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Richard Stallman: Break free of e-book ‘chains’

Here’s Stallman’s list of physical book advantages:

• You can buy one with cash, anonymously.

• Then you own it.

• You are not required to sign a license that restricts your use of it.

• The format is known, and no proprietary technology is needed to read the book.

• You can, physically, scan and copy the book, and it’s sometimes lawful under copyright.

• Nobody has the power to destroy your book.

That list contrasts with his list of e-book drawbacks, including Stallman’s preferred derogatory term for digital rights management (DRM), using Amazon as the example:

• Amazon requires users to identify themselves to get an e-book.

• In some countries, Amazon says the user does not own the e-book.

• Amazon requires the user to accept a restrictive license on use of the e-book.

• The format is secret, and only proprietary user-restricting software can read it at all.

• To copy the e-book is impossible due to Digital Restrictions Management in the player and prohibited by the license, which is more restrictive than copyright law.

• Amazon can remotely delete the e-book using a back door. It used this back door in 2009 to delete thousands of copies of George Orwell’s 1984.

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Why Publishers of Digital Content Need to Know About the Semantic Web


For example, let’s look at how people find your content in the first place. As an Associate Content Strategy Director at Razorfish, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients who produce content. In some cases, these are publishing companies and content is their business. In other cases, they are companies that produce content to help share information about their products and services. Or perhaps a main concern is how to capture and share knowledge internally, within different branches of an organization. In all cases, one of the most common complaints we hear is, “We have all this content, but our readers/customers/prospects/employees aren’t finding what they’re looking for.”

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Information Explosion

Information Explosion.

Information Explosion, Data Deluge

In February 2010 The Economist carried a feature article on data deluge and availability of superabundant information. The growth of digital information is increased in leaps and bounds. Here is also an interesting article I stumbled upon. Look at the rate of growth of digital literature and it is astounding and it is growing in break-neck speed. Is world really equipped to store and retrieve the generated information? Serious stuff!!

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Shrewd search engines know what you want

Here is an article I came across regarding search engines in New Scientist. It describes, over a time how Search Engines are evolved to become shrewd now.


By giving a search engine some basic demographic information, such as age, gender and educational background, it is possible to boost the engine’s chances of identifying user intent correctly, say Weber and Castillo. That personal information can be gleaned when people sign up to the other services, such as email, that search engines provide.

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