Reading Ahead: Secondary Research (part 1)
Starting any project means we inevitably come across any number of articles that pertain to the topic or the themes that emerge from the research and synthesis.
Sometimes we’ll dedicate some time at the beginning to collect articles and summarize ’em, but more often we’ll just do a quick scan and opportunistically look for issues to inform our recruiting and planning for fieldwork.
Here’s what we’re reading now (and we’ll do a part 2 if and when we find more articles of interest):
- Kindle and the Future of Reading – Nicholson Baker in the New Yorker
- NPR Books: July 7, 2008 – “A challenge for amazon’s Kindle e-reader: how does it stand up to a visit to a pool?”
- Hotels Offering eBooks as Amenities – jk OnTheRun (also this from the same site)
- Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple – Adam L. Penenberg in Fast Company
- Barnes & Noble unveils largest ebookstore
- Some Thoughts on the Anthology – A Working Library
Among the many complaints made about the shift from reading on paper to reading on screen, perhaps the most common-and most difficult to counter-is that we are moving from a medium that requires concentration to one that sows distraction into every syllable. This complaint assumes that the act of flitting from one reading to the next is necessarily inferior; but what if that were not always the case?
- Possible ou probable? – Video of a future scenario for the book itself
- Amazon’s Orwellian deletion of Kindle books- Boing Boing
- Universities Turn to Kindle Sometimes To Save Paper – NYT Green Inc. blog
- Jeff Bezos on NPR’s On Point
- NPR Books: June 26, 2008 – “Chinese fiction writers are using the Internet as a way to reach and entertain their readership”
- Comparison of eBook devices (also here)
- Devices from Wikipedia
Prominent examples include:
* Plastic Logic (2010)
* txtr by the German start-up txtr (to be presented in the Oct 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair)
* Cybook Opus by Bookeen (August 2009)
* Readius foldable eBook reader by Polymer Vision (Will never release due to bankrupt)
* COOL-ER ereader by Interread (2009)
* Digital Reader 1000 SW by iRex (2009)
* Kindle 2 by Amazon (2009)
* Sony Reader PRS-700 by Sony (2009)
* Digital Reader 1000 by iRex (2008)
* Sony Reader PRS-505 by Sony (2007/8)
* Kindle by Amazon (2007)
* Cybook Gen3 by Bookeen (2007)
* Hanlin eReader by Jinke (distributed as “Lbook” in Estonia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine as “BeBook” in Europe; also distributed by Pixelar) (2007)
* Wattpad (2006) for Mobile Java devices and other mobile phones
* Sony Reader PRS-500 by Sony (2006)
* iLiad by iRex (2006)
* Librié by Sony (2004)
- iPhone as eReader – Lexcycle
Lexcycle today announced that more than 2 million users have downloaded Stanza, the popular electronic book reader application for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, since it was launched one year ago. Stanza’s award-winning reading experience, which features customizable formatting, searching, library management and over-the-air book downloads on demand, has led to more than 12 million book downloads.
These milestones highlight that many people are quite comfortable reading full length books via Stanza on their iPhones and iPod touch.
- Is the iPhone the Ultimate eBook Reader? – ReadWriteWeb
- Why Apple’s iTouch Tablet Will Become Its Flagship Product – Seeking Alpha