iTunes for Bookworms
If you didn’t know about the magnitude of the Google Library Project, you’re not alone. In 1994, Google began approaching major libraries offering to digitize their stacks with an eye toward selling that digital content online, but only recently did industry heavyweights like Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo! join forces to create an opposition called the Open Book Alliance (a little Orwellian, no?).
But before these Kings of the Internet saddled up, the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers got wind of Google’s plans and filed a lawsuit alleging that the digitization of copyrighted books violates the copyright itself. Since then, a settlement has been reached that will allow the digitization project to continue. That settlement, however, is still subject to approval by a U.S. District Court where the Open Book Alliance and its friends plan to make their case.
One such friend is Scott E. Gant of a prominent Washington law firm. The New York Times reports that Gant’s amicus brief to the District Court represents “the most serious challenge yet to the settlement”. The comment was made by James Grimmelmann, an associate law professor at the New York Law School, who follows the case’s developments on his blog.
Google explains how the settlement, if approved, will affect its digitization project. In the meantime, the juggernaut internet company has just announced its release of over 1 million digital public domain books. The books can be downloaded in PDF format or EPUB, an open format which cannot be monopolized by any particular digital device.
I explained earlier that Amazon’s Kindle doesn’t support the EPUB format, but that Sony’s eReader does. Certainly that’s why Google is giving away some eReaders for the next ten days through a trivia contest. Answers are found using Google Book’s search engine.
Naturally the District Court ruling will apply to American copyright law, but across the ocean Europe is feeling the winds of change. Oxford University’s Bodleian Library is cooperating with Google, as are libraries in Germany, France and Spain. But now that the Europeans are all in it together, the European Commission will officially take a look at Google’s project next month.
From computer hacking to biohacking, Dave Asprey has embarked on a quest to reverse the aging process.
- As a teenager, founder of Bulletproof, Dave Asprey, began experiencing health issues that typically plague older adults.
- After surrounding himself with anti-aging researchers and scientists, he discovered the tools of biohacking could dramatically change his life and improve his health.
- He's now confident he'll live to at least 180 years old. "It turns out that those tools that make older people young make younger people kick ass," he says.
French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
- French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.
A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.
- A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
- The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
- Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.