Beyond eBooks

Clark Quinn

Because, frankly, the ebook formats are still too limited. We can now embed the digital media within ebooks. Why ebooks, not on the web? However, we can’t quite do what I want with ebooks. The ebook standards don’t yet support it, though they could. Wrapping a dialog capability around the ebook, which is another interesting opportunity, only adds to the learning opportunity.

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iPad & eBooks: A Game Changer for Blended Learning


Home > Single Source , Standards > iPad & eBooks: A Game Changer for Blended Learning iPad & eBooks: A Game Changer for Blended Learning March 25th, 2010 Goto comments Leave a comment I was on Nigel Paine’s blog on Friday when I saw and commented on his post The Mash-up Begins.

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Stephen Downes: ebook on openness

George Siemens

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Control your dreams (ebook)

Mind Hacks

Anyone can learn to have lucid dreams, and this ebook tells you how. The ebook is written as a sort of travel guide, telling you what you need to take on your journey and what to expect when you start to lucid dream. “Control your dreams” is my second self-published ebook. Lucid dreams are those dreams where you become aware you are dreaming, and can even begin to control the reality of the dream. Adventure, problem-solving and consequence-free indulgence await!

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eBook on eGov

David Weinberger

You can download a free PDF of a new anthology about egovernment, called State of the eUnion, edited by John Gotze. I haven’t read it, but there are some excellent contributors. Disclosure: I’m one of the not-so-excellent contributors

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eBooks in the WSJ

Steven Berlin Johnson

The folks at the Wall Street Journal very nicely asked me to write a cover story for their Journal Report on technology, which is on the stands today. The piece is here online, but if you get a chance, check in out in print (ironic, I know.) They dedicated the whole front page of the section to the story, which is really cool to see. It's also teased above the masthead on the front page.) There are about a dozen different predictions running through the piece, some of the positive, some negative.

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The Environment and eBook Readers

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Of more concern are the materials used to create ebooks, and in particular, the minerals and the energy. And while some of these materials are "exotic metals from oppressed and war-torn countries" the problem here is not the ebook readers themselves but rather the conditions under which we extract the materials. In fact, very little of the electricity used to produce ebook readers comes from fossil fuel sources. Finally, let's consider the economics of ebook readers. "An

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The enormous opportunity for writers and readers in an ebook world

Trends in the Living Networks

Last Friday I was interviewed on ABC’s News Exchange program about ebooks and their impact. The ebook segment is around 13:30 – 17:15. We covered a lot of territory in the interview, ranging across topics including why ebooks are rising so rapidly to the impact on booksellers and libraries. One of the topics we discussed is what I think is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of ebooks: how they are democratizing creativity.

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The eBook edition of my book is published!

Euen Semple

Thanks to the guys at Wiley the eBook edition of my book "Organizations don't tweet, people do" is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes. From the blurb: Practical advice for managers on how the Web and social media can help them to do their jobs better. Today's managers are faced with an increasing use of the Web and social platforms by their staff, their customers, and their competitors, but most aren't sure quite what to do about it or how it all relates to them.

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eBooks and Books Online

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Richard Nantel : Just to respond to the comments, I think there is a very big difference between eBooks and books that are online. What we are seeing online is not an increase in the popularity of eBooks per se. Most books that are online are plain text (as in the Gutenberg collection) or RTF (as are most of the Burgomeister books). These are, of course, free and open access books (whether legal or not). What these types of books manifestly don't need is a 'reader'.

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Free eBook - Visualizing Information

Tony Karrer

Found via Nancy White - Visualizing Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design from the Tactical Technology Collective - a free, beautiful overview book around visual information design

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12% have borrowed an ebook from their library, but most don’t know they can

David Weinberger

A new report from Pew Internet says that most Americans don’t know that they can borrow e-books from their local public libraries, while 12% of e-book readers (16 years and older) have borrowed an e-book from their local public library. More than 75% of local public libraries in the US do lend out e-books.). Those who do borrow e-books think the selection is quite good: 16% excellent, 18% very good, and 32% good.

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25 Interactions for eLearning - Free eBook

Tony Karrer

BJ Schone has published a nice little eBook and has an associated blog that provides some interactions that can be used in eLearning that will make the learning more fun and engaging.

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Textbooks are dead. Or Should Be.


iPad mobile learning cloud learning eBooks elearning tablet textbooks XylemeI know it’s a bold statement but just for a minute here, humor me and think about a world without physical textbooks, where teachers assign, distribute, receive assignments and grade on a tablet computer. Where students can receive and complete assignments, and follow their grades on their tablet.

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Inkling for iPad: eTextbook Reading Done Right

Adaptive Path

Tags: Experience Design iPad apple ebook inkling reading

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"Ebooks: The sceptics" (Guardian UK) What a load of crap!

