Thursday Midday Links: Michael Hart of Project Gutenberg Has Passed Away
Michael Hart of Project Gutenberg has passed away. I don’t think that Hart’s contribution to learning can ever be overestimated. He pioneered digital publishing and brought over a hundred thousand of out of print, public domain works to the reading public regardless of learning ability, economic status, or, in many cases, geographic location. From Wikipedia:
Michael Stern Hart (March 8, 1947 – September 6, 2011) was an American author best known as the founder of Project Gutenberg which makes electronic books freely available via the Internet. At least one version of each book is a plain text file that can be displayed on virtually any computer. Most of the early postings were typed in by Hart himself. Today, the e-texts are produced (usually scanned) by Project Gutenberg’s many volunteers. The collection includes public domain works and copyrighted works included with express permission.
He instituted standards and the works edited and formatted by Project Gutenberg are as polished as you will find from any publisher. His death is a real loss to anyone who loves literature.
Maili gave me the heads up on this new publisher for the UK readers (and I assume, given the way that territorial rights are parsed out, that means most of Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand). will be launching a digital first romance imprint called www.rougeromance.co.uk that seems largely comprised of titles previously published rather than new, original fiction. From the Bookseller:
The first eight e-books will be released on 29th September, with plans to publish four titles per month subsequently. The list will be split into six sub-genres—Regency, Historical, Suspense, Contemporary, Paranormal and Occasions—with every title to be available for under £5.
According to Nate at The Digital Reader, Digitimes reported that it received an order for new devices from Barnes & Noble. The new device will be a NookColor but other than that the details are sparse. BN usually releases new products in October and November so expect an announcement, if there is a new device, by the end of this month.
All these rumors and releases required an update of the DA Buying Guide.
Amazon is going to test out locker delivery systems at 7-11 stores. Order something and have it delivered to the local 7-11. You can then go to the convenience store with your email order confirmation, scan a barcode and your product can be procured from one of the available lockers.
I’m not sure if this marks a signal of increased shipping costs to one’s home for Amazon purchases.