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talenwu

What Does Your Brain Like Better: Paper or Ebooks? - 6 views

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    This is an interesting post. Thank you for your sharing. As mentioned in this post, new research shows that electronic readers promoted more deep reading and less active learning. However, from my own experience, I feel like electronic reading leads to less deep reading but more active leaning. For me, I will never choose to read electronically if I have the physical version of the book because reading from digital devices, such as e-readers, tablets and smartphones, make me feel it's not like reading, it's more like looking through some online content or some one else blog posts. When read electronic books, it easy for me to skip around, and lose focus, attention or patience. I always need to read a second time for fully understanding a paragraph, when I read electronically. Also, with out the convenient of highlighting and making notes, reading electronic books prevent me from better understanding the content and thinking deeply. However, reading electronically, especially reading online might promote active learning because in some online reading website or softwares, there's interactive section on the side where readers of the book or article post their own opinions or form a discussion. This promote people to read, think and learn actively and collaboratively.
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    For the topic of whether you like physical book or ebooks, we have discussed a lot during our class discussion. And the result is, all people prefer physical book other than ebook, the main reason that people said for their choices is the same one, the reading speed could be much faster when they are reading with ebook because they are scanning the texts in the device, however, by this way, they don't remember much about what they just read and have to read again and again in order to understand what the content is talking about. Reading with physical book make them feel more comfortable that they can take some notes in the margin of the book and they all like the texture of physical book.
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    "electronic readers promoted more deep reading and less active learning" Some of my observations. I believe the future is for electronic reading only.
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    For me, maybe I am old school, it depends on the mood. I am wired towards both the print and electronic books. I cannot wait to have a printed book in my hand this Christmas holiday. The smell of the new selection of books and the paging through is a wonderful experience.
monde3297

THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK - 11 views

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    The year I graduated high school, the media was overrun with speculation about a new technology set to shake the foundation of the world. What was it? We weren't told, exactly. All we knew was that code name "IT" was so revolutionary that we would have to rebuild our cities from scratch.
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    Thank you for sharing. I also heard that many universities are getting rid of their printed textbooks and only using e-texbook due to high prices that students have to pay for their printed textbooks. They may order in the printed textbook, but majority of schools are going digital.
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    Thank you for sharing this resource. This reminds me of a news article I read before, which is "Apple Announces E-Book Store". According to that news article, Apple announced the create of iBook store in Apple's event in Jan 27 2010, hoping to reshape the e-book industry with a vast selection of electronic books in iBook. Electronic books offered in iBook store are around the same price as Amazon's Kindle platform, but with much more functions and convenience. Taking the form of iPad, and with the support of five largest publishers in the world, iBook offers the electronic version of various books and ebbeds multimedia such as photos, videos, and audio files into books, which is revolutionary. Therefore, the rapid development of technology has promoted the rapid changes and upgrading in book industry. From traditional physical books that we buy from retailers or borrow from libraries, to the online book sellers who sell both physical books and electronic books, to today, ebook stores in portable and mobile devices, how we read, when we read, where we read, and what we read have been transformed to a large extent.
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    This is a good article. Sometimes, we think new technology will be a disrupted tech to kill and totally replace old industry.But actually, for old industry, the market will shrink a lot ,but won't totally disappear.
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    What's going to happen with printed books?
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    It depends on which side of the fence is one sitting on. The truth is the book is here to stay.
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    It is interesting that whenever a new innovation is introduced, the current one is declared dead before its final time arrives. Books in whatever format are appealing to different audiences for various reasons. To think that the introduction of e-books was going to lead to a declaration of war on printed books is laughable. Books will be with us for as long as we are still in this world. Does format matter? only time will tell.
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    Long back Lancaster wrote about paperless society but still we are heavily depending on paper only. Technology has fast evolved. First we talked about e-libraries then virtual libraries and now contemplating cloud based libraries. Many technologies have come and gone but paper is still ubiquitous.
mbittman

Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks - 1 views

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    We're excited to add two new titles, Writing 101 and Writing 201, to our free ebook library.
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    Two interesting e-books on developing writing skills, as well as many articles on various aspects of writing. Intended for those who write in English.
alwillw

http://www.iheartintelligence.com/2014/08/31/free-books-100-legal-sites-download-litera... - 3 views

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    Thank you for sharing.
Kim Baker

Outernet aims to provide data to the net unconnected - 1 views

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    A timely article on the Outernet, a service that can broadcast e-books and culled information from the internet to less wealthy nations who do not have access to the internet. A few criticisms of the emerging technology do arise: addressing literacy in less developed locations, questioning whether the information broadcast is information that would be suited for that community, and finally whether there would be a prioritization of information with paid net-connected organizations.
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    This is good news for people living in regions of conflict and war-torn countries. have access to learning is the dream of many people
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    "But what about for the many people in the world that lack internet connectivity? The answer is still yes - at least according to Syed Karim, who explained how at TEDGlobal. The entrepreneur had been invited to the human ingenuity-themed event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to speak about his company, Outernet. The business aims to address the fact that about two-thirds of the world's population still has no internet access."
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    Thank you for posting this article about Syed Karim's TED talk as I had not seen it before and found it very interesting. With the outernet, I believe people living in places where this is inadequate or no access to the internet will be able to accrue information. However, I still believe more efforts need to be done to expand the web so that all can partake.
haileyhjw

Open Culture - The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web. - 7 views

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    The best free cultural and educational media on the web
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    The best free cultural and educational media on the web
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    I already shared this web page hahaha
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    Thousands of free courses, MOOCs, hundreds of free books, audiobooks, movies textbooks,
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    The best FREE cultural & educational media on the web. Features free courses, movies, audio books, eBooks & thought-provoking daily posts.
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    erikitaymarijo, thank you for the attached list it is very helpful.
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    Some of us get our education at film school. More of us get it from The Criterion Collection, that formidably cinephilic restorer, curator, and packager of classic motion pictures from every era.
Raúl Marcó del Pont

Ebooks de segunda mano - 1 views

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    En los últimos tiempos varios amigos han puesto a la venta de segunda mano numerosos libros en papel en algunas de las librerías de Internet que ofrecen este servicio, mucho más bajo el prisma de comprobar el funcionamiento del servicio y la elasticidad al precio, que por generar una fuente de ingresos.
jurado-navas

Welcome to Open Library (Open Library) - 24 views

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    Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget--it's all welcome. Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.
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    Un esfuerzo encomiable, para plantarle cara a Google, cosa que soepecho que todos sabemos, no es asunto fácil. Robert Darnton, uno de los prmotores del proyecto, publicó varios textos que ubican el contexto general del proyecto. Uno esA World Digital Library Is Coming True!, en http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/may/22/world-digital-library-coming-true/, donde concluye: "It would be naive, however, to imagine a future free from the vested interests that have blocked the flow of information in the past. The lobbies at work in Washington also operate in Brussels, and a newly elected European Parliament will soon have to deal with the same issues that remain to be resolved in the US Congress. Commercialization and democratization operate on a global scale, and a great deal of access must be opened before the World Wide Web can accommodate a worldwide library."
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    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing it.
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    Really liked. Thanks for sharing it!
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    This website is an open source of information on a book resources. This is great, easy to download thru pdfiles. As technology spreads all throughout the world, the way we communicate to others and also the way we find an information has changed just like e-books or e-learning process.
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    i love open library, although the digitized books often have issues, the pdf formats are not great. many entries are not so great either. However, the important part of Openlibrary that no one has mentioned yet, is the lending model for digitized modern books. they have digitized books that are still in copyright, but do not have ebook editions and are usually not being reprinted. they lend one digital copy for one physical copy held in storage. they idea is to use the traditional rights of buyers provide under copyright rather than the contract law licensing of most ebooks.
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    Very good and will be helpful to all
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    Welcome to Open Library! Looking for accessible books in the DAISY format? View our accessible book subject page, or search for accessible books.
Kevin Stranack

unglue.it - Support Free eBooks - 1 views

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    "unglue (v. t.) 5. To make your favorite books free to everyone on earth."
Kevin Stranack

Smashwords: Indie Author Manifesto - 0 views

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    "Where once self publishing was viewed as the option of last resort - the option for failed writers and an option marked by stigma and shame - self publishing is increasingly viewed as the option of first choice for many writers. Over the next couple years I think we'll reach a point where more first-time writers aspire to indie-publish than traditionally publish. "
nivinsharawi

Fragmented Publishing: The Implications of Self-Publishing - 2 views

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    Unfortunately, the webinar itself is not free, but the slides are here. In particular, Mark Coker of Smashwords provides a good overview of the trends and future for self-publishing.
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    it is useful powerpoint thanks
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    read presentation
Kevin Stranack

5 Key Trends in Self-Publishing for 2014 | Mediashift | PBS - 2 views

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    Trends in the production and distribution of self-published ebooks.
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    Very interesting. Let me share on twitter. Thank you.
Kevin Stranack

Beating the Odds: Building a Publishing "Maker" Culture | American Libraries Magazine - 1 views

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    "With the emergence of new publishing tools, public libraries are able to be publishers for themselves. In essence, we can build a Maker culture for local publishing. "
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    Thanks! I did not know about Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing. Quite useful!
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    Two competing views on the future of publishing, and how shifts in consumer behavior to purchasing or consuming electronic content is causing such a shift in the literary world. I found it interesting to read that a number of open source software platforms were identified as the harbingers of today's self-publishing model online. I never knew Wattpad existed - watt an awesome site (pun intended). I agree with the articles viewpoint about the role that public libraries can play in this shifting landscape. A good read.
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