A couple digital items of note:
L. Gordon Crovitz, “The Digital Future of Books” Wall Street Journal
“This seems like a fitting time to ask: If the Internet is the most powerful communications advance ever – and it is – then how do this medium and its new devices affect how and what we read?”
Dan Cohen, “Mass Digitization of Books: Exit Microsoft, What Next?” Dan Cohen Digital Humanities Blog
“So Microsoft has left the business of digitizing millions of books—apparently because they saw it as no business at all. . . . But with the cost of digitizing 10 million pre-1923 books at around $300 million, where might this scale of funds and new partners come from? To whom can the Open Content Alliance turn to replace Microsoft?
Stephen Mihm, “Everyone’s a historian now” Boston Globe
“[The Internet] represents a potentially radical change to historical research, a craft that has changed little for decades, if not centuries. By aggregating the grass-roots knowledge and recollections of hundreds, even thousands of people, ‘crowdsourcing,’ as it’s increasingly called, may transform a discipline that has long been defined and limited by the labors of a single historian toiling in the dusty archives.”
David Pogue, “Can e-Publishing Overcome Copyright Concerns?” New York Times
Pogue writes about his experiences with publishing in the digital age.