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Bookish Techy Week in Review

Lit mags return; libraries and publishers can't figure out e-lending; ebooks headed to NYT list; and David Pogue likes the Galaxy.

In bookish-techy news this week:

Jonathan Safran Foer pubs crazy new book that can’t be digitized

Tree of Codes, produced with British publishers Visual Editons is a book that simply can’t be digitized because it has a different die cut on every page.

The literary magazine returns

Thanks to the Internet, literary magazines are flourishing.

Jay-Z pulls off an awesome book promotion

From Creativity Online:

The campaign made an opening splash at the Delano in Miami — a page was fully reproduced on the bottom of the hotel pool, with footnotes imprinted on towels strewn across the surrounding lounge chairs. While the words appear for real on the street, those who don’t have access to the locations can find them via a unique application/game that Droga5 developed using Microsoft’s Bing. Visitors to the site get daily clues, researchable via a Bing overlay, which will lead them to where the pages are, albeit virtually in Bing Maps.

Still no consensus where e-lending is concerned

From ReadWriteWeb:

… according to some publishers, if libraries start lending e-books, it could serve to “undo the entire market for e-book sales.”

What happens when the libraries die?

Jason Perlow considers the creation of digital underclass:

Libraries will need to be replaced with digital equivalents as publishing moves towards eBooks. As a result, will a new “Digital Underclass” be created from the base of technology have-nots?

Richard Nash previews Cursor with “A Red Lemonade Sampler”

From Richard Nash’s blog:

In a matter of weeks, links like I’m about to offer will be offered on Red Lemonade, but I didn’t want to wait to share these little digital objects with you.

David Pogue really likes the new Galaxy tablet

From the New York Times:

Samsung sweated the details on this thing. The screen is gorgeous. The touch response is immediate and reliable. The whole thing is superfast and a pleasure to use.

Ebooks to Join The New York Times Best-Seller List

Also from the New York Times:

The lists will be compiled from weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources.

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  • James H.

    “Tree of Codes, produced with British publishers Visual Editons is a book that simply can’t be digitized because it has a different die cut on every page.”

    Two words: Photoshop layers. :)

    • http://radar.oreilly.com/katm Kat Meyer

      Oh, good point, James. That’d be interesting. I suppose it could be animated as well.