E-Book Roundup

The book reader of the future (April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics – Via Retronaut)

Quite a lot has happened in the past several weeks in the e-book world. Here’s a recap of some of the stories:

“Google Begins to Scale Back Its Scanning of Books From University Libraries”- The Chronicle of Higher Education

“U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers” – WSJ

“Some e-book publishers begin settlement talk; Apple holding out” – Ars Technica

“Random House Raises Library E Books Through the Roof” – The Digital Reader

“Scholastic Launches E-Reading App for Kids” – PaidContent

“Rise in E-Book Readership Is Good News for Reading Over All, Report Says”- Wired Campus

The e-book format will clearly win over paper in the long run, however we’re still in the very early stages of this transition. One trend remains clear: consumers want simple and affordable access to e-books. The $.99 iTunes model has trained customers to expect reasonably priced content that is easy to use. Hopefully publishers will understand this in a much shorter time frame than their colleagues in the music industry did.

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Sky Watch: The Moon, Venus, & Jupiter

This week look for a very dramatic showing of Venus, Jupiter and the waxing Moon in the eastern sky beginning at dusk. The Pleiades, an open star cluster, adds to the scene and will be directly above the Moon.

Learn more:

This Week’s Sky at a Glance – SkyandTelescope.com.

Update: see my photo below of the waxing Moon and Venus.

Moon & Jupiter – March 26, 2012

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Sky Watch: Jupiter and Venus

Watch for Venus and Jupiter to appear very close to one another in the sky beginning at sunset. Jupiter will slowly pass Venus from the 9th to the 17th. They will easily dominate the western sky as they are they 3rd and 4th brightest objects we can observe. If you look to the east you will see Mars climbing high into the sky (the 5th brightest object in our sky), easily located by its reddish hue. Learn more about this week’s sky at:

This Week’s Sky at a Glance – SkyandTelescope.com.

Update: scroll down to see my photo of this event. Jupiter is on the left and Venus is on the right.

Jupiter & Venus - 03.13.2012

Jupiter & Venus – 03.13.2012

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