Linked by David Adams on Fri 26th Mar 2010 17:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yesterday on the radio I heard a segment about the magazine and newspaper business' excitement about the iPad platform, and what it means for their (ailing) business. Let me just say I'm skeptical. It sounds like the primary innovation they're planning is rich-media, interactive advertisements. Because if there's one thing that's wrong with the publishing industry, it's that their ads aren't intrusive enough. At the end of the radio segment, they announced that virtual "issues" of popular magazines on the iPad will cost $3. Let me predict now that this will end in tears. On the other hand, Apple's decision to pre-populate their bookstore with 30K books from Project Gutenberg is a great idea, and will do more for the iPad platform than $3 magazines and Auto ads disguised as VR racing games.
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by deathshadow on Fri 26th Mar 2010 22:29 UTC
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They're going to offer for free something that you can get for free on any platform?

... and this is news WHY exactly?

Of course, they have such a wonderful selection of high literature like "Rollo goes to Switzerland" and "The Arkansas Planter"

Seriously, are there any books on Project Gutenburg people might actually WANT to read?

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by helf on Fri 26th Mar 2010 23:44 in reply to "huh?"
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yes? Have you looked through it at all? There are tons of books that have had their copyrights expire that are on project gutenberg.

Just look at their top 100 downloaded page -

oh, wait, its not just current drivel written for 5th grade reading levels. I'm sorry. ;)

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by deathshadow on Sat 27th Mar 2010 19:17 in reply to "RE: huh?"
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oh, wait, its not just current drivel written for 5th grade reading levels. I'm sorry. ;)

Funny - since all but one of the top ten of that list is stuff that when I went through grade school was on the required reading list.

But then we wonder why kids are entering elementary school without the ability to do basic arithmetic or to get past what was once considered a 2nd grade reading level... and then some school systems throw them into calculus courses they'll never understand without the basics while making them re-read "Catcher in the Rye" for the tenth time.

See my 2nd cousin's kid...

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by Cody Evans on Fri 26th Mar 2010 23:52 in reply to "huh?"
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H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds?

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by leech on Sat 27th Mar 2010 03:47 in reply to "RE: huh?"
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Damn, I bought that book and read it off of printed paper!

Actually I'm kidding about that, sometimes it's good to get away from the glare of an LCD / CRT.

But on a related note, I noticed a few weeks ago that there is a Project Gutenberg program for my Nokia N900 as well, so eat it Apple!

For the record, N900 is totally awesome, and not locked in like Apple. The only thing it's really lacking is the number of apps, but then again, most of the ones in the AppStore are just stupid little toy programs.

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by segedunum on Sat 27th Mar 2010 00:59 in reply to "huh?"
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Seriously, are there any books on Project Gutenburg people might actually WANT to read?

Errrr, there's a hell of a lot of classics on there from Sherlock Holmes to the Count of Monte Cristo, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland....... The list is endless.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 27th Mar 2010 04:17 in reply to "RE: huh?"
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Pet peeve: Alice In Wonderland is not a book; it refers to two Disney films.

The proper titles are "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There".

As you were. The local Alice nerd will shut up now.

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by alcibiades on Sat 27th Mar 2010 07:46 in reply to "huh?"
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Jane Austen
Mark Twain
George Eliot.....

Oh, and Gibbon, Dr Johnson, Rimbaud, Ronsard, Couperus, Fielding, Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Marvell, Crabbe, Pope.....

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by wazoox on Sat 27th Mar 2010 11:41 in reply to "huh?"
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I bought a PRS505 and I read almost exclusively books downloaded from gutenberg. Right now there are 80 of them in my eBook.

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