Monday, February 27, 2012
Daily Thoughts 02/27/2012
This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the library. I also spent a few minutes on findings. Right now, I am looking at the IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) member list.
I am looking at http://www.24symbols.com which claims to be a spotify for books.
I am also looking at findings and the settings for the Bookmarklet for my Kindle.
I have been interested in content supersites since 2001 when I first saw an attempt to create a content supersite called Contentville. Although the idea of Contentville did not succeed, I have been fascinated with the idea of how to create a content supersite for a very long time. I think about it often. It is why I am so interested in digital publishing. I have always wanted to do something with the internet since I worked for the Globix corporation eleven years ago.
I also at one point pondered having a bookstore. I figured out that this would be a challenging way to live. I used to hang out at a now defunct science fiction bookstore for a while. Bookstores fascinate me almost as much as libraries.
It is nothing new for me. It has been a steady interest. I have been pondering the New York University publishing program for almost as long. I took the introduction to publishing course eight years ago. Sheree Bykofsky of Sheree Bykofsky Associates was the teacher. I keep on going back to the subject. I have always been a little fascinated by publishing. I am feeling a little more motivated by the program.
I visited New Work City http://nwc.co today. I am interested in the programs that happen there. For a while Pearson was a sponsor for the coworking space. That ended a while ago. Recently, they had http://www.book2camp.org there. There are some people in the publishing and apps space there.
While I was at Book2Camp, I recognized a number of organizations, Digital Book World, Tools of Change for Publishing, and Library Journal all of whom are involved in the book world.
I also stopped by General Assembly http://generalassemb.ly and asked about tours. They do tours of the facility on Tuesday and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.
I also had a chance to walk around the city. I walked past the Strand Bookstore and went to Roger's Time Machine for a bit to look at comics.
Part of visiting these places is a sense of keeping my hand in with what I did previously. I very much like working with the internet, books, and publishing just as much as librarianship.
I like the idea of entrepreneurship and small business. It is interesting to me. There is a certain magic in risk and taking risks. At the same time, I like librarianship.