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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Free downloads = profit

In 2000, Baen Books created a free internet library as an experiment in publishing. The “First Librarian“, author Eric Flint, kept a proto-blog of the experience. I found it educational. Of particular interest is the intro, #1, #6, #10, and #11, as these all confirm that free downloads boost sales, both for books and music.
Cory [...]

Watch Out For Little Brother (In Stores Near You)

Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother is supposed to be a novel for young adults (a code phrase for late teens), but I said to myself: “Myself, you’re an adult, you’re young, you should read this”. I was right.
Little Brother is awesome. It’s 1984 combined with Steal This Book combined with Hackers - upgraded and updated for [...]

Improve Your IQ With Dual N-Back Task Training

There’s recently been quite a buzz about the recent research that suggests that fluid intelligence can be improved by training working memory.
If the original article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (or PotNAoSotUSoA as it’s more affectionately known) is too technical for you, try the articles [...]

Meeting About Using Open Content Learning At UNISA

I’ve written about open content learning materials before. In that post I mentioned that I’ve been trying to talk to people in UNISA for a while now, and on Tuesday (3 June), I finally got the promised meeting.
I met with Prof. Wendy Kilfoil (Director of the Institute for Curriculum and Learning Development), and Mr Deon [...]