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04 DECEMBER 2012

Vodafone Romania launches digital library at Bucharest metro

"Vodafone Romania, in collaboration with the local publishing house Humanitas, launched 'Biblioteca digitala Vodafone', a digital library that is accessible in a unique space located at the Piata Victoriei subway station in the capital Bucharest. ... At the Vodafone digital library, those interested in the service should scan the QR code placed on the book they are interested in. Users will thus be directed to the mobile website www.bibliotecapemobil.ro, where they can download a free version of the book in pdf, epub and audio formats. ... Data traffic within the mobile web site is free until 31 October for Vodafone Romania customers. Vodafone's digital library is available to the public until 31 October [2012].

The digital library has been developed in partnership with Humanitas and local subway company Metrorex and with the support of McCann Ericsson Romania."

(Telecompaper, 22 August 2012)

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2012 • Biblioteca digitala Vodafone • Bucharest • digital booksdigital librarydigital storefront • Editura Humanitas • Ericsson Ltd • McCann Ericsson Romania • McCann Groupmetro station • Metrorex • Piata Victoriei • QR codesretail conceptsRomaniasubway stationtechnology convergencevirtual libraryvirtual storeVodafone

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Simon Perkins
15 OCTOBER 2012

Booktype: open source self-publishing platform

"Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Create books on your own or with others via an easy–to–use web interface. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences."

(Adam Hyde, 2012)

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Simon Perkins
21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Choose Your Own Adventure iPad App Retells Frankenstein

"Frankenstein, by Dave Morris, is a new kind of interactive novel, that places you right there, in Frankenstein's lab, by his side as he turns the winch and brings the spark of life to bear on his creation... Following and adapting Mary Shelley's original text, Frankenstein is a new reading experience designed from the ground up for mobile devices.

Yes. I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life. More than that: I am myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. Here are my lodgings... Come up, and I will show you.

This unique literary app places you in conversation with Frankenstein himself as his story unfolds. He will be your guide, and you his advisor (sic). Console, counsel or condemn him: the choice is yours.

Written by best–selling author Dave Morris, designed and developed for iOS by inkle and published by award–winning publisher, Profile Books, Frankenstein is a whole new way of experiencing Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror, tragedy and revenge."

(inkle Ltd.)

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Simon Perkins
21 MARCH 2012

The Future of the Book: design speculation

"The Future of the Book is a design exploration of digital reading that seeks to identify new opportunities for readers, publishers, and authors to discover, consume, and connect in different formats.

As more people consume pages in pixels, IDEO designers wondered why we continue to discover and consume the written word through the old analog, page–turning model. We asked: what happens when the reading experience catches up with new technologies?

The team looked at how digital and analog books currently are being read, shared and collected, as well as at trends, business models and consumer behavior within related fields. We identified three distinct opportunities – new narratives, social reading with richer context, and providing tools for critical thinking – and developed a design concept around each one.

The first concept, 'Alice,' turns storytelling on its head by making narratives non–linear and participatory. With Alice, the story world starts bleeding into the everyday life of the reader. Real–world challenges, like acting on a phone call from the lead character, or participating in photo based scavenger hunts, unlock new aspects of the story, and turn other readers into collaborators or competitors. Alice is a platform for authors to experiment with narratives, to allow their stories to transcend media, and to engage fans in the storytelling process.

The second concept, 'Coupland,' makes book discovery a social activity by allowing readers to build shared libraries and hear about additional texts through existing networks. Coupland makes it easy for busy professionals to stay on top of industry must–reads. Businesses can assign book budgets to their employees and build collective libraries through a group–licensing model. Personal recommendations, aggregation of reading patterns, and the ability to follow inspiring individuals and groups help ensure that Coupland users always are tapped into the latest essential content within and outside of the organization.

The third concept, 'Nelson,' connects books to commentary, critique, and contextual information, letting readers explore a topic from multiple perspectives. Nelson reinforces the role of books as carriers of knowledge and insight. Readers can explore polarizing material and see whose word currently has the greatest impact on popular opinion and debate. Layers of connected commentary, news, and fact–checking augment the core book content – providing greater context and encouraging debate and scrutiny.

Each concept features a simple, accessible storytelling format and a particular look and feel. We believe that digital technology creates possibilities, so our solutions truly adapt to the new environment, rather than emulate analog qualities onscreen. For example, we resisted any temptation to move books closer to the bite–sized character of other digital media, because longhand writing encourages immersion (deep reading) and reflection."

(IDEO, 2010)

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Simon Perkins
27 OCTOBER 2009

The challenge of blending physical business with on-line

"Slate's 'The Big Money' blog offers a fascinating analysis of the new Barnes & Noble eBook reader, the Nook. Author Marion Maneker suggests that while the Nook is designed to compete against Amazon's Kindle, it might only underscore the fundamental differences between Barnes & Noble's business model and that of Amazon."

(Andrew Taylor, 26 October 2009, The Artful Manager)

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Shaun Belcher
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