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Liveblogging Day 2 of the “Making Books Apparent” meeting

George Oates, IA, Open Library:

GeorgeO 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.

Booki Developers

  • 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, correct OCR mistakes, and then re-upload to!


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.


Written by internetarchive

October 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Liveblogging the “Making Books Apparent” meeting

Brewster Kahle, IA:


  • 1.6 Million public domain books on
  • 20 Scanning centers in 5 countries
  • 150 contributing libraries
  • 20th century books not well-represented online
  • IA is starting to receive and own physical books
  • Today, IA will launch the BookServer project, and demostrate loans of 20th century works
  • BookServer will integrate publishers, libraries, booksellers, and readers in in an open, robust system.

Peter Brantley, IA:


  • We need a web of books that will permit people to find, buy, download, and read books on any device.
  • Will be based on Lexcycle’s Stanza iPhone app
  • The data interchange will be based on Atom
  • BookServer will work with any e-book format. EPUB will be the common format.


  • Bookserver” is the architechture.
  • OPDS” is the technical specification.
  • Catalogs” are made using OPDS.
  • Atom” is the XML scheme for OPDS.


  • Any web site can run a bookstore.
  • Libraries, bookstores, and publishers can join in
  • Search engines can server as book gateways
  • Aggregators can harvest multiple catalogs
  • New uses will be emerging

New NLS Digital Talking Book Player for the Print Disabled:


Keith Fahlgren, O’Reilly Media:


” I really like to create the future I want to inherit.”


  • Distributors
  • Aggregators
  • Readers (both people and devices)

Marc Prud’hommeaux, Lexcycle:

Showing demo of how 1.5M IA EPUBs in Stanza, through BookServer ecosystem:


Hadrien Gardeur, Feedbooks:

Subscriptions in OPDS:


A Hulu for Magazines and Newspapers through OPDS? Sure, we can do it!

Michael Ang, IA:


Open-source tools for creating OPDS catalogs at

Written by internetarchive

October 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm