Monday, November 24, 2008

Google Digitizes Books

In this space I continue to make the case that we need to get down with computers and technology. There are no more excuses. The Internet, SmartPhones, and Computers are no longer a luxury. This technology is now a requirement to participate in the world. Many still beleive that this is an economic issue. It is not. African Americans have plenty of disposable income. And for those of us who are unable to afford access to technology there are many free avenues that provide the kind of access I am advocating. If we need to discuss these resources please comment here and I will be happy to provide.

There are so many areas in your life that you can simplify and save money simply by owning a computer and having a high-speed connection to the Internet. Here is another example. Google has a project that entails digitizing books. What this is means is that you will be able to access books online electronically. I think this is an excellent project. In education we are always hearing about the poor quality of the textbooks in the urban public schools. Technology once again can play the role of the great equalizer. If you are prepared to take advantage of it.

Read more about the google project here.

1 comment:

Villager said...

Kai - I agree that African Americans need to overcome any vestiges of the 'digital divide'. BDPA advocates that all households do three things:

1. get a computer in the home.
2. get connected to Internet
3. get training on the computer

Anyhow, I look forward to seeing your technology tips over the coming weeks and months ... and I encourage you to share some of those FREE tips that you mentioned in your post...