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links for 2009-02-12

  • 'Wouldn’t it be fun if you, your friends, and folks all over the world could read the same story or book at the same time? We thought so, and that’s why we’re launching DailyLit’s Big Read. The idea is to get lots of people reading the same book on DailyLit. With lots of folks on the "same page," you easily find people to talk with about the book in DailyLit’s forums, on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else that people connect — maybe even in the "real world."'

    The DailyLit Big Read kicks off with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

  • Must be seen to be disbelieved.
  • "Here's a hint (a hint worth more than $400) to those companies looking to profit from electronic books. Forget standalone devices. Consumers want their devices to serve multiple purposes — camera, music player, internet browser, phone, organizer — and that's the way we're going to want to read electronic books. If you want to succeed in the e-book business, find ways to make full-length books look good on existing high-end devices (iPhones, Blackberries)."

    I agree. Who wants more gadgets to cart around? Not I.

  • The book Malcolm Gladwell could have written:

    "But in that case surely Outliers itself was an opportunity to push the mass of readers toward a level of excellence not on offer in the educational system, a level their culture had persuaded them was confined to those with exceptional mathematical gifts. Edward Tufte has argued that if information design is used well it can support analysis in a way that a general audience can follow; instead of cluttering up the book with the textual equivalent of chartjunk, Gladwell could have shown readers that they had the capacity to deal with presentation and analysis of complex material."

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