Not to bash Google too much – how did I find that article about Wise Birds, anyway…? However, this is just a blog. If it were a research paper, I’d want the BEST article about librarianship and information literacy. This might be it, but I have no idea.
In our conversations prior to the panel, it became clear to us that "book publishing" no longer consists of print-on-paper. Digital production and distribution of content has affected ALL publishers, whether it’s through automated publishing software systems (Vista, Bookmaster, Quality Solutions), increased use of EDI in the distribution channel, or developments in graphic design.
And on the consumer end, of course, there’s an ever-expanding market for information – Internet search engines, courseware such as Blackboard, and online subscription services have made it possible for consumers to have immediate access to content. And they like it. Consumer desires for immediate gratification, seamless integration, and easy access to relevent information are not going away.
We touched on a number of interesting topics – such as outsourcing (particularly to China), the fact that assistants are the folks who tend to know more about technological solutions, how online selling enables a publisher to market directly to consumers, the symbiosis between "online learning centers" and print material. Very thought-provoking, very fun discussion.
This time I didn’t say it… did. For a great debate on Friedman vs. Dobbs, check here.
The goddessly , meanwhile, continues to feed me fun tidbits. In France, we hear that it is NOT fair use to make a backup copy of a DVD. However, the real fun is still with Google. Apparently a porn site is suing Google over fair-use issues – Google displays this site’s "intellectual property" (sorry) in its Google Image search. Why subscribe to the porn site if you can get the images for free? Google argues that it merely displays thumbnail images, but according to this article, "Perfect 10’s lawyers argued that the thumbnails, which it notes are quite a bit larger than the average thumbnail, have value to the magazine because it sells small images to a British cell phone company.
Curiouser and curiouser. We like us a good IP rumble.