Texas town turns abandoned Wal-Mart into public library

By Chris Meadows
January 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

The fortunes of big-box stores rise and fall. Ever optimistic, retail store chains build stores anywhere they think might turn a profit, and then end up closing many of them when the economy goes south. It’s not uncommon to see the perfectly good buildings they leave behind repurposed for [...]

Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community

By David Rothman
July 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

A friend of mine in his 40s is about to start teaching in Houston, Texas, and he recently shared a discovery. Many teenagers in Houston tote cell phones, but don’t know they can read library e-books for free on their phones. This would jibe with a 2012 poll showing similar ignorance among [...]

BiblioTech bookless library in San Antonio proves very popular

By Chris Meadows
January 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

San Antonio seems to have a thing for bookless libraries. First, the University of Texas in San Antonio opened the nation’s first bookless library in 2010. Then a San Antonio judge had ambitions of opening the nation’s first bookless public library system last year. Turns out he was successful. [...]

National digital libraries for Carmela Hernandez and family—not just the American elite

By libertyc
December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

LibraryCity has just posted a major series telling how an initiative for national digital libraries could serve ordinary people here in the U.S., not merely the American elite. Sounds like a given. But it isn’t, alas. The Digital Public Library of America is a wonder, but judged by the Five Laws [...]

Library book overdue in Texas? Go directly to jail

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 3 Comments

Texas, it’s a big country where the men walk tall and even the librarians are packing. Or looks that way. Because when a man in the City of Copperas Cove in Coryell County, central Texas, went three years overdue on a library book recently, they reportedly slung him in jail. In Texas, the [...]

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them

By libertyc
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last year LibraryCity.org knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to [...]

Calling All Young Adult Publishers!

By Lynn Rosen
May 20, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Alexander Christou. Xander, as he likes to be called, is eleven years old and one of the smartest kids I know. He’s a passionate reader, a great soccer player, speaks Greek (his father is from Greece), and is a more engaging, interesting [...]

Amazon announces three new fulfillment centers in Texas

By Dan Eldridge
February 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon last week announced plans to open three new fulfillment centers in the state of Texas, creating more than 1,000 jobs. The sites, which will utilize advanced technology to help fulfill customer orders, will be located in the cities of Coppell, Haslet and Schertz.  Coppell and Haslet are [...]

Dwarf-Sized Public E-Libraries vs. Abundance

By libertyc
January 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

People in Bexar County, Texas, should be excited about the 10,000-e-book “BiblioTech” library system that the country is starting from scratch—without paper books. This is reportedly the first U.S. public library system to shun paper, cardboard and ink, except for computer printouts. [...]

The First Bookless Public Library is Coming to San Antonio

By Dan Eldridge
January 13, 2013 // 13 Comments

We knew it would come this … eventually. Did we not? Honestly, I figured we had a good five years ahead of us before libraries began opening their doors with nary a physical book in sight. Shows what I know. From Gizmodo this afternoon comes the half shocking, half predictable news that the [...]

Texas, Florida lead transformation to digital textbooks

By Paul Biba
January 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Florida and Texas led a major push for digital materials in the classroom in 2011, strengthening the foundation for the use of technology intextbook adoption states. According to a recent report from publishing forecast firm Simba Information, sales generated from [...]

Benetech launches “Accessible Books for Texas” with funding from Texas Education Agency

By libertyc
April 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Benetech today announced that it was recently awarded a contract with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to conduct training and outreach on the benefits of accessible instructional materials (AIM) for K-12 students with disabilities in Texas and to ensure availability of AIM [...]

XanEdu, Barnes & Noble and Texas A&M to test NookStudy

By libertyc
November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: XanEdu, the leading faculty-preferred provider of custom course materials and textbooks, has partnered with Barnes & Noble and Texas A&M to conduct research on the efficacy of accessing and studying custom course materials within NookStudy. Students at Texas [...]

More details on Connecticut agency pricing investigation

By libertyc
August 3, 2010 // 1 Comment

Sharp-eyed TeleReader Aaron Pressman noticed this article yesterday, though it didn’t show up in my Google Reader until today. Though he mentioned it in his comment, and we did link a video earlier today, we never actually linked this rather informative article from the Wall Street Journal which [...]

Texas Attorney General probing agency model and Apple

By libertyc
June 1, 2010 // 3 Comments

Many people are unaware that most, if not all, states have their own antitrust laws that they can enforce. These laws are separate and distinct from Federal antitrust laws. If the Federal Government won’t bring an antitrust case there is nothing from stopping a state from doing so. Well, [...]

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