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A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real

By libertyc
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Warren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to [...]

Kindle Fire HDs apparently can’t change line spacing …

By libertyc
September 17, 2012 // 7 Comments

Kindle Fire HD tablets apparently can’t change line spacing when you’re reading an e-book. Is this part of a consumer-hostile niching initiative by Amazon to high-pressure my fellow Kindle addicts into buying more than one gizmo? Yes, I suspect—if we consider similar disappointments, such [...]

How to encourage Amazon to bring TTS to the Paperwhite

By libertyc
September 16, 2012 // 6 Comments

After I raised the issue of the Kindle Paperwhite being developed without a text-to-speech feature, a reader asked how she, too, could get in touch with Amazon to voice her displeasure. Incidentally, I had in mind not just blind people, but also joggers and other sighted folks who enjoy the [...]

The Risks of Cloud-Based E-Books

By libertyc
August 8, 2012 // 14 Comments

As keen as I am on library e-books, I’m as much a booster of the buyable variety. I want people to be able to own e-books for real, ideally without DRM. More and more of our books, music, and even personal files, however, are in The Cloud beyond our direct control. Not on our desktops, [...]

An e-smart family literacy approach for Rockford, Illinois? Back to the future?

By libertyc
February 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

Could children be better readers if we went “back to the future,” even in the era of e-books and calls for massive budget calls? I’ll share thoughts. But first let’s hear from Andy Strong, a children’s librarian at the library in Rockford, Illinois, during the 1990s: “When the [...]

Tips for using e-readers in kids’ book clubs: Attn. parents, libraries and schools!

By libertyc
December 19, 2011 // 1 Comment

  In my series on e-books for family literacy, I’ve emphasized the glories of human contact—as opposed to parents simply using e-books as babysitters. Here’s a somewhat related example of the possibilities of E. In-person book clubs for kids. Recording a promotional YouTube for Sony, [...]

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