A semi-regular reference to the articles and webby things that have piqued the interest of if:book in the past week or so. The digitisation of books is not the product of robots. Well, not entirely as The Art of Google Books shows us. Accidents of digitsation are surprising beautiful and compelling. No really.
The aim of this project is twofold; to recognize book digitization as rephotography, and to value the signs of use that accompany these texts as worthy of documentation and study. Ultimately, the startling and diverse adversaria of Google Books merits examination and exhibition.
It's great to see some experimentation in publishing happening in Australia and consideration of what readers are looking for from their digital books. Really Blue Books is an Australian digital-only publisher launched in the last few days with a cheeky web site and a clutch of DRM-free titles in 'as many formats as we can manage'.
O'Reilly's annual Tools of Change conference (TOCCON or simply TOC to those in the know) begins in the wee hours of Tuesday morning Australian time. O'Reilly's own Joe Wikert has previewed some of the conference's more interesting highlights at his blog, including the intriguing Digital Petting Zoo.
We've spent a great deal of time and effort gathering a wonderful assortment of devices for all attendees to tinker with, so if you've wanted to take a closer look at the ereading hardware landscape be sure to swing by the petting zoo on Wednesday.
Kassia Krozser has also previewed some of the upcoming TOC discussion and contrasted it with some of the old-hat arguments still active in the wider publishing world.
While publishers work hard to figure out the right now, they need to keep a close eye on possibilities for the future. The basics are still far from being, well, basic, but we can’t deny the world is changing at (publishing) light speed. This is why I love TOC.