Back in November, I mentioned that Salon Magazine was seeking a buy-out or merger. The magazine was subsequently involved in talks with Michael Wolff of Newser.com, but the New York Times’s DealBook section reports that the talks have collapsed in the wake of the Huffington Post sale. Apparently the high 5 million selling price of the Post caused Salon’s board members to wonder whether they were pricing the magazine too low.
Salon Magazine was one of the first magazines to recognize the potential of e-reading, strongly influencing me to take my first step into e-reading technology with the purchase of a Palm Pilot. It was also one of the first magazines I read on AvantGo, one of the early precursors to RSS and read-it-later e-reading apps, on that Palm Pilot. It’s still out there on the web, features at least three RSS feeds, and the @Salon twitter feed makes a great candidate for importing into Flipboard for magazine-style browsing.
But as others have pointed out, it seems to have lost something over the years. Many of its best editors and columnists have drifted away, and what remains seems a little tawdry. Glancing over the front page at the moment, I see headlines like “Why I left my children”, “The twisted world of ‘ex-girlfriend porn’”, and my favorite, “Assassin can’t remember shooting RFK, wants parole.” Ah, Salon of my youth, hard-hitting political and insightful technological chronicler, what became of you?
iPad meets IT - Three tools you need
Many of my friends hate Apple. They hate Apple's arrogance and the way the company manipulates the market. A great example of what they despise: Apple recently kicked out all book reading apps other than its own nice-to-look-at-but-not-well-featured-and-doesn't-handle-enough-formats book reader, otherwise called iBook.
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Join the Harper Collins Boycott – Support your local library and demand your right to privacy at the same time.
What is this all about?
HarperCollins intends to limit the number of times a library can loan each ebook.
What are you asking me to do?
Until this policy is revoked, join us by not buying any new books or ebooks published by HarperCollins or any of its imprints: Amistad, Avon, Avon A, Avon Inspire, Avon Red, Balzer + Bray, Caedmon, Collins, Ecco, Eos, Greenwillow Books, Harper, Harper Business, Harper Design, Harper Paperbacks, Harper Perennial, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, HarperAudio, HarperBibles, HarperCollins Children’s Audio, HarperCollins Children’s Books, HarperCollins e-Books, HarperFestival, HarperLuxe, HarperOne, HarperTeen, ItBooks, Katherine Tegen Books, Rayo, Walden Pond Press, and William Morrow.
In addition, support your local library if it chooses to participate in the boycott and write a letter to HarperCollins explaining your actions.
The boycott will end as soon as HarperCollins agrees not to limit the number of times a library can loan each ebook.
Don’t library materials wear out or get stolen? Are you trying to get a better deal for ebooks than for books printed on paper?
It’s true that library materials don’t have an unlimited shelf-life, though many libraries still circulate books that are well over a hundred years old. Given the pace of digital innovation, there’s a good chance that ebook files libraries purchase today will be obsolete within a few years. For now, libraries have arrangements with publishers and ebook vendors that include some restrictions on ebooks lending, such as two-week loan limits and one-borrower-at-a-time. These restrictions make borrowing or loaning an ebook much like borrowing or loaning a traditional book.
Are you trying to make it more difficult to publish ebooks profitably?
We hope not, and we don’t believe that we are. Readers, publishers, and libraries have relied on each other for hundreds of years. Successful publishers are closely associated with happy readers and busy libraries.
While circulation limits on ebooks might encourage libraries to buy additional digital copies of some ebooks, that’s just speculation: libraries have limited budgets, especially in the current economy, so there is a good chance that libraries will spend the same amount on ebooks they are already spending but offer less variety because they would have to buy more copies of the most popular items.
In the long term, ensuring libraries’ ability to circulate ebooks might actually be more profitable. Libraries encourage literacy and reading, helping to sow the seeds for publishers’ continued growth. Many of the most active library users are also among the most frequent book purchasers.
Do you hate HarperCollins? Are you angry at them? Why single them out?
We aren’t anti-anyone, but we are opposed to limiting the number of times a library can loan each ebook. For that reason, we support boycotting any publisher that chooses to impose these limits. For now, HarperCollins is the only publisher to have imposed such restrictive lending terms.
