David Rothman

Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year's Amazon Paperwhite

By David Rothman
September 3, 2013 // 15 Comments

Drat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look at the Paperwhite users guide and see what’s AWOL. Click here for a better view, with a list [...]

The DPLA and the risks of gentrifying America’s public libraries

By David Rothman
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jim Duncan, now executive director of the Colorado Librarian Consortium, offered some needed candor about the Digital Public Library of America for NPR reporter Laura Sydell’s August 19 segment on the DPLA. The reaction from certain NPR commenters online? Nasty bashing of Duncan and other [...]

E-Books and the Miami-Dade Library Crisis: One way to help thwart the misers

By David Rothman
August 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

All of Miami-Dade’s library branches will remain open, apparently, despite Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez‘s earlier talk about closing 22 branches in the Miami-Dade system. But 169 librarians will lose their jobs, and hours will shrink under his newer plan if this foolishness becomes [...]

Smart Move: The Graham's spin-off of The Washington Post

By David Rothman
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jack Shafer, the Reuters columnist, wrote last year that Graham family should spin off the Washington Post newspaper from the company of the same name. As the buyer he suggested Michael Bloomberg. “Not so crazy an idea,” I said on the Solomon Scandals site and in the Georgetown Dish. Now [...]

B&N Removes Nook for PC and Nook for Mac Apps

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 8, 2013 // 8 Comments

David Rothman tipped me to this one. The Ebook Reader is reporting that the Nook for PC and Mac download links have been removed from the “Nook Mobile Apps” page. I just checked, and yes, they really are gone. The only PC-based Nook app currently available on that page is the Windows 8 [...]

On Jillian the Tiger Cub and the Power of the American Ego

By David Rothman
May 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Never underestimate the power and glory of the American ego. Granted, it can show its bizarre sides—for example, in the antics and hairdo of Donald Trump. And yet I see the good, too. We have the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the rest, not [...]

Review: Voice Dream Reader e-reading app

By David Rothman
May 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

Note: An update of this post on focuses on education-related issues of read-aloud apps. A Catch-22 dogs those of us who most often read e-books visually but also want to hear them when we’re exercising or driving. The usual e-bookware doesn’t always come with or work with [...]

Amazon’s Number One Book City, Alexandria, Va., May Cut Library Hours

By David Rothman
April 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Attention library advocates in Alexandria, Va.: Talking points for the local budget debate are here. Leaving us in the dark about the source of this tidbit, a Washington Post headline in the Style section blog says: “Alexandria, Virginia: the most well-read city in America.” Similar words [...]

LibraryCity’s take on K-12 libraries and the DPLA

By David Rothman
April 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Yes, LibraryCity has been on an S. R. Ranganathan kick lately (here and here). Still ahead is a DPLA-related essay on his Five Laws of Library Science as applied to K-12, including school libraries—a follow-up to the LibraryCity post by Apple Distinguished Educator Donald R. Smith, a [...]

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