Morning Roundup: Google Play textbooks in Canada. Why do people trust Wikipedia?

wikipediaGoogle Play Textbooks Now Available in Canada (GoodeReader)
Google has announced that their digital textbook service is now available in Canada.
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Why do People Trust Wikipedia? Because an Argument is Better than a Lecture (Techdirt)
This doesn’t mean you blindly read Wiki articles without questioning them. But a properly sourced article is simply more trustworthy than a talking head telling you how to think.
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Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App (Digital Book World)
Now I want to discuss the three biggest mistakes people make when it comes to tackling this kind of project. I’ve helped scores of people publish their books as book apps, and I’ve seen these mistakes made over and over. They’re easy to avoid if you’re aware of them.
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German Authors Unite Against Amazon (GalleyCat)
German-language writers have joined their English-language counterparts and organized a protest against Amazon.
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Kindle Daily Deals: Suspicion of Innocence (and others)

1 Comment on Morning Roundup: Google Play textbooks in Canada. Why do people trust Wikipedia?

  1. Yeah, Amazon is as little a traditional bookseller as a scrap yard owner may be a good second-hand car dealer. Like Google books, they never got the idea of organizing their books along the lines of proven librarianship since the days of the Alexandrian library. Instead, they lump everything together and one has to actually search the Library of Congress or the British Library first to find the exact titles or authors before one can go to Amazon to order (ah yes,: their search works well for Grisham, but I am talking about more challenging literature). Jeff Bezos himself describes how he hit on books: he wanted to sell “something” online and it was books only, in his words, because they had the “best databased” material. Had he only taken a look at the field structure of that database. As for Wikipedia: any such collaborative endeavor would have more credibility than just the works of “one”, unless, that is, he/she is “the one”. I’d rather ask e.g. John Updike himself, if I could, than refer to Wikipedia. But since he’s dead and even if alive might not entertain me, I usually check out Wikipedia first …

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