Dispatches from the Digital Revolution
Google turns vacuum cleaner into book scanner. Via Wired: As if scanning those 7 million rare and out of print books didn’t ruffle the feathers of enough opponents, we at least know how they avoided damaging the books. With the help of a vacuum cleaner and some sheet metal, Google has created an open source scanner that protects the book’s binding and pages.
It’s the thought that counts, right? In a survey by the Digital Reader, 35% of respondents have used their e-reader only once. Of that group, 57% said they don’t have time to use it, 25% preferred print books over digital and 22% said they received it as a gift and didn’t need it. Holiday tip: Be wary of gifting an e-reader unless you’re sure they want one!
Nook app for Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT. The announcement comes one month after Microsoft and Barnes & Noble formed a partnership. The move arms Microsoft’s Surface tablet with its own bookstore to compete with tablets and e-readers from Apple, Amazon, and Google.
Generals fall, publishers scramble. The Atlantic profiles the moves that Simon & Schuster and Penguin are making to push up releases of memoirs and biographies in light of recent military scandals.
Tablets to eclipse e-readers? DBW reports that nearly 40% of readers now use a tablet as often as an e-reading device, according to a Bowker and the Book Industry Study Group study.