Ebooks Hardware

Ebooks for All Building digital libraries in Ghana with Worldreader

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/30/2015 - 07:59

Of course, Kindles and Christianity are different beasts. But the fundamental posturing can feel eerily close. Those of us who work in technology tend to take religious-like stances over its ability to change the world, always for the better.

From Ebooks for All — Craig Mod

On The Dark Matter Of The Publishing Industry

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:39

The problem with their legacy universe is that you just can’t *control* digital things the way you can paper things, and that’s the real reason the traditional publishing industry is cutting off its nose to spite its face when it comes to ebooks. It’s precisely what DRM represents: an absurd and pathetic attempt to recreate in the digital realm a command-and-control system that profits off the characteristics of *paper.*

Oyster to Exit E-Book Subscription Business

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 22:52

It’s not so easy to offer a Netflix-like experience.

The Oyster e-book subscription service that launched with much fanfare in 2013 has posted a note on its blog stating it will be exiting that business over the next few months and offering refunds to subscribers who request them. The service provides access to more than 1 million e-books on an all-you-can read basis for $9.95 a month.


E-Readers Foil Good Night’s Sleep

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 09/19/2015 - 10:19

Use of a light-emitting electronic book (LE-eBook) in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness and the circadian clock, which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to Harvard Medical School researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. These findings of the study that compared the biological effects of reading an LE-eBook to a printed book are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on December 22, 2014.

Five decades of Met Publications on art history available online

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:23

“The full contents of almost all other book titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF.”
Teacher alert: Select Educator Publication to see all the Resource for Educator titles.

The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 19:19

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, announced Wednesday that it will be doing something that's a little bit retro: selling e-books the old-fashioned way, just one at a time.

Since its launch in 2013, Oyster has founded its brand — and earned the auspicious nickname "Netflix of books" — on a monthly payment model not unlike an all-you-can-eat buffet. Now, if readers would like to order just one of those dishes, so to speak, they can. Oyster has expanded its service to include an e-bookstore, which can also be accessed by those without a subscription.

Paper Books Will Never Die

Submitted by Pete on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:01

This blog post on Gizmodo makes the case for paper bound books.

"So how can I be confident that paper books are going to be with us for a long time to come? First of all, because they're lovely and I refuse to believe they'll ever disappear. But also because paper books are still a fantastic and irreplaceable piece of technology.