Where can I read more?
Bobbi Newman, at Librarian by Day, has put together a great collection of links to what librarians have written about this issue.
Who created this website?
Librarians Brett Bonfield and Gabriel Farrell put this website together. They believe strongly in library users’ rights, but don’t speak for anyone except themselves. For answers to your questions about how the HarperCollins policy change will affect you and your use of ebooks, please see the contact page.
Sample letter to send to Harper Collins: http://boycottharpercollins.com/letter
Share with us:
Please let us know what your feelings and thoughts on this subject are by leaving a comment here for the rest of us to read.
Thanks to Brian Eberling for sending this along. Form an eamil he received:
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Ebook Cracks:Henry Petroski: 2010 National Book Festival
Engineer and professor Henry Petroski speaks at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University, where he specializes in the analysis of failure. His first of many books was "To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design." He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has most recently written "The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems" (Knopf). He lives in North Carolina and Maine.
Anyone who’s ever used Google Maps with an iPad knows that the device is great for navigation. But now the FAA has reached the same conclusion. On Wired’s “Autopia” blog, Jason Paur reports that the FAA has just allowed a charter jet company to begin using the iPad and aviation chart app Mobile TC as a substitute for bulky, heavy paper charts.
The app and device underwent rigorous safety testing to convince the FAA to allow it, and its use will require having a second approved electronic device (probably another iPad) in the cockpit for redundancy. An FCC spokesman made it clear that the iPad was not given any special treatment—it was evaluated in the same way as other electronic chart devices, such as the more expensive dedicated “electronic flight bags” currently available. And the ruling only applies to one particular company, though it does pave the way for more companies to start the same process.
The FAA is already seeing more requests to use the iPad in the cockpit. Alaska Airlines began testing the iPad back in November and there are about 100 pilots currently evaluating the device according to spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey. She says in addition to the convenience, there is a practical weight saving aspect to using the iPad as well, “it’s replaced about 25 pounds of manuals and charts.”
The current version of the software just displays the same charts that Jeppesen, the company behind Mobile TC, has produced in paper form for years, but a company spokesman suggests future versions could make use of built-in iPad systems such as GPS and Internet connectivity to provide “door-to-door management” of navigation, weather, scheduling, and other pilot concerns as well.
Guess what next is on the Motorola XOOM itinerary after its initial launch in the United States. Well, the first Honeycomb laced tablet is all set to embark on a journey across the pacific to be seen in the land of the rising sun towards the middle of April. Its KDDI that will act as the official carrier partner though on offer will be only the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM, one that will be sans 3G or 4G.
The general manager of Consumer Service and Product Planning Division at KDDI, Kazuhiko Masuda is excited of the development. “We’re pleased to be introducing Motorola XOOM to Japan,” said Kazuhiko Masuda before also adding, “We are very thankful that Motorola has chosen KDDI as the partner to launch Motorola XOOM. Motorola XOOM is a very exciting product with cutting-edge technology and we are confident that the Japanese market will welcome the debut of Motorola XOOM.”
Its only a few day back that the Android 3.0 tablet had gone on sale in the US and has already been at the mercy of hackers, who have managed to get the better of it pretty soon. Motorola though isn’t revealing which other country or region will be next in line to have the XOOM. There is no word either on what the Wi-Fi only XOOM will cost in Japan though we know its going to be 0 in the US.
- Verizon Motorola XOOM news
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- Motorola defends XOOM’s 0 price + more XOOM news
- Motorola Xoom price revealed
- Motorola XOOM Pre-order from Thursday and for 00
- Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi to cost 0
DirecTV previews its iPad remote app: no streaming, but very customizable
iPad remote apps are the new Netflix streaming -- any DVR worth its salt has to have one and DirecTV isn't going to let Comcast , FiOS , Dish and TiVo lord over it anymore. It's launched a preview page for a new remote app "coming soon" that looks like it could challenge for the title with plenty of customizable options and ability to display information from multiple sources at once. The home ...
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Click on the image at the left or on this line to get Amazon's Oscars page.
For books that either inspired or followed Oscar-nominated films, see Kindle Film Reads: 2011 Oscar Nominees and more, on Kindle. I loved The King's Speech and Colin Firth's performance in it, but for some reason, that particular title is not available on Kindle at this time.
