Saturday, November 26, 2005

Cites & Insights 5:14 available

Cites & Insights 5:14, December 2005, is now available for downloading.

This somewhat oversized 28-page issue (essays also available as HTML separates from the C&I home page) is, to use a seasonal metaphor, a post-Thanksgiving feast for the mind, with two big helpings of scanning-related goodness, a turkey of a story, a small side dish of crow, and a dessert helping of odd/old flicks.

Enough of the metaphor, here's the details:

  • Perspective: OCA and GLP 1: Ebooks, Etext, Libraries and the Commons - the first of two essays on the Open Content Alliance and Google Book Search/Google Library Project. This shorter essay consists entirely of my own perspectives on the two projects and related topics.

  • Following Up: Mea Culpa - While this section includes several "following up" notes, the "mea culpa" regards "Analogies, Gatekeepers and Blogging"--Seth Finkelstein and Jon Garfunkel have convinced me that I'm not qualified to deny the existence of "gatekeepers" within the biblioblogosphere. Read why.

  • ©3 Perspective: Sony BMG: DRM Gone Bad - How an innovative, customer-oriented consumer electronics company can also be a Big Media turkey.

  • Perspective: OCA and GLP 2: Steps on the Digitization Road - The big essay (roughly 10K words, 13 pages, and the reason this issue's so big: Quotes and comments on developments within these complementary projects, organized by topic.

  • Offtopic Perspective: SciFi Classics 50 Movie Pack, Part 1 - a little leavening to finish the issue. From Hercules and Gamera to the Wasp Woman and Pia Zadora, mini-reviews of 26 movies (the first six discs of a megapack that now goes for $20), a few of which deserve the "SciFi" label. Be your own MST3K script writer!

Note: While this is the final issue for volume 5 of Cites & Insights, it is not the end of the volume. The index (a volume title sheet and index) will appear in the reasonably near future, for those few (?) who actually bind Cites & Insights.