Mark Oehlert

So I guess the Guardian (UK) went out and asked some authors how they felt about eBooks. Finally, one is actually " horrified by the idea of ebooks" and that she loves the "feel and production of books, and I covet them as possessions.". One author laments not being able to spy out what people are reading on the train.

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The Kindle - Prepping the Ground for eBook advances

Mark Oehlert

Love it or hate it - the Kindle is acting a bit like a bow wave on the e-book front. This post from Crave lays out some of the specs of a new. reader from Netronix.

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New Book "Smart Boys, Bad Grades" Premieres

Nine Shift

Last week Julie and I premiered our new eBook, "Smart Boys, Bad Grades," at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York City. You can get the new eBook in one of two ways on our new web site You can purchase it for $4.95 OR you can join our citizens group Parents of Boys (no cost to join) and get the eBook FREE. Thanks to provost Peter Barna for graciously hosting the event. .

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): The Kindle - Prepping the Ground for eBook advances

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Audiko - Create Free Ringtones - even for the iPhone | Main | Map of the Blogosphere » March 27, 2008 The Kindle - Prepping the Ground for eBook advances Love it or hate it - the Kindle is acting a bit like a bow wave on the e-book front.

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Will books survive? A scorecard…

David Weinberger

In my interview with Cory Doctorow , I wondered, in the midst of an overly-elaborate three-part question, whether ebooks will provide enough of what we value about physical books (pbooks) that pbooks will lose the historic significance Cory had pointed to. Nevertheless, if the future is something like that, then what of pbooks’ value will be left unreplaced by ebooks? The biggest open question, I believe, is whether it will be as easy to annotate ebooks… Annotatability.

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My Guides to using social media

Jane Hart

For those of you who have been waiting for the eBook version of my Social Learning Handbook, you will be pleased to note that it is now available. This book is intended for Workplace Learning Professionals and in Part 1 considers the emergence of social media, its impact on workplace learning, the range of [.]. Books Facebook Twitter

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Race Against…: The Dead Tree Version

Andy McAfee

It’s more expensive than the ebook ($14.99 It’s an ideal complement to the ebook, and it also stands on its own. Just a quick note that our book Race Against the Machine is now available in paperback from Amazon and CreateSpace (a print-on-demand company). vs. $3.99). We’re not deliberately engaging in price gouging; this is near the minimum price CreateSpace will let us charge.

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Our newest book: Solves America's #1 Problem

Nine Shift

The eBook costs only $4.99. We predicted the 21st Century. Now we Solve America''s #1 Problem. . Our new book comes out in the next two months. We have 8 speaking engagements lined up already. . And the book solves America''s #1 Economic and Social Problem. What''s that you ask? Our country''s economic prosperity, which is totally dependent on having enough qualified knowledge workers. . Check back here for how to order. Thanks for supporting NineShift!

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Apple blocking books that link to Amazon

David Weinberger

Apple, apparently, won’t carry an ebook that contains a link to buy a hardcover book from Amazon. Second, the vertical integration of this market — the dominate sellers of ebook hardware are also the dominant sellers of ebooks — imposes a similar cultural obligation.

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How to autograph an e-book

David Weinberger

So, here’s a proposal for the Kindle, the Nook, and for any other DRM-ed ebook reader: Allow us to embed one and only one photo into our copy of an ebook. I went to see To Be Takei last night, and George himself was there for an interview afterwards. It occurred to me that I’d like him to autograph his book Oh Myyy , but I only have a copy on my Kindle.

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Kindle vs. Textbooks

Mark Oehlert

Imagine a hardware platform that blended something like the LifeScribe's SmartPen and an eBook reader - the device both displays the textbook and records the audio of the lecture and links that audio to the relevant text or vice versa. ( BetaNews link ). So according to this article , "32.7% of a textbook's cost comes from paper."

Practicing the Preach

Clark Quinn

Whether a course, or interactive ebook, or whatever, I want to create a flow. I’m working on my next plan for global domination. And as I do, I’ve been developing my thinking, and there are some interesting outcomes. Including a realization that I wasn’t doing what I usually recommend. And I also believe that you should ‘ show your work ‘ So here I’m practicing the preach. First, I’m developing my understanding, getting concrete about it.

Coming September 27, An Addendum to The Purpose Effect

Dan Pontefract

You can order it as an eBook via the regular channels including Amazon , Chapters-Indigo , Barnes & Noble , and Kobo. The Rise, Fall and Rise of Purpose by Dan Pontefract. Not everything can fit into a book. On September 27, 2016, I am releasing an addendum to my latest book, The Purpose Effect called “ The Rise, Fall and Rise of Purpose.”

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Book notice

David Weinberger

As Publishers Weekly puts it, in June ebooks jumped while print plunged: $80.2MM e-books. 84.9MM hardcover. 48.4MM trade paperback. 47.4MM mass-market paperback. Adult paperbacks were down 64% in that month. Discussion at Reddit. Well before the last press has punched out its last paper book, we will have switched to thinking that p-books are print-outs of e-books. That’s when the switch will have been made, just as occurred when we switched from typewriters to word processors.

