Archive for February, 2014

EXponEntial Ebooks and thE End of Print

Just to prove you’re never too old to study, I am doing a management prof. development training course at the University of Leicester, and its been an interesting experience because the paper book is dead, or at least not very well.

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Generating an assignment, an eBook is so much easier to use; searching and little touches like automatic reference generation when you cut and paste is a particular time saver. Publisher interfaces for reading are poor though; 1990’s Kitch, but not in a good way.

As a computing postgrad – my last study experience before this, even 15 years ago because we were doing cutting edge study so we had gone mostly “Ebooks” for the study part of the degree (not typical at the time) so it’s not a new experience for me – but it has galvanised a view I’ve held for sometime; that the physical book is almost over; its really just a mindset change in our students and once they get into the habit the change to ebooks will be one-way and exponential.
Never a good idea to make predictions though! 10 years. There I said it. History judge me kindly.
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February 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

400 year-old Wiki Discovered on Earth!

400 hundred years before Facebook, Google  and Wikipedia the idea of publishing your  views or re-mixing somebody else’s work wasn’t on the cards… or was it? There were no computers – you looked through Windows and Browsing was strictly a market place activity and boy, apples were much cheaper then. But were things so different? 400 hundred years ago home-grown terrorist Guy Fawkes was planning mass murder of his countrymen, and Gallilaos new must-have gadget – the telescope, was bringing people closer and there was nothing good on tv.

Nestling in the rare books collection at the University of Leicester lies a book that could prove the brave new world of the Internet is a phoney.  There, via the charming medium of glued paper is a book that records botanical facts and figures, but enhanced by its original owner with local notes and . Ye Olde Mashup no less.

February 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm Leave a comment


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