Posts with tag "e-books"

Braindead TechCast EP 107: Birthday times 2

No we’re not twins but Sean and I do share the same birth date so today’s show is in celebration of our mutual birthdays (Of course Sean is the younger less cranky of the two but don’t tell him I said that).

To help along with the celebration of us both heading into yet another cranky year of goodness we have a fine line-up of topics to talk about.

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E-Books are nice but not that nice [Video]

I have been reading a number of posts over the last couple of days about e-books and the conflicting opinions about them. It is a subject about which I have some thoughts on but for some reason couldn’t put into words on paper. So instead I thought I would do my first video blog post on the subject.

Primarily my thoughts got that extra little shove to do this from a post by Stowe Boyd where he said the following

Removing the social affordance of loaning someone a book is perhaps the worst crime perpetuated by the new world order of digital content. The communitarian aspect of shared books in libraries is similarly damaged.

Books should be social. Our personal property should be ours to loan to friends.

Imagine if Sears mde it impossible for me to loan my chain saw, or if fingerprint recognition on my VW made it impossible for a neighbor to borrow it?

But, in the name of countering ‘piracy’, we can’t loan The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress to a friend. And our society is lessened because of that.

CobWEBs Daily Edition podcast: Nook v. Alex – a Don Quixote quest to recoup their losses

cbn1-podbase E-book readers seem to be all the rage these days. Everyone and their brother seems to be trying to get in on the action. The most recent big name to jump in is Barnes and Noble recently announced their own reader called the Nook. While the Nook is their primary reader B&N is also making deals with other e-book readers to carry their products.

So while all seems to be steaming full ahead it turns out that Spring Design has gotten a little pissy about all the attention the Nook is getting since they feel that Barnes and Noble stole the idea from them. So in typical American fashion Spring Design is suing Barnes and Noble for violating intellectual property.

In tonight’s show Mark and Sean discuss this turn of events as well as the e-book reader market in as it stands right now.

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Some folks I would like to see do e-books

Online library concept At some point it seems just about every blogger toys with the idea of putting together an e-book, either to give-a-way or to make a few bucks on (oh shush – nothing wrong with that). Some even go on to actually get some nice book publishing deals out of their work.

I know I’ve tossed the idea around but I haven’t really committed to the idea. However I know there are quite a couple folks who I read faithfully that I would be more than willing to cough up some bucks to be able to have an e-book written by them, and not all are in the social media field either.

This is my short-list of authors I think would be great to have an e-book by:

Alexander van Elsas: in my opinion Alexander is one of those rare bloggers in the social media field who constantly comes at things from “the user” point of view rather than the marketer or guru point of view. While his blogging style is more along the lines of ‘long posts’ they are typically rock solid and will definitely make you think.

For me I would love to see him expand on many of his thoughts and ideas with it comes to “the user” and social media as well as some of his best posts.