Paperless Libraries

As I write about shifting conversation, I have come across what could possibly be the first paperless public library in the world. Needless to say, I am reading and writing in the virtual space.

Some years ago I was invited to do a presentation at a seminar about publishing. The key take away of my presentation was that the real change is happening at the ends of the value chain, i.e. how book is being created and how the book is being read. I had stated that even though all this has implications on the way books are designed, published and distributed, the real change in the book space is that what really matters is the conversation. It is a big conversation, which cannot be limited to the physical book. Even the word ‘book’ needs to be used with caution.

The paperless library draws focus on the user. It is the user that consumes, shares and creates more knowledge. To appreciate the book, one has to appreciate the conversation around it…to the point of dedicating well designed spaces for such an activity.

The 3 year old presentation follows below:

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Navigation Menu

Navigation Menu

This is the office lift. I cannot help but associate the brighter button to the navigation menu one finds on various online sites – I am currently writing a “new post” and so the “new post” button is brighter…showing me where I am heading to. Just like the lift navigation menu.

I’m a DJ too!

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In March, Jimmy Iovine hinted at what his next project is all about. The project revolves around a kind of music curation where you can get a custom list made for you by a team of music lovers. The interview is available here. In the meantime, Grooveshark launched “Broadcast” just 4 days ago. The service makes listening to music a public experience.  This is what the blogging community had to say about the service:

Grooveshark’s Broadcast is attempting to recreate the experience of a terrestrial (aka old school) radio’s DJ shift. A Grooveshark user will first start broadcasting their music selection, which is available to anyone who wants to listen in. From there you’ll basically just play songs from your own collection of music as well as insert 30-second recordings that can introduce songs, sets, or provide commentary about anything. When you stop DJing, you can either hand off your audience to another DJ or your station goes off line. Read more

These new ways of listening to music continue to offer new ways to interact with friends. One day we’re at the office together, next day we become DJs and run a social “radio” stream on weekends! One question remains, what happened to the “request a song radio shows”, are they dead or is this the new way of doing things!?