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Old 08-07-2008, 03:06 AM   #1
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08:05 - BBC Radio 4 to ebook item in next hour

The 'Today' programme on Radio 4 has just said they will be having an item on 'do you want to read an electronic book' sometime before 09:00 (UK time).

Just in case anyone wants to listen in .
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:00 AM   #2
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Item lasted about 5 minutes. Shame about the battery life misinformation.

Here are some notes of the discussion:

Watersons and Borders both promoting their versions of readers - Sony Reader and Iliad.
In the US you can get the Kindle (Amazon).

Presenter Jim Naughtie (JM) desribed reader he had - 6 inches by 9 inches, 'fairly clear, nice type face - you can change the type face of course'
Evan Davis (ED) - co-presenter

Guests:
Prof. Catherine Hughes (CH) - teaches writing, reviews for the Guardian
Naomi Alderman (NA) - won Orange prize for new writers


JM - It reads pretty well, but couldn't imagine taking it to bed
CH - Happy to read it in bed
JM - descibed page turning method
CH- great to be able to increase font
ED - reading no problem, but want to know where I am - the geography of the book - that's the one thing they need to build into these
NA - pointed out bar at bottom with page number. Tested with 'Middlemarch' - is a fan
JM - but wouldn't you rather have you favourite dog-eared, note filled edition
NA - don't need to give up your favourite edition - but book collection growing all the time and running out of space
CH - agrees, allows you to control your environment
JM - Gutenberg Project (sic) - a lot of classics available
NA - about 24,000 books for free online
JM - You're both very evangelical. What about on holiday - wouldn't look right reading one of these outside a cafe on Capri
CH - Good on holiday when you've normally run out of reading matter
JM - Also on plane - usually take 3 books in case you don't get on with one - you need some to fall back on
NA - as a novelist, creative opportunities are going to be amazing (e.g. Penquin Stories telling stories by Google Maps)
JM - commuters could download a daily short story
NA - audio facilities, when you're doing the washing up get the audio to carry on
CH - visceral quality to old books - smell. You can't stiff an eReader.
NA - you can hide your embarassing books out of sight
JM -what's the battery life
NA - 800 (sic) page turns
JM - not that many
NA - probably last you through a plane journey
ED - world desperately needs better battery technology

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For those with access to the BBC iPlayer, the link to the Today program for Thursday is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ct92d/

The eBook segment occurs at 2:21:54

They mention the Sony Reader, the Illiad, also the Kindle.
Professor Catherine Hughes and Naomi Alderman discuss.

The presenter questions whether they'll replacement favourite paper books. Nice comments from the panel, essentially positive, especially for the storage of lots of books, and availability of downloads.

A mention of Gutenberg, and availability of classics.

They make a mistake on battery life - 800 not 8000 page turns!

Segment ends at 2:28:00

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Old 08-07-2008, 05:09 AM   #4
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A better link for those with access is

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today...00/7546710.stm

Oh - and it turns out it's Professor _Kathryn_ Hughes.

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For those with access to the BBC iPlayer, the link to the Today program for Thursday is

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ct92d/

The eBook segment occurs at 2:21:54
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:16 AM   #5
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There's also a longer article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today...00/7545598.stm, including interviews with people at the likes of Borders abnd TechRadar (sadly no-one from MR)

There's also a section for comments at the bottom.....

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I should have mentioned it also has a link to the audio, which I supect is available internationally.

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Old 08-07-2008, 11:57 AM   #6
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thanks everyone for all this information (and thanks sparrow for the transcription !!) ! it seems the UK is a lot more aware and interested in ebooks than france, they seem to be getting quite a lot of media attention over there lately. great news. hopefully soon france will catch on too.
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