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The New Pelican Has Landed November 18, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Bookselling / Collecting, Content

After a 30 year slumber Pelican Books has returned.  In its heyday it was an essential ingredient to a well-rounded view of the world. Coming from the mind of Allen Lane, who revolutionized the reading experience with the introduction of Penguin paperbacks, it provided affordable non-fiction to the masses: Costing no more than a packet of cigarettes, and aimed at the true lay reader, Pelicans combined intellectual authority with clear and accessible prose. As the…

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DIY: The People’s E-Book February 7, 2013

“What the photocopier was to zines, we hope The People’s E-book will be to digital books” The People’s E-book is a free, beautifully-simple tool to assist in the creation of e-books.It is the brainchild of Greg Albers, the founder and publisher of Hol Art Books, who has partnered with The Present Group (Oakland, CA), an arts-based think tank and creative studio whose projects focus on leveraging new technologies in support of the arts and finding…

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E-Books in the Round: Google’s Digital Bookcase October 20, 2011

The digital designers at Google have come up with a new way to browse Google Books. The challenge – designing a 21st century virtual bookcase to display e-books. They “imagined something that looks like the shelves in your living room, but is also capable of showcasing the huge number of titles available online—many more than fit on a traditional shelf.”  And what they came up with is a bookcase that’s an infinite 3D helix. That…

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