Thursday, July 30, 2009

Barns and Noble electronic reading software

Friday, July 30, 2009

Barns and Noble is now promoting electronic reader software with applications that work on many platforms including iPhone and Blackberry. They say they have 700,00 books available. The electronic reader is free to download.

Whether you like them or not, I suspect most of you feel as I do. The more competition for e readers, the better. That's true because of price, but also because it disperses the control electronic media has over what we read.

We have a friend in "the village," the informal name of the community in which we live. She has told me several times, "I wish they put your book out in big type. I'd like to read it." Finally, improved e readers will give people such as our friend large type books in a much more accessible way than now.

As with any emerging new use for technology, there are all kinds of things to be worked out. All you have to do is look at CrimeSpace to see authors agonizing about their copyrights and whether their work will be (or has been) stolen. But I suspect the technology is here to stay. The law and practice will have to catch up.

There is one thing about life in a developed country. Like it or not, we always live in a Brave New World.

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