Friday, October 23, 2009

Hewlett-Packard bets on paper books, magazines in digital age
Sacramento Business Journal - by Steven E.F. Brown San Francisco Business Times

Even as electronic books and readers become more popular, with Barnes & Noble introducing its new Nook reader this week, Hewlett-Packard Co. is placing a big bet on paper magazines and paper books.
H-P is setting up projects to allow people to print their own magazines and to print old books that are out of copyright.
Palo Alto-based H-P is working with Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales, who started Wikipedia, on Mag Cloud, a service that lets people pay about 20 cents a page to create and print magazines from Wales’ for-profit San Francisco-based Wikia Inc. business. Someone can put together content from various Wikia pages and print them out as a magazine.
People can print books if the copyright has expired using another H-P service called BookPrep. To print a 250-page book will cost about $15, for example.
The full piece here.

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