The internet's attic has reached a milestone few web properties will ever be able to match; it is turning twenty this year. The IA touted the milestone in a blog post today where it announced several upgraded features: Thanks to the efforts of Giovanni Damiola, full-text search through all books hosted on the Internet Archive is back online and is faster than ever. You can try the new feature, for example, to see over 115,000 places where works reference Benjamin Franklin’s maxim: “Little strokes fell great oaks”. Thanks to Richard Carceres, we have a beautiful new Book Reader, which looks great on mobile devices and provides a much clearer and simpler book borrowing experience. Try out the new Book Reader and see for yourself! In the processing of adding hundreds of thousands of new modern works to the Open Library catalog, Mek Karpeles released our new openlibrary-client, a command line developer tool for programmatically fetching and creating new works on Open Library. They also announced that patrons who borrowed ebooks from the Open Library could now do so from inside the BookReader webapp. Users can also switch between Epub and PDF formats, or return the ebook early. Launched by Brewster Kahle in [...]
The intern who has been left in charge of B&N's ebook platform has apparently been busy. Just over a month ago they added an option for setting an ebook's price to zero, and now they are apparently revamping Nook Press.
There’s been a metric ton of electronic ink spilled in the past few months about audiobooks, their merits, and whether listening to one is the same thing as reading a book. If you’re keeping a running tally of online persons willing to express an opinion on any of this, put me down for: audiobooks have …
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