TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home
TeleRead calls for well-stocked national digital libraries with e-books and other items. All TeleRead participants are pro-ebook and favor well-stocked NDLs, but their exact visions may differ. TeleRead's moderator is David Rothman (email@example.com). For occasional highlights from this blog, join the TeleRead Mailng List.
Friday, May 03, 2002Deep linking -- why are we STILL fighting this battle?
Every now and then someone asks for permission to link to an article on the TeleRead site. The word is, Don't worry. Feel free to link either to the home page of the TeleRead or to individual items. That's in the spirit of the both the Web and TeleRead itself--not to mention the blogging movement. If you don't want people to deep link to you, have a techie do a Java script or take other precautions. No lawyers, please.
In fairness to publishers, Web publishing isn't always the most profitable endeavor. But there are better ways to change this. Among them? TeleRead-style national digital library systems, which would offer as much as possible for free, but which, through improved and more convenient fee collection mechanisms, would also ease the task of content-providers who did want to collect money.
Doubt that e-book machines will eventually be as readable as paper books? As a matter of fact, display problems are one reason why just 100,000 or so e-book machines are in use. But that may change. Check out the March 3 issue of the Wall Street Journal, which carried an interview with Michael McCreary, the vice president for R&D at E Ink, whose technology could also drive down the costs.
"Next year," he's quoted, "we plan the introduction of black-and-white displays for hand-held devices, electronic books, cellphones and PDAs. The following year, 2004, we would introduce color displays for the same type of applications."
> Start-Up Says Newspapers of Future May Be Printed With Electronic Ink
TeleRead and Blogs
Odd, isn't it? TeleRead is a plan for well-stocked national digital libraries, which, among other things, would offer fixed links and reliable archiving so that e-books and other digital items would be safe. And yet here I am experimenting with that most ephemeral medium, a Web log. Actually, however, the two concepts go hand in hand. The blog world would be better off if people could reliably point to ebooks and other items and know that the links would keep working. In fact, even blogs have provisions for archiving. While not as permanent as the library variety, this archiving shows an understanding of the needs of ordinary mortals. Perhaps someday, like photos, blogs will be saved for future generations.