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E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 09:16
The truth is that e-ink books are great for certain things. E-readers are perfect for taking fiction on holiday with you: You can carry a library’s worth of books on a device that has weeks of battery life. And, as a bonus, nobody can see that you’re reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Perfect. The technology built into the e-readers is maturing rapidly. Highlighting, bookmarking and dealing with footnotes, end notes and cross-referencing is all standard. The biggest change from five years ago is that I can now see myself reading academic works on e-readers without major problems.
From E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto | TechCrunch

Faber boss says future of book publishing is mobile

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 17:16

The chief executive of publisher Faber & Faber has challenged the book publishing industry to respond to the rapid increase in smartphone use, particularly by young readers.

“Perhaps in the 21st century the zero-law of publishing will be understand mobile. Because without expert understanding of it, we may not be able to create the new audiences,” said Stephen Page, speaking at the FutureBook publishing industry conference in London.

New Study Finds Low Levels of Digital Library Borrowing

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 08:22

The newest industry report from BISG, “Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think?,” found that even though over half of library patrons surveyed are aware that their local libraries carry e-books and digital audiobooks, relatively few had borrowed them in the previous year. Only 25% of patrons reported that they had borrowed an e-book within the past year, and even fewer (9%) said they had checked out a digital audiobook.

How I’m exporting my highlights from the grasps of iBooks and Kindle

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:09

So after stewing in frustration for quite awhile about the current state of digital reading platforms, I decided to do what any sane programmer would do: Devise an overly complex solution on AWS for a seemingly simple problem (that two companies with a combined market cap of close to a trillion fucking dollars can’t be bothered to solve).
The ultimate product was highlights.sawyerhollenshead.com.

The Case for Free Online Books (FOBs): Experiences

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 07:07

Abstract: This article is a short (well, not that short) summary of our experiences in writing a free online text book known as Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces (OSTEP for short, and sometimes pronounced "oh step"). It has been developed by myself (Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau) and my wife (Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau) over the past many years while teaching CS 537, the undergraduate Operating Systems course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Aren’t libraries already doing that?

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:00
Kids have access to thousands of free books and ebooks from their public libraries right now in the United States. Think of what we could do if we worked together to invest in ebooks and our existing infrastructure instead of building yet another app and hoping that this time the things we promised would come true.
From Aren’t libraries already doing that? — The Message — Medium

Darwin's Entire Library Aboard The HMS Beagle Is Now Available Online

Submitted by Pete on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:30

This from the usually forward looking site io9, "A historian has reconstructed the lost library of books that accompanied Charles Darwin during his five-year scientific voyage across the world, allowing the public to read the more than 400 volumes that served as reference and inspiration for the young naturalist whose theories would revolutionize biology.

Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:35

A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement.

Upstate NY Man Digitizes 22 Million Newspaper Pages

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 10:02

I thought you might be interested in this new video and article for Reason.com on Tom Tryniski, who has digitized 22 million old newspaper pages and is getting 6 million views per month on his website (beating the Library of Congress 2 to 1).

http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/03/05/amateur-beats-gov-at-digitizing-n…