Alex Ross calls this 'a magnificent and generous use of digital technology'. And it is. And I'm going to tell my brother to get broadband so he can spend more time there.
At BoingBoing back in July (yes, I've been saving this one up), Cory Doctorow is wild for the wikified library at the Internet Archive:
I think this project (which right now seems to point to almost half a million books) is very cool -- it's going to be a major addition to the world's open cultural infrastructure. I have a hunch that it's going to be the primary way many if not most people access books, and I see it becoming an always-open window on the desk of every librarian.
(Please note that the BoingBoing link is to the demo version
only, which will give you the full story on how this project has been built from the ground up. You can also follow this link instead to the current Open Library, which really deserves a post all on its own.)
Wandering further down the page at TechMeme, this report from TechCrunch40
led me to "U"vatars. They look a bit dull to me - I thought avatars were supposed to be imaginative, not just dressup dolls. (Also thought I'd seen a few of these around before). Check them out in beta at befunky.com.
And as you can see I have been spending far too much time reading feeds and collecting links instead of reading and writing my own stuff. Such is life. I do have plans for some longer pieces, but I have to reconcile myself to writing them in pieces first - and then putting the pieces together. I also have plans to read over 100 articles I've saved on del.icio.us - so if any of those are any good, you can't count on me giving up on linkdrops anytime soon. There used to be a "sorry" category here somewhere...
One original piece of reporting I do have to make, however, which is published here as I left it too late to send a letter to the Editor, is that Peter Craven claims in the September Australian Book Review ("No Jude Law, No Money") that Henry Handel Richardson's The Fortunes of Richard Mahony is out of print.
Not so - during this month I did two checks on Global Books In Print, the industry database available through most public libraries in Victoria, and found that only the 2006 Australian Scholarly Publishing edition of this trilogy (
published here as one volume)* is unavailable at present, as of yesterday to be exact. The 1998 Penguin edition, however, is alive, kicking and ready to be ordered.
* And the reasonable explanation for ASP's slowness is to be revealed in editor Clive Probyn's letter to ABR, which Rosemary Sorensen has read and reports on in today's Australian, and which I won't see till it hits my mailbox sometime next week. The scholarly edition is in three volumes, and Vol. 3 will be ready next month, when all three will be released. (Doesn't explain why the entry in Bowker's shows 2006 as a publication date, but I'm sure there's a reason for that too.)