Ok now that I have your attention, I'll quickly say that of course I believe that PDF is a great technology that has served its purpose for a long time, but I believe we should progressively stop using it in some use cases since the world has actually changed to slowly make it less relevant.
From Reason: Science Fiction Publisher Liberates Its E-Books Katherine Mangu-Ward | April 24, 2012 Tor/Forge, the rather libertarian science fiction publishing house I profiled in “Tor’s World Without Death or Taxes,” has decided to eliminate digital...
Libraries are really good at lending. It’s who they are, it’s what they do. A growing number of materials, including ebooks, fishing poles, cake pans, art and tools, can all be borrowed from libraries. But as libraries transform themselves into 21st century institutions, some innovators are looking beyond libraries solely as lenders and seeing ways that they could be hubs for the sharing economy.
Prices for online content from two providers have increased by about 145% over the past six years, which far exceeds not only the consumer price index, but also the higher education and the library price indices. These journals therefore claim an ever-increasing share of our overall collection budget. Even though scholarly output continues to grow and publishing can be expensive, profit margins of 35% and more suggest that the prices we must pay do not solely result from an increasing supply of new articles.
Not only is Charlie Stross a published sci-fi author, but he is also an advocate for DRM-free eBooks. As such, he's put together a thoughtful argument as to why DRM-free eBooks will be good for the publishing world...
3D printing and scanning for the Dalhousie community is only a few weeks away! SIM students Michael Groenendyk and Riel Gallant have been hard at work testing this service to make it user-ready for the pilot project slated to be set up in the main Killam Learning Commons in May.
Henry sez, "Harvard Library's Faculty Advisory Council is telling faculty that it's financially 'untenable' for the university to keep on paying extortionate access fees for academic journals. It's suggesting that faculty make their research publicly available, switch to publishing in open access journals and consider resigning from the boards of journals that don't allow open access."
OverDrive released its first “Big Data” report at the London Book Fair, a snapshot of the library ebook platform’s March traffic. In that single month, more than 5 million visitors viewed 146 million pages in 12.6 million visits to OverDrive-hosted digital catalog, the company reported. On average, ebook catalogs hosted more than 408,000 visits each day. Visitors viewed 11.6 pages and browsed the site for 9 minutes 34 seconds on average.