digital libraries

Yes, Live Writer blog editor will be open sourced, says ‘100 percent’-certain Microsoft guy. Your recs for the reborn LW?

By David Rothman
August 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Worried about the Live Writer blog editor not getting open sourced? Well, Microsoft developer Scott Hanselman tells TeleRead he’s “100%” certain it’ll happen. Others have raised questions, [...]

$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 [...]

Library e-book market getting more love from Big Five publishers

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

The library e-book market is heating up, with Big Five publishers granting more flexible terms to libraries, says Library Journal. In the past, publishers feared that consumers would not buy e-books [...]

‘A Beautiful Mind,’ e-books and the Five Laws of Library Science: RIP, John Forbes Nash, Jr.

By David Rothman
May 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

“A Beautiful Mind,” the inspiration of the book and film by that name, died over the weekend.  John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday in an automobile [...]

National digital library endowment proposal makes Education Week

By David Rothman
May 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education—not just philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy) and [...] evolves with new website design, enhanced services

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

The granddaddy of internet public domain archives,, has recently been upping its game after years in more or less the same venerable, trusty, but slightly fusty format. As announced, [...]

Simon & Schuster, Brian Grazer announce ebook giveaway for libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association has just shared the news from Simon & Schuster “that it will donate a free ebook copy of Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger [...]

Russia plans to launch national digital library in 2015

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Soon Russians will be able to get digital books from their libraries. A new initiative has been set forth in Russia to transform local libraries into informational and cultural hubs, Minister of [...]

Shock, horror: Techology doesn’t destroy reading habits, younger generation not cabbages

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

In news that will come as no comfort to Jonathan Franzen and other Luddite technophobes, the Pew Research Internet Project has found that if anything, younger Americans are more likely to read books [...]

American Library Association welcomes Macmillan frontlist availability

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Following the news Macmillan Publishers is making its entire digital frontlist available through the company’s library e-lending pilot program, the American Library Association (ALA) has put [...]

ALA finds 90 percent of U.S. libraries now lend ebooks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

New data shared by the American Library Association confirms that “90 percent of libraries lend e-books, up from 76 percent in 2012.” The study, ALA’s Digital Inclusion Survey, [...]

Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community

By David Rothman
July 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

A friend of mine in his 40s is about to start teaching in Houston, Texas, and he recently shared a discovery. Many teenagers in Houston tote cell phones, but don’t know they can read library [...]

National Digital Library Endowment plan makes New York Times of philanthropy

By David Rothman
June 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

"Civic-minded billionaires could get the endowment rolling with a goal of $10-billion to $20-billion for the first five years. The endowment could also help local libraries start Kickstarter-style campaigns through which local donors could send money to their favorite local library projects. The money raised would be crucial to improving school and public libraries---and the reading and math skills of America’s students. Much of the money could go to hire and train librarians, family literacy workers, and others, especially in the very poorest areas." [...]

New ALA Digital Discoveries supplement captures state of U.S. e-libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has just introduced a new supplement to its American Libraries magazine, entitled “Digital Discoveries.” This is designed, according to Alan S. [...]

CILIP gets behind campaign to open up UK library ebook lending

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), the UK’s professional librarians body, has issued a release and a call for action under the heading “Strict [...]

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