eBooksAreForever wants to help indie authors get into libraries, and libraries to own e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Coming up with a way to get independent e-books into libraries is a tricky issue. You’ve got programs like Smashwords’s collaboration with OverDrive (which can be a trifle confusing, even leaving [...]

Getting the PDF to ePub conversion right: OverDrive’s new goal for the cell phone era

By David Rothman
August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

Hate e-books? If you’re an academic, it’s easy to back up your biases. You just inflict PDF on subjects in P vs. E experiments. PDF  generally offers less control than ePub over such trivial [...]

Bucharest train station uses QR codes to bring e-books into the real world

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here’s an update on a story we covered last year, about a Romanian company developing a way to display your e-books with digital bookshelf wallpaper. Web Urbanist has some great pictures of the [...]

Library vending machines for books in the e-book era?

By Joanna Cabot
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Toronto Public Library is considering whether to install library book vending machines in popular transit hubs and library lobbies, according to the Toronto Star. These machines can dispense [...]

‘Book deserts’ still keep kids from getting books

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Though I just posted a story about a university library re-opening with no books, having no books is not necessarily a desirable condition for all libraries. Mother Nature Network has a story that [...]

Michigan medical library goes bookless

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

The dictionary definition of “library” reads, “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer [...]

Should the U.S. launch a cyber attack against the Great Firewall?

By David Rothman
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Chinese apparently hacked a database with sensitive information on 22 million Americans—potential blackmail victims for spies. How to retaliate? Should we launch a cyber attack against the [...]

AWOL from the Net: Enough parent-child media, says Cory Doctorow

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cory Doctorow says the Internet needs more parent-child media, as opposed to more censorship and firewalls. Read his Guardian column here. He’s welcome to agree or not, but his thinking is very [...]

In the publishing industry, Ursula K. Le Guin wants less profiteering, more freedom

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

While researching the piece I wrote about Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing advice earlier today, I found enough interesting material that I decided to make another post out of it rather than tacking on [...]

Some Little Free Libraries are being robbed of books

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

When it comes to getting people interested in reading, the Little Free Library is a great idea, as we’ve reported here a number of times before. But sometimes even Little Free Libraries can run [...]

WiFi, e-books and low-income people: Let’s connect the dots and learn from Bexar County

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

A push to get WiFi into low-income people’s homes is happening right now, from the Obama Administration. Now let’s connect a few dots. The President has also launched a K-12 [...]

‘Why Digital Comics Are Great For Kids, Plus 5 Ways To Discover And Read Them’

By David Rothman
August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

From newspaper people to pediatricians, many love to bash “screen time” for kids. Not all screen time is the same, however. From Canada comes one example in favor of a more discerning [...]

$30M Amazon-NYC school deal: Privacy issues & others? A public library threat, ultimately?

By David Rothman
August 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

About that $30M deal between and Amazon and the NYC schools: e-book formats aren’t the only question. How private will students’ book-related profiles be in real life? And will Amazon enjoy a [...]

Privacy-minded librarians vs. Washington’s control freaks: Legal obstacle to TOR relay plan in future?

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love the idea of librarians setting up TOR relays to facilitate anonymous Web browsing. But will Uncle’s snoops and their friends fight back? In D.C., there’s even talk of prosecuting Apple and [...]

Book-starved Utah boy begs postman for junk mail to read: How to respond?

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

A book-starved Utah boy who was so bored he begged the postman for junk mail. Instead mailman Ron Lynch asked his Facebook friends to donate books for young Mathew Flores. Scads of people from all [...]

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