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TeleRead Links: Google fights spam but patents obvious AI techniques, ALA and copyright, Paradise Lost, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Gmail is finding smarter ways to keep spam out of your inbox (Mashable) In 2012 Gmail missed 1% of spam messages, according to Google. Now, it only misses 0.1% of spam and only 0.05% of email ends up [...]

A fine, fine spine design

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

Apropos of the discussion about e-books and spines a few days ago, this post on imgur.com displays a hardcover book spine design that’s nothing short of brilliant. The book is, of course, [...]

Twelve Years a Slave now Available at Project Gutenberg

By Joanna Cabot
May 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

It pays to keep an eye on the new releases RSS feed sometimes! In the latest round of new releases from Project Gutenberg, I spotted an ebook release of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, the [...]

The early history of e-books

By Chris Meadows
March 13, 2014 // 5 Comments

The Guardian has taken a look back at early e-books, trying to determine when they began. One example the article points out is a novel called Host, published as a publicity stunt on two floppy disks [...]

‘Steam in the Willows’ all smoke, no fire?

By libertyc
December 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Ran across this Kickstarter project on GalleyCat. Australian writer Krista Brennan is raising money for “Steam in the Willows,” a “steampunk version” of the classic Kenneth Grahame novel The [...]

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them

By libertyc
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last year LibraryCity.org knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were [...]

Refurbished Nook Simple Touch: $40 on eBay

By libertyc
September 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a good cheap e-reader, an eBay seller is running a $40 with free shipping special on refurbished Nook Simple Touch units. This is B&N’s 2011 model, a 6” 800×600 [...]

Orkney's Edwin Muir shows the strengths of Project Gutenberg Canada

By libertyc
July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

The remote Scottish Orkney Islands have a remarkably strong cultural presence for their few bleak acres of windswept turf. As it happens, it is just that heritage that is being celebrated right now [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 2: All hail indie Amazon authors!

By libertyc
February 27, 2013 // 4 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * It’s been a busy month for me, work-wise, so I [...]

The 5 Steps of Intelligent Proofreading

By libertyc
December 21, 2012 // 3 Comments

Over the years I’ve scanned and OCR’ed many printed books into electronic form for Gutenberg Australia—most of the Edgar Wallace collection there is my work, for instance—and during that [...]

The lasting appeal of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

By libertyc
April 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Guardian has an interesting retrospective on the famed 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1911. This edition of the encyclopedia is one of the most renowned and [...]

‘Unquiet Library’ lends e-reader devices to students (Updated)

By libertyc
March 25, 2012 // 9 Comments

Update: I had not noticed until it was pointed out to me in the comments that the article I was reporting on was a year old. It was shown in Zite as a recent article (probably because of the [...]

Public-domain digitization projects increasingly have restrictive terms of use

By libertyc
December 30, 2011 // 10 Comments

Digitization of public-domain works is a good thing, right? Most literature fans would be quick to agree. However, Glyn Moody writes on Techdirt that some of the new public digitization projects have [...]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on why people no longer read

By libertyc
December 9, 2011 // 9 Comments

Over the last few days, I’ve done something I’ve always meant to get around to but hadn’t yet: worked my way through the entire canon of Sherlock Holmes stories via their posting on Google [...]

The very first e-book is not what you think it was

By libertyc
October 23, 2011 // 1 Comment

On Snarkmarket, Tim Carmody takes a look at the interesting case of why Project Gutenberg has two copies of Milton’s Paradise Lost that were produced within a few months of each other. Project [...]

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