Pick it up here.
HT: David Stark (as usual)
There are four things I like about this, even though I have a growing collection of Kindle books. First, it encourages competition and development. Second, Google includes a web-based reader, which means I don’t need any kind of device other than a computer to read my books. Third, finding free (open-domain) books is much easier with Google than with the Kindle. Finally, I love that all the open-domain books that Google has been scanning over the years (such as random volumes of the Patrolagiae Graeca Hodge’s Systematic Theology) are all freely readable on any device that Google Books runs on (which is, like, all of them).
And Apple’s iBooks might as well be dead to me, since it only runs on one device. It’s the prettiest and easiest, but also the least accessible.
Here’s the really cool bit. Because they are providing the text in plain text, as well as other formats like PDF and XML, people have the freedom to play around with this stuff. What does that mean? It means you are not limited to Logos software (though that is available, and they have promised a free download for Logos on the iPhone). You can, for example, load a PDF onto Apple’s iBooks, and I’m sure a Kindle version is just around the corner.
And, within a couple of hours, Michael Hanel has already got a working copy running in Bibleworks, so grab that here.
For those who want to play around with the text for further distribution, you can find the license terms here. They are pretty lenient.
This is awesome stuff!
Yes you read that right. And if you are a regular follower of Nerdlets you can appreciate why this is significant. Up to this point there are no up-to-date critical editions of the Greek NT that are digital, freely available, and web/font friendly.
The announcement comes from Mike Holmes, the editor of this GNT, at Evangelical Textual Criticism. The text is being produced in partnership with Logos Bible Software and the Society of Biblical Literature. The details are available here.
In short, this is all kinds of awesome. Thanks to Mike, SBL, and Logos!
The Israel Antiquities Authority and Google announced Tuesday that they are collaborating to produce digitized images of the entire collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls and put them on the Internet, making the archaeological treasure available to anyone with the click of a mouse.
Anyone familiar with the Dead Sea Scrolls knows that getting access to the information they contain is cumbersome at best, and this promises to finally end that difficulty. Read the whole article for more information and really cool pictures.
As a registered nerd I am frequently asked about laptop brands. You can find an excellent overview of the strengths and weakness of the various major manufacturers here.
I would change two ratings. (1) They gave Lenovo a B, but I would give them an A-. They make a good and sturdy laptop and have excellent customer support. The IdeaPads (particularly the Y line) are particularly nice. (2) They gave Sony an A, which I would lower to a B-. If you want an expensive laptop get one of the other A rated brands–Sony does not offer anything these other brands don’t and they have terrible customer support (in my experience).
Bottom line for me: if you want a premium but reasonably priced PC, go Lenovo or Asus. If you’re going cheap try an Acer or an on-sale HP. And shop at newegg.com
Via: New York Times
Here’s a handy trick when you want to look up some bible verses in a snap.
For those who don’t know, Google’s Chrome Browser allows you to search popular sites straight from the address bar. Many sites provide search functionality by default, and Chrome automatically adds those sites to its database. But any site that is searchable can be added to Google Chrome. Here’s how to do it for the ESV Bible online.
Zotero’s previously announced plans to move Zotero out of Firefox and into, well, everything is getting closer to realization. It’s a major push to make Zotero available everywhere, and to allow you to integrate your libraries and research with all sorts of different platforms and interfaces (IE, Firefox, Chrome, mobile, etc.) through a set of APIs.
I could go on an on about how great this is, but there’s no need, as David Stark has already done all the heavy lifting. He beats me to the punch every time! You can find the official announcement here, and a full and very helpful run down at ReadWriteWeb here.