Stop Press for July 24th

July 25, 2007

  • The South African Literary Encyclopaedia – Interesting project: “originally conceived as a CD-Rom. It has since progressed through a number of incarnations and [the creator is] now proposing that the Encyclopaedia be released into the public domain as a Wiki.” Will be keeping an eye on this one.
  • Dispatches From the Hyperlocal Future – Bruce Sterling, one of the most imaginative out there, writes the palm-based future. And yes, books, guidebooks and anything paper-based are in there.
  • OLPC may launch $350 laptop by Christmas – Woohoo – following last week’s pr0n gags, the One Laptop Per Child prroject gets serious and starts talking release dates.
  • Book avatars vs. the enjoyment of reading – Teleread looks at the presentation debate – why are we working so hard to make ebooks look like pbooks? We think we should be looking at newer, screen-appropriate ways to transmit this information.
  • HarperCollins, MySpace to solicit teen writing | CNET – An interesting announcement. But why would HC want to tie themselves to MySpace? They have the power to create an vibrant platform for teen writing and sharing, but casually name-dropping MySpace sounds like they just don’t really understand the space.

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