Submitted by Tom Peters on November 18, 2005 - 11:31am
Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported that Google and an unnamed publisher were having discussions about leasing access to e-books. The general idea is that users would pay approximately ten percent of the list price for the printed book to be able to read the e-book for one week. In other words, they're talking about a pay-per-circ digital lending library.
When it comes to new (and recycled) schemes for pricing e-books, November has been a "Katy-bar-the-door" month. Amazon and Random House announced separate plans to sell e-books in less-than-complete chunks, such as chapters. If we manage to get through the remainder of the month without any more turkey announcements like this, we'll have another cause for thanksgiving. Read More »
Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 17, 2005 - 7:29am
Submitted by Jenny Levine on November 13, 2005 - 8:32pm
I realized that last month I promised to write about how many of the pieces of the social software movement came together this year, so here are some thoughts to help you survey the landscape. Read More »
Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 11, 2005 - 7:30pm
The other day, while walking out at the end of a break-out
session of the Chicago Public Libraryâ€™s Scholars in Residence Conference at the Harold Washington Library Center, I mentioned to my colleague, Laura Pelehach
(acquisitions editor from ALA Editions), that I wanted to meet him (finally,
after seeing him speak on a few occasions) face to face at the reception at the
end of day. A conference attendee, walking out just behind us, chimed in, â€œWhen
you do, ask him if he will be the king of the world."
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Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 8, 2005 - 5:36pm
Publish, published by Ziff Davis Media, Inc., featured a nifty article by Jason Boog last week, "Library 2.0 Movement Sees Benefits in Collaboration with Patrons," which features interviews with Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt, and Jessamyn West.
According to Boog, "These innovative librarians realize that some Web 2.0 technologies, such as blogs, wikis, and online databases like Google Print, are already competing for the attentions of library patrons...The librarians aim to build a participatory network of libraries using Web resources like blogs, wiki tools, and tags."
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Submitted by Tom Peters on November 2, 2005 - 12:38pm
Lots of folks are sour on snippets. Google has made lemonade out of the old word "snippet" by using it to describe what will be presented to users when they perform a full-text search in the Google Print Library and retrieve hits for the search term in a work still protected by copyright. Here is Google's brief (and a little vague) description of how this works on the "common questions" page about the Google Print Library Project (http://print.google.com/googleprint/common.html): "For library books still in copyright, you'll be able to find the book in your search result, but we will only display bibliographic information and a few short snippets of the book." Read More »
Submitted by Jenny Levine on October 31, 2005 - 11:28pm
I was thrilled to read Michael's mini-interview with Will Richardson, because I, too, was blown away by Will's keynote at the Internet Librarian conference. Pretty much every part of his talk resonated with me in some way (especially since we have two middle school children at home), but the part that really hit me hard was when Will discussed "negotiated meaning." He defined it as teaching kids how to negotiate what is true, especially since you can no longer just hand them a textbook or The New York Times and tell them they're "right." Read More »