‘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 [...]

WiFi, e-books and low-income people: Let’s connect the dots and learn from Bexar County

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

A push to get WiFi into low-income people’s homes is happening right now, from the Obama Administration. Now let’s connect a few dots. The President has also launched a K-12 e-book initiative with disadvantaged children especially in mind, and let’s hope that it [...]

Privacy-minded librarians vs. Washington’s control freaks: Legal obstacle to TOR relay plan in future?

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love the idea of librarians setting up TOR relays to facilitate anonymous Web browsing. But will Uncle’s snoops and their friends fight back? In D.C., there’s even talk of prosecuting Apple and Google for making encryption too easy for terrorists. It isn’t from the feds themselves. But [...]

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 if library books were available. Now they’re wising up to research showing the opposite is true. [...]

TeleRead Links: UK e-book piracy, loosening e-book licensing terms, digitizing fanzines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

eBook Piracy Virtually Nonexistent in the UK (GoodEReader) The Intellectual Property Office conducted a three month study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. It found that  1% of UK internet users aged 12 and over read “at least some” ebooks illegally. This is a stark [...]

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 [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazonopoly, AlphaSmart, libraries and the Internet, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 6 Comments

Why Amazon monopoly accusations deserve a closer look (Fortune) As with other one-time high-tech leaders (IBM, Microsoft, Google) Amazon’s dominant market share suddenly seems too much. In letters to the Justice Department, the authors’ and retailers’ groups claim that Amazon is squeezing [...]

E-book insanity at the Washington Post: Michael Rosenwald’s e-bashing just won’t stop. Lively stories vs. the truth.

By David Rothman
July 8, 2015 // 6 Comments

Albert Einstein supposedly nailed down a good definition of “insanity.” It’s “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” That fits Washington Post staff writer Michael S. Rosenwald, with one notable exception. He almost always ends up with the [...]

In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

By David Rothman
July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Currently, Omaha Public Libraries’ spending per capita is substantially below that of surrounding communities.” – Library Board of Trustees President Mike Meyer, as quoted by KETV, source of a related video. The TeleRead take: Library branches may cut hours, one may even [...]

Morning Links: B&N Revenues Down. Hoopla Adds Digital Comics

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

B&N Reports Revenues Down Across the Board (Ink, Bits & Pixels) According to the press release (which was also filed with the SEC as the 10-K report), the company saw a net loss was $19.4 million in the 4th quarter, compared to $36.7 million in the same period last year. For FY2015 [...]

High Book Prices at Toronto Library

By Joanna Cabot
June 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Toronto Star has an article up this morning on high eBook prices. What is unusual about this article is that, unlike many articles on this subject, it gives cold, hard numbers. The library system pays $135 for a Hachette eBook. They pay $85 for a Random Penguin. And all of the eBook purchases [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on the SF generation gap

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is compiling an anthology for Baen of classic SF stories by women, and as part of the project has started a website about women in science fiction. Along the way, one of her readers wrote to her about Andre Norton, bringing up an important point—over the last couple decades [...]

Morning Links: Ask a Librarian For a Lap Dance? Apple and Streaming Music

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Would You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance? (Huffington Post) In the 15 years that I’ve worked at my local public library, I’ve learned that we librarians do plenty of things for our patrons that aren’t in our job descriptions. After a patron asked me to change her flat tire, and [...]

ALA releases new Digital Futures report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the release of a special e-content supplement to its house magazine American Libraries, entitled Digital Futures, and available here. The 44-page supplement, ALA’s fifth such publication, presents innovation options and case studies for [...]

Library Renovations for the Win!

By Joanna Cabot
May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Amidst all the coverage on how the library and retail books scenes are changing due to the eBook revolution, I was inspired to see two news stories pop up in my Feedly feed about library renovations. The first struck close to home, too—the Toronto Public Library just opened their 100th [...]

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