National Public Radio

As long as kids enjoy reading, does it really matter what they read?

By libertyc
June 14, 2013 // 3 Comments

Gawker ran an interesting article earlier this week that referenced an NPR piece on children and reading. The basic point of both articles was that children are reading at a lower grade level than in previous years, and that classic books have fallen out of favor in preference of books like [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

{AUDIO} NPR on E-Books

By libertyc
September 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Over the last few years, NPR and its many affiliate stations have done a fantastic job in their reporting of the changes taking place in the publishing industry today. Many of those stations, it turns out, seem to have a soft spot for e-books. I figured it might be fun, and maybe even useful, [...]

Off to Untethered in New York

By libertyc
June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Getting up at a silly hour to beat the traffic driving to the ferry to New York City. I’ll be posting from the conference as time permits. Here are some of the speakers: Vivian Schiller, President/CEO NPR; Donald Graham, Chairman, CEO of The Washington Post; Carolyn Reidy, President/CEO Simon [...]

2 Baker & Taylor announcements

By libertyc
May 31, 2010 // 0 Comments

Thanks to Resource Shelf for picking these up. Baker & Taylor Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Book Expo America announced it has signed agreements to provide print-on-demand services – via its TextStream [...]

Quick Notes: Fundraising for Jeanne Robinson, charging (or not) for on-line content, Amazon in Canada, and more on Gizmodo’s iPhone scoop

By libertyc
April 22, 2010 // 2 Comments

BoingBoing reports on a benefit to raise funds for Jeanne Robinson, wife of Baen SF writer Spider Robinson, who is battling cancer and needs assistance with medical funds. A number of renowned artists are donating works to an eBay charity auction held by SF podcast Sci-Fi Saturday Night. Journalist [...]

My iPad hands-on: Stellar for nonDRMed indie and public domain e-books, not just locked bestsellers

By libertyc
April 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

Where to start—in this first look at the iPad and some major e-reading apps for it? How about the new ones like iBooks and oldies like Stanza? A 32G WiFi-only iPad, almost fresh off the jet from China, is resting on my lap as I type. And even as a fan of public domain e-books and author of a [...]

NPR covers e-book pricing

By libertyc
March 12, 2010 // 0 Comments

E-book pricing seems to be much in the news today. This morning, NPR has a story on the e-book pricing argument, covering both the standard publishing agency line that e-books should cover publishers’ overhead costs (via publisher Jason Epstein) and the belief that e-books should cost less (via [...]

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