Showing posts with the label book

Roundup: E-Readers

Wired has a roundup of 10 E-Readers of various makes and sizes and sorts. Interesting read. I love what the Kindle has done for this market and respect Amazon for that. But it's too closed and proprietary and stupid in that way. :) I love the COOL-ER readers that my friend MrVanes also loves, for the same reasons. Open, good size, good battery life and big enough, SD reader and music option. I could also get used to the Archos tablet for the reasons that Archos also makes open hardware that can be customized with various flavors and types of operating systems (think: Android OS!) and that they of the geeky kind. I.e. great stuff that is geared towards users that known there stuff

LibraryThing | Catalog your books online

I was thinking of building something like this a few years back, but it's already done: LibraryThing | Catalog your books online. I always forget what books I already have when I'm in the bookstore. Very annoying!

Update: is a similar tool but with extra options. Only question I have left is, how do you easily add all your books to these...?

Alex - a dual-screen Android-based e-book reader

More cool Android innovations: Alex - a dual-screen Android-based e-book reader.
"Up top you get a 6" monochrome E-Ink EPD display, while underneath sits a tempting, bright, colourful 3.5" touch-screen LCD. Alex politely supports wi-fi and mobile networks for browsing, contains an SD card slot for storage."

Maps+Books mash-up: Why didn't anyone think of this before?

Readers can browse sample book pages and click on highlighted locations, which then display satellite images along with relevant info, audio or video. The developer says OnScene is the "bridge" between the novel and digital media. He hopes the convergence can capture a younger demographic of book worms...Or how about walking along the path of the book's prima character in historic novels?!? Da vinci code "walk-throughs" or Carcasonne and so on... genius!

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Build A Book On Facebook With Blurb

Everyone has a digicam these days, but not everyone has a good picture of a certain subject. What if you could get together with anyone and let them contribute (with credits!) a picture to you and your great idea for a photo project?
Now you can! Facebook and Blurb have combined forces to let anyone cooperate with 50+ million other Facebook members to create new and innovative photo projects with the Blurb GroupBook. Members can make a new project, set subject and guidelines and ask other to contribute photos to their project. Images can be selected by the project owner and put into a printable, sell-able photo book and everyone gets their name mentioned! Perfect example of Creative Commons licensing.


Wikinomics, about the science of sharing, openness, eye balls, open source and why and how this can indeed all mean money.

Ender's Game: Epic acquires Chair Entertainment

"Epic Games has announced the acquisition of developer Chair Entertainment. Chair most recently created the XBLA game Undertow and is currently working on projects based upon Orson Scott Card's Empire and Ender's Game books."
As for me, I'm glad it seems Ender's Game is under a solid game marketing umbrella and Epic is wise to step in at this moment in time... Can't wait for the game, or the movie for that matter! Said to be released in 2008 already...

'Ender's Game' will be a game!

Woohoo! Sjoerdski had told me so much about this book that I finally gave in to pressure and read it... finished it in almost one go! Great book, really cool!
Now, they announce that they will make a game of 'Enders game'. :bounce:

Confederation Universe

Confederation Universe...
The Reality Dysfunction comes out as 1221 pages in paperback form, about the most uncommercial length you can write. The Neutronium Alchemist is 1259 pages. As I write this, the week before publication of The Naked God in hardback, Macmillan doesn't even know if it's possible to fit The Naked God into a single paperback, it's roughly 20% larger than Neutronium Alchemist. That comes to about 1.2 million words to get through... w00t

Chris Foss Illustrations and Sci-Fi Art

A set of amazing Sci-Fi book covers and paintings... o_O

Snoecks 2007 - Katherine Heigl

While at Sjoerd's place, Saturday for the bachelor party, I noticed Snoecks 2007 in the toilet. Always useful to kill a few minutes. I noticed the stunning woman on the cover - a trademark for Snoecks - and wondered who it was. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the gorgeous lady in the stunning green dress with the mouth watering neckline is no other than Katherine Heigl, whom you may be more familiar with by the name of Izzie (from Grey's Anatomy)... I know! Isn't that cool! :D


