PRETTY WILD.

emergentfutures:

The Future of the Book | IDEO

Paul Higgins: Some really interesting thoughts and concepts here. I was particularly taken by:

  • Nelson - the concept of combining the flow of current thoughts and stories on a subject with a deeper access to material and references.
  • Coupland (or Copeland) - This is an interesting way for people within an organisation to share material and reading. What interested me from a futurist perspective is that it may be a great way to identify blind spots in what an organisation is seeing. As well as showing what is popular, what is well read and what is shared we should be able to highlight what areas are not and use it as a diagnostic tool to improve the forward scanning processes of organisations. 

Tags: Future Books

THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED. 

smarterplanet:

Amazon Kindle can now check out e-books from 11,000 libraries - CSMonitor.com
Kindle users can now check out e-books from 11,000 community libraries across the country, Amazon announced today. The process is a simple one: Navigate to the website  of your local library, enter your library card number, select a title,  click “Send to Kindle,”  and plug in your Amazon.com information. Your book can then be  transmitted wirelessly or via USB – any gadget with Amazon software will  do, including an iPhone or Android handset.
The availability of the e-books will vary from library to library, but  most titles should be available on your Kindle for about two weeks.  After that, they’ll disappear. In a press release, Amazon exec Jay Marine called libraries a “critical part of our communities,” and framed the initiative as the natural next step for library lending.
“We’re even doing a little extra here – normally, making margin notes in  library books is a big no-no,” Marine said. “But we’re fixing this by  extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks  are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book  or if you decide to buy the book.”
THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED.

smarterplanet:

Amazon Kindle can now check out e-books from 11,000 libraries - CSMonitor.com

Kindle users can now check out e-books from 11,000 community libraries across the country, Amazon announced today. The process is a simple one: Navigate to the website of your local library, enter your library card number, select a title, click “Send to Kindle,” and plug in your Amazon.com information. Your book can then be transmitted wirelessly or via USB – any gadget with Amazon software will do, including an iPhone or Android handset.

The availability of the e-books will vary from library to library, but most titles should be available on your Kindle for about two weeks. After that, they’ll disappear. In a press release, Amazon exec Jay Marine called libraries a “critical part of our communities,” and framed the initiative as the natural next step for library lending.

“We’re even doing a little extra here – normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no,” Marine said. “But we’re fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book.”

(via emergentfutures)