eBooks: The first step of a long change

Mitch Ratcliffe Says it’s clear that the eBooks market is growing. It’s also clear that there are huge hurdles to overcome before we, as readers, migrate away from paper. He shares a few ideas that he plans to test as he goes into his research process. He plans to write a long research report about eBooks, reading devices (including phones and PCs), and the ideas we need to throw out.
1.) Devices are optional.
2.) Format is the suicide king.
3.) It’s a new medium, stupid.
4.) How many ways can one copy be used?

Google Books now embeddable

Via Lifehacker Google Books are now embeddable on websites, just like YouTube videos! You can view an example here on Google Operating System posting.

Kindles in the classroom: World history teacher is sold on the K machine

From Teleread: I mentioned this story in an earlier post and I’m thrilled that Chris Edwards, teacher of World History at Fishers High School in Indiana, agreed to the following blog interview about his experience so far with Kindles in the classroom.
Full article here.

Only the title of the winning candidate's wife will be published in paper

"Only the title of the winning candidate's wife will be published in paper" is a line in an article in the WSJ titled "Amazon Scores Exclusive E-Book Deal".

Amazon.com Inc. struck a deal with a midsize publisher to offer separate biographies of the two potential first ladies on an exclusive basis to users of Amazon's Kindle electronic-book reader.

The two titles, "Cindy McCain: Elegance, Good Will and Hope for a New America," by Alicia Colon, and "Michelle Obama: Grace and Intelligence in a Time of Change," by Elizabeth Lightfoot, are being published as e-books by Lyons Press, an imprint owned by Morris Communications Co.'s Globe Pequot Press publishing unit, based in Guilford, Conn.

Only the title of the winning candidate's wife will be published as a traditional, $14.95 paperback.

Full article here.

An academic library or public library that has a patron that wants to read or cite the biography of the losing candidates wife will only be able to get the book on the Kindle. This limited availability of certain texts is going to raise issues for libraries. What additional problems or issues do you foresee?

Books a weighty issue for law schools

A typical law student lugs around 28 pounds of books worth about $1,000 per semester. In creating cutting-edge future lawyers, some legal professors say, paper is a problem. Are electronic books the future? Could companies like Amazon.com and Sony have the answer to heavy book bags?

"There's a growing movement now in legal education to include serious skills training at a more intensive level than what the academy has done for a century now," Skover said. "Many of us see the print book as a major constraint on any change."

E-books don't furnish a room

A generation of electronic book readers, new to the market, promises to 'revolutionise reading'. Katy Guest wonders why

Sooner or later, someone will launch a reader that is cute, tactile and intuitive, and which costs less than the price of 400 paper-backs. Until then, lovers of the smell of book shops can rest easy.

Penn State Libraries and English Department Partner in Exploration of Digital Readers

This fall, Penn State University Libraries and the English Department begin a year-long pilot project with student groups using the Sony Reader Digital Book, a portable electronic reading device that can hold books, audio files, and other downloaded materials. Sony donated 100 of the devices to the Libraries for the project that will test the utility of e-books in a higher education environment. The study will explore the potential of the Sony Readers in a variety of settings, including the Libraries’ leisure reading program, undergraduate and graduate classrooms, academic research projects, and as a service for people with disabilities.

E-book 'will not threaten paperback'

The traditional paper book is not in danger of being killed off by an electronic gadget, the British Library said. Sony will launch an electronic book in Waterstone's stores across the country on Thursday.

The £199 slimline Sony Reader can hold up to 160 electronic books and the capacity can be increased using memory cards. But Stephen Bury, head of European and American collections at the British Library, said the book lover and pleasure reader would not give up the traditional paper book for an electronic gadget.

Brother Industries Debuts E-paper in Academic World

Brother Industries Ltd conducted a verification test at "Pan-Pacific Imaging Conference '08 (PPIC '08)," an annual conference hosted by the Imaging Society of Japan, from June 25 to 27, 2008. The company displayed conference material data on its prototype e-paper terminals and had some conference attendees try them in the test.

Nikkei Electronics interviewed Norihisa Fujii, manager of the company's NID Research & Development Department and Takeo Terao of the Pre-Business Group in NID Research & Development Department at Brother Industries, about the outline of the verification test and the company's approach to e-paper devices. (Interviewer: Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics)

How Sony can STILL beat Amazon in the e-book battle

Commentary by David Rothman at Teleread

Has Sony forever lost the e-book battle to Amazon and the Kindle? The Irish Times certainly paints a gloomy picture. Hey, Sony, I warned you. Months and months ago I called attention to Amazon’s huge inventory of titles.

Still, I’d argue that Sony can bounce back. How?

Full commentary here.

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