Library Extension Finds Books At Your Local Library While You Shop On Amazon | Lifehacker #books #libraries #tech #discovery #webbrowsers


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Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. So, when you’re shopping for books on the site, [Google Chrome] Library Extension will find those same books at your local library. You can even drive to pick them up faster than Amazon can ship them. READ MORE: Library Extension Finds Books At Your Local Library While You Shop On Amazon | Lifehacker

Digital Free Library | Adafruit Learning System #tech #collections #digital #libraries #portable #gadgets #DIY #projects


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The Digital Free Library is a fun project that will allow you to create your own electronic library to share with others. Similiar to a Little Free Library but digital. READ: Overview | Digital Free Library | Adafruit Learning System

Cool little digital library server project! You could also use the Calibre application but that’s too easy. In library school we developed digital libraries from scratch using Greenstone Digital Library OSS. Now that was a challenge!

Disclosure: I do not endorse distribution of copyrighted or DRM protected file formats. – infophile

 

Bibliotheca: Finished | Vimeo #books #religion #bookmaking #design #manuscripts #editors #publishing


Although one may not have interest in religion or reading the Bibliotheca text, you have to have full admiration for the dedication of the Bibliotheca project creators and the commitment to developing a quality product. Great case study for crowdfunding and design concepts.

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Bibliotheca: Finished from Bibliotheca on Vimeo.

 

More than 1.8 million teens are reading books by text messages thanks to this startup | Washington Post  #SMS #texting #reading #books #youth #YA #mobile #storytelling #teens


OK, it’s not exactly Dickens. But how about a great story delivered to you by text message? That’s the idea hatched by Prerna Gupta and Parag Chordia. The two entrepreneurs launched their company, Telepathic, a year ago with an application called Hooked after raising $1.9 million from investors that included numerous venture capital firms and Lean Startup author Eric Rie… And the kids, they do love it. READ MORE: More than 1.8 million teens are reading books by text messages thanks to this start-up | The Washington Post

Giant Flip Books Are Hiding in the Woods of New Hampshire | WIRED #books #creativity #devices


TUCKED AWAY IN the forests of New Hampshire, somewhere just outside of Strafford, is a family of giant metal boxes. Each one is filled with 50 drawings and rigged with a system of gears that lets you crank through the images with the turn of a handle. As the illustrations flip past, they combine to form a simple animation. They’re like those flip books you used to play with as a kid, only much, much bigger. READ MORE: Giant Flip Books Are Hiding in the Woods of New Hampshire | WIRED

Google swallows 11,000 novels to improve AI’s conversation| The Guardian #AI #books #language


When the writer Rebecca Forster first heard how Google was using her work, it felt like she was trapped in a science fiction novel. “Is this any different than someone using one of my books to start a fire? I have no idea,” she says. “I have no idea what their objective is. Certainly it is not to bring me readers.”

After a 25-year writing career, during which she has published 29 novels ranging from contemporary romance to police procedurals, the first instalment of her Josie Bates series, Hostile Witness, has found a new reader: Google’s artificial intelligence.

“My imagination just didn’t go as far as it being used for something like this,” Forster says. “Perhaps that’s my failure.” Forster’s thriller is just one of 11,000 novels that researchers including Oriol Vinyals and Andrew M Dai at Google Brain have been using to improve the technology giant’s conversational style. After feeding these books into a neural network, the system was able to generate fluent, natural-sounding sentences. READ MORE: Google swallows 11,000 novels to improve AI’s conversation | Books | The Guardian

Cool Bookish Places: The Penguin Bookshop in Toronto | BOOKRIOT #books #publishers #bookstores


Penguin Canada opened a bookshop! And it’s really pretty. SEE THE PICS: Cool Bookish Places: The Penguin Bookshop in Toronto | BOOKRIOT

Algorithms Could Save Book Publishing—But Ruin Novels | WIRED #algorithms #books #publishing #recommendations #marketing


Over four years, Archer and Jockers fed 5,000 fiction titles published over the last 30 years into computers and trained them to “read”—to determine where sentences begin and end, to identify parts of speech, to map out plots. They then used so-called machine classification algorithms to isolate the features most common in bestsellers. READ MORE: Algorithms Could Save Book Publishing—But Ruin Novels | WIRED

MIT uses #radiation to read closed books | engadget #books #tech #imaging #manuscripts #archives


There are some books that are simply too delicate to crack open — the last thing you want to do is destroy an ornate medieval Bible simply because you’re curious about its contents. If MIT has its way, though, you won’t have to stay away. Its scientists have crafted a computational imaging system that can read the individual pages of a book while it’s closed. Their technology scans a book using terahertz radiation, and relies on the tiny, 20-micrometer air gaps between pages to identify and scan those pages one by one. A letter interpretation algorithm (of the sort that can defeat captchas) helps make sense of any distorted or incomplete text. READ MORE: MIT uses radiation to read closed books | engadget

Singapore now has vending machines that sell books | Mashable #books #booksellers #vending


SINGAPORE — Bookworms rejoice! BooksActually, a local independent bookstore known for its fiction and literature curations, has unveiled book vending machines at high traffic spots in Singapore. READ: Singapore now has vending machines that sell books | Mashable