Quick Notes: Popular Science, Android reading, O’Reilly, librarians, network neutrality
March 5, 2010 | 10:15 am
Wired’s Gadget Lab reports that Popular Science has put its entire 137-year archive of scanned articles on-line for free. The archives even include original period advertisements. Kudos to Popular Science for foregoing the paywall!
At MobileRead, Nate the Great has linked a pair of articles about e-book reading on Android. The first one comes from GearDiary, and the second is Nate’s own from Nate’s Ebook News. Worth reading if you’re considering getting an Android-powered device!
Mike Shatzkin has a long piece at his Idea Logical blog about O’Reilly’s new digital distribution service and what it might mean to smaller publishers. Shatzkin notes that O’Reilly is distributed in print by Ingram, which has an e-book operation of its own—and now O’Reilly is not only not doing e-books through Ingram, but is inviting others (including fellow Ingram customers) to join them.
Shatzkin points out that, just as the big print publishers have the scale to do printed distribution of books in ways that smaller publishers cannot, O’Reilly has that same kind of scale for doing digital distribution. And since they are offering free conversion services and a one-year contract, they become very attractive to smaller print publishers looking for a good digital distribution solution.
Nate’s Ebook News reports that HighWire Press has released the results (PDF file) of a survey of the attitude toward e-books of librarians at 138 libraries on 5 continents. The librarians who responded predict rapid growth of e-books in libraries, and have a number of other interesting things to say as well.
Ars Technica reports that the EFF is asking the FCC to remove a provision from its proposed network neutrality regulations. The provision states that network neutrality does not apply to illegal content, such as pirated e-books. The EFF is concerned that the provision is overbroad and could be used as an excuse by ISPs to interfere with lawful activity on the pretext that they were trying to block the unlawful kind.