In Bexar County, Texas, Judge Nelson Wolff has "embarked on a mission to create a countywide library system," MySanAntonio.com reports, and from the start, he decided it should be bookless.
After months of planning, Wolff and other county leaders announced on Jan. 11, 2013, plans to "launch the nation's first bookless public library system," called BiblioTech. A prototype location on the South Side will open in the fall.
“If you want to get an idea what it looks like, go into an Apple store,” said Wolff, who was inspired while reading Apple founder Steve Jobs' biography, and also noted that the bookless library is not a replacement for the city library system -- it's an enhancement.
Inkling, started by Matt MacInnis, a former marketing manager at Apple, gives publishers a way to digitize and upgrade some of their highest-margin books without creating an app for each title. The San Francisco-based startup’s new Habitat software platform, released on Feb. 12 after a private beta test, allows publishers to add high-resolution photos, audible pronunciations of wine varietals, or videos that show how to cut an avocado. “Inkling is going at a unique, high-end interactive experience that you won’t find on many of those other platforms,” says Jerome Grant, chief learning officer for the education division at Pearson, an Inkling investor.
The company has teamed up with publishers including Pearson, McGraw-Hill (MHP), and Wolters Kluwer to try to gain ground in the U.S. e-book market, which Forrester Research (FORR) projects will reach $13.6 billion by 2017. Inkling will take a royalty of at least 30 percent from every sale.
Inkling is focused on textbooks, how-to guides, and cookbooks rather than novels. “We’re not interested in pumping a bunch of text files into our platform,” MacInnis says. Consumers can buy Inkling books on the Google search results page (through Inkling’s payment platform), from Inkling’s website, or from another publisher’s online store. The books are readable through the Inkling app on the iPad, iPhone, and computers. On Android devices, users have to access the books through the Web browser.
The Puzzler’s Dilemma explores the world of classic math and logic puzzles and tells the amazing stories behind them, from the Lighthouse of Alexandria to the “15” puzzle and even the now-famous Monty Hall problem. Using real-world analogies, infectious humor, and a fresh approach, this deceptively simple volume will challenge, amuse, enlighten, and surprise even the most experienced puzzle solver.
In addition to his books, (Niederman) has produced some twenty crossword puzzles for the Sunday New York Times. He is also the inventor of the mathematical three-dimensional puzzle 36 Cube and the geometric word game PathWords.
"One new mobile device, the Readius, designed mainly for reading
books, magazines, newspapers and mail, is the size of a standard
cellphone. Flip it open, though, and a screen tucked within the housing
opens to a 5-inch diagonal display. The screen looks just like a liquid
crystal display, but can bend so flexibly that it can wrap around a
Because the Readius is pocket-sized, but has a generous,
supple screen, people with five minutes to spare in a taxi, bus or
subway can use the dead time to open it, read a page or two of a book
and then return the device to a shirt pocket, said Karl McGoldrick, the
chief executive of Polymer Vision, the company in Eindhoven, the
Netherlands, that created the device."