What to do with a million books: Innovations in Scholarly Communication

(The 'scholarly communication' in this email isn't that 'scholarly' ie. I think that Michael Hart the founder of Project Gutenburg is talking about hard-on tablets rather than e-books ie. 'bigger, faster, more'. Still, ebooks may eventually become more than just 'the delivery boy' of scholarship as Willard McCarthy of that wonderful email discussion list Humanist might say). Continue reading “What to do with a million books: Innovations in Scholarly Communication”

What books am I reading?

This is one of my first attempts of adding my own video to this blog (thanks to Youtube.com). And what better way to make a seque into a new medium than by having a book under my arm. See and hear what books I am reading at the moment; I suppose that it is better (and easier) than writing about them!

Audio Books

Over summer, whilst travelling in India, I listened on my IPod, to the whole 40 or so hours of Dostoevsky’s War and Peace (a wonderful book btw). Audio books are great for travelling, as you don’t have to carry the whole book, but apart from this, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of advantages to listening to a book be read by someone else rather than actually reading it yourself. In some ways, I found listening to a book actually more difficult as it seemed to demand so much more of my concentration. When I read a book, I always stop and reflect, but listing was often a relentless journey; sometimes I realised that I have been listening for a hour or two, and hadn’t heard a damn thing.

A new chapter in the audio-book market is unfolding, as the ubiquitous iPod transforms the way Australians listen to spoken word books (link)


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E-Books poised to leap

 I did some research on E-Books a few years ago for a highly innovative publishing house here in Melbourne called Common Ground Publishing. Not a hell of a lot has happened in the field since, but as with all things digital, e-books seems to be making a come back of late.

(from the Age ). THE introduction of new technology wouldn't be complete without the obligatory format wars – and e-books are no exception. British publishing house Bloomsbury has waited years for standards to emerge in both the format of e-books and the hardware used to view them.

Open Content Alliance

The open content alliance is a mammoth project to make available online for free millions of public domain books. Google is not a member of this alliance but have their own digitisation project.

What is the Open Content Alliance?

The Open Content Alliance (OCA) represents the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organisations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content. Content in the OCA archive will be accessible soon through this website and through Yahoo!

The OCA will encourage the greatest possible degree of access to and reuse of collections in the archive, while respecting the content owners and contributors. Contributors to the OCA must agree to the principles set forth in the Call for Participation.

Who is McKenzie Wark? The Future of the Book

McKenzie Wark is a well-know Australian newmedia theorist. He is the author of three books, Virtual Geography, The Virtual Republic and Celebrities Culture and Cyberspace. He was a co-editor of the Nettime anthology Readme! and with Brad Miller co-produced the multimedia work Planet of Noise. He lives and works in New York (see more here…)

His latest work is called Game Theory that has an online version as well.



Together with the Institute for the Future of the Book, I created this website as a way to think to about games. Games, as in computer games, are the subject of my next book, GAM3R 7H30RY. I am interested in two questions.

  1. can we explore games as allegories for the world we live in?
  2. can there be a critical theory of games?

I thought it would be interesting to share the book in its draft state to see if these questions are something other people might have ideas on or might want to pursue.

McKenzie Wark

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