Lapu-Lapu mayor offers State Of The City Address e-book for download via phone scanning

STATE OF CITY SPEECH AS EBOOK. Scan the code to download Mayor Paz Radaza's State Of The City Address. CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE.

STATE OF CITY SPEECH AS EBOOK. Scan the code to download Mayor Paz Radaza’s State Of The City Address. CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza will be giving her State Of The City Address in Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City this morning. What’s different about her speech today — from her previous ones and from the speeches local government executives have been giving and will be giving this month — is its digital twist — the speech can be downloaded as an e-book via phone scanning at the venue.

Radaza’s team at City Hall asked InnoPub Media, the journalism start-up I co-founded with my wife, Marlen, to set up a system that will allow the City Government to offer the mayor’s speech as a downloadable report.

InnoPub created the e-book (which you can download directly here) and set up a download system via QR or quick response code scanning.

Lapu-Lapu City will also launch today it’s own version of “A Guide To Cebu 2012,” the electronic guidebook on Cebu published by InnoPub Media with the strong support of Smart Communications, Inc. and partners like Ayala Center Cebu, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, The Islands Group, Department of Tourism, Cebu City Government, among other partners.

The downloadable e-books are just the start of digital initiatives in Lapu-Lapu City. More initiatives done in partnership with InnoPub Media will be announced in the coming days.

Download, er, borrow e-books, e-magazines for free

I found UP2U (site already down) through del.icio.us and I’ve been hooked. UP2U lists a lot of e-magazines and e-books in PDF format for download. It’s a site you’d know won’t last long because I’m sure, pretty soon publishers of the magazines listed there would be ganging up on it.

UP2U offers The New York Times e-paper, Time, Fortune, eWeek, PC Magazine, PC World, Macworld, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Science for download. It also offers a lot of adult e-magazines, from FHM to Playboy to Penthouse and even Private.

It recently placed prominent notices in its site and even in the PDF files that the magazines were meant for “borrowing” and you’re supposed to delete the files after 24 hours and buy the original publication if you like it. Yeah, right.