Posts related to ebooks readers, ebook technology and formats.

Book Review: The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

AONC book coverA guy I know once said: "If you follow the herd, you'll end up as lunch." (Actually, he said "Schnitzel", since he's German, but you get the idea).

Well, here's a guide, a manual if you wish, for avoiding the fate of leading a dull, boring and unremarkable life. This is not just a self-help or success guide type of book, it's much more. It's a manifesto for personal freedom that can apply to all of us, if we choose to follow it.

In some ways, it's like the red pill/blue pill thing from The Matrix: Do you want to stay in the normal world, do normal, boring things like getting a job, applying for a mortgage, going on vacation once or twice a year, and feeding the ducks in the park after you retire?

Or do you want to decide for yourself what to do with your life, create your own rules and live your life the way you want?

More Ebook Thoughts: Barriers, Business and Battles

A book goes electronic. Sort of.

A while ago, we tried defining ebooks, and figure out what they are, and what they aren't.
Now, let's have a look at some success factors, or barriers, business implications and the (un)necessity of DRM.

3 Cool Science Fiction Thrillers to Prepare You for the Future (Plus a Bonus One)

Science Fiction stretches our imagination and makes us dream about cool, future, distant worlds and realities. And it's fun, too.

But Science Fiction also serves an important purpose: It prepares society for the future. What will happen when technology X becomes available? How will our work, social and emotional lives change? What challenges and opportunities will we face, once certain new technologies become available?

There's also a feedback circle around scientists, engineers and SF writers: Scientists discover new laws of nature, engineers apply them to create new technologies and SF authors show us the possibilities, inspiring the scientists and engineers where to look next, what new principle to explore and which new technologies to make real.

Here are my top 3 Science Fiction, but realistic novels of all time that help us prepare for the future. They are all based on solid futuristic research, still they are mind-boggling and thought-provoking. When you read them, you'll get a true glimpse of the future - and view the present and the past in a new light.

Ebook Thoughts: What Are Ebooks And What Are They Not?

A book goes electronic. Sort of.

2010 is going to be the year of the ebook. If it wasn't obvious before, it became so overnight after Apple entered the ebook reader and distribution market big time.

I've been eying ebook and ebook reader developments for some time and decided to become an ebook early adopter: Over the holidays, I bought myself a Sony PRS-600 Ebook Reader. In this new blogging category, I'll explore a few aspects of ebooks, formats and the ecosystem while trying to figure out what's in it for you and me and the geeks in us.

Before we dive into ebook-land, it's probably useful to figure out what the point of ebooks is in the first place, what we want from them and what we should expect of them. This is useful because today's consumers, vendors, and the whole industry seem to be distracted by features, hype and old habits, sometimes missing the point.