SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES
A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD
Dr Peter Watts Not Found Guilty of Assault
Canadian sci-fi author Dr Peter Watts was found guilty of "obstructing/resisting" a US customs official. Watts was not found guilty of assault, as is being widely and inaccurately reported. Watts posted on his blog about the conviction last Friday, and he has now followed with a more lengthy post that covers a wide variety of topics related to his conviction, and which answers many questions (such as, what the heck were US customs agents were doing searching a car leaving the US?). His new post also contains some fascinating quotes from jury members. It's all well worth a read, especially for anyone planning a trip to the United Police States of America.
The Toronto Public Library has launched a cute little publicity campaign for which they are leaving 99 blank journals at random locations around the city. People who find the journals are invited to write in the them about their favourite books. The library intends to eventually post those scribblings on their website (though they don't say how they plan to get the journals back). Fun idea. I wonder where they got it.
Dracula reads Jabberwocky
Courtesy of the British Film Institute? Okay, if you say so.
How do they do that?
Here's a video of a super fast book scanner being developed at a Japanese university. What's most impressive here is not actually the speed at which the camera scans pages (500 fps), but the fact that the software can flatten out an image of a curved book page that does not appear to show all the text on the page. Really, how do they do that?
- Amazon has launched Kindle sofware for Macs
- Amazon continues to try to play hardball with publishers
- Google's Alex e-reader launches in April
- E-book apps now outnumber game apps for the iPhone
- Survey indicates that Apple's iPad is set to knock Kindle out of first place
- xconomy.com has an interview with E Ink's new CEO T.H. Peng, who says the firm will triple its capacity in 2010
The Guardian has a roundup of unusual book merchandise. Mark Twain golf balls, anyone?
Bookseller Ben McNally and kin got stuck on a reef.