If you haven’t visited your local public library lately, you might not realize that you no longer need to physically drop by to check out a book or a movie. advertisement advertisement Thousands of public libraries now let their members check out e-books they can download on their smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. They also lend digital audiobooks anyone can listen to as they commute and streaming online movies to view on a computer, phone, or smart TV. Like other public library materials, they’re generally available for free to anyone with a library card. But whether you’re a library or an individual fan, you can’t truly own digital materials the way you can own a printed book or a movie on DVD or VHS. Fans of e-books, music and video games have seen their collections become unplayable when publishers and distributors shut down servers. When it comes to libraries, licensing agreements largely dictated by publishers control when and how you can … [Read more...] about The battle for the future of e-books is happening at your local library
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Deep in the technology bunker of Fast Company we like us some e-readers–although some of us are just as partial to scuffed-up paperback books as well. Intel Corporation has just debuted their version, the Intel Reader. Unlike most e-books, which, a couple of years on from their inception, are beginning to get a bit samey, the Intel Reader really has a unique selling point: it can be used as a reading aid for dyslexics, people with learning disabilities, and the partially sighted and visibly challenged; that’s a market of around 55 million people. The size of a paperback, the Intel Reader converts printed text to digital, before reading it aloud to the user, thanks to its high-res camera, which allows users to snap away at pages or documents in order to listen to the printed word. All this goodness comes at a price: The Reader costs $1,500. There’s also a Portable Capture Station, which allows you to capture large amounts of text quickly–such as a chapter or … [Read more...] about Intel’s Pricy e-Reader Packs Added Accessibility for Millions of New Users
The red pencil is feared by rookie writers and well-established authors alike–the editing process is, by design, adversarial. I can name you at least one restaurant critic who has fired off a coruscating email to an editor who dared change one word in a review (he got a civil yet also coruscating reply from the editor’s colleagues). advertisement advertisement And now it’s about to be crowdsourced, by a new publishing firm that’s led by thriller writer Hector Macdonald. Macdonald, who studied zoology at Oxford under Richard Dawkins, has also worked as a strategic communications consultant in both the private and public sector–a job with striking parallels to that of the crowdsourced editor-had three novels published by Penguin in the past decade. And his fourth, Rogue Elements, is about to be published by Advance Editions, Macdonald’s own publishing firm, which Macdonald hopes will use the not inconsiderable resources of book lovers that … [Read more...] about Wikipedia–But For Books?
Riding on the Make in India bandwagon, the country’s fashion circuit is exploring the potential of homegrown fabrics. Thanks to Indian designers' intervention the weaver’s produce is now a luxury item on every runway both at home and abroad.“The demand for indigenous fabric, especially silk, has gone up by 80% and fashionistas are not shying away from paying for the craft. We are innovating Benarasi, Kanjivaram, Gadwal and many more such fabrics and adding a new texture to it — be it gold zari or handwoven designs. These inputs make the same product a luxury item that the international fashion area is in love with,” said Hyderabad-based textile designer Gaurang Shah.Shah has adopted 130 looms across states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and others. His collection in the revived traditional textile that has often dressed the likes of Vidya Balan and Kirron Kher sells between Rs 18,000 and Rs 3 lakhs. Customisation, … [Read more...] about Benarasi, Kanjivaram, Gadwal — desi fabric now part of global haute couture
With phones capable of taking high-resolution pictures and always at the ready, what would compel a teenager to carry a separate camera? That was the starting point for Artefact‘s revolutionary new camera concept–Meme, a wearable accessory slightly larger than an iPod Nano that takes photos with a click of a button and displays the results on an artsy grayscale screen, allowing users to share moments right as they happen. advertisement Artefact’s rethink of the digital camera began last year, when it introduced WVIL, essentially a viewfinder with an interchangeable lens. This time around, the Seattle-based studio decided to target a younger demographic. “We thought about how to re-imagine this device as a product that teens and young adults would want to use as much as their phones,” Artefact says. “But rather than try to displace the cell phone as camera, we wanted to find a solution that integrates into the existing tech ecosystem.” As … [Read more...] about The Future Camera For Youngsters? Shareable And Wearable Like Jewelry