Weekly Tech Roundup
NPR Debates Google v Amazon. Powells thinks that Google will help to include more resellers in the digital market. My feeling? The more intermediaries, the greater the price. (Thanks Lucinda Betts).
Teleread.org wonders how many books stand up to the first chapter read that Amazon’s Kindle offers. Given the number of books that I try to read but can’t make it past the first three chapters, I am guessing not many.
Bringham Young is starting a pilot program of digital lending by allowing patrons to check out one of 3 Kindle readers. I’m not sure what books will be available digitally for those individuals to read but the article suggests books not obtainable through Interlibrary Loan (will those even be digitized?)
ASUS’s netbook tablet is coming stateside. The mini pc / net book is a booming part of the computer industry and ASUS is one of the leaders. The 7″ netbook offers a swivel screen that is touch sensitive. If ASUS puts out a 10″ one, I’m ready to jump ship. Speaking of ASUS, apparently it has an ereader ready to go but can’t work out the content details yet.
COOL-er ebook company hints at a sub $300 ebook reader coming this fall. (I call COOL-er clueless. Have you taken a look at their epub store? It’s almost impossible to navigate).