No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

By David Rothman
February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Text to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With all the laws on the books, can’t Washington stop this dissing of people with disabilities? In one [...]

ALA goes 3D in program for Midwinter Meeting

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association has listed 3D printing among the agenda topics at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, to be held at the McCormick Convention Center in the ALA home base of Chicago, on January 3oth-February 3rd. Other topics include ebook policy, library funding options, national [...]

Some more great photogenic libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Business Insider, of all the surprising venues, has compiled and shared a rundown of 18 of the most splendid and photogenic libraries worldwide, with architectural details of what makes each one unique. Venues range from the George Peabody Library (above) in Baltimore, Maryland, to the Kanazawa [...]

Franck Bohbot captures the world’s grandest libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

French photographer Franck Bohbot has created a marvelous series of photographs of the great libraries of Europe – although Harvard Public Library does feature as well – as part of an ongoing project called House of Books which will eventually expand to embrace South America, Asia and [...]

Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The library is still the place to be – at least digitally. A few days ago, OverDrive announced that 10 public libraries surpassed one million digital checkouts for 2014. Six did it in 2013. Checkouts include ebooks, audiobooks, music and video streaming, and periodicals from OverDrive’s [...]

Morning Links: The year in technology. Where to donate books

By Joanna Cabot
December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Year in Tech: Net Neutrality, IoT Grows up, Uber Turns Heads (GigaOM) As 2014 draws to a close, the technology world seems a little weary. *** Where to Donate Your Books (Book Riot) The best book people problem is just having too many books. *** Simon & Schuster Expands Library eBook Loans [...]

Budapest’s beautiful book stations

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Budapest has one delightful and very practical resource for the reading public: drop-off book stations where people can both deposit and pick up books. These are … ahem … stationed in the northwestern district of Obuda, which as per the description on the book stations, describes itself [...]

Arthur Machen archive threatened by UK library closures

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

My thanks to Tartarus Press for alerting me to the danger posed to Newport Art Gallery and Library, which houses an archive of books and other documents from and about the great Welsh horror and dark fiction writer Arthur Machen, by cuts and reorganization plans at Newport City Council. As [...]

Morning Links: Right to be forgotten guidelines published. Books to read in your lifetime

By Joanna Cabot
December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Five Digital Publishing Questions for Eric Huang (Digital Book World) What do you think has been the most newsworthy event for authors in the past year around publishing and digital change? *** ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Guidelines Published by European Regulators (TechCrunch) Europe’s [...]

Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing

By Joanna Cabot
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear [...]

Library book sales: a lesson in critical reading

By Joanna Cabot
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

A story from today’s Morning Links proved to be an interesting case study in critical reading. It seemed straightforward enough: the folks at GoodeReader reported on a UK government study which “carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public [...]

Morning Links: Readers who borrow don’t buy? HarperCollins partners with JetBlue

By Joanna Cabot
November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print in 2018 (TechCrunch) PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. *** Readers Who Borrow eBooks From the Library Don’t Buy More Books (GoodeReader) The essence of the [...]

Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the more heartening initiatives by advocates of the UK’s library system in the face of devastating – and ideologically dictated – “austerity” cuts, is the Library A to Z, which “has created a visual A to Z celebrating the wide range of services, resources [...]

Morning Links: iOS 8.1.1 on older devices. Apple ends patent war on Android?

By Joanna Cabot
November 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

How iOS 8.1.1 Affects Performance on Older Devices (Lifehacker) Which is to say, if you’re still rocking iOS 7 on an older device, it’s probably best to stay there. *** Apple Ends Patent War on Android, Deal Suggests (GigaOM) Apple has decided to end a bitter legal war against Google [...]

Victory for author, people power as Liverpool libraries stay open

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Public demonstrations and a campaign involving some 500 writers and creative figures have staved off, at least for now, the threat of closure hanging over 11 out of 19 libraries in Liverpool, following a 58 per cent cut in the funding the city receives from Central government. Authors involved in [...]

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