Further to my post on December 2004 on the potential for podcasted books in installments, author Scott Sigler released on Thursday 24/3/05 EarthCore, the world's first podcast-only novel ... you can't download the full audio and the only way to find out what happens is to subscribe to the podcast. The podcast-book is released in installments (bookcast? podbook? etc.) and is free of charge!
Score another one for Generation C.
For readers of Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, here's a great nighttime picture of Castel Sant'Angelo.
Google, the operator of the world's most popular Internet search service, plans to announce an agreement today with some of the nation's leading research libraries and Oxford University to begin converting their holdings into digital files that would be freely searchable over the Web.
Next, I suppose you could set up an RSS feed to subscribe to specific books (or even categories: sci-fi, fiction, biography, etc.). You would subsequently receive a couple of pages or chapters per day, paying for the remaining content if you wanted to finish the book.
To make this really work, eBook devices would have to improve to make digital book reading a better experience (more here). Might Apple step up to the plate? After music, photos and podcasting, The iPod could also accept RSS feeds for books. Either the screen would have to be enlarged ... or with text-to-speech, you could opt to listen to your downloaded RSS book feed.
Via Joi Ito.