Ebooks and the Future Media Consumer

Flexible Ereader Concept

As ebooks continue to grow in popularity, there is little question that they will continue to exist as a media technology for the foreseeable future.  Like any other technology with staying power, ebooks will continue to develop and change to better suit the needs of future users.  Ebook technology is already improving rapidly and the usage of ebooks is becoming more and more commonplace and mainstream, causing changes in the way literature is published and distributed.  This post will illustrate the possibilities for ebooks in the future in terms of their technology and possible effects on the publishing industry. Continue reading

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Chrome, Rocks, and Open Source Coding

Browsing Today's Internet (Click for Image Credit)

As online content becomes more robust and users continue to increase the amount of online services they use daily, the demand for more streamlined and organized internet browsers grows.  Open source browsers like Google Chrome and RockMelt are answering that demand by offering organized integration of social media content, better user interfaces and fast speeds.  This post will discuss the current version of Chrome and the upcoming RockMelt, as well as the concept of open source coding as it relates to these web browsers. Continue reading

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Ebooks: The Tech Behind the Text

E-reader with Print Book

Like many other modern media formats, the technology behind ebooks is developing quickly and constantly, with new advancements coming with every release of new e-readers.  What may seem like straightforward text display technology is actually becoming highly refined and purpose built as new features developed specifically for ebooks are making the electronic reading experience more comfortable and intuitive.  Advancements in e-reader displays, file formats, and user interfaces continue to push the technology behind ebooks.  Focusing on the Amazon Kindle, this post describes the deep technology of ebooks…the “tech behind the text.” Continue reading

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Files in the Sky

Cloud Computing Diagram

Cloud Computing Diagram

There is no doubt that modern computer technology changes at a ridiculous rate.  A constant theme in computer equipment is developing faster, smaller, and more powerful devices.  In the near future, however, a major overhaul in computer technology may completely change the way we use our machines and store information.  That major change is cloud computing.  The cloud computing concept is taking what began as a physical hard drive storing files, applications, etc. and replacing it with an online “cloud,” or server.  Cloud computing is a growing system that may soon change everything about computer and application design. Continue reading

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Ebooks, from Gutenberg to Google

One of the most popular e-readers

The digital age brings about big changes in the way media is distributed and consumed.  We’ve seen new formats for the distribution of music, videos, films, images, and more recently, books.  Starting with Gutenberg’s model for the printing press, the print book is a format that has remained largely unchanged until now.  Today’s “eBooks” are digital versions of existing print material able to be read on computers and other compatible devices.  Any number of books can be stored and viewed on handheld computers that are highly portable and convenient.  Ebooks are just the next incarnation of the familiar print book for the modern age. Continue reading

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Copyright Fight

Copyrights and related intellectual property law hold the leash of modern media.  Today’s “free information” internet has caused the need for redefining and solidifying the line between public domain and private property.

A recent Senate bill known as the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was drafted to control and/or eliminate the use of pirated information and files by online domains.  The bill would grant the U.S. Department of Justice power to both order that sites using pirated material be shut down and restrict U.S. citizens from accessing such domain names. Continue reading

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