November 28, 2007

Hey: check this out: The Future of Books SUPPLEMENT (aka The Future of Libraries plus revival of links dead elsewhere)

Tine extension (from a comment in Leslie's Blog where the links in the comment are not active):

What about the future of libraries?

Physical space of libraries may not permit the warehousing of all titles, so criteria of selection related to significance, local user need, shared inventory avoiding duplication of certain titles in a region, those books available to customers via loans.

So books are routinely withdrawn from circulation, others added.

And not all books are likely committed to some form of digital preservation.

Physical copies of newspapers may not be stored intact, some? many? not stored at all.

This article, E-books and Their Future in Academic Libraries is from a Journal with content directed toward porfessional librarians.

A few years ago, Nicolson Baker published Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, a book that ignited quite a furor among Librarians, Patrons of libraries, and other lovers of books, including those whose livelihood is book-related.

The following excerpt is from part of the enraged part of the Library community against Baker's Book:

Pulling no punches, novelist Baker (Vox) is a romantic, passionate troublemaker who questions the smug assumptions of library professionals and weeps at the potential loss of an extensive, pristine run of Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. For him, the wholesale destruction of books and newspapers to the twin gods of microfilming and digitization is an issue of administrators seeking storage space not of preserving a heritage. He contends that the alarmist slogans "brittle books" and "slow fires" are intended to obscure the reality and the destruction. Throughout his book, Baker hammers away at the Orwellian notion that we must destroy books and newspapers in order, supposedly, to save them. Particularly singled out for opprobrium are University Microfilms Inc. and the Library of Congress. This extremely well-written book is not a paranoid rant. Just this past October, Werner Gundersheimer, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, said at LC's "Preserve and Protect" symposium that, amid all the smoke and fury, Baker was essentially pleading for "a last copy effort of some kind." Double Fold is the narrative of a heroic struggle: Picture Baker as "Offisa Pup" defending "Krazy Kat," of the printed word, against the villainous "Ignatz Mouse" of the library establishment all in glorious, vivid color on brittle (but unbowed) newsprint. Highly recommended for all libraries.
-- Barry Chad, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh; Library Journal, 12/00


The following links go to articles and commentaries that respond to the implications of Baker's expose (that italicized e is a proxy for an accented e) and/or to the death by digital technology of the book:
"Preserving" vs. "Conserving": Librarians and their hatred of paper
Libraries, Books, and Academic Freedom: Can academic freedom survive the death of the book?
A review of Double Fold from Science Matters Bookclub
Do Online Resources Destroy Student Research Papers? by John Jaeger, Reference Librarian
Paper Chase:Nicholson Baker makes a case for saving old books and newspapers
Preservation Advice for Libraries, Historical Societies and Home Collections from The Connecticut State Library
Q and A in Response to Nicholson Baker's Double Fold from ARL: Association of Research Libraries

These links go a little further out on the tine, but what impact:
Book Autopsies by Brian Dettmer for aesthetic purposes
Hollowed out editions of your favorite books

(image of Brian Dettmer's Book Autopsy from Future Feeder.com)

Here's something else (also from my comments in Leslie's Blog with the links made active):

Whether or not a manuscript becomes a book free-of-charge to the writer is usually up to book publishers who often have an economic decision to make, and an aconomic reason for making those decisions --I'm not approving/disapproving that right now

because I want to emphasize that some manuscripts are not going to become print books unless the writers absorb some or all of the cost. A variety of online companies including/notably Lulu.com and Cafe Press are offering self-publication services, including, especially with Lulu, available (for a fee) distribution services, both domestic and international. --This is quite a shift from the vanity presses of the past. Blurb is offering a service to turn blogs into print books.

So digital means of text production & text delivery (the only way to submit work --for audio and video discs also, and an assortment of 3D objects including T-shirts -- to Lulu, Cafe, Blurb is via digital interface, I believe) are extending/enhancing the life of print objects. The sense of touch itself is powerful, and touch still dominates in how digital devices/materials are used. We get a feel for what we use.

Anyway, both Lulu and Cafe Press offer their authors storefronts and print-on-demand services, so customers can purchase print object or digital versions. Online bookstores (and other cyber retailers) also sell some of the Lulu and Cafe Press merchandise. Blurb, too, has an online store, but last time I checked, no separate storefront for each Blurb author.

Amazon is inviting authors to submit direct-to-Kindle work.

I began this comment with economic choices and conventional publishing (publisher-controlled author work, permission to use portions can be granted/denied by the publisher, usually not by the author) and return now to that tine, the other bifurcations adding texture/context to what follows:

I have amassed a number of manuscripts that my publisher has deemed unmarketable. Now if I insist upon conventional publication, I can revise the work, so that it adheres better to protocols consistent with economic hopes of the publisher for the book (the costs for book production must be recovered, and surely, some reasonable --at a minimum-- profit margin, or I can submit it to other publishers until, if ever, there's acceptance of the ms. on terms mutually agreeable to publisher, author, and, often, also to an agent who will try to negotiate the best contract for a work the agent considers marketable (we all have to eat).

That said, I've set up e-fib e-(forked indie books) where I'm thinking about offering some of my conventionally unmarketable print poams in both electronic and print object forms (so it's set up just in case for if and when I commit to this idea). I'm also using the blog A Limited Forker Girl's Tines as a place to deliver active content, content in which the behavior and activity of a neural network specifically, and other dynamic systems more generally, is important to the emerging themes.

Work there, such as Neurological Winter, subverts conventional publication protocols and allows display more compatible with the implied structure of the poam; even reveals meanings of structure as well as meanings of content --even renders/can render implied structure active through links and motion graphics.

