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Scanning Project Digitizes 25,000 US Library of Congress Books

The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, with tens of millions of items that attract scholars from all over the world to do research. But soon, those scholars may not have to travel far to do their research. Some of the library's treasures are starting to appear online.

Like many other great research libraries, the Library of Congress has been moving into the digital world.

Battle Brewing Over Electronic Books

As Amazon unveils its updated reader, some booksellers are saying A.B.K. — anything but Kindle.

Story on NPR: All Things Considered

The Greenest Library, In Your Hands

I am predisposed to dislike the Kindle because I love books.

.........Yesterday, though, I started thinking seriously about the environmental comparison between print and technology and was struck by the potential advantage of well-wrought and properly made digital readers.

.........Even before it hits the storage shelf, each book has a long history of pollution. Last March, the Green Press Initiative investigated the environmental ramifications of the publishing industry, and their findings were daunting.

Full piece at the Huffington Post

Library Typos web page relocated

The web page "Typographical Errors in Library Databases" is leaving its home at Quinnipiac University. This is a result of the relocation of longtime Quinnipiac automation librarian Terry Ballard to a position as Assistant Director of Technical Services for Library Systems at the New York Law School's Mendik Library. The permanent home for the typographical errors page is now http://www.terryballard.org/typos/typoscomplete.html .

The Wovel

The way we read is changing. This short article introduces the Wovel -- a Web novel. The founder of a small press that publishes wovels says, "There's an installment every Monday. At the end of every installment, there's a binary plot branch point with a vote button at the end." Voting is open from Monday to Thursday, the author writes the chapter from Thursday to Sunday, and publisher posts the installment on Sunday night. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98503490&ps=cprs&sc=emaf

Turning Page, E-Books Start to Take Hold

In the Technology section of the New York Times there is this article:

Could book lovers finally be willing to switch from paper to pixels?

For a decade, consumers mostly ignored electronic book devices, which were often hard to use and offered few popular items to read. But this year, in part because of the popularity of Amazon.com’s wireless Kindle device, the e-book has started to take hold.

The $359 Kindle, which is slim, white and about the size of a trade paperback, was introduced a year ago. Although Amazon will not disclose sales figures, the Kindle has at least lived up to its name by creating broad interest in electronic books. Now it is out of stock and unavailable until February. Analysts credit Oprah Winfrey, who praised the Kindle on her show in October, and blame Amazon for poor holiday planning.

Full article here.

E-books catch on with children

After he's finished his homework and his chores for the day, 8-year-old Skye Vaughn-Perling likes to read Dr. Seuss. He's a particular fan of the hijinks that ensue when the elephant Horton hears strange voices emanating from a dust speck in "Horton Hears a Who."

He doesn't read from a dog-eared copy of the children's classic, though. Skye, who lives in Agoura Hills, often reads on his computer, pressing the arrow button when he wants to turn a page. Sometimes the characters move around on the screen like animated cartoons on TV. If he wants, Skye can have the computer read a book to him while he's curled up in bed.

Full article here.

E-books other then the Kindle

NPR has a story called No Happy Holidays For Publishing

There was this public comment with the story:

I find it interesting that every time someone in the media discusses e-books they only look to the specialized devices like the Kindle. I have been reading e-books for over 10 years, first on a Palm device and now on my iPhone. I find it very convenient, and in addition to carrying a number of books with me I also have the web, my music, maps, and a number of other useful applications.

I understand it is harder to track now many iPhone (or similar device) users take advantage of e-books, but you should at least acknowledge that there are those of us that do leverage this technology and love it.

App Developer Strikes E-Book Deals With Major Publishers

ScrollMotion, a New York mobile app developer, has concluded deals with a number of major publishing houses, and is in talks with several others, to produce newly released and best-selling e-books as applications for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Publishers now on board include Houghton Mifflin, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Hachette and Penguin Group USA.
Having these big names is a big step forward for iTunes itself in becoming an e-book shop and the iPhone in becoming a legitimate e-book reader and competitor to products like the Kindle and the Sony E-Reader.

The first official books will begin to roll out Monday and include titles such as Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight," Philip Pullman's "The Golden Compass" and a number of others by Christopher Paolini, Brad Meltzer and Scott Westerfeld.

Full article here

Clueless book publishers miss huge opportunity

Facing a downturn in book buying, and competition from online e-books, publishers are increasingly turning to cell phones. No, they're not publishing new books on phones, as they obviously should. They're trying to market paper books via cell phones.

Full article here.


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