Bookmark – Fast.co interview with Henrik Berggren, Readmill

Michael Grothaus interviews Henrik Berggren about the Readmill app and the future of reading.  E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community. Berggren says he never believed that single-purpose devices like the original Kindle would become widespread, a prediction that seems to be playing out. But he did believe that multi-purpose tablets... Continue Reading →

Bookmark for Literacy — Tom Chatfield

Tom Chatfield's short essay "I Type, Therefore I Am" celebrates the increasingly rapid rise of literacy. At some point in the past two million years, give or take half a million, the genus of great apes that would become modern humans crossed a unique threshold. Across unknowable reaches of time, they developed a communication system... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Emma Taylor, updated 20140205

The fate of the book is becoming more and more critical as digital replacements ingrain themselves deeper into our society.  To me the possibility of the end of the book is a tragic one; I appreciate books as an object as much as I enjoy the stories and knowledge which they hold.  I predominantly work... Continue Reading →

Bookmark for Marginalia and Note-taking

Earlier this month, we saw the release of the Open Annotation Community Group's specification of the Open Annotation Core Data Model, an interoperable framework for creating annotations that can be easily shared between platforms.  The work, directed by Robert Sanderson and Paolo Ciccarese, began in earnest about six months ago, although it was proceeded by... Continue Reading →

Bookmark for the “Used e-book, slightly foxed”

In "Used e-book, slightly foxed," Nicholas Carr ponders Amazon's widely reported patent on a method allowing the resale or giving of ebooks and other digital objects. Matthew Kirschenbaum might dispute Carr's view that there is no difference between the new and used ebook however.  In his book Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, he explores... Continue Reading →

“How important are paper books?” | TeleRead

In his Teleread article (11 October 2012), Dan Eldridge picks up on Associate Professor Justin Hollander's New York Times op-ed piece protesting Education Secretary Arne Duncan's  comment before the National Press Club that "over the next few years, [paper] textbooks should be obsolete." What makes his comments on comments on a comment bookmark-worthy are the comments... Continue Reading →

Ads In Books: 1884? Try 960-1279, Sung China!

Ads In Books: 1884. In 1973 in an article in The Library Quarterly and in her 1979 dissertation, Mingshen Pan (or Ming-Sun Poon) concludes from her examination of books during the Sung period that the colophon gradually changed in form, content, design, and placement,  demonstrating an increasing use of the colophon as an advertisement of the... Continue Reading →

Richard Macmanus on “Medium” from Evan Williams and Biz Stone

We're witnessing another sea change in Web publishing. From Pinterest at the beginning of this year to the launch this week of a new product from two Twitter founders, Medium, 2012 has been a year where the norms of publishing are being challenged. So writes Richard Macmanus at ReadWriteWeb about a new platform for Web... Continue Reading →

An E-Reader Annotation Mini-Manifesto

Teleread and an employee of Readmill have begun a bookmarkable conversation about an important feature of books that must translate into the digital world:  shareable annotations. To share annotations in a print book, you have to lend the book or photocopy the relevant pages.  Currently, our e-incunabula thrash about in the barbwire of a three-way... Continue Reading →

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