Planning Ahead for All the Readers on Your Gift List

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Planning Ahead for All the Readers on Your Gift List
by BARBARA QUINT   |                           garage, despite my colleague’s passionate       ting them make the books themselves.          libraries have gone into a cooperative
                                               pleas, but in libraries or bookstores or copy   What a way to turn “reserve collection”       arrangement, aka the Internet Archive,



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          he other day I was talking with a    services or schools or wherever.                titles into instructional tools with pro-     with the OCA.This effort requires libraries
          friend and colleague about the ar-      And the books wouldn’t have to be            fessorial additions to original books.        to pay for the digitization, but the libraries
          ticle “Print on Demand Goes Local”   identical copies of the PDF files stored in                                                   then have more to say in the dispersion
by Jill Grogg (http://newsbreaks.infotoday     the giant repositories: Google Book Search,                                                   of the content. The OCA has a standing
.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=50991). It         Open Content Alliance (OCA), Library of
                                                                                               Getting Started                               arrangement with Ingram’s Lightning
describes how the University of Michigan       Congress digital collections, HathiTrust,          If you want to get started, my first       Source to produce POD books. Amazon’s
libraries are setting up a print-on-demand     and the like. Once you download a PDF,          suggestion is to read Grogg’s article and     BookSurge effort has joined with some li-
(POD) service using On Demand Books’           you could alter it to suit your tastes and      take advantage of all its links and back-     braries and other services to back up dig-
new Espresso Book Machine.                     needs or the tastes and needs of the gift       ground information.                           itized copies with POD options. Google
    On Demand Books boasts that this is        recipient. Of course, the PDF would have           Print has become just a formatting op-     Book Search, with its fabled outreach
the first POD contraption that can oper-       to arrive without any password controls         tion for many books, a choice based on user   (every computerized eyeball on the planet)
ate at the retail level. What ATM ma-          or security protections, but considering        preference rather than content owner’s        and its pricing of digitization to libraries
chines are to the banking experience, the      the kind and generous nature of those           decisions. Reprint houses have scurried       (free!), has made everything old new again.
Espresso Book Machine is to the book-          running many shared book repositories,          into the arms of the Google Book Search           Anyone with a sense of history or a
making and bookselling experience, ac-         that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.        Partner Program, and wisely so. If a book     pleasant memory of browsing a library
cording to On Demand Books.                    Then the person would just need a copy of       (no matter what its age and copyright         bookshelf can feel secure in the knowl-
    My “Isn’t that great?” chatter comes       Adobe Systems’ Acrobat 9 software (Stan-        status) appears in Google Book Search         edge that the knowledge stored in hard
to a halt. Silence ensues as I wait for        dard edition, $299; Professional edition,       due to a publisher’s contribution, then it    copy for millennia will continue to travel
some response.                                 $449; multiple user licenses available).        stays under the publisher’s control. Only     into the third. And that security should
    “I want one.”                              With Adobe Acrobat on the job, users could      public domain copies from the library         make for a good holiday season in 2008.
  
				
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Description: Just think how nice it would be to make books yourself in libraries or bookstores or copy services or schools or wherever. And the books wouldn't have to be identical copies of the PDF files stored in the giant repositories. Once you download a PDF, you could alter it to suit your tastes and needs or the tastes and needs of the gift recipient. Books have become the hot new thing in Web content. Some libraries have gone into a cooperative arrangement, aka the Internet Archive, with the Open Content Alliance. This effort requires libraries to pay for the digitization, but the libraries then have more to say in the dispersion of the content.
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