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Blog Post: No Kindle required

David Gurteen

Amazon would make the transition so much easier if their ebooks were only a few pounds each but every time I have toyed with buying an ebook it is only slightly cheaper than the paper version. Buy a paper version - get the ebook free" would be cool. I'd even pay a few pounds extra to get the ebook thrown in. It may be articles like this: 5 Ways That eBooks Are Better Than Paper Books.

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New Horizon Report: Alan Levine – Mindmap

Clark Quinn

For the near term (< 1 year), he identified the two major technologies as ebooks and mobile devices (with a shoutout for my book : very kind). This evening I had the delight to hear Alan Levine present the New Media Consortium’s New Horizon Report for 2011 to the ASTD Mt.

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Findings Is Hiring

Steven Berlin Johnson

If you're interested in the future of text, social reading, ebooks, and serendipitous discovery, this is a great project to get involved with, working in a dynamic and fun office with the rest of the Betaworks crew in Manhattan.

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finding perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

My second ebook, finding perpetual beta , is now available. The ebook is available for $24. This ebook contains a series of reflections on the themes originally presented in seeking perpetual beta , published in April, 2014. Scroll down to read a description of the contents. You will receive a nicely formatted and edited 75-page book, that is also copy-protection free so you can read it on any device, share it with friends, or print it.

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Among the Techonomists

Andy McAfee

In his 2010 ebook The Great Stagnation Cowen argued that it’s not. In our 2011 ebook Race Against the Machine we argue that it is — that technological innovation is going great guns at present — and that our labor force woes are due primarily to tech progress, not stagnation. I’m headed today to Techonomy , which bills itself as “not a tech conference. It’s a conference about how tech is changing everything else.”

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Digital Learning Survey 2019 – Most Tech Doesn’t Stack Up


The next gen LCMS also makes it easy to publish content to many different outputs — such as a digital course, instructor-led printable lesson plan, virtual classroom training, eBooks and other formats — because content is stored as flexible XML and isn't locked into restrictive proprietary formats.

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Seeking perpetual Beta

Harold Jarche

ebook. After 10 years of blogging here, I have compiled my best posts into an ebook. This ebook is the result of a decade of seeking, sense-making, and sharing knowledge on the Web. The ebook can be purchased for $25 (13% HST incl for Canadian purchasers). It’s called Seeking perpetual Beta: a guidebook for the network era.

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[liveblog] The future of libraries

David Weinberger

But Overdrive is lending lots of ebooks. Amazon has 65% of the ebook market, “a scary number,” Dan says. In the Pew survey a couple of weeks ago, 35% said that libraries ought to spend more on ebooks even at the expense of physical books. If you look at the ebook market, there’s more reading go on at places like the DPLA. (He Many of the ebooks are being provided straight to a platform (mainly Amazon) by the authors.

Book formats and formatting books

David Weinberger

AKMA points to an excellent post by Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica about the fragmentation of ebook standards. Jacqui points to the major hurdle: Ebook makers like owning their own format so they can “vertically integrate,&# i.e., lock users into their own bookstores. AKMA would love to see a publisher offer an easy way of “pouring&# text into an open format that creates a useful, beautiful digital book.

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Digital Learning Survey 2019 – Most Tech Doesn’t Stack Up


The next gen LCMS also makes it easy to publish content to many different outputs — such as a digital course, instructor-led printable lesson plan, virtual classroom training, eBooks and other formats — because content is stored as flexible XML and isn't locked into restrictive proprietary formats.

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DIY Learning

Jay Cross

The first deliverable will be an inexpensive book, probably both an ebook (cheap and easy to distribute) and a paperback (works better for checklists and highlighting). I’m writing a book on learning for oneself, without training. It’s for knowledge workers and bosses who have been told “You’re responsible for your own learning.” ” I imagine they feel like the dog who got on the bus. “What do I do now?” ” Aha!

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Ten Years, Ten Thoughts

Harold Jarche

In compiling my ebook, Seeking perpetual beta: a guidebook for the network era , I tried to cover all the posts that resonated with readers, clients, and colleagues over a decade. Here are some highlights, representing one thought per year. Taking control of our learning is a challenge for individuals used to working inside hierarchies that demand conformity and compliance.

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My kid’s novel is now an e-book

David Weinberger

Tags: ya_fiction novels fiction lotteries ebooks e-books kindle

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Michael Hart remembered

David Weinberger

Visiting him in his house was a joy– it was stacked high with books all around, and a glowing green terminal in the basement where he first helped type in the classics and then lead thousands of volunteers to bring over 37,000 books online as beautifully edited ebooks. A Billion eBook Library. Here are the details: A Billion eBook Library. If we do ~40% of these that will be ~10 million eBooks. Conclusion: 10 million eBooks translated into 100 languages yields.

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