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Culture: E-book versus Print (Guest Post)

Guest post by Cristian Mihai from his original blog post at Christian Mihai: E-book vs. Print. There are two types of people in the world: those who realize that this world is constantly reinventing itself and are usually capable of recognizing the new directions in which the world is headed, and those who can’t. There’s … Continue reading

Review: The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers is the third instalment of Philippa Gregory’s historical Cousin’s War series. It tells the story of medieval England’s struggle to keep the French lands won during the Hundred Years’ War, the trigger for the War of the Roses, and Henry VI and his queen’s struggle to hold on to power. … Continue reading

Review: Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller

A woman in her forties sleeps with a fifteen year old boy. She is a teacher and he is her student. Who’s in the wrong? The woman, of course. The boy is vulnerable because she’s in a role that gives her power. Notes on a Scandal doesn’t attempt to revolutionise your morality, but you’ll see … Continue reading

Review: Responsive Web Design – Ethan Marcotte

“When Ethan Marcotte coined the term “responsive web design” he conjured up something special. The technologies existed already: fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries. But Ethan united these techniques under a single banner, and in so doing changed the way we think about web design.” (Foreword, Jeremy Keith) Anyone who’s had anything to do … Continue reading

Check Out One Book Per Month On Amazon Kindle Lending Library

E-books may not kill off the lending library after all; at least for Amazon Kindle owners. Amazon’s recently announced Kindle Owners’ Lending Library will allow Kindle users to check out one e-book a month from the library to be returned without buying. Which all sound fine until you get to the small print. The service … Continue reading

Review: The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex

The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex, what’s wrong with Modern Movies by Mark Kermode Paperback and Audio book An endearing and entertaining polemic from the BBC’s most curmudgeonly film critic. Those familiar with BBC TV’s The Culture Show, BBC News’ Screen-time or Radio 5-Live’s Sony award-winning film review show with Simon Mayo, will know … Continue reading

Review: You are not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier

“The words in this book are written for people, not computers. I want to say: You have to be somebody before you can share yourself.” Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author as well as roving academic for Microsoft Corporation the University of California at Berkeley. Lanier is associated with research … Continue reading

Review: Barefoot into Cyberspace

Barefoot into Cyberspace – Adventures in Search of Techno Utopia by Becky Hogge Can we keep the Internet an open, democratic and free tool for the betterment of mankind? Barefoot into Cyberspace tackles this question. Written by a recent guest of ours on the Full Circle Podcast, Becky Hogge is a journalist and former director … Continue reading

Review: HTML5 Guidelines for Web Developers

HTML5 Guidelines for Web Developers by Klaus Förster, Bernd Öggl, Addison-Wesley / Safari Books Whether you are a web developer, hardcore coder or, like me, just somebody who dabbles and tries to keep up with the latest technology, you will find this volume on HTML5 of interest. “You should definitely have a basic knowledge of … Continue reading

Review: The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry

The Fry Chronicles is remarkable for two things: first, this volume follows the life of polymath Stephen Fry from his time at university to his first steps into the world of stage and screen. Second, known for his love of technology, the latest memoir was been published simultaneously in hardback, as an eBook and an … Continue reading

Review: The Power of Open

“The world has experienced an explosion of openness. From individual artists opening their creations for input from others, to governments requiring publicly funded works be available to the public, both the spirit and practice of sharing is gaining momentum and producing results.” Creative Commons develops, supports and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital … Continue reading

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