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Library dealing with reinvention curve

A couple unrelated national items last week drew my attention because they came on the heels of a local news item that I found impressive.

In a syndicated story, the LA Times looked at how libraries are “reinventing” themselves as they “struggle to stay relevant.” Although I believe libraries will always be relevant, they are […]

Luring me to the dark side

A couple things are luring me over to the dark side — an e-book reader.

If you weren’t under a rock the last 24 hours, you know Barnes & Noble is releasing an e-reader, which Wired immediately said would cause Kindle owners “a giant dose of buyer’s remorse.” Now I’ve struggled over whether to get […]

Paper takes a couple hits from digital

First, Oprah raves about the Kindle, which will undoubtedly send sales through the roof. (Never mind the fact a new version is supposed to come out in the first quarter of 2009.)

Now, the Christian Science Monitor announces that by April 2009 it will replace its daily print edition with “an online publication that is […]

E books

Cory Doctorow has an excellent column in the latest Locus magazine on why people don’t read e books (or e-books). I’m with him in that I don’t want to use a laptop or desktop screen to read much more than a dozen or so paragraphs. Even though I write plenty of stuff on a computer, […]

My podcast rant

A brief discussion today on SD Public Radio‘s Computer Guys call-in show brings this about. That’s because one of the guys on the program voiced exactly what I’ve been thinking.

Everyone is going on and on about “podcasts” and “podcasting.” The fact of the matter is this is nothing more than downloading an mp3 file. […]

Accelerando online

As promised, Charles Stross has made his new book, Accelerando available in electronic format for free. It’s available via this website. He announced the e-book’s availability this morning in a post to a usenet newsgroup. After that, he had 4,000 downloads in the first four hours.

The newsgroup, devoted to discussion of written science fiction, […]