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  • Will Your Books and Music Die With You?
    By on August 25, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    theodp writes “Many of us will accumulate vast libraries of digital books and music over the course of our lifetimes, reports the WSJ, but when we die, our collections of words and music may expire with us. ‘I find it hard to imagine a situation where a family would be OK with losing a collection of 10,000 books and songs,’ says author Evan Carroll of the problems created for one’s heirs with digital content, which doesn’t convey the same (more…)

  • Spanish Judges Liken File Sharing To Lending Books
    By on June 8, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Dan Fuhry writes “A three-judge panel in the Provincial Court of Madrid has closed a case that has been running since 2005, ruling that the accused are not guilty of any copyright infringement on the grounds that their BitTorrent tracker did not distribute any copyrighted material, and they did not generate any profit from their site: ‘[t]he judges noted that all this takes places between many users all at once without any of them receiving any financial (more…)

  • Apple Tablet Will Restore Comic Books To Former Glory
    By on October 27, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    “What is it in France they say? ‘America contributed three things to culture: jazz, musical comedy and comic books.'” You can already buy two on iTunes. And if things pan out, you’ll be get the third on the Apple tablet.


  • Internet Archive Puts 1.6M E-Books On OLPC Laptops
    By on October 24, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    waderoush writes “Brewster Kahle of the San Francisco-based Internet Archive announced today that all 1.6 million books scanned and digitized by the Archive will be available for reading on XO laptops built by the Cambridge, MA-based One Laptop Per Child Foundation. The announcement came during a session on electronic books and electronic publishing at the Boston Book Festival. Kahle said the Archive has been collaborating with OLPC for a year to (more…)

  • New Bill Proposes Open Source Requirement for Publicly Funded Books
    By on October 1, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    fsufitch writes “On September 30th, the ‘Open College Textbook Act of 2009′ was introduced to the Senate and referred to committee. The bill proposes that all educational materials published or produced using federal funds need to be published under open licenses. The reasoning behind it takes into account the changing way information is distributed because of the Internet, the high price of college and textbooks, and the dangerously low college graduation (more…)

  • Google Offering Print Versions of Online Books
    By on September 17, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    carluva writes “Google is teaming up with On Demand Books to offer paperback versions of its collection of over 2 million public domain books. The books will be able to be printed using ODB’s Espresso Book Machine, which is already in use at several book stores and libraries and can print and bind a complete, paperback copy of a 300-page book in less than 5 minutes. Google and ODB each get $1 in royalties per book sold (Google has pledged to donate (more…)

  • Google Books As “Train Wreck” For Scholars
    By on September 7, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Following up on our earlier discussion, here’s more detail on Geoffrey Nunberg’s argument that Google Books could prove detrimental to academics and other scholars. Recently Nunberg gave a talk at a conference claiming that the metadata in Google Books is riddled with errors and is classified in a scheme unfit for scholarly use. This blog post was fleshed out somewhat a few days later in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Quoting from the latter: (more…)

  • Google Books settlement ‘unprecedented’ copyright hack
    By on September 3, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Perhaps the most strident criticism from a competitor of Google’s digital book settlement with publishers and authors was released Wednesday by Amazon.


  • Classic Books of Science?
    By on May 4, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    half_cocked_jack writes “What are the classic books of science from throughout history? I’m currently reading On the Origin of Species on my Kindle 2, and it’s sparked an interest in digging up some of the classic books of science. I’m looking for books from the ancient and medieval worlds and books from the golden ages of scientific discovery. Books like: Galileo’s The Starry Messenger; Newton’s Principia; Copernicus’s On The Revolutions of the Heavenly (more…)

  • Ancient Books Go Online
    By on April 21, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    jd writes “The BBC is reporting that the United Nations’ World Digital Library has gone online with an initial offering of 1,200 ancient manuscripts, parchments and documents. To no great surprise, Europe comes in first with 380 items. South America comes in second with 320, with a very distant third place being given to the Middle East at a paltry 157 texts. This is only the initial round, so the leader board can be expected to change. There are, (more…)