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This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading. Currently can only be used by a single user (myself), but I plan to extend it to support multiple users eventually.

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Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books

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(Paper for the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference, San Diego, February 12, 2004)

the many dimensions of ebooks: as a marketing tactic; complementing the physical book; making the customer feel like they own it; satisfying the writer's desire for posterity; the shareability (which can counteract even negative reviews, since it's now so easy to check the book out for yourself); the ability to store a wide variety of ebooks and thus cater to everyone in a way that a physical library can't.

some backstory on cory: he started working at libraries/bookstores at the age of 12 and stayed for a decade, when he moved into tech; he always wanted to be a writer and now he is; he owns over 10k books. the double-meaning of ebooks: the legitimate side (as a business venture) and the piracy side. the history of books (monks, gutenberg, etc). ebooks are great because you can share them. pushing the copyright infringement angle is bad for everyone. nothing really new but this is (imo) one of his better essays

Doctorow, C. (2008). Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books. In Doctorow, C. Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Tachyon Publications, pp. 95-114

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[...] Almost all of us could be making more money elsewhere (though we may dream of earning a stephenkingload of money, and of course, no one would play the lotto if there were no winners). The primary incentive for writing has to be artistic satisfaction, egoboo, and a desire for posterity. Ebooks get you that. Ebooks become a part of the corpus of human knowledge because they get indexed by search engines and replicated by the hundreds, thousands or millions. They can be googled.

i feel this

—p.97 by Cory Doctorow 1 year, 6 months ago

[...] Almost all of us could be making more money elsewhere (though we may dream of earning a stephenkingload of money, and of course, no one would play the lotto if there were no winners). The primary incentive for writing has to be artistic satisfaction, egoboo, and a desire for posterity. Ebooks get you that. Ebooks become a part of the corpus of human knowledge because they get indexed by search engines and replicated by the hundreds, thousands or millions. They can be googled.

i feel this

—p.97 by Cory Doctorow 1 year, 6 months ago

(noun) a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase / (noun) something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

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[Lagniappe: an unexpected bonus or extra] Think of it as a "lagniappe" — a little something extra to thank you for your patience.

—p.113 by Cory Doctorow
notable
1 year, 6 months ago

[Lagniappe: an unexpected bonus or extra] Think of it as a "lagniappe" — a little something extra to thank you for your patience.

—p.113 by Cory Doctorow
notable
1 year, 6 months ago
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[...] The thing is, when all you've got is monks, every book takes on the character of a monkish Bible. Once you invent the printing press, all the books that are better-suited to movable type migrate into that new form. What's left behind are those items that are best suited to the old production scheme: the plays that need to be plays, the books that are especially lovely on creamy paper stitched between covers, the music that is most enjoyable performed live and experienced in a throng of humanity.

—p.113 by Cory Doctorow 1 year, 6 months ago

[...] The thing is, when all you've got is monks, every book takes on the character of a monkish Bible. Once you invent the printing press, all the books that are better-suited to movable type migrate into that new form. What's left behind are those items that are best suited to the old production scheme: the plays that need to be plays, the books that are especially lovely on creamy paper stitched between covers, the music that is most enjoyable performed live and experienced in a throng of humanity.

—p.113 by Cory Doctorow 1 year, 6 months ago