Battle of the E-Book Readers

I’ve become a fan of electronic books and readers. I’m on my second Sony Reader, having recently upgraded from my original PRS-500 to the new PRS-505. I was able to fly to Europe, spend three weeks roaming around, read 4+ books, and cary just this one small package.

It’s rumored that Monday, Amazon will launch its long-awaited Kindle reader for $100 more than the Sony. But it’s said to include Sprint EVDO connectivity to the eBook store and other features. I’ll be particularly interested to see if the display is as good or even better than Sony’s, which is pretty sweet. I just spent $300. Will I have to spend another $400 to keep up with the latest gadgets? Let’s see what the initial reviews say next week.

New License for The Conversations Network

I recently discovered that Creative Commons has retired the Sampling License we’ve long used for podcasts at The Conversations Network. Apparently there weren’t enough people using the license for CC to support it. Too bad, since after a great deal of discussion and experimentation, it was a great license for us.

We now have a few options, and I’m looking for feedback. We can…

  • Continue to use the license, even without ongoing support from Creative Commons.
  • Use a different CC license.
  • Adopt NPR’s permission policy.
  • Roll our own.

Some considerations…

  • The reason we don’t use one of the more common CC licenses is that we don’t want people to simply copy and re-host our audio files:
    • We invest a great deal in our Detail Pages, and we want to encourage others to link to our site so that listeners get the full value of our biographies, resource lists, etc.
    • Like other podcasters, we want to keep track of the traffic so that we can justify our funding. (Non-profit underwriters in our case.)
  • We like sampling because it encourages excerpts, mashups and remixes.
  • We can’t always get permission from our content sources such as conferences and speakers to allow others to re-use entire programs, and we’d like to have a consistent licensing policy.

What do you think would be the best license for The Conversations Network?

Update: See our decision here.