Libraries

The Public Collection: Indianapolis’s own ‘Big Free Libraries’

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

I don’t often run across TeleRead stories in person, though it does happen from time to time. Oddly enough, the story I came across lately actually happened in the very same spot as that one, [...]

Quartz foresees the end of the library (as we know it), but misses the bigger picture

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

With more and more libraries going bookless to free up space for other uses, the form of the modern library is rapidly shifting from a primary focus on warehousing books to better serving library [...]

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 [...]

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