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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Tamblyn’

eBook Treasure Hunt

Kobo_Logo.pngThe Canadian eBook company Shortcovers relaunched as Kobo Books. According to Daily Finance, the group “has raised $16 million in funding from a consortium of international booksellers, including Borders and REDGroup Retail, Australia and New Zealand’s leading book retailer.”

Earlier this week, the company alos announced that they will bring the Internet Archive‘s library of 1.8 million public domain classics, academic works, reference materials, and fiction and non-fiction titles to the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm Pre, and some eReaders–for free.

The Internet Archive is a scanned collection of digital books, a library spanning 180 languages that reportedly adds 1,000 new books a day. This GalleyCat editor dug through the vast archive today, uncovering some classic lost titles. It makes for an excellent Thursday afternoon treasure hunt: “Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads” by John Avery Lomax and “The Pinkertons; a Detective Dynasty.” Feel free to add your Internet Archive favorites in the comments section.

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O’Reilly Media Heads to Frankfurt Book Fair

tocconf.jpgOn Tuesday, October 13, 2009, O’Reilly Media will host a one-day Tools of Change conference near the Frankfurt Book Fair–hoping to lure some old-school publishers with some new technological tricks.

According to Bookseller, the line-up of guests includes author and blogger Cory Doctorow; Shortcovers’ VP of Content, Sales, and Merchandising Michael Tamblyn, Internet Archive director Peter Brantley, and Pan Macmillan UK digital director Sara Lloyd. The New York City version of the conference has sold out for the last two years, and GalleyCat has reported on the publishing event for years.

Here’s more from O’Reilly’s VP of digital initiatives, Andrew Savikas, from the article: “Tools of Change for Publishing is helping shape the future of the publishing and media landscape, and bringing that message of change to the international audience attending Frankfurt is recognition that many of the opportunities for publishers are now truly global ones.”