The Future of eBook Book Markers and Adsense Cometh

The explosion of e-books on the Internet and in Digital libraries around the world is increasing at a staggering rate. Soon the number of books available on the Internet in Digital libraries will exceed that of the Library of Congress. This is because the books will be available in every language, as well as books that are out of print or books that might have been written thousands of years ago. The accumulation of human knowledge in Digital libraries is a wonderful thing.

Protecting the knowledge base of the human race is an extremely noble calling. Companies like Microsoft and Google has spent millions of dollars in funding these digital library initiatives with government agencies and universities to bring these books to the public. In the future I see a time when digital book markers will be created.

This way when you read a book on the Internet, you can click a tab button on the top of the page and it will do two things. First, it will automatically open the bookmark part of your Internet browser so you can save your place; and second, it will put a virtual bookmark or over the page that you were reading, that will help the person who reads books on line to know where they are.

It will be great for students who are doing research and reading many references at the same time and it allows for multiple book marking of course as well. Indeed, the development of such a project will require software engineers and programmers and to pay for it, I imagine that someone like Google will also use the virtual bookmarker as a place for AdSense or perhaps a search bar.

Just trying to think ahead and keep up with the next generation of digital libraries. The future of digital libraries is here to stay. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple, to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.

E-Books on the Rise Again?

Just a few years ago, people were touting e-books as the future of the publishing industry. Through these portable electronic devices, individuals could read entire books without amassing a large collection of tattered paperbacks. Despite all the hoopla, e-books never really took off. Now, one company is hoping to take the technology to the next level.

Just this past month, Discovery Communications (the company behind the Discovery Channel and TLC) was awarded a US patent for a new e-book invention. Though Discovery has been mum on the details, the patent application describes the device as “a new way to distribute books and other textual information to bookstores, libraries and consumers”. The patent is not just for the book-shaped electronic reader itself, but also for an entire electronic library system. Discovery notes in the patent information: ”Not since the introduction of Gutenberg’s movable typeset printing has the world stood on the brink of such a revolution in the distribution of text material. The definition of the word ‘book’ will change drastically in the near future.”

The news of Discovery’s patent certainly perked the ears of Amazon, the maker of the Kindle, a portable electronic device that enables users to get book, magazine and newspaper content instantly. The device was released this past fall after three years in development, and it features a display that resembles real paper. It also offers a large selection of books, giving users access to about 80 percent of current New York Times bestsellers (which cost $9.99 each to download). A keyboard allows users to make notes, highlight text and bookmark pages. Of course, the downside of the Kindle is its price tag of $399 – not exactly attractive to readers used to buying books for around $10 or borrowing them from the library.

The other major obstacle faced by e-books is the question of whether people really want to let go of books. So far, the question remains unanswered. While e-books haven’t thus far lit the industry on fire, they have seen their sales figures increase exponentially in the past few years. But books still have several benefits e-books haven’t been able to match. For one thing, they’re durable. A paperback can get buried in the sand and simply be brushed off, while a $400 electronic device filled with sand could be catastrophic. Secondly, books remain a reflection of personality. Personal libraries remind people of books they’ve read and may want to return to – just like record or movie collections.

Still, e-books do offer intriguing possibilities all their own. For one thing, they give people the ability to get new books in minutes while lying in bed or riding the bus. Secondly, they save space and paper. For the frequent traveler the e-book is much more convenient than lugging around a dozen paperbacks or stopping at each airport book store to add another couple pounds to a carry-on. With e-books, content is instant, bulk is minimal and travel is easy. Ultimately, the widespread acceptance of e-books comes down to whether the benefits of the new technology will outweigh the old. Certainly, e-books must become more affordable and the content available must become limitless. But perhaps Discovery will be the company to make that happen.

A Superhero Smackdown and Other Great Events at Your Local Library

As the economy slumps, more and more people are discovering their local library and all it has to offer. Whether you want to learn new job skills, need a place to entertain your kids, or are searching to lose yourself in the latest hot book or video, your local library branch likely has something for you.

Library Systems throughout the country are getting creative to entice visitors. In Voorhees, NJ, the library offers a Superhero Smackdown to delight the little ones. Kids can come dressed as their favorite superhero and can make a cape and a mask. Talk to your local branch to find out if they have a similar program. This particular library has also opened a center aimed solely at teens with state of the art electronic equipment, graffiti walls, and diner style seating. Other libraries are wooing teens with lock-in nights in which they spend the night in the library listening to music, playing video games, munching on snacks, and enjoying their friends.

Of course, there are always reading hours for kids, and other unique programs that local libraries have to offer. Not only will you be able to find a free, enjoyable activity to do with your kids, but you can get them excited about books and literature, and start them on the road to reading. Most libraries also offer playgroups where you can meet other parents with kids your children’s ages. It’s a great way for your kids to make friends, and enjoy new experiences.

Riletta L. Cream, Camden County NJ Freeholder, has always been a champion of libraries. “Now, libraries have changed a great deal,” she explains. “They are great places for people to meet and engage in conversation. It’s not the very quiet place that it used to be one hundred years ago when you couldn’t even whisper. It’s a vital part of a community.”

Libraries offer programs for all ages, from advice on finding a new job to help filling out a college financial aid form. So be sure to check out your local library with the entire family. You are sure to find something for everyone.