Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Robots, Not Humans, Retrieve Your Books at $81 Million “Library of the Future”


You enter the 8,000-square foot elliptical Grand Reading Room of the Joe and Rika Mansueto library, admiring the arched dome of glass panels overhead. You walk past the circulation desk, gaze at the stylish furniture and think: Where the heck are all the books?

via @mmartoccia

Full Story: Singularity Hub

Posted at 7:20pm and tagged with: tech, technology, robots, books, libraries,.

Robots, Not Humans, Retrieve Your Books at $81 Million “Library of the Future”

You enter the 8,000-square foot elliptical Grand Reading Room of the Joe and Rika Mansueto library, admiring the arched dome of glass panels overhead. You walk past the circulation desk, gaze at the stylish furniture and think: Where the heck are all the books?
via @mmartoccia
Full Story: Singularity Hub

futuramb:

infoneer-pulse:

Publishers have spent a lot of time and money building their own company Web sites with fresh information on their books and authors. The trouble is, very few book buyers visit them.

In search of an alternative, three major publishers said on Friday that they would create a new venture, called Bookish.com, which is expected to make its debut late this summer. The site intends to provide information for all things literary: suggestions on what books to buy, reviews of books, excerpts from books and news about authors. Visitors will also be able to buy books directly from the site or from other retailers and write recommendations and reviews for other readers.

» via The New York Times

And who will suffer the most from this? The libraries…

Posted at 11:24am and tagged with: books, disruption, tech, technology,.

The core purpose — the founding purpose — of a library, around which other things have grown, is to deliver access to printed words. Even the smallest local library almost certainly had more content housed within it than any individual had in their home and, in most cases, far more content than would be available at any local store. It was the books in the library that initially defined the library and attracted a core of patrons to it. When all of us have access to more books on our screens than are in the library, what’s the point to the library?

futuramb:

The last chapter - Boston.com

The book is dead. Books (and by “books’’ I mean words printed on paper with a hard- or softcover binding) trace their inception in the 1440s to one extraordinary new technology: the printing press. New technology as well — readers, tablets, and smartphones — mark their end. It’s been a marvelous, nearly six-century ride, but now it’s over. Two weeks ago, the American Association of Publishers reported that January sales for adult hardcovers were down 11.3 percent, adult paperbacks were down 19.7 percent, and adult mass market books down 30.0 percent. Expect to see those kinds of numbers repeated.

Posted at 7:52pm and tagged with: books, disruption,.

futuramb:

The last chapter - Boston.com
The book is dead. Books (and by “books’’ I mean words printed on paper with a hard- or softcover binding) trace their inception in the 1440s to one extraordinary new technology: the printing press. New technology as well — readers, tablets, and smartphones — mark their end. It’s been a marvelous, nearly six-century ride, but now it’s over. Two weeks ago, the American Association of Publishers reported that January sales for adult hardcovers were down 11.3 percent, adult paperbacks were down 19.7 percent, and adult mass market books down 30.0 percent. Expect to see those kinds of numbers repeated.

Smashwords Publishes 40,000th Book


The 40,000th book entered the Smashwords catalog last week.

Smashwords authors and publishers have released over 5,000 new titles in the last 30 days.

To put this in perspective, we published 140 titles in all of 2008. In 2009, our catalog grew to 6,000, and at the end of 2010 (only three months ago), our title count stood at 28,500. We’re on track to meet or beat my goal of 75,000 titles by the end of 2011.

1.7 billion words are now published at Smashwords.

Paul Higgins: This is just phenomenal

Full Story: Smashwords

Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: books, disruption, ebooks, publishing,.

Smashwords Publishes 40,000th Book 

The 40,000th book entered the Smashwords catalog last week.Smashwords authors and publishers have released over 5,000 new titles in the last 30 days.To  put this in perspective, we published 140 titles in all of 2008.  In  2009, our catalog grew to 6,000, and at the end of 2010 (only three  months ago), our title count stood at 28,500.  We’re on track to meet or  beat my goal of 75,000 titles by the end of 2011.1.7 billion words are now published at Smashwords.

Paul Higgins: This is just phenomenal

Full Story: Smashwords

Tomes’ time might be up at Newport Beach library


The city is considering closing its original library and replacing it with a community center that would offer all the same features — except for the books.

Full Story: LA Times

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: books, libraries, disruption, tech, technology,.

Tomes’ time might be up at Newport Beach library

The city is considering closing its original  library and replacing it with a community center that would offer all  the same features — except for the books.

Full Story: LA Times

Newport Beach, libraries: Newport Beach considering going bookless at its original library - latimes.com

What could we say? I have expected this to happen for some time…

(via Poptech tumblr)

Posted at 1:35pm and tagged with: disruption, tech, technology, books, ebooks,.

In a sign of the times, Newport Beach is considering closing the city’s original library and replacing it with a community center that would offer all the same features — except for the books.

Instead of a reference librarian, patrons would be greeted by a kiosk equipped with video-calling software that would allow them to speak with employees elsewhere. And books — when ordered — would be dropped off at a locker for pickup.

The proposed bookless library is a reflection of how both the economy and a shift in visitors’ habits are forcing city libraries to redefine their services.

mediafuturist:

(via Instapaper)

Posted at 5:26am and tagged with: tech, technology, future, books, ebooks, disruption,.

Library of the future: Wi-Fi, flat screens, automated book sorting


New high-tech Bolingbrook facility meant to draw young professionals

via @mitchbetts

Paul Higgins: This really makes you think about what a library is. If we move mainly to electronic forms of books then is it a place for those books that are not used that way or a small sub population of the community what still want books. Or is in a place of community, curation and a space where you can interact with ideas and concepts that you might not otherwise see?

Full Story: Chicago Breaking News

Posted at 10:26am and tagged with: library, books, innovation, future,.

Library of the future: Wi-Fi, flat screens, automated book sorting

New high-tech Bolingbrook facility meant to draw young professionals
via @mitchbetts
Paul Higgins: This really makes you think about what a library is. If we move mainly to electronic forms of books then is it a place for those books that are not used that way or a small sub population of the community what still want books. Or is in a place of community, curation and a space where you can interact with ideas and concepts that you might not otherwise see?
Full Story: Chicago Breaking News

Bookstore giant Borders files for bankruptcy

US bookstore chain Borders announced that it has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors so that it can reorganise and re-emerge as “a stronger and more vibrant book seller.”

Full Story: ABC

Posted at 7:00am and tagged with: books, economic,.

Bookstore giant Borders files for bankruptcy

US bookstore chain Borders announced that it has filed for bankruptcy  protection from its creditors so that it can reorganise and re-emerge as  “a stronger and more vibrant book seller.”

Full Story: ABC