More Online Books, Textbooks and Publishing
Al Fin has nothing against the Adobe Reader format, which has provided a wonderful publishing service -- good for both online reading and for downloading published material. But a competitor for the Adobe format, Scribd, is finding a large number of converts, and for good reason.
Here is the list of online textbooks at the Scribd website. Here is the full list of online book topics at Scribd.
eBooks will finally blossom into their own when electronic ink and electronic paper are optimised in an inexpensive and readily available form. The ideal eBook reader would read all of the important formats, and give free access to websites and all online materials. Update: This review of the Sony eBook reader by Scottish SF writer Gary Gibson gives a favourable first hand account of 6 months of use for the Sony device. H/T Futurismic
Of course, at the present rate of convergence, the typical palm-held device of the near future will have an eBook reader built-in, to go with everything else we are coming to expect from our iPhones and their clones.
Update Bonus Question: How will exam proctors keep test takers from cheating, when most of them are wearing implantable electronic skin tattoos that function like eBook readers, iPhones, web browsers etc. and can communicate with any number of other similar eTattoos scattered about the exam room?