Lots, lots lots to think about here: The Shifted Librarian->Broken Boxes
I’ve mostly used my Kindle for fiction, something to amuse me on long trips. The one book I did read that was sort of research related (This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson), wasn’t actually for class, though I did make some notes in it. I had no idea I could go back and get those notes online. And now that I do – wow, I can definitely see the potential here. (Although the major problem I noted with the Kindle was that I couldn’t find any of the metadata I needed to cite it for my class reading journal and ended up using WorldCat.)
The one point that jumped out immediately was Jenny’s comment on Steven Johnson’s recent post, The Glass Box and Commonplace Book, regarding the iPhone and iPad “the way it locks down text (including public domain works) in a way that prevents users from creating their own commonplace books.”
That’s my main and long-standing complaint with Apple, for all their yammering about how they’re the good guys, they have some very corporate ideas about copyright, ownership and property rights that aren’t nearly as happy-go-lucky and kumbaya as they want you to think they are.
But back to the books and Kindle and ebooks angle. I’ll have to mull on this for a while. Definitely much food for thought.