A company called On Demand Books is now offering a machine that automatically creates books from digital files. A beta version of the machine is operating at World Bank Bookstore. Check out the video demonstration. The actual demonstration begins about 25 minutes into the clip.
The question for us is how might we use this ...
Check out TedBlog from the Technology, Entertainment, and Design Conference. This blog captures videos from the conference along with new entries on related topics. The blog also has a number of nice features such as a tag cloud view of the topics and code that allows inclusion of the videos directly into another site.
Companies from Nike to Publishers are looking for ways to engage people to build an audience for advertisers. A recent Business Week story includes several interesting models for our consideration. Note that the NY Times new website design has resulted in a 12% increase in traffic.
In the wake of the recent discussion comparing Digg to the NYT, John Murrell has highlighted four distinct publishing models:
A new study of college students has found that the majority turn to the campus newspaper for local news. Other interesting findings include the proportion reading the NY Times at least once a month (32%) and the fact that although students want video/vodcasts and blogs on their local campus paper, demand for podcasts appears to be quite low.
This article on Google's vertical content strategy highlights something that we need to consider carefully for all of our publishing efforts. It seems that we need to make our metadata (title, authors, even abstracts) accessible to Google, but that we also need to make sure that our full text is not picked up and cached. Do we have this covered for TCR and PocketKnowledge?
The race between traditional publishers and collaborative online projects continues, this time with a contest of sorts between an expended user "edited" Digg and the New York Times. Attention to the potential rivalry is fueling by the launch of Digg 3.0 scheduled for Monday, June 26th that will take the Digg experience into more general news categories. The Digg vs. NYT comparison is highlighted in this entry from...
The cover story in Business Week discusses the work of the Gates Foundation in school reform. The piece reports on the mixed to disappointing results of much of the work of the foundation to improve U.S. high schools. Be sure to look at some of the reader comments on the piece since a number are from teachers in the schools being discussed.
Here is another idea for us to consider as we evolve our next publishing project. Following in the footsteps of Digg, the New Netscape will combine a social bookmarking approach with editorial work from "anchors" who will highlight items for readers. I would like to get some other opinions on this model. In particular, I wonder if this is a service that might be offered by the "World's Largest Education Libary" as part of its effort to inform patrons about developments in the field of education?
Kate Wittenberg from the Electronic Publishing Project at CU suggests some new opportunities and directions for scholarly publishing in this article. It seems like there are some practical implications for our own publishing efforts in this.