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Historical Scholarship in the Digital Age

Featured Articles – May 29, 2008

A couple digital items of note:

L. Gordon Crovitz, “The Digital Future of BooksWall 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 nowBoston 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.

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Kindle as a Metaphore for the History Web

Amazon is featuring on its main page that the Kindle is shipping right away after months of being back ordered because of insufficient production to meet the demand. Also, they’ve published their letter to shareholders (PDF alert), which focuses almost exclusively on the Kindle. Reading the letter, it sounds like Jeff Bezos has some big plans for going completely electronic. More below the jump.

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