[Humanist] 24.284 e-book referencing and evolution

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Aug 25 23:45:44 CEST 2010


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 284.
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  [1]   From:    Claire Clivaz <claire.clivaz at unil.ch>                    (163)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.279 e-book referencing and evolution

  [2]   From:    James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>                       (8)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.279 e-book referencing and evolution


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        Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 23:31:07 +0200
        From: Claire Clivaz <claire.clivaz at unil.ch>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.279 e-book referencing and evolution
        In-Reply-To: <20100824211131.C7E9B61CA5 at woodward.joyent.us>

Dear all,

I totally agree with the evaluation of Wendell, notably when he says:

“The current generation of "page-turner" technologies 
will seem like those printed incunabula that left blanks for the 
decorator to add illumination”.

Things are really changing so fast, that it is difficult to imagine the next steps, but they will be «without paper», I guess.

I am a humanist scholar (New Testament and Early Christianity) and with a colleague specialist in new technologies, working at the Swiss EPFL (our MIT), we begin to imagine the «post-book» object.

So I am interested in every opinion about: how could look like the new digital academic object in Humanities? I mean, a digital object that cannot be printed any more and will more or less replace what we designate as a «book». It seems that we are leaving the «codex» era to the next one. But what will be exactly our next codex?

The question of the reference will be of course a crucial one. All suggestions are welcomed! If we can work as we want, we will present our prototype in a meeting in Lausanne in August 2011.

Best greetings,

Claire Clivaz

PS If somebody knows what criteria have been chosen by Amazon for establishing the «location» in the Kindle versions? What means «1» in this kind of «location»?



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        Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:04:05 -0400
        From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.279 e-book referencing and evolution
        In-Reply-To: <20100824211131.C7E9B61CA5 at woodward.joyent.us>

Speaking only for myself... because I need and want it to.  I don't
see everything available on Google books becoming available in epub
format right away, nor do I see JSTOR abandoning .pdf format for
another right away.  I already have hundreds upon hundreds of .pdfs
and want to be able to read them conveniently -now-.

Jim R

> This being the case, why should an e-book reader do well with a PDF
> one scans oneself?





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