The DPLA and the risks of gentrifying America’s public libraries

By David Rothman
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jim Duncan, now executive director of the Colorado Librarian Consortium, offered some needed candor about the Digital Public Library of America for NPR reporter Laura Sydell’s August 19 segment on the DPLA. The reaction from certain NPR commenters online? Nasty bashing of Duncan and other [...]

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

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 [...]

Thanks to TeleRead and NPR, 'Cli-fi' is now an official literary term

By Dan Bloom
May 28, 2013 // 9 Comments

A little more than a year ago, I wrote a piece for TeleRead that was headlined, ‘‘Cli-fi ebook to launch on Earth Day in April.” The article was about a cli-fi novel by Tulsa writer Jim Laughter titled Polar City Red. In the year since his novel hit the book-ordering sites, it [...]

At one Colorado library, even plant seeds can be borrowed

By Dan Eldridge
February 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

Is it just us, or does it seem as if there’s an unusually large number of quirky library stories floating around lately? Thanks in no small part to the digital revolution, many municipal libraries today are watching their budgets shrink at the same time they find themselves having to defend [...]

Pay to Browse: Why it will never work for bookstores

By Joanna Cabot
February 13, 2013 // 10 Comments

TeleRead posted earlier about an idea that was floated by Victoria Barnsley, a HarperCollins CEO, during a recent NPR interview: the idea of charging people for the privilege of browsing in bookstores. The idea was that they’d pay to browse, and then go home and order online from the vendor [...]

Has the public perception of self-publishing finally changed?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

Self-publishing a book can come with pre-conceived notions from readers, other writers and even publishers. People used to think self-publishing a book meant it wasn’t good enough to get picked up by traditional houses. However, the stigma of self-publishing is changing. Success stories have [...]

Morning Links — E-Reading stories you may have missed

By Dan Eldridge
February 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Blind Date with a Free eBook (Galleycat) Students Still Not Taking to E-Textbooks, New Data Show (Digital Book World) Barnes & Noble’s Big Problem — and a Solution (Digital Book World) Why Traditional Publishing Is Really In A ‘Golden Age’: (NPR) The Most Borrowed Library [...]

Morning Links — DRM, Robotic Librarians and more

By Dan Eldridge
January 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

                  Is This the Most Amazing Library in the World? (Flavorwire) Don’t hold your breath waiting for Amazon to give you Kindle copies of your books (Paid Content) An Open Letter to Audible and Amazon: Stop the DRM (ZDNet) NBA Star [...]

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

By David Rothman
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 [...]

Morning Links — Are print book sales up … or down?!

By Dan Eldridge
December 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

Print book sales rise hailed as a sign of fightback in a digital world (The Guardian) Print book sales soar to three-year high (The Bookseller) E-Book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines (Pew Internet & American Life Project) ‘Fifty Shades Is The One That Got Away. At Least From [...]

Morning Links — Are e-books really killing traditional publishing?

By Dan Eldridge
December 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

Looking Forward to 2013 (Digital Book World) Good-bye books, hello e-books (ZDNet) E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story’s Not That Simple (NPR) Kindle Daily Deals: Under the Dome by Stephen King; Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz; and two other choices * * *     [...]

{AUDIO} NPR on E-Books

By Dan Eldridge
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, [...]

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