Google Books + Sony eReader = Other Shoe Dropping

Just caught sight of this little announcement, tip o’ the virtual hat to my favo(u)rite snarky tech site, The Register:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/19/google_and_sony_ebooks/

I haven’t invested in the Kindle (at least not for myself), so to me this news is All Good. More digital book access will mean more digital books, which will mean more information accessible to more people.

If Sony and Google figure out how to make this work for libraries, even better … my understanding is that Kindle doesn’t quite have that sussed.

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March 20, 2009 at 9:12 PM Leave a comment

Look Out, LibraryThing!

From the Old News Dept.: Shelfari announced on August 28th (yeah, this sat in my Drafts that long — want to make something of it?) that they’ve been acquired by Amazon.com — great news for the virtual library lover in all of us, probably boot-quaking stuff for LibraryThing. (And GoodReads is probably just salivating with acquisition-envy.) All this activity in the vLibrary realm is welcome, because it brings ever closer the day when you will be able to go to your virtual library shelf, pluck a virtual volume from it, and start reading.

January 6, 2009 at 3:24 PM Leave a comment

Instructional Technologist, “In Quotes”

In today’s New York Times roundup of buzzwords for 2008, the word “Edupunk” (attributed to “Edupunk Poster Boy” Jim Groom) was included, with the following definition:

A style of hands-on self-education that benefits the student without concern for curriculums or the interests of schools, corporations or governments. In other words, an autodidactic approach that spurns commercialism, mass-market approaches and top-down goal-setting. Coined by Jim Groom, an “instructional technologist” at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

I’m not sure why, but putting the phrase “instructional technologist” in quotes struck me as somewhat disparaging. Maybe, as a budding instructional technologist, I’m just overreacting. Maybe the author of this piece was just unfamiliar with the term and expected his audience would be too. In any case, I thought it worth reproducing, so that we can all have a good laugh at the NYT in a few years when everyone (even writers at the New York Times) know what Instructional Technology is and does in higher education.

December 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM 1 comment

O’Reilly TOC

TOC = Tools of Change, don’tcha know. I knew O’Reilly blogged about tech (naturally) but I didn’t know they blogged about publishing (which is, well, just as natural a concern for a publisher). Lots of ebook stuff, POD, etc. here. Read on!

http://toc.oreilly.com/

December 16, 2008 at 12:54 AM Leave a comment

Google’s Editable Search Results

Well, Google, there you go again, doing something so innovative that the rest of the search world just has to scratch its collective head and wonder how you do it.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081120-roll-your-own-search-results-with-googles-new-searchwiki.html

This time, Google is enabling those with Google accounts to customize their search results … a boon to researchers, especially librarians, who want to shape their searches into a higher quality experience.

November 21, 2008 at 1:22 AM Leave a comment

Distributed Proofreading for eBooks

Want to get involved with the eBook movement? Project Gutenberg has a website called Distributed Proofreading that lets everyone edit OCR’d pages, one at a time, as a cooperative project. Link in, sign up, do some proofreading (if you have time) and let me know how you like the experience!

http://www.pgdp.net/c/default.php

October 28, 2008 at 1:44 AM Leave a comment

I am Ninging, Hear Me … Um … Ning?

My Ning Library 2.0 Page

Oh yeah, and now I also tweet. G-d help us all.

September 21, 2008 at 10:32 PM Leave a comment

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