Liveblogging Day 2 of the “Making Books Apparent” meeting
George Oates, IA, Open Library:
OpenLibrary.org redesign going live in 1-2 months!
SJ Klein, One Laptop Per Child:
As of last week, all 400,000 school children in Uruguay have OLPC Laptops! They are carried in bags like this:
After collecting 2.5-3 years of data, Uruguay estimates TCO of an OLPC XO laptop to be $280 for four years of use. The hardware cost is about $190 of this, the rest is maintenance cost.
BookServer Use Cases:
- Collaborative writings
- InfoSlicer: OLPC wikipedia mashup activity
- Reading books, now with EPUB support, soon with direct editing
- “Get IA Books” activity was one of the first BookServer software clients!
Showing the Rural Design Collective’s prototype topic browser for books on the OLPC:
Minh Truong, Aldiko:
Beta version of Aldiko showing IA Bookserver integration!
Liza Daly, ThreePress, Ibis Reader:
Ibis Reader: “The ereader designed for readers first!”
Standards-based cloud iPhone reader with offline support, and non-drm purchasing.
Uses standards all the way: BookServer, OPDS, EPUB, and HTML5.
Adam Hyde and Douglass Bagnall, FLOSS Manuals, and Booki:
Booki is a “book wiki”: an open-source online writing and publishing engine.
- We are not publishers
- As artists we have come to know and love free (LIBRE) technology and free (LIBRE) content
- We have founded, work with/in, mentored, and grown the FLOSS Manuals community for 2+ years
Booki being used to ingest EPUB from archive.org, correct OCR mistakes, and then re-upload to archive.org!
Above, using Booki to correct typos in IA’s Tom Sawyer EPUB!
Bill Janssen, PARC:
UpLib is an open-source personal digital library system:
Michael Tamblyn, Shortcovers:
“Your whole reading life, always with you.”
“How OPDS can help”, in the form of a screenplay:
OPDS needs to address Territorial Rights problems.
Cartwright Reed, VP Product Development, Ingram:
- It cost Ingram $6 to print a book and $0.50 to deliver. This cost is $0 and $0.01 for an ebook.
- Transition from physical to digital is happening faster than most people in the industry were expecting.
- DRM is dud. It just takes one person to copy and share a file.
- Music lead the way in transition from analog to digital, and is leading the way again in the transition from DRM to DRM-Free
- Production, distribution, and discovery are nearly free.
- Creation, curation, and community are not free.
- The digital space is the exciting one.
- As long as content is static, it doesn’t accrete value.
- Physical book sales 1.5 years ago (estimate)
Current distribution chain:
Author -> Publisher -> Distributer -> Reseller -> Consumer
BookServer allows you to go straight from Author->Consumer, or any other iteration in the above distribution chain.