BoD – Books on Demand

Entreprise d’impression à la demande. BoD, prestataire de services pour éditeurs et auteurs. Le siège de l’entreprise est situé à Norderstedt, près de Hambourg en Allemagne. BoD offre ses services en Allemagne (depuis 2001), France (depuis 2008), Danemark (depuis 2005), Finlande (depuis 2007), Autriche (depuis 2001) et Suisse (depuis 2001).

L’ipad et le réajustement du paradigme informatique « Claude Le Berre

"Depuis des années, m’entretenant avec des proches moins au fait de l’informatique que moi, je ne cesse de leur dire que leur difficulté face a l’ordinateur est liée au fait que l’ordinateur est un outil qui, en la forme qui leur est présentée, et est a présent plus ou moins admise par les millions d’utilisateurs d’ordinateur, est « barbare ». Cet instrument est barbare, et en ce sens « étranger », par le fait qu’il constitue un outil spécifique a une population donnée (les informaticiens) qui s’est imposé a une majorité « en l’état » : impliquant une posture assise de dactylo, muni d’un clavier et d’un périphérique de visualisation."

Tags:

Posted by: marind

Print-On-Demand Publisher VDM Infects Amazon

erich666 writes "In recent months a flood of so-called books have been appearing in Amazon's catalog. VDM Publishing's imprints Alphascript and Betascript Publishing have listed over 57,000 titles, adding at least 10,000 in the previous month alone. These books are simply collections of linked Wikipedia articles put into paperback form, at a cost of 40 cents a page or more. These books seem to be computer-generated, which explains the peculiar titles noted such as 'Vreni Schneider: Annemarie Moser-Pröll, FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, Winter Olympic Games, Slalom Skiing, Giant Slalom Skiing, Half Man Half Biscuit.' Such titles do have the marketing effect of turning up in many different searches. There is debate on Wikipedia about whether their 'VDM Publishing' page should contain the words 'fraud' or 'scam.' VDM Publishing's practice of reselling Wikipedia articles appears to be legal, but is ethically questionable. Amazon customers have begun to post 1-star reviews and complain. Amazon's response to date has been, 'As a retailer, our goal is to provide customers with the broadest selection possible so they can find, discover, and buy any item they might be seeking.' The words 'and pay us' were left out. Amazon carries, as a Googled guess, 2 million different book titles, so VDM Publishing is currently 1/35th of their catalog, and rapidly growing."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Cambridge Journals Online

Le portail des revues de Cambridge
In line with the commitment of Cambridge University Press to advance learning, knowledge and research worldwide, the Press currently publishes over 220 peer-reviewed academic journals for the global market. Containing the latest research from a broad sweep of subject areas, Cambridge journals are accessible worldwide in print and online.

ACAP – Automated Content Access Protocol

ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) is a new non-commercial, open, global protocol devised by the worldwide publishing community that provides content providers with the necessary tool to enable them to communicate their copyright terms and conditions online in a language that can be read, understood and interpreted by the machines that crawl and index their content. Put simply, ACAP enables the copyright terms, conditions and permissions that would be read by a human in the offline environment to be read and unambiguously interpreted by the machines that replace the human in the online environment.