digital divide

Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?

By David Rothman
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just why can’t the news media understand the digital divide? And how about the related literacy issues that technology could help cope with, if top policymakers were better informed? Consider the masterful con job that Amazon performed on reporters by equating Amazon sales figures with how [...]

‘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 looks at “book deserts”—areas where it’s extremely difficult for kids to get their hands on [...]

Solar-powered libraries: WiFi in the middle of nowhere for e-reading, other purposes

By David Rothman
July 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

Dirt-cheap cell phones are showing up even in remote jungles. But what to read? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could even watch instructional videos? Enter Solar-Powered Educational Learning Libraries, aka SPELLs. This BBC video explains the basic idea, developed by Prof. Laura Hosman at [...]

Cell phone Internet comes to half the world

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

The digital divide is shrinking, TechCrunch points out. 94% of the world’s population receives a cell phone signal of some kind. 48% of the world’s population has cellular Internet service available to them. 28% of the world’s population has subscribed to that Internet service. Those figures [...]

CHIP Kickstarter makes full-fledged computer available for $9

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve seen our share of rock-bottom-priced computers in the last few years—the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi, Rhombus Tech. But a Kickstarter project due to end in just under two days may have them all beat. Touting itself as “the world’s first $9 computer,” the CHIP system-on-a-chip packs a [...]

No one is writing good fiction. Except Jonathan Franzen.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

I’m sure you didn’t need telling that. Its so blindingly obvious. But just in case you were in any doubt, here is AdviceToWriters, collecting the “Writerly Wisdom of the Ages” courtesy of Jon Winokur, laying down “Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules for Writers.” What [...]

Tinder Foundation report details minute costs, massive benefits of bridging Britain’s digital divide

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

The UK’s Tinder Foundation, “a not-for-profit social enterprise that makes good things happen with digital technology, established in December 2011,” recently released a report, “A Leading Digital Nation by 2020: Calculating the cost of delivering online skills for [...]

Baltimore Sun op-ed on “Books and billionaires” (this means you, Bill Gates)

By David Rothman
February 1, 2014 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has just made The Baltimore Sun—complete with a personal appeal to Bill Gates to talk up the idea. Books and billionaires does have a ring to it, doesn’t it? If TeleRead community members can help get the word out on [...]

Should public libraries give away e-book-friendly tablets to poor people? $38 tablet hints of possibilities

By David Rothman
January 10, 2014 // 4 Comments

Young people love suitable paper books, ideally new, that they can own. Could the same idea work for econo-tablets that public libraries gave away to low-income families—with a big, fat, e-book-related icon smack in the middle of the home screens? Yes! Don’t just hand out gizmos, though. [...]

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America

By libertyc
October 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

What kind of national digital library system—or systems, plural—should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America [...]

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 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 living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to [...]

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here's the Answer

By libertyc
January 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder [...]

Comcast launches low-income broadband service

By libertyc
September 20, 2011 // 1 Comment

As we mentioned the other day, e-books can present a problem for people on the underside of the digital divide. The e-book reader is only one part of the equation; another part is affordable Internet access—and while broadband access isn’t required for downloading something the size of an [...]

E-books pose problem for the underside of the digital divide

By libertyc
September 17, 2011 // 29 Comments

On her LiveJournal, writer Seanan McGuire makes an important point about the nature of the digital divide and how it affects paper versus e-books. People below the poverty line—which at least 15.1% of Americans are, and probably more than that since it goes by an old standard of poverty—can’t [...]

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