digital public library of america

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

By David Rothman
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 [...]

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

By David Rothman
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 the rest when millions of low-income people lack computers or at least the skills to use them? Front [...]

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

By David Rothman
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 like Hurricane Sandy. I’ve also purchased a $99 battery-powered portable hotspot through which my [...]

Digital Public Library of America faces uncertainty over functions, copyright

By Chris Meadows
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 mentioned last month) that hopes to provide universal access to as much of human knowledge as it [...]

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 Internet Archive in San Francisco to discuss the progress of the most visible effort yet to forge a common [...]

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 access to millions of free, digitized books and special collections would launch by April of 2013. [...]

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

By David Rothman
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 elsewhere Very possibly the new multimedia book product may ultimately jack up costs in K-12 and [...]

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