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Wikipedia Open to All
Yesterday the world’s largest online encyclopedia revised its editing policy according to the BBC.
In the past controversial articles - such as the profile of George W Bush - were locked to prevent vandalism but under the new editing rules there are fewer blocks. It’s now possible to update vandal-prone entries which will then be labelled “pending changes”. These entries will be signed-off on…
Australian publisher gets gritty with iPad
Australian publisher Allen & Unwin has launched its first iPad app - just in time for the Australian arrival of Apple’s latest game changer.
Underbelly: The Golden Mile has been launched with a free “lite” version as well as a complete version selling for just under $15. The success of books on the iPad depends on how well they can use the new medium…
Can Bedtime Reading Save Publishing?
Not one to be daunted by predictions of a publishing e-apocalypse, author Sean Cummings figures he’s found the way to save the book. The writer is using new media to try to save old media: he’s set up a Facebook page called ‘Save Publishing - Read a Book at Bedtime’. His contention? That if we all spend just ten minutes a night reading before…
What is the best way to destroy the internet before it destroys us? Cory Doctorow and Alan Brough
Google Digitisation Project Thrown Out of Court
A Federal Court judge in New York has rejected an agreement between Google, publishers and a group of about 40 libraries. Google has been digitising books in these libraries - which include Stanford University and the University of Chicago - with a view to making them viewable and searchable online. The books Google has been digitising include out-of-print books and ‘orphan’ books - books…
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