It's available only in paperback, and the video is to be released April 18 on Blu-Ray and DVD, although there are 114 reviews of the movie when normally we will want to see reviews of the DVD/Blu-Ray quality and any extra features. People are pre-ordering with a lower-price guarantee.
There are Kindle books for other nominated films though, including The Social Network
Ultimate Movie Quiz, is a recently-released movie trivia game for Kindle, with 10 rounds of questions that increase in difficulty or in a continuous stream, and with a countdown timer if you want a bigger challenge.
NEWS: HARPER COLLINS LIMITS PUBLIC LIBRARY E-BOOKS TO 26 LOANS
New York Times Media Decoder's Julie Bosman reports that while a print book can be checked out of a library countless times, HarperCollins, announced that:
'... it had revised its restrictions for libraries that offer its e-books to patrons."
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HarperCollins said on Friday that ... beginning March 7, its books may be checked out only 26 times before the license expires.
“We believe this change balances the value libraries get from our titles with the need to protect our authors and ensure a presence in public libraries and the communities they serve for years to come,” it said in a statement. The policy does not affect books already licensed by libraries.
Steve Potash, the chief executive of OverDrive, a provider of e-books to public libraries, said HarperCollins was the first publisher to limit how many times an e-book may be checked out.
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While hundreds of publishers make their e-books available to libraries, at least two major publishers, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, do not.
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Librarians fumed about the limit, complaining that it would require them to pay more for HarperCollins’s books when budgets are being cut.
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Overdrive's Potash said the change would force some libraries, especially those that stock a lot of best sellers, to be more careful about the publishers from which they buy. “Libraries will have to consider whether they want to invest in titles that, after a year or 18 months or so, they’ll have to replenish or buy additional units,” he said. “There will be some who may have to be more selective about how they can use their digital book budgets.”
On Sunday, he said that OverDrive would take HarperCollins titles out of its general e-book catalog, which would keep them available but make them less easily accessible. '
Kindle 3's (UK: Kindle 3's), DX Graphite
Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
I received the following email from Andy Woodworth (blockquotes omitted):
Starting at 9AM on Monday morning, the same single post will appear in multiple popular librarian blogs. The subject: an eBook User Bill of Rights. The purpose of this posting is to push for changes in how eBook content is handled. I think the post speaks for itself. I have included the text of the post below.
The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users.
The eBook User’s Bill of Rights
Every eBook user should have the following rights:the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitationsthe right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses, the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright, the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks. I believe in the free market of information and ideas.
I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can flourish when their works are readily available on the widest range of media. I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can thrive when readers are given the maximum amount of freedom to access, annotate, and share with other readers, helping this content find new audiences and markets. I believe that eBook purchasers should enjoy the rights of the first-sale doctrine because eBooks are part of the greater cultural cornerstone of literacy, education, and information access.
Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information. Likewise, the current licensing arrangements mean that readers never possess ultimate control over their own personal reading material. These are not acceptable conditions for eBooks.
I am a reader. As a customer, I am entitled to be treated with respect and not as a potential criminal. As a consumer, I am entitled to make my own decisions about the eBooks that I buy or borrow.
I am concerned about the future of access to literature and information in eBooks. I ask readers, authors, publishers, retailers, librarians, software developers, and device manufacturers to support these eBook users’ rights.
These rights are yours. Now it is your turn to take a stand. To help spread the word, copy this entire post, add your own comments, remix it, and distribute it to others.
Blog it, Tweet it (#ebookrights), Facebook it, email it, and post it on a telephone pole.
To the extent possible under law, the person who associated CC0 with this work has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work
Sarah Houghton-Jan (librarianinblack.net) and I have been contacting other librarians to encourage them to post with us tomorrow morning. You will be able to find our posts at our blogs (hers at her website, mine in my signature). We certainly hope that in making these posts that this sparks the action that can be taken to secure the ownership rights for eBook readers as well as universal formats for eBooks. We believe that the future of eBooks is so bright and promising that we must secure these for the future generations in order to ensure the information access as well as a vibrant publishing market.
Thank you for your time this morning.
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