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4May/110

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2May/110

New issue of The Journal of Digital Information now online

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Articles Include in This Issue:

Curation Micro-Services: A Pipeline Metaphor for Repositories
by Stephen Abrams, Patricia Cruse, John Kunze, David Minor

Building a DDC-annotated Corpus from OAI Metadata
Mathias Lösch, Ulli Waltinger, Wolfram Horstmann, Alexander Mehler


Preserving repository content: practical tools for repository managers
Miggie Pickton, Debra Morris, Stephanie Meece, Simon Coles, Steve Hitchcock

Archival description in OAI-ORE
Deborah Kaplan, Anne Sauer, Eliot Wilczek

Diversity and Interoperability of Repositories in a Grid Curation Environment
Andreas Aschenbrenner, Harry Enke, Thomas Fischer, Jens Ludwig

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29Apr/110

Harris Poll says most Americans won’t pay to read news content online

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Below is the press release reprinted in full.  Blockquotes omitted.

As businesses explore best practices for success in the changing landscape created by the Internet, some companies have discussed charging for access to online content that was previously free.  Some media outlets have discussed doing this, and The New York Times recently began charging online readers who view over 20 articles per month.  But there may be trouble ahead as a recent Adweek/Harris Poll found that a large majority said they would be willing to pay “nothing” per month to read a daily newspaper’s content online (80%). Of the one in five who would pay, 14% said they would pay between  and per month while very few said that they would be willing to pay between  and (4%) or more than  per month (2%).

These are some of the findings of a new Adweek/Harris Poll, survey of 2,105 U.S. adults surveyed online between March 29 and 31, 2011 by Harris Interactive.

Interestingly, while online paywalls are becoming more common, fewer people say they would be willing to pay to read content online now, than said so in late 2009—20% say they would be willing to pay for a daily newspaper’s content online today, compared to 23% who said so in December 2009.

Other findings of the recent poll include:

  • Younger adults are more likely than those older to pay for a daily newspaper’s content online—over a quarter of adults aged 18-34 say they would (26%) compared to between 15% and 18% of all other age groups;
  • Men are more willing to pay than women are—a quarter of men say they would (25%) with 18% saying they would pay between and per month, while only 15% of women say they would pay anything to read a daily newspaper’s content online; and,
  • The more education a person has the more likely they are to be willing to pay to read a daily newspaper’s content online—over a quarter of college graduates say they would pay (28%) compared to one in five people who have attended some college (19%) and just 15% who have not attended any college at all.

 

So What?

Currently several major publications charge readers for their content online including the Wall Street JournalFinancial Times, and most recently The New York Times.  Unfortunately it seems that as these companies are adapting to a business environment increasingly dominated by the Internet, their readers are slower to embrace, or are resistant to, certain changes, especially when it comes to paying for something that has been free for so long.  This raises several questions and areas for more research, including: how many Americans rely on the Internet for their news content, how particular are Americans about what publication or source they go to for their news, and, how do people think that media companies with large online presences should pay for the work that they do.

TABLE 1
PAYING FOR NEWS CONTENT ONLINE
“How much, if anything, would you be willing to pay per month in order to read a daily newspaper’s content online?”
Base: All U.S. adults

Total Dec. 2009

Total

Age

Gender

Education

18-34

35-44

45-54

55+

Male

Female

H.S. or less

Some college

College grad +

%

%

%


%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Willing to pay (NET)

23

20

26

18

15

17

25

15

15

19

28

More than

1

2

3

2

1

1

3

1

1

1

3

-

4

4

6

2

4

3

5

3

3

3

5

-

19

14

17

14

11

13

18

11

10

15

20

Nothing

77

80

74

82

85

83

75

85

85

81

72

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding

29Apr/110

First free issue of Dungeon Siege III online comic goes live|Lastest Ipad News]

First free issue of Dungeon Siege III online comic goes live
Filed under: RPG Dark Horse Comics launched its digital comics storefront this week, offering a number of the publisher's comic book titles for sale. The site, which also has an iPhone-iPad app, is also offering select issues of their comics for free. One of them is the first online issue of the comic book tie-in to Dungeon Siege III . You can check out the 10 page first issue now (free ...
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16Apr/1125

Top 10 Free Online Resources for Learning Japanese (#1-5)


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Download the free e-book, or read more: www.tofugu.com These are resources 1-5 in my top 10 list. These will help you to learn Japanese better, more effectively, and hopefully motivate you a little bit. If you enjoyed these Japanese resources, please share them with someone else! Spread the love! For Links to these resources, please visit: www.tofugu.com Check out #6-10 Here: www.youtube.com Groovy Music: candacebilyk.com incompetech.com Subscribe to Tofugu articles via RSS: feeds.feedburner.com Subscribe to Tofugu articles via Email: www.tofugu.com www.squidoo.com

15Apr/110

Amazon Kindle DX on sale today for $299 – online only

 

Amazon is offering their latest generation 9.7 inch Kindle DX at a discount from the regular price of 9! You can reserve yours today by visiting the Amazon site and get it for only 9.00. This deal has only 18 hours left of being valid so I would recommend to capitalize on this as soon as you can.

The Amazon Kindle DX continues the trend of being Amazons largest e-reader to date. Featuring a 9.7 inch screen and 50% better contrast and resolution from previous models, it is certainly worth the discounted deal. Its screen displays a 1200 x 824 pixel resolution at 150 ppi, features 16-level gray scale, and a new 10:1 contrast ratio. You can also connect up to the internet via the free 3G service Amazon provides.

