Boing Boing links to Chris Meadows’s TeleRead post on literacy initiative from the Indianapolis library

By David Rothman
August 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

Our full switch to Ezoic Web optimization was not the only news this past week for TeleRead. Boing Boing, one of TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows’s favorite Web sites, linked to his post on the Indianapolis public library’s major initiative in the Little Free Library vein. My congratulations to [...]

Michigan medical library goes bookless

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

The dictionary definition of “library” reads, “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.” As far as colleges are concerned, that may be undergoing an update. The Toledo Blade carried a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Check Out Overdrive Library Books On a Kobo eReader

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 24, 2015 // 3 Comments

Note that these same instructions will work for a Nook or other ePub reader, not just a Kobo. I’m just using a Kobo for this example. Before you follow the steps in my post, you’ll need to authorize both your computer with Adobe Digital Editions using the instructions in the above [...]

How to Checkout Overdrive Library Books on Kindle

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

For a long time, Kindle users were out of luck in getting library books on their devices. Joanna tells me that’s still the case in Canada, so you have my sympathies if you’re also outside the US, where ePub is your only option in Overdrive. If however, you are in the US, and your public [...]

Morning Links: Writing by Committee. Gmail on Android Watch With Wear Mail

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Business Musings: Writing by Committee (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random [...]

Budapest’s beautiful libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Budapest, where I live – and love – has some amazing libraries, as it turns out. Showcased courtesy of, here are just a few of them. Probably the most stunning is the Szabó Ervin Library, a family-friendly venue which just happens to house the most incredible [...]

Morning Links: Judy Blume advocates for library. Books which began as blogs

By Joanna Cabot
April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Four Indie Books That Began as Blogs (IndieReader) Check out this handful of great (gorgeous!) indie books that got their start as blogs. *** Is Agency Ebook Pricing Suppressing Sales? Hard to Say (DBW) The latest monthly data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), for January 2015, [...]

The last online library you will ever need: Borges’s Library of Babel lives

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Flavorwire has just published an interview with the creator of the ultimate library – of a very particular kind. That’s Brooklyn author Jonathan Basile, who has taken it upon himself to recreate online the actual library in the classic Jorge Luis Borges fiction from 1941, “The Library [...]

Phoenix Public Library shows how wonderful public libraries are – pay your fines in food

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Phoenix Public Library seems to have gone out of its way to re-energize the spirit of public service in public libraries, for another year running. For the next fortnight, it’s arranged for library users to pay their library fines in non-perishable food instead of cash, with the … ahem [...]

Morning Links: How other watches compare to Apple Watch. Final Discworld novel

By Joanna Cabot
April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

How Other Smartwatches Stack Up to Apple Watch (Re/Code) Smartwatches are quickly evolving from geeky, ugly devices into user-friendly, stylish wrist computers. *** Terry Pratchett’s Final Discworld Novel Will Publish September 10 (GalleyCat) The release date for the late Terry Pratchett‘s [...]

Morning Links: Perception in the business of editing. What happens to donated library books?

By Joanna Cabot
March 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Business of Editing: Does Perception Matter? (An American Editor) We need to begin at the very beginning: How does a freelancer know what is too low a price to charge? *** What Happens to a Book After You Donate it to the Library? (Book Riot) There’s no better home for your gently loved books [...]

Morning Links: Organizing library books, Culture of Reading or Buying?

By Joanna Cabot
March 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

How I Organize Our Library Books (From 9 Different Sources) (Book Riot) Our home is a veritable borrowed book disaster. Each human occupant of our apartment (there are four of us) has their own New York Public Library card. My two daughters go to different schools, and we have library cards from [...]

National Libraries Day cites decline in UK libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK’s National Libraries Day on February 7th passed off with some sad testaments to the protracted collapse of the British library sector, as well as events and statements in favor and defense of libraries from across the country. As children’s author Cathy Cassidy says on the [...]

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