Ebooks and science: Livestreamed tonight

By Carl Zimmer | September 20, 2011 9:11 am

I’m heading to New York this evening for an exciting conversation about the future of books, hosted by Science Online New York. We’ll be talking about the new opportunities opened up by ebooks and apps, as well as some of the problems they will bring with them. There’s now a waiting list to get into the room, but you can watch it livestreamed here, starting at around 7 pm EST. What makes the event particularly exciting for me is that you could pick any five members of the audience as the panelists, and the conversation would be just as interesting. So the prepared remarks are going to be short (just long enough to show off a few examples of new kinds of science books), and then we’re going to plunge into a wide-ranging, room-wide exchange. We’ll also be tracking questions with the #sonyc hashtag on Twitter, so feel free to join in the conversation.


Comments (4)

  1. I don’t know how related it is, but any chance you could publicly suggest that journal publishers, such as PNAS, Royal Society Publishing, Nature, PLoS, etc. etc. consider offering not only PDF versions of their files electronically, but reflowable text versions as well for reading on devices like the Kindle, where reading PDFs is uncomfortable?

    I once tweeted to PNAS about it and got a reply that it was an interesting idea worth looking into. Surely I can’t be the only one interested in reading scientific papers easily on my Kindle. If it is in line with your ideas and fits the content of the livestream, I would love to hear it suggested that not only eBooks but eJournalArticles (for lack of a better term) would be a wonderful thing. :)

  2. David B. Benson


    You mean like printed on paper and bound?

    The is the 21st century!


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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