humble Opinion] made of up bad logic and spurious reasoning. Off The Mark has some good comments on a few of them.
Computer World Wonders E-readers offer heaper documents, faster updates -- so where are they? They say those few enterprises that have tried e-readers express enthusiasm. After all, e-readers can lower costs and provide previously unthinkable benefits such as putting easily updatable shelves of technical manuals in the hands of field workers.
"It's a win for us in terms of convenience, speed, saving paper and [lowering] mailing costs," said Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for publisher Simon & Schuster Inc., which not only sells e-books but also uses e-readers internally.
Another day, Another Prediction the electronic book may finally have arrived. This time from Australia
Two of the biggest publishers in Britain, Random House and Hachette, are ready to offer downloadable titles by some of their top writers, including Ian McEwen and Delia Smith.
Australian publishers are bracing for the generational shift in how we read our books. Generation Y is already screen-literate and ready to make the jump, but for many older readers it is still a leap too far.
Ben Macintyre Says the printed book is the same object, in essence, that it always was. Music, film and television have all transferred rapidly to digital format; reading in short form - blogs, journalism, e-mail - has thrived on the web since its inception. But long-form literature has proved stubbornly resistant.
A reader who falls in love with a book, even if first read in electronic form, will still want to own it. Books do more than furnish a room: they are our intellectual companions.
Not that publishers seem worried. "I'm not going to lose sleep over the BookSnap," said Patricia S. Schroeder, the former congresswoman who is chief executive of the Association of American Publishers. "We've been ready to sell e-books for 10 years," she said. "Everybody still likes physical books." When it comes to potential infringement, she's more worried about abuse of print-on-demand machines that can quickly turn a digital file into a printed book for less than $10.
Could the publishing industry get Napsterized? That was my first thought when I saw the marketing materials for the Atiz BookSnap, the first consumer device that enables you to 'release the content' of your books by transforming the printed words on the page into digital files that can be read on computers and handheld e-readers. Steven Levy from Newsweek discusses the prospects and implications of a new book scanning device for the retail market.