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The theme at the upcoming Science Online NYC panel is Enhanced eBooks & BookApps: the Promise and Perils and I guess I’m the perils guy. The purpose of this post is helping me to get some of my thoughts down on pixels and, as a by-product, I guess it’s tipping my hand a little bit…

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Science Online NYC event on September 20th. Enhanced eBooks & BookApps: the Promise and Perils Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET) New York, NY Weiss 305 Rockefeller University E66th and York Ave. New York, NY Enhanced ebooks and tablet apps clearly offer new ways…

As usual, a wealth of interesting articles in the latest ISTL: Faculty of 1000 and VIVO: Invisible Colleges and Team Science by John Carey, City University of New York E-book Usage among Chemists, Biochemists and Biologists: Findings of a Survey and Interviews by Yuening Zhang and Roger Beckman, Indiana University, Bloomington Look Beyond Textbooks: Information…

A while back I posted some semi-coherent ramblings inspired by the HarperCollins/Overdrive mess concerning how libraries were able to license ebook collections for their patrons. I’m not sure my ideas have changed or solidified or evolved or what, but I’ve certainly come to a slightly different way of articulating them. Here goes. At a certain…

For my own purposes I’ve been collecting various ebook-related posts for a while now and in particular the whole HarperCollins/library/ebook/Overdrive thing is a valuable source of lots of speculation and information. What I have below no doubt only represents a fairly small percentage of the total number of posts and articles about the issue. My…

Over on the Tor.com blog, mysterious librarian blogger RuthX tells us the story of how she created a free ebook (downloaded!) with all the public domain stories that were published by noted horror author H.P. Lovecraft. In the course of compiling the book, she was able to analyze the word usage patterns of the famously…

I saw this just after I published my previous post and think it really encompasses what I’d like to say to HarperCollins and its fellow travelers. This is from The Capitalist’s Paradox by Umair Haque. So here’s my question: Does what you’re doing have a point — one that matters to people, society, nature, and…

Over the last week or so a huge issue has sprung up in the library and publishing world, which I touch on in my eBook Users’ Bill of Rights post. The publisher HarperCollins has restricting the number of checkouts an ebook version of one of their books can have before the library needs to pay…

The eBook Users’ Bill of Rights

This one is via Christina Pikas, Bobbi Newman and Sarah-Houghton-Jan, who originated it. It’s released under a CC0 license, so please feel free to repost, remix and whatever else strikes your fancy. This arises from the current controversy in the library world (and beyond) about a particular publisher restricting the number of checkouts a library…

Yeah, I’m talking about you, #scio11. The conference that still has significant twitter traffic three days after it’s over. I’ve been to conferences that don’t have that kind of traffic while they’re happening. In fact, that would be pretty well every other conference. Every edition of ScienceOnline seems to have a different virtual theme for…

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