India may bump $35 tablet specs, raise price to $50

By libertyc
February 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Remember that $35 tablet from India? Surprise surprise: it hasn’t been doing so well. ZDNet Asia reports that India’s Union Human Resource Development Ministry is looking into upgrading the specifications for the tablet, and also bumping the price to $50. It turns out that users were less than [...]

National Library of India: A Very Brief Look the Digitisation of Rare Books « INFOdocket

By libertyc
December 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Press Information Bureau, Government of India: The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that digitisation of rare books and other print material is done selectively taking into account copyright and other issues. It is a part of the Annual [...]

Liquid Comics Announces New Digital Platform for Young Indian Creators of Original Graphic Novel Stories

By libertyc
December 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Liquid Comics, which owns one of the world’s largest comic book libraries based on Indian characters by Indian creators, announced today the launch of Graphic India, a new digital platform to promote comic books in India and showcase young artists and writers in the [...]

$35 Indian tablet makes its debut at $45 for students

By libertyc
October 5, 2011 // 4 Comments

It looks like the vapor surrounding India’s $35 tablet has congealed directly into a solid. The Aakash tablet is being made by Canadian manufacturer Datawind, and the Indian government is ordering 100,000 of them at at 2,200 rupees per unit ($44.50), though Datawind says that a planned larger [...]

A look at India’s thriving publishing scene, part 2

By Chris Walters
July 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

Here’s a link to the second part of Akshay Pathak’s overview of the state of publishing in India today. Where Part 1 focused on the need for better data, professionally trained editors and a more robust retail infrastructure, Part 2 looks at the roles Indian publishers play in the [...]

A look at India’s thriving publishing scene, part 1

By Chris Walters
July 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

India’s publishing industry is exploding, writes Akshay Pathak at Publishing Perspectives. An estimated 90,000 titles are produced each year, with annual growth estimated to be around 30%. Production standards are improving, there’s fresh investment in retail, and there’s a [...]

Print is dead…or not

By libertyc
April 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

In a remarkable coincidence, today Zite gave me four articles in a row about “the future of books” or “the death of print”. I’m not sure what caused so many people to take a look ahead right out of the blue like this, but it seems like a good time to look at the articles and compare [...]

Blogger: Send the third-world e-readers, not laptops

By libertyc
February 22, 2011 // 5 Comments

On PC Pro, Stuart Turton blogs on his experience showing his Kindle to inhabitants of a very poor area of central India. He reports that even though they could have no idea what it possibly was, all the kids who saw his device were enthralled by its nifty features, and even the adults of the [...]

India’s $35 Android tablet apparently vaporous after all

By libertyc
January 20, 2011 // 1 Comment

Remember that $35 Android tablet from India we reported on last year? The latest in a long line of Indian vaporware, praised by Nicholas Negroponte, it was supposed to receive educational subsidies and be made available to students—though reports surfaced that it was actually a Chinese Android [...]

India: ebooks, public libraries and crossing the street, by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
December 21, 2010 // 1 Comment

It sounds funny to say, but the thing I’ll remember longest about my two weeks in India is learning to cross the street. When I first arrived, I didn’t dare. Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the street, but they also drive on the right side of the street, the middle of the [...]

$35 Indian tablet actually Chinese HiVision Speedpad?

By libertyc
September 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Indian Android news site has broken the news that the $35 “home-grown” tablet touted by the government of India (and lauded by OLPC’s Nicholas Negroponte) looks suspiciously similar (that is to say, identical) to Chinese manufacturer HiVision’s Speedpad Android tablet. [...]

Java ebook reading allows huge growth for Wattpad

By libertyc
September 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

I’ve mentioned Wattpad before and said that for the developing world Java ereading on cellphones is the way to go. This has inspired a few skeptical comments by readers over the years. Now, Publishing Perspectives had interviewed Wattpad co-founder, Allen Lau, pictured above. According to [...]

Indian ereader, the Wink, launched along with ebookstore and news service

By libertyc
August 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

According to CIOL, EC Media International has launched the Wink ereader in India. This is an e-ink unit and supports reading in 15 Indian languages. Along with the Wink, EC Media will be starting an ebook store which will give access to ebooks, journals, newspapers, magazines and selected articles. [...]

$35 Indian tablet featured on TV show

By libertyc
August 12, 2010 // 0 Comments

Remember that $35 tablet from India that Nicholas Negroponte offered to help with? Engadget reports that it has made a hands-on appearance on an Indian TV show. (CNet also has coverage.) The device packs an awful lot of wallop for $35: 2GB RAM, wi-fi, 3G, microSD card storage, video out, a webcam, [...]

India: more libraries going for digitization of knowledge, eresources

By libertyc
August 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the Article: Leading educational institutes and libraries are making books immortal – virtually. Rare books and publications are now in the focus of many local and national-level projects of digitization. On academic front, projects like INFLIBNET, acronym for Information and Library [...]

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