The Page turns on this device are lightning fast and only increase with some of the latest firmware updates. There is no lag turning the pages, and even accessing some of the menu functions is quick and easy.

This e-reader towers over the competition. Most electronic readers are only 6 inches or so, having a 9.7 inch e-reader is like reading a magazine, it is also as slim as one. It currently reads e-ink with greyscale which means you get a complete e-reading experience, with no eye strain. Maintaining the tradition of e-ink, means there is no glare in the direct sunlight.

Now there are some drawbacks with this device, mainly due to the fact it seems to never get firmware updates. While the Amazon 3rd generation Kindle WI FI and the 3G seem to get monthly updates adding all sorts of new features, the DX seems like the odd man out. It is a solid e-reader, no bones about that, but it lacks some of the social media functions and real page numbering the other ones have.

You can buy it today by clicking on the link HERE.

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14Apr/110

Lessons from 10 years of Pepys’ diaries online

 

For ten years, Phil Gyford has been republishing Samuel Pepys’s diaries online in one-entry-per-day chunks. On the way, he and a growing community of readers, historians, literary scholars and enthusiasts have annotated Pepys’s legendary accounts of life in 17th century London. In this presentation, Phil walks us through the most surprising and interesting moments in his decade of Pepysianism, from random Twitterers who’ve taken on the personae of other characters in Pepys’s saga to Google mashups of Pepys’s London. I saw him present this earlier this year at The Story in London and it was marvellous.

My talk about Samuel Pepys’ diary as an online story

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6Apr/110

iPad wins on Safari Books online as favourite for reading ebooks





Which device do you read your ebooks?

Safari Books online ( A website that specialises in technical ebooks) have been running a small survey to find out which of a range of devices their customers use to read ebooks on.  Perhaps not surprisingly, given the type of ebooks that Safari sell, the winner by quite a margin is the iPad.

The survey is still going on, but the results so far are rather pursuasive:

  • iPad: 40.37%
  • Kindle: 12.39%
  • Nook: 2.21%
  • Smart Phone: 17.91%
  • Desktop/Laptop: 23.07%
  • None: 0.25%
  • Other: 3.8%

I find this result logical because reading text books is not really an enjoyable or easy experience on an average ereader – this is my own view, of course – so any device that offers a large screen, colour, portability and ease of use is obviously the device of choice for such reading matter.

And whatever one feels about the iPad as an ereader, it has a number of other very useful functions that the average ereader lacks – sending and receiving emails for a lot of professional people being an important one.

Thus, the iPad is the device that come out on top as it is establishing itself as the device of choice for a lot of professionals.

Also interesting is the rating of the Kindle (a dedicated monochrome ereader),  on the face of it one would expect the Nook to be the second most popular device as it offers a colour screen.   This must be because Amazon have an enormous selection of all manner of technical ebooks.

Simple really.

But having said that, it is still interesting to see how the market breaks down into user groups.  I suspect if one ran the same survey on a website that dealt in novels, the results would be the other way up, i.e the dedicated ereaders would be the device of choice, and the iPad and computer would be at the bottom of the table.   As with everything, it is a case of the most appropriate device for the job in hand.

Link: http://www.safaribooksonline.com

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3Apr/111

Guide to Free eBooks Online


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24Mar/110

WOWIO launches digital imprint with online release of Spacedog Entertainment Comics

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From the press release:

WOWIO, INC., a full circle entertainment company specializing in creation and monetization of rich digital media content developed from books and original published material, announced today the launch of its first exclusive digital comics imprint, Spacedog Entertainment.

The Spacedog Entertainment imprint launched on March 16, 2011with the first issues of popular titles Death Comes to Dillinger, Fiction Clemens, Helen Killer and M.I.T.H., all which were previously released in print. Subsequent chapters will be released title-by-title on a weekly basis beginning in April, accompanied by free previews and promotion on WOWIO’s sister site, DrunkDuck.com.

“The addition of Spacedog Entertainment to the WOWIO family of brands adds a substantial library of intellectual property to our continuously growing eBook distribution platform,” said WOWIO’s CEO, Brian Altounian.  “As we continue to expand our library and grow the WOWIO brand, we also continue our commitment to bringing the best titles to our audience at an affordable price. We’ve priced Spacedog’s premium comics at just 99 cents each; creating a value proposition for comic fans that sets us apart from other players in the digital comic space.”

As part of its strategy to provide original digital entertainment, WOWIO will also produce exclusive new material based on the Spacedog Entertainment library for distribution across its family of sites, including eBook outlet WOWIO, social comics community DrunkDuck and pop culture video destination PopGalaxy.  Original offerings will include bonus content, and the development of new formats incorporating video, prose and other blended media elements.

“The Spacedog library provides us with exciting new material to develop into digital and traditional entertainment properties,” said Linda Engelsiepen, WOWIO’s VP of Content Development. “This is the first step of many that will help us further generate audience awareness around Spacedog’s titles and build a strong platform to grow them into franchises.”

The Spacedog library is comprised of over 85 titles, including comic and graphic novel properties, film and television concepts and lifestyle-focused content. The comics span a number of audience-friendly genres, including horror, fantasy action-adventure, supernatural, Western, steampunk and sci-fi.  WOWIO intends to roll-out digital releases of additional Spacedog comics in the coming months, including original graphic novels The Covenant, which was developed into a top-grossing feature film, Proximity Effect, which was a top-seller for publisher Top Cow and the object of a studio bidding war, as well as The Gift, a best-selling comic series. A number of Spacedog titles are already in development with strong strategic partners in the entertainment industry, such as Universal Music Licensing Group, Fox Television Studios and Lionsgate.

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