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Computer Says…

From PaidContent, news of computer-generated book recommendations via the Book Genome Project: is the public face of the Book Genome Project, which was founded by University of Idaho students in 2003 and aims to identify, track, measure, and study the features that make up a book using computational tools. Other book recommendation sites exist, but they tend to rely on user-submitted data and social recommendations. BookLamp is different because it actually analyzes the books’ text. Its algorithm breaks books down into 32,160 elements: “StoryDNA” (“setting” and “actors”), language and character DNA.

Cheap(ish) book scanning in the US

From the SingularityHub, news of a dollar per hundred page scanning service:

While the transition away from print media has been proceeding a pace for a while now, a cheap book scanning service in the US means that thousands of personal libraries will be converted to ones and zeroes, pushing us ever closer to a world where all printed books (Gutenberg to Gladwell) belong in a museum.


Sunday Funny




This made me laugh 🙂


The Daily Show on the Death of Borders. (Techcrunch link because the Daily Show link is US-limited)

The format wars claims a victim

A long time ago, Microsoft’s reader software was a player in the ebook game. No more. From Readwriteweb:

Microsoft announced today that it will discontinue its Microsoft Reader e-book service. New e-books in its LIT format will be discontinued on November 8, and the app itself will be unavailable effective August 30, 2012, although existing customers will still be able to access it.

Reader has been around since 2000, long before the e-ink displays that power modern e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle became commercially available.