Print Thinking

bq.I have had enough experience with library studies to know that librarians are prone to only think in print terms. – “Kenneth Hambrick(Downtown library not a good idea)”:http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/contra_costa_county/cities_neighborhoods/walnut_creek/12186002.htm And I have had enough experience with self-styled library prognosticators to know that anyone who advocates libraries without print doesn’t know as much about libraries as they think they do.

Enhanced Podcasts

Phillip Torrone of Make Magazine has outlined a method for constructing “Enhanced Podcasts(HOW TO make Enhanced Podcasts)”:http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2005/07/how_to_make_enh.html. The good thing is these look like a wonderful educational application. The bad thing is that they are extremely platform-limited at the moment. This is just a guess but I would be willing to bet if manufacturers were able to spend more time on enhancing the experience of the consumer and less time trying to think of new methods of DRM, we would all be better off in ways we haven’t even thought of yet.

DRM, Audible and Dave Winer

First he ceased to be a customer.
bq.I cancelled my Audible subscription this morning. I hadn’t used it in a few months yet was still paying the monthly fee. I stopped using it because both the computer I used to download books and the iPod I used to listen to them developed difficulties.

netLibrary and your PDA

These instructions for “Downloading netLibrary titles to your PDA(Downloading netLibrary titles to your PDA)”:http://www.library.ualberta.ca/pdazone/netlibrary_download/index.cfm look really interesting. As well as the rest of their “PDA Zone(PDA Zone)”:http://www.library.ualberta.ca/pdazone/.

EarthCore

“EarthCore(EarthCore: A Podcast Novel)”:http://www.scottsigler.net/earthcore/ is a serialized audiobook (aka podcast or should we call this a bibliocast) of a novel by Scott Singler. Interestingly, Scott Sigler “tells the story( The history of EarthCore)”:http://www.scottsigler.net/earthcore/2005/03/history-of-earthcore.html of how the work was originally released as an e-book and was scheduled to appear in print but the publisher didn’t survive long enough.

PlaysforSure and Audio Books

Not being ones to jump too quickly on any bandwagon (which is generally a good thing because our patrons would not generally be considered early adopters), we have begun to explore the possibility of acquiring a plan for downloadable audiobooks. The choices appear to be “Audible(Audible.com Partners With Regional Public Library Programs for Internet-delivered Audiobooks)”:http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=ADBL&script=415&layout=-6&item_id=229790, “NetLibrary(RecordedBooks)”:http://www.netlibrary.com/recordedbooks/, and “Overdrive(OverDrive(r) Audio Books(r))”:http://www.overdrive.com/audiobooks/.

NYPL E-Books

bq.The newest books in the New York Public Library don’t take up any shelf space. They are “electronic books(Welcome to The New York Public Library’s eBook Catalog)”:http://ebooks.nypl.org/DCDF4813-9361-4E21-89F7-5D85FFB8F1D9/10/61/en/Default.htm – 3,000 titles’ worth – and the library’s 1.8 million cardholders can point and click through the collection at www .nypl.org, choosing from among best sellers, nonfiction, romance novels and self-help guides.

Massive Format Conversion

One of the problems that will hang over the Digital Revolution for a while yet is the problem of how to convert all the published text into digital form. Digital Divide Data is a company with a solution, but there are some questions to be asked about it.