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Hey: check this out: The Future of Books SUPPLEMENT (aka The Future of Libraries plus revival of links dead elsewhere)

Tine extension (from a comment in Leslie's Blog where the links in the comment are not active):

What about the future of libraries?

Physical space of libraries may not permit the warehousing of all titles, so criteria of selection related to significance, local user need, shared inventory avoiding duplication of certain titles in a region, those books available to customers via loans.

So books are routinely withdrawn from circulation, others added.

And not all books are likely committed to some form of digital preservation.

Physical copies of newspapers may not be stored intact, some? many? not stored at all.

This article, E-books and Their Future in Academic Libraries is from a Journal with content directed toward porfessional librarians.

A few years ago, Nicolson Baker published Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, a book that ignited quite a furor among Librarians, Patrons of libraries, and other lovers of books, including those whose livelihood is book-related.

The following excerpt is from part of the enraged part of the Library community against Baker's Book:

Pulling no punches, novelist Baker (Vox) is a romantic, passionate troublemaker who questions the smug assumptions of library professionals and weeps at the potential loss of an extensive, pristine run of Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. For him, the wholesale destruction of books and newspapers to the twin gods of microfilming and digitization is an issue of administrators seeking storage space not of preserving a heritage. He contends that the alarmist slogans "brittle books" and "slow fires" are intended to obscure the reality and the destruction. Throughout his book, Baker hammers away at the Orwellian notion that we must destroy books and newspapers in order, supposedly, to save them. Particularly singled out for opprobrium are University Microfilms Inc. and the Library of Congress. This extremely well-written book is not a paranoid rant. Just this past October, Werner Gundersheimer, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, said at LC's "Preserve and Protect" symposium that, amid all the smoke and fury, Baker was essentially pleading for "a last copy effort of some kind." Double Fold is the narrative of a heroic struggle: Picture Baker as "Offisa Pup" defending "Krazy Kat," of the printed word, against the villainous "Ignatz Mouse" of the library establishment all in glorious, vivid color on brittle (but unbowed) newsprint. Highly recommended for all libraries.
-- Barry Chad, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh; Library Journal, 12/00


The following links go to articles and commentaries that respond to the implications of Baker's expose (that italicized e is a proxy for an accented e) and/or to the death by digital technology of the book:
"Preserving" vs. "Conserving": Librarians and their hatred of paper
Libraries, Books, and Academic Freedom: Can academic freedom survive the death of the book?
A review of Double Fold from Science Matters Bookclub
Do Online Resources Destroy Student Research Papers? by John Jaeger, Reference Librarian
Paper Chase:Nicholson Baker makes a case for saving old books and newspapers
Preservation Advice for Libraries, Historical Societies and Home Collections from The Connecticut State Library
Q and A in Response to Nicholson Baker's Double Fold from ARL: Association of Research Libraries

These links go a little further out on the tine, but what impact:
Book Autopsies by Brian Dettmer for aesthetic purposes
Hollowed out editions of your favorite books

(image of Brian Dettmer's Book Autopsy from Future Feeder.com)

Here's something else (also from my comments in Leslie's Blog with the links made active):

Whether or not a manuscript becomes a book free-of-charge to the writer is usually up to book publishers who often have an economic decision to make, and an aconomic reason for making those decisions --I'm not approving/disapproving that right now

because I want to emphasize that some manuscripts are not going to become print books unless the writers absorb some or all of the cost. A variety of online companies including/notably Lulu.com and Cafe Press are offering self-publication services, including, especially with Lulu, available (for a fee) distribution services, both domestic and international. --This is quite a shift from the vanity presses of the past. Blurb is offering a service to turn blogs into print books.

So digital means of text production & text delivery (the only way to submit work --for audio and video discs also, and an assortment of 3D objects including T-shirts -- to Lulu, Cafe, Blurb is via digital interface, I believe) are extending/enhancing the life of print objects. The sense of touch itself is powerful, and touch still dominates in how digital devices/materials are used. We get a feel for what we use.

Anyway, both Lulu and Cafe Press offer their authors storefronts and print-on-demand services, so customers can purchase print object or digital versions. Online bookstores (and other cyber retailers) also sell some of the Lulu and Cafe Press merchandise. Blurb, too, has an online store, but last time I checked, no separate storefront for each Blurb author.

Amazon is inviting authors to submit direct-to-Kindle work.

I began this comment with economic choices and conventional publishing (publisher-controlled author work, permission to use portions can be granted/denied by the publisher, usually not by the author) and return now to that tine, the other bifurcations adding texture/context to what follows:

I have amassed a number of manuscripts that my publisher has deemed unmarketable. Now if I insist upon conventional publication, I can revise the work, so that it adheres better to protocols consistent with economic hopes of the publisher for the book (the costs for book production must be recovered, and surely, some reasonable --at a minimum-- profit margin, or I can submit it to other publishers until, if ever, there's acceptance of the ms. on terms mutually agreeable to publisher, author, and, often, also to an agent who will try to negotiate the best contract for a work the agent considers marketable (we all have to eat).

That said, I've set up e-fib e-(forked indie books) where I'm thinking about offering some of my conventionally unmarketable print poams in both electronic and print object forms (so it's set up just in case for if and when I commit to this idea). I'm also using the blog A Limited Forker Girl's Tines as a place to deliver active content, content in which the behavior and activity of a neural network specifically, and other dynamic systems more generally, is important to the emerging themes.

Work there, such as Neurological Winter, subverts conventional publication protocols and allows display more compatible with the implied structure of the poam; even reveals meanings of structure as well as meanings of content --even renders/can render implied structure active through links and motion graphics.

Posted by thyliasm at 06:54 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack