Earth: fallen off

May 14, 2009

No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth, contrary to popular belief. 2009 has just been a crazy whirlwind of a year, and Twitter-length updates are easier to coordinate in such times. Time to start putting other things (like blogging) back on the table.

Ereaders: seemingly a new one every day, though I’m still upset that the Readius device which looks so cool is apparently “stalled.” A colleague suggested that I organize a bake sale or a car wash to help out Polymer Vision. Who’s with me?

Other ereaders, such as the Kindle 2, the Kindle DX, the COOL-ER, etc. are increasingly in the news — it’s a fun time to be involved in digital publishing. I was thrilled when the MLA recently announced it no longer privileged print as the default medium for published works. This marks a big cultural shift in scholarship and publishing, and I’m hopeful that publishers will catch up with this idea and prioritize the development of media-rich, networked, open standards content.

Unrelated, but following up on my earlier post about those who denounce ebooks, claiming they could never surrender “the smell of books,” perhaps they should just investigate getting a good ereader and gallons of this?


search or search or search

July 11, 2008

Via Catalogablog, I was just clued in to Viewzi, a search engine which encourages search grouping in a visually appealing way.  Rather than search Google shopping or Google images, one can search Viewzi’s “Everyday Shopping View,” which searches within Amazon, ebay, Target, and Wal-Mart, or Viewzi’s “News View,” which searches CNN, Google Images, Newsvine, Reuters, etc. — and these are only a few of the possibilities.  In addition to the multiple cool search groupings, Viewzi’s interface is pretty snazzy, although sometimes cluttered.  (It’s probably telling that their site description lists them as being “a new and highly visual way to search” first, only mentioning “bring[ing] all your favorite stuff together” afterwards.)  They’re in beta now, so I think it will be interesting to see how their searches develop over time.  Especially if Viewzi is open to new search categorizations and perhaps add-ons and/or plugins from outside developers… they could be on to something.