Morning Links 10 July 2010

Black is Not a Colour and Non-Fiction is Not a Category

Siva Vaidhyanathan, a watcher of the Google book settlement, laments that since the metadata for the initiative is crap, Google should defer to the large professional class who make book metadata their jobs — librarians. I have a similar lament for category data in Apple’s iBookstore. You suck Apple. Please seek help from professionals; old fashioned booksellers can help by way of the BISAC.

Can the Internet save the book?

According to media columnist Michael Wolff, the name Clay Shirky is "now uttered in technology circles with the kind of reverence with which left-wingers used to say, 'Herbert Marcuse'." Wolff is right. Shirky has emerged as a luminary of the new digital intelligentsia, a daringly eclectic thinker as comfortable discussing 15th-century publishing technology as he is making political sense of 21st-century social media.

How Big Media Makes It Easier to Steal Content Than Buy It

Big media companies spend a lot of money and energy combating piracy, but perhaps they need to spend time making it easier and more compelling to buy digital versions of their products. The use of digital media is on the rise, and younger demographics not only assume they can immediately access the content they want digitally, they are baffled when they cannot. If my personal life is even slightly representative, it is happening increasingly with older demographics as well. I can tell you from my own experience, buying digital video is not as easy as it looks.

What's Stopping Print Content on the iPad?

Venture Capitalist David Pakman, a partner at Venrock, doesn't understand why legacy media isn't rushing to get on the iPad. He points out that only six of the top 20 magazines have iPad apps and that most media outlets have been hanging back from embracing the new platform

About Nate Hoffelder (11590 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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