Friday, December 31, 2010
Daily Thoughts 12/31/2010
The Mount Vernon city council adopted the new budget with a $500,000 cut for the library. There is a prediction that the building will be closed midyear.
On a personal level, this means I have to look for other options. I am watching a slow descent for the library over the years. There has been a pattern of continuous cuts in small amounts, as well as continuous underfunding.
I am looking at the Certificate in Digital Publishing right now. It seems like a very interesting course.
I spent some time looking at Google Books. http://books.google.com/books It did not impress me. They probably could have a deeper taxonomy as well as better display technology. I find it a little too simple looking.
Libre Digital is developing another social ecommerce platform for books. Things are just starting in this arena.
I see a lot of large social commerce platforms for ebooks, but no specialty social platforms for ebooks. I can see openings for smaller more focused specialty ecommerce social platforms for ebooks in specific genres.
I also found another aggregator of electronic information, http://www.bookriff.com which allows people to create their own book mashups.