Category Archives: Digital books

What I’ll be reading: Expert internet searching

You’re never too old to learn. I may have been embedded in the world of professional searching for around 20 years, but that doesn’t mean I know it all. Keeping existing skills refreshed as well as learning new ones is … Continue reading

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Reading on-screen content: are you still with me or have you given up reading this?

Back in 2008 The Atlantic ran an article looking at what the internet is doing to our brains. The author wrote that he’d noticed that reading articles on-line was apparently affecting the way we take in information and was having … Continue reading

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Tip of the day: a neat ebook on Google search tips and tricks

Gizmag, which itself is an interesting read for anyone of techy-mindedness, is currently offering a free download to A Guide to Google Tools, Tips & Tricks You Can’t Live Without You can fill in a form to download the book … Continue reading

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Will Virtual Reality one day be the new way to search?

If you want to understand the virtual reality “landscape”, you could hardly do better than have a read of  a very interesting (and quite long) feature in The Verge which takes a look at the many worlds of virtual reality, … Continue reading

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Google progresses its mission to digitise libraries and make them searchable

A Happy New Year to you. Here’s to 2015, may the search continue! Oooh, that sounds a bit Star Wars-like, but there we are. As a friend once quoted Yoda to me: “do or do not, there is no try”, … Continue reading

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Welcome revisions to copyright law

Wow, it’s taken a while, but some helpful and long-called-for changes to copyright law have been made. It’s not really seen as an exciting topic of conversation (try introducing it at a party some time: “nice background music, good quality … Continue reading

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Scanning the horizon for all the books

It’s being widely reported in the media that Google has finally been given the green legal light to scan the world of books until it reaches the far horizon. It’s a lovely thought, and could be quite disruptive – a … Continue reading

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Nature’s special issue on the disruption taking place in scientific publishing

Nature’s 28th March 2013 issue took an in-depth look at all the changes that have been, and will be, taking place in scientific publishing, from the rise of “open access” to the hopefully soon-to-be launched Digital Public Library of America … Continue reading

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Undisruptive searching

A Happy New Year to everyone. What will 2013 bring to the World of Search, I wonder? Well, not all of it will be disruptive, if the rest of this post is anything to go by. The Financial Times reports … Continue reading

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Happily rustling around and losing myself in the British Newspaper Archive

It’s been a very silent blog for a while now, so it seems appropriate to re-visit the ol’ Disruptive during the Rustly Leaf season by telling you how much I enjoy delving into the British Library’s British Newspaper Archive. This … Continue reading

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