I spent all day yesterday tuning in to the the Internet Archive's #BIB10 Summit, which was held to examine the rapid transition towards books on the web. Unfortunately, it was held in San Francisco and I was stuck at my desk in Indiana. Even though there was no live audio or video feed, the constant tweets and pics flowing from the 2 day conference we're very informative and helped to placate my desire to know what it was that I was missing about the future of the publishing industry as we know it. I hope that they make the slides public, in fact Bill McCoy from Webpaper already graciously has. It's amazing to see how har we've come in a year and ePUB3! sounds very exciting for the evolution of vending and lending ebooks. If you're interested, here's a list of attendees HERE. (Thanks Blaine!)
Also, last night there were showcase demonstrations of the vending and lending of books in web browsers on a variety of different platforms.
- Browser-based ereaders and reading applications
- Discovery via BookServer, search engines, Open Library
- Publisher mechanisms for selling books in browsers
- Libraries mechanisms for lending books in browsers