Article in the NYTimes today about Amazon purchasing the start up company, Touchco, based in NY. Touchco’s touch screen technology is cheaper than the iPad/iPhone technology and is said to recognize an unlimited number of simultaneous touch points. Looks like Amazon is drawing the big guns. Rumor has it they have finally open up the Kindle to development for applications – about time. I’m thrilled with all of these new devices and technologies. First generation readers just didn’t do anything for my taste, so I’m very excited to see how the device of the future unfolds.
Interesting article in the NYT today about Barnes & Noble’s textbook rental program. According to the article, textbooks can be rented from college bookstores for about 42% of the retail price. B & N piloted the program last year in a few schools, it has now been expanded to 25 campuses. Renting textbooks isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s picked up in popularity due to federal grants for bookstores to start rental programs (to combat the high cost of textbooks). Cengage and Chegg.com are also options. Are you allowed to highlight and write in the rented books I wonder? If this takes off, how might this impact the regularity of new editions? Unfortunately, it only offers an option to students, renting. It doesn’t get to the heart of the matter, which is the high cost of the book.
Here in Ohio we experimented with leasing e-textbooks from CourseSmart. It didn’t work out so well because the program has been canceled. Students just aren’t ready to embrace the e-textbook, they want “a real book.”
Here’s one in the NYT – Cell Phone Apps Challenge the Rise of eReaders
Samuelson Says She Has Same Pricing, Privacy Concerns About Google Settlement – 11/18/2009 – Library Journal
Institutional Subscriptions to Google Books with Advertising? Google Won’t Rule It Out – 10/12/2009 – Library Journal
Interesting article in today’s NYT about public libraries, eBooks, and digital lending. Neat and nifty tools for users to easily download and read books without visiting the library, fears of publishers losing money and therefore not selling their ebooks to libraries, and eBook readers and the lack of content to download to certain ones are the main topics. Good read.
Articles from the past week include:
Three kinds of e-book illegals: Felix Torres tutorial for NYT columnist Randall Stross and publishers
Just in case you didn’t have the change to read Sergey Brin’s op-ed piece in the NYT, supporting the Google Book settlement, here’s a link. The best part of the piece though, is the ever growing collection of comments. Those are priceless, “Mr. Google.”
Rumor has it the B & N eBook reader will launch on October 20th and come with wi-fi access and the ability to lend books. See the NYT article from Oct. 9th.
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