I’m going to start out today by mentioning a totally non-tech related fact! Today is the 245 anniversary of the birth of the sixth president of the United States– John Quincy Adams! I’ve always been a huge history fan and have found the story of the Adamsfamily, particularly the father and son presidents John and John Quincy, to be very interesting. In relation, the library has on DVD the HBO John Adams mini-series and the classic 70’s series The Adams Chronicles so if you’re in the mood for a bit of history you might check out one or the other of those titles! You can access the library catalog and place requests, otherwise known as holds, by going to our website and clicking on the Library Catalog link. Our website is found at: SSCLIBRARY.ORG
Promoting Your (E-)Book: And getting back to the topic of tech, I came across a neat E-Content article this morning titled Promoting Your Ebook: The Importance of Knowing Your Audience. And the article sheds light on how our advancing technology is changing what is required of authors who wish to get their works out into the hands of the public.
In essence, the article illustrates the point that if you are an aspiring author you need to get your work out in the digital format – as an e-book. And largest reason for that fact is because, e-books are the best selling book format today. And that fact is well illuminated by Association of American Publishers stats that are quoted in the article. Those stats relay the fact that adult e-book sales for the first quarter of this year totaled $282.3 million dollars and, in contrast, adult hardcover book sales totaled $229.6 million which means that e-book sales have overtaken the sales of hard cover books.
Here’s the link to the article:
The Challenges of Making Classic Films Digital: NPR offers a cool article today titled In High-Def Shift, Are Studios Blurring The Picture?, which discusses the challenges preservationist face as they convert films to the digital format. It seems in transferring a film from the standard format to the digital format*1 some of the coloring, lighting and shadowing, which of course set the mood for the scenes that make up a film, is changed; colors become brighter and clearer and shadows are eliminated or greatly reduced. Thus the challenge preservationists face is to convert the film they are working on to the digital format, and then, recreate the shadows and darker, murkier shades of coloring based upon the original print of the film so that they come as close as possible to creating a digital copy of the film that mirrors the original director’s vision of the work.
Here’s the link to the NPR article:
Kindle Fire News 1: On the Kindle Fire front there are two pieces of news! Firstly, the tech rumor mill is a buzz with word that Amazon will be releasing a new and improved Kindle Fire sometime this summer. The all things tech review site CNET features an article today on that subject titled Amazon Kindle Fire 2 tablet rumor roundup.
Here’s the link:
Kindle Fire News 2: And the second bit of Kindle Fire news is that the procedure for getting free library e-books onto a Kindle Fire has changed. It used to be that you could open the web browser on your Kindle Fire, access the library’s Digital Catalog and find e-books to read and then simply check them out through the web browser on your Kindle Fire. This procedure has changed. You now need to go to the OverDrive website and download the mobile OverDrive Android app*2 to your Kindle Fire – and then you can download library e-books through the app itself which will subsequently appear on your Kindle Fire’s carousel.
Here’s the link to the OverDrive page that features the mobile Android download:
*1) By the “digital format” I mean that the movies will be able to be accessed via computers and/or the Internet.
*2) Just FYI in case anyone doesn’t know this – the Kindle Fire is an Amazon tablet disguised as an e-book reader…