digital public library of america

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 [...]

Southern librarian’s thoughtful criticism of Gates Foundation survey unwittingly shows need for TWO national digital library systems—one public, one academic

By libertyc
December 4, 2012 // 5 Comments

Mindful of the record number of poor Americans, a thoughtful “Front Line Librarian” in a Southern state is asking an essential question in effect: Why care so much about library e-books and [...]

Hurricane Sandy and the national digital library issue: With smartened-up journalists and voters, could we have stopped or slowed down global warming?

By libertyc
November 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

Canned and dried foods, flashlights, radios, cellphones and good UPSes aren’t the only essentials that the wired might buy in an anticipation of the growing number of weather-related exigencies [...]

New easy-to-use iOS app works with library-owned e-books and eliminates need for browser-based downloads

By libertyc
October 9, 2012 // 2 Comments

The innovative Douglas County Libraries system in Colorado has done it again—with the release of a new iOS app for iPads, iPhones and presumably Touches and the forthcoming iPad Mini. [...]

ALA’s gripes to publishers dance around the e-library world’s Problem #1—not enough money for e-books

By libertyc
September 25, 2012 // 8 Comments

I’m still borrowing e-books from public libraries. I loved the digital edition of the late Louis Auchincloss’s memoirs that popped up when I was browsing the electronic stacks of a library [...]

Two websites illustrate the need for separate national digital library systems—public and academic

By libertyc
August 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Two good websites on learning disabilities show the need for separate but tightly intertwined national digital library systems. One system public, one academic. Neither site is a [...]

Digital Public Library of America faces uncertainty over functions, copyright

By libertyc
June 10, 2012 // 2 Comments

On MIT’s Technology Review, Nicholas Carr takes an in-depth look at the creation of the Digital Public Library of America, an attempt at a non-commercial universal electronic library (which I also [...]

“Many Libraries: As the world’s books go online, we must resist centralization” Technology Review, published by MIT

By Paul Biba
May 14, 2012 // 1 Comment

From the Internet Archive blog: The Internet has put universal access to knowledge within our grasp. Now we need to put all of the world’s literature online. This is easier to do than it might [...]

Digital Public Library of America faces challenges, but is off to promising start

By libertyc
May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica has a report on the Digital Public Library of America West conference from April 27th that seems to be a bit more informative than the Publishers Weekly summary we linked a week ago. [...]

OverDrive buyout proposal makes LibraryJournal.com: ‘Not such a crazy idea,’ says DPLA’s John Palfrey

By libertyc
May 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

Although I’m still gung ho about the Digital Public Library of America, I retain some of the concerns arising in a recent MIT Technology Review article. For example, how can we  reconcile the [...]

Report on west coast Digital Public Library of America meeting

By Paul Biba
May 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

From Publishers Weekly.  More in the article: On April 27, DPLA West brought together over 400 librarians, technologists, public policy advocates, and a very small number of publishers at the [...]

Why a bestselling writer would be an excellent addition to the Digital Public Library of America

By libertyc
April 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

Why a bestselling writer would be an excellent addition to the steering committee of the Harvard-hosted Digital Public Library of America: ” Like it or not, a lot more public library patrons [...]

Robert Darnton promises digital public library by 2013

By Paul Biba
April 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

From an article in Publishers Weekly: Scholar and Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton vowed that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit, nationwide effort to digitize and offer [...]

How Library Renewal and the DPLA could cooperate toward two good national digital library systems—public and private

By libertyc
March 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

  Been there. Done that. Some years ago I cofounded a noncommercial startup called LibraryCity—the same name as this Web site—to try to get millions of books online. We ran into a little [...]

Apple e-textbook tools to jack up education and hardware costs ultimately?

By libertyc
January 19, 2012 // 6 Comments

While the Digital Public Library of America has been fixated on arcane library-and-museum concerns, Apple is unveiling an e-format that might lock in millions of teachers and students in the U.S. and [...]

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