NoID tipped on this book: C R Y P T O N O M I C O N. Dunno yet, linkdumping it here for future reference and my readers ;) Read the excerpt on the website... (y)

Ender's Game

I don't what happened, but suddenly it seems like everyone around me is reading SciFi books! :) A co-worker at Philips recommended I read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I go to Amazon and see there is a whole serie of this! Pffew, much reading to be done! :D I'm adding these to me Wishlist (hint)... Now that I mention it, I suddenly realized I have an account at *as well as* doh! :frusty:
/me kicks himself in the butt

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

After reading my raving stories about Ben Bova's Mars book, my co-worker Albert told me about the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. So I ordered those too. At first I wanted to by them cheap and used from Amazon, but checking showed me that new, they only cost 1 euro more... Oh well. So I got them new.

Saga of Seven Suns

I finished Ben Bova's "Return to Mars" on Friday in the train. Thankfully, for the way back, I ran into part 3 of "The Saga of the Seven Suns" by Kevin J. Anderson. I had found them, (part 3 *and* 4!), already in the book store in the US before Xmas, but even though the system said they were in stock they were no where to be found.
Anyway, the saga is an amazing epic like other epic's: Dune, Foundation, RingWorld, etc. It introduces a whole new universe, has tons of characters, races and lots of cool technology. But, as with much SciFi and contrary to popular belief: it's not about the technology! :)
Book 3, Horizon Storms, so far, is brilliant again. I just hate that you have to wait so long for a new part to be written. ;) You've lots many of the intricate details and twists of the previous books and you have to get into the epic all over again trying to keep straight who did what and why. LOL Oh well, I guess it's harder to think all of it up …

BEN BOVA, A life in and with the Stars!

Back in the US, I bought for $80 worth of new Sci-Fi books. I always read them in English in the first place, so I end up going to the American Book Center (ABC) in The Hague. There they have the originals but at a cost about 30-50% higher than in the US and in Euro. So it was worth it easily.
I have recently been taking the train to Eindhoven again :yawn: and that gives me a solid 4 hours of reading *every day*! Needless to say that I've read quite a it. :) I finished Larry Niven's Ringworld (again) before/during mas break. But I also bought some new books. Ben Bova triggered me for some reason and I must say: he's brilliant! Finished the first book, Mars, in under a week and am almost through "Return to Mars" now. They are great! Very cool both technically and psycologically. It's so neat that it is almost possible and the story is very real. Highly recommended. Now if only they'd had new paperbacks of the Saga of the Seven Suns... :(


Raymond Wong, aka Firefox, is a site by a friend from my time in Pittsburgh. He is a friend and former Zet, just like me. :) Cool! Just learned through good ol' 'zm' that he had a site and wrote a book. :respect:

Saga of the Seven Suns

That's all I can say. I've just finished reading A Forest of Stars by Kevin J. Anderson, the 2nd book from the Saga of the Seven Suns. And I finished it almost in one blow. 440 pages the first day! I couldn't put it down! That was two days ago. But now I can't wait for the 3rd book... Damn he's good! :respect: Highly recommended if you're info SciFi books like Dune, Foundation and other big sagas.

The Saga of Seven Suns

The Saga of Seven Suns is my favorite new SciFi series for now. And it is not on TV, not a game... it's a book! "OMG, do you still read actual book?!?!", you might say. Yes I do, but rarely. This, however, is too good to miss. So if you're into Dune, StarWars, Foundation and similar series, you'll LOVE The Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin J. Anderson. Trust me!

Asimov's "I, Robot"

Woohoo! One of my alltime favorite books is being turned into a movie: I, Robot is already in post-production and scheduled to appear in July 2004 (US) and August 2004 (NL). Cool! Will Smith is the detective... wonder what that'll be like. Better grab the book again now that I have the time... (runs off, goes through boxes and bags in storage and returns panting, slightly confused, without the book...)