A trio of students from the Miami Ad School—Max Pilwat, Keri Tan and Ferdi Rodriguez—have came up with an innovative concept that allows people to read the first ten pages of popular books while riding the subway.
Using near field communications (NFC) technology, commuters select the desired book from a list of popular titles and read its first ten pages—upon finishing, the reader will be informed of the closest library location from which they can pick up and read the rest of the book.
This is a simple but ingenious idea that can be adopted and adapted to encourage reading in the 21st century, when new technology is changing the way we consume books.
This will be my second favorite thing today.
Librarians : Have you joined this yet??? It’s such a great idea and opportunity to provide our patrons with greater access to digital materials.
I recently made my ebooks available to customers in multiple PDF versions optimized for different uses: small screens, large screens, Kindles and other e-ink readers, and printing. Customers can choose the best PDF for their needs. This is basically unheard of in publishing. I’ve actually never seen it done (never mind for books that are frequently updated). Read about how and why I did it.
Although superficially just a product announcement, as usual it was really just an excuse to blog about geeky publishing tech…
Interesting discussion of how medium affects the readability of PDFs.
Penguin has become the latest book publisher to settle federal charges of e-book price-fixing, leaving only Apple and Macmillan to fight the Justice Department allegations.
In an antitrust lawsuit filed in April, federal prosecutors accused Apple and five book publishers of conspiring to artificially hike prices. The same day, the Justice Department announced it had reached settlements with three publishers but said Apple and the other two publishers had opted to fight the charges. Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group, News Corp.’s HarperCollins Publishers, and Simon & Schuster (owned by CBS, which publishes CNET) agreed to settle.
Penguin added its name to that group, the Justice Department announced today. As with the settlement to which the other settling publishers agreed, Penguin has agreed to terminate its existing contracts with Apple and not enter into new agreements for two years that would prevent retailers from offering discounted Penguin e-books, the Justice Department said.
» via CNET
Oooh, stay tuned:
OwnShelf is a cloud based solution to save and share ebook files across devices. Friends can browse each other’s shelves, and borrow one another’s books. Just like the bookshelf in your home, it is a way to show off and share your taste in books online. It is a friend to friend way to discover and read great books.
We are still in development and will have a Beta test soon. Talk to Rick about helping to test, or for any other reason via rick AT ownshelf dot.com
But I do wonder how this can happen without ruffling all the same feathers currently being ruffled between libraries and publishers?
Circulating e-books will be a key part of the library’s mission. And it’s not just about Kindles and Nooks, because those devices are ephemeral. It is the digital file that is important. What we do not want is a situation where publishers regard the library as the place for people who wouldn’t be buying e-books anyway. Some people already are asking why they need the library, because they have their Kindles. And the answer is that the library is about more than just getting information. The danger here is that the library becomes the poor folks library, because the middle class can just pay for all the materials they want on, for example, their Kindles. If that happens, then you have the ins and the outs. You create two classes for information access. And that breaks apart the community.
Terry Plum, assistant dean of technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library Science
Ever since the Great E-Book Debate started, I’ve been calling this a class issue as much as an accessibility issue.
I have a problem with the idea that licensing trumps everything, including copyright. I have even more problems with the idea that withholding digital access could further the already gaping class divide.
Suddenly, we have the people who can afford to buy information and the people who can’t. Right now, that information is in the form of popular fiction, but how far does the rabbit hole go?
Super interesting conversation about e-books!
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