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New tablet and cloud-based educational service launched in India
March 1, 2012 | 9:29 am

Download From the press release (blockquotes omitted): International education cloud company AcrossWorld partners with Delhi-based Go-Tech to launch 7” android touchscreen tablet with free access to cloud-based open educational resources and more AcrossWorld Education, the global SaaS company that developed the world’s first cloud-based platform to transform the learning process by enabling K-12 schools, colleges and universities around the world access open educational resources, has now announced that it will launch in India an advanced touch-screen tablet PC, called ATab, for just Rs.5000/- in partnership with Delhi-based Go-Tech. The ATab will be available in India from second week of...

Digitizing Documents in India With the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)
February 24, 2012 | 9:14 am

Infodocket An article made available by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia provides a firsthand report by SFU alumnus Kyle Jackson about a trip he took to India as part of an Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) pilot project. Here’s a small portion of the article: I was in Mizoram as a part of a four-member pilot-project under the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP), a global rescue mission for the world’s most endangered historical documents. Administered by the UK’s British Library and funded by Arcadia, EAP researchers have in the past seven years fanned out across the globe, armed with little more than high-resolution digital cameras and...

India may bump $35 tablet specs, raise price to $50
February 24, 2012 | 12:04 am

Remember that $35 tablet from India? Surprise surprise: it hasn’t been doing so well. ZDNet Asia reports that India’s Union Human Resource Development Ministry is looking into upgrading the specifications for the tablet, and also bumping the price to $50. It turns out that users were less than impressed by the $35 device, finding it too slow, its battery life too short, and its resistive touchscreen too hard to use. DataWind, the company that was manufacturing the device, had been supposed to make over a million units, but only 10,000 have been shipped since October. The company complains that...

National Library of India: A Very Brief Look the Digitisation of Rare Books « INFOdocket
December 15, 2011 | 9:44 am

Images From the Press Information Bureau, Government of India: The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that digitisation of rare books and other print material is done selectively taking into account copyright and other issues. It is a part of the Annual Action Plan of the National Library, Kolkata. No article from the rare books division of the National Library has been reported to be lost or stolen in the last decade. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, under the 3rd phase of digitisation project 20,00,000 pages i.e. 6000 books are envisaged to be...

Liquid Comics Announces New Digital Platform for Young Indian Creators of Original Graphic Novel Stories
December 6, 2011 | 10:03 am

Screen Shot 2011 12 06 at 10 03 04 AM From the press release: Liquid Comics, which owns one of the world’s largest comic book libraries based on Indian characters by Indian creators, announced today the launch of Graphic India, a new digital platform to promote comic books in India and showcase young artists and writers in the country. “In the same way Japanese anime and manga redefined a generation of audiences worldwide, we believe the creativity and rich storytelling potential of India is ready to take the world by storm.” Graphic India intends to be India’s premiere graphic novel platform and community, leveraging Liquid’s large library of high quality content created by Indian...

$35 Indian tablet makes its debut at $45 for students
October 5, 2011 | 12:25 pm

indiatabletIt looks like the vapor surrounding India’s $35 tablet has congealed directly into a solid. The Aakash tablet is being made by Canadian manufacturer Datawind, and the Indian government is ordering 100,000 of them at at 2,200 rupees per unit ($44.50), though Datawind says that a planned larger order will drop the effective price per unit down closer to $35. In two months, a SIM-slot-equipped version of the device, branded “Ubislate”, will be available to consumers for 2,999 rupees ($60.70). The tablet will have a 366MHz processor, 7” resistive touchscreen, 256Mb RAM, a 32Gb SD card slot, and two...

A look at India’s thriving publishing scene, part 2
July 8, 2011 | 10:07 am

Here's a link to the second part of Akshay Pathak's overview of the state of publishing in India today. Where Part 1 focused on the need for better data, professionally trained editors and a more robust retail infrastructure, Part 2 looks at the roles Indian publishers play in the global marketplace, as well as the growing issue of both print and digital piracy. But perhaps the most contentious business issue in Indian publishing today is a proposed amendment to India's copyright law. If passed, it would sanction parallel imports, in effect rendering territorial rights moot and introducing potentially devastating foreign...

A look at India’s thriving publishing scene, part 1
July 6, 2011 | 9:31 am

India's publishing industry is exploding, writes Akshay Pathak at Publishing Perspectives. An estimated 90,000 titles are produced each year, with annual growth estimated to be around 30%. Production standards are improving, there's fresh investment in retail, and there's a growing consumerist middle class. But there's not a lot of hard data yet. Bookscan only covers some of the bigger bookstore chains, and while there are an estimated 19,000 publishers today, no single professional association has more than 1,000 members. Pathak—who works from New Delhi with the Frankfurt Book Fair—identifies some areas for growth. India needs more editors who are better trained, he...

Print is dead…or not
April 27, 2011 | 11:20 pm

In a remarkable coincidence, today Zite gave me four articles in a row about “the future of books” or “the death of print”. I’m not sure what caused so many people to take a look ahead right out of the blue like this, but it seems like a good time to look at the articles and compare notes. On Singularity Hub Aaron Saenz points to the recent Kindle library news, and the rise of e-book sales as printed book sales decline. He suggests that digital downloads could become the majority of the market as early as 2015 or as...

Blogger: Send the third-world e-readers, not laptops
February 22, 2011 | 12:59 am

On PC Pro, Stuart Turton blogs on his experience showing his Kindle to inhabitants of a very poor area of central India. He reports that even though they could have no idea what it possibly was, all the kids who saw his device were enthralled by its nifty features, and even the adults of the village were excited by it. After about ten minutes, I let one of the kids play with it, but instead of trying to mess with the bells and whistles, he just started reading aloud. I was wrong before: this is the...

India’s $35 Android tablet apparently vaporous after all
January 20, 2011 | 2:28 pm

Remember that $35 Android tablet from India we reported on last year? The latest in a long line of Indian vaporware, praised by Nicholas Negroponte, it was supposed to receive educational subsidies and be made available to students—though reports surfaced that it was actually a Chinese Android tablet and not actually a home-grown device at all. Now India’s Economic Times has a report saying that the vendor who was to provide a guarantee bond to back the device’s production (in accordance with Indian legal requirements) has backed out of a $13 million commitment. According...

India: ebooks, public libraries and crossing the street, by Eric Hellman
December 21, 2010 | 3:49 pm

It sounds funny to say, but the thing I'll remember longest about my two weeks in India is learning to cross the street. When I first arrived, I didn't dare. Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the street, but they also drive on the right side of the street, the middle of the street, and on various surfaces that would not be considered streets here in New Jersey. The protocol for pedestrians and motorists to coexist was not apparent to me. Pedestrians seemed to cross the street with minimal regard for traffic; the cars unaccountably seemed to...