The Intangibility of Books: The Digital Bibliophile

By Eric Burns-White
October 7, 2015 // 9 Comments

Hadley Gibson is one of the newest bloggers at Cambridge Editors’ Blog, a house organ and mouthpiece for Cambridge Editors, which perhaps not shockingly is an editorial service for hire. 1 They offer line editing, critiquing, proofreading — in short, all the services that a writer might [...]

The OCLC officially sunsets its library card catalog program

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Libraries just reached a milestone yesterday. In some ways it’s a sad one, but in other ways it’s one that you would honestly have expected to have been reached years ago. As found on Facebook, and confirmed via the OCLC’s official catalog cards page, as of September 30, 2015, the OCLC ended [...]

Michael Kozlowski: Traditional publishers are the true price predators

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

If someone mentions “predatory pricing” in an e-book context, your first thought is probably Amazon’s $9.99 new-release e-books. Publishers complained that Amazon was using “predatory pricing” to drive competitors out of the market and put pressure on the publishers to lower their asking [...]

CILIP delivers crushing vote against UK library “amateurisation”

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) have just held their annual general meeting in London. At the meeting, they delivered a ringing majority vote in favour of a resolution submitted by CILIP member Andy Richardson “that CILIP should ‘actively [...]

Pedal-powered libraries help spread books around

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve kept seeing stories about libraries on bicycle pop up on my news feed, and just assumed the same story was getting a lot of play. Certainly there are a lot of new ways to get books to people, as the Little Free Libraries and Indianapolis’s Public Collection demonstrate, but did adding [...]

Rocket Stack Rank reviews, promotes SF magazine stories

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Looking for something good to read? Check out Rocket Stack Rank. After observing the uproar over the current year’s Hugo Awards, Gregory Hullender and his husband have created a web site to list and review the short fiction available month by month in the three major professional science fiction [...]

Pew report suggests most people don’t use library e-books

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 3 Comments

Pew Research has a report out on how people interact with libraries. InfoDocket has a summary of some of the more interesting findings. Of particular note, more people now know their libraries lend e-books (38%, up from 31% in 2012) but 46% of library patrons 16 or older don’t know if their [...]

New Hampshire Public Library turns Tor relay back on

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember that New Hampshire public library which suspended its Tor relay after being approached by local law enforcement (who were tipped off by Homeland Security)? Well, after due consideration (and a vote by the library board), the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, NH has decided to turn the [...]

Esquire archives versus EBSCO magazine indexes

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

A lot of magazines host subscription-service archives of old content, so it’s not an especially new idea, but nonetheless it can be interesting to see a new spin on it. The Wall Street Journal reports that Esquire has just completed a searchable online archive of 1,000 issues of content over 82 [...]

Q. for the next Librarian of Congress: What to do about the Internet Archive? Google Books’ scanning project? Appoint Archive’s Brewster Kahle as librarian?

By David Rothman
September 13, 2015 // 4 Comments

Here’s the basic TeleRead Take on the next Librarian of Congress. Most of all, we need someone with “a love of reading—including the e-book variety.” Mastery of tech policy would help as well. Now—one litmus test. What would be the candidates’ preliminary views on the Internet [...]

Yes, Authors Guild, writers are screwed—here’s what to do about it

By David Rothman
September 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Any news that writers are screwed? An Authors Guild survey of members shows that 56 percent of surveyed writers earn less than the poverty line here in the U.S., if only writing income counts. Publisher’s Weekly says: “The survey, conducted this spring by the Codex Group, is based on [...]

Little Free Libraries encounter local government opposition

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Indianapolis is a great city. Not only does it permit residents to have Little Free Libraries in their yards, but it actually funded its own big free library art installation project. But not everyone is that lucky. The Atlantic and the LA Times are carrying articles about communities where people [...]

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