The South End – “Wayne State libraries are implementing new smartphone programs to help students get information quickly. The newest program is the addition of Quick Response codes for smartphones. The library QR codes, developed for WSU two weeks ago, are barcodes that store any kind of data and can be scanned by smartphones. When the library’s QR code is scanned, it goes immediately to an “Ask-a-Librarian” screen to help students find academic resources.”
NYT – “Penguin Classics, that more-than-1,500-titles collection of English-language literary classics, has a new free app for iOS devices available on Tuesday. The paperback publisher, celebrating 65 years of the Classics collection this year, has created a catalog of its titles (which basically includes every author you have heard of, ever) and put it into an easily searchable database.”
NYT – “Gasps went up last week when a digital edition of T.S. Eliot’s 1922 poem “The Waste Land” knocked Marvel Comics out of the top spot on the list of top-grossing book apps for the iPad. But wait! Now here comes Jack Kerouac tailgating right behind, looking for a similarly exalted place to park a sleek new iPad app based on his classic 1957 novel “On the Road.”
AP – “If you’ve ever wondered what type of tree was nearby but didn’t have a guide book, a new smartphone app allows users with no formal training to satisfy their curiosity and contribute to science at the same time. The Leafsnap app on display on an iPhone along with tree leaf specimens.
Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.”
More here – “The Augmented Reality App for Shelf Reading, developed by Miami University Augmented Reality Research Group (or just MU ARRG – ha!) and headed by Bo, will have librarians salivating over its potentially time-saving capabilities. Watch Bo demonstrate the app’s near-instant detection of out-of-order books on a shelf, followed by an on-screen shortest path algorithm to return misplaced books back to their locations. The icing on the cake – instant inventory of whole bookshelves, which would likely save hours of time per week for a typical librarian.”
NYT – “Apple is further tightening its control of the App Store. Some application developers, including Sony, say Apple has told them they can no longer sell e-books within their apps unless the transactions go through Apple’s system. Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books from the Sony Reader Store. “
NYT – “Visitors to the British Library have a new tool to help guide them: a mobile app that highlights more than 100 works from its collections. Included are portions of the Codex Sinaiticus, a handwritten manuscript of the Christian Bible written in the middle of the fourth century; Galileo’s letters; Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks; the original version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and Jane Austen’s teenage writings.”