Twice today I received news about crowd sourcing opportunities for two different dictionaries. This one is a contest, with a $2,000 prize. Hopefully it’s just as easy-peasy as the OED project. From the press release:
COPIA OFFERS FIRST EVER INSIDE-THE-EBOOK CONTEST
NEW YORK, September 24—Copia, the unique social eReading platform and web site, today announced the $2,000 Devil’s Dictionary Contest, in which entrants add humorous definitions to the margins of the free Copia edition of the classic book by Ambrose Bierce. The contest, which will be judged by Time humorist and bestselling author Joel Stein, marks the first time note sharing in the margins of a book has been used as the forum for a contest. Continue reading
Enhanced eBooks are the future and Copia demonstrates this with their new annotated version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It’s a free download for the Copia desktop reader.
According to Seth Kaufman, VP of Marketing and Merchandising, “the Copia version offers a glimpse into the future of what an interactive eBook can be, of how educators can teach inside a book, of the possibilities for distance learning.” This new edition features 140 annotations from Professor Susan Fraiman of the University of Virginia. Kaufman also said of the annotated version, “It is also a way to demonstrate how authors and publishers can make old content new again. While it took Fraiman a while to write her commentary, adding the 140 annotations into the eBook took only a few hours, because Copia’s eReader is also a publishing tool that allows anyone to add content.”
Great post in the Idea Logical Blog about 3 new eBook platforms – Google Editions, blio, and Copia. The author, Mike Shatzkin, discusses each of the readers angles, pricing, content, and challenges. Shatzkin’s final take, “So I think we can expect a multi-player ebook market, with some incompatible formats and a lot of incompatible DRM for some years to come. And the players currently in the game can expect their sales to go up but their market share to go down when the three new entrants join the fray this fall. That much seems certain, but very little else does.”
hat tip to @buffyjhamilton for the tweet