Wikipedia may not be trustworthy on controversial topics, research paper warns

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a community-edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia has some pretty big strengths and weaknesses. A strength is, it’s rare not to be able to find any information about any given subject you want to research. But a weakness, as we’ve mentioned here before, is that you can’t be sure that information [...]

Simple English Wikipedia keeps it simple

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Have you ever looked at a Wikipedia article and noticed the opening paragraph looks like it was written for somebody who knows a lot more than you do? Look up something like Planck’s Constant and you’ll see the opening paragraph of the Wikipedia version looks like it was intended for a physics [...]

Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and [...]

Morning Links: Cheerios ebook code. Goodreads spam?

By Joanna Cabot
April 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishers Finally Taking the Reins on Web Marketing (Digital Book World) I’ve noticed that for the first time there is nearly universal agreement on the following five things… *** Cheerios Box Prize: An eBook Code (GalleyCat) General Mills is bringing the cereal box prize into the 21st [...]

Morning Links: Intellectual property myths. Wikipedia expands auto-translation

By Joanna Cabot
January 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Loving the Library While Building Your Own (Book Riot) So what happened to transform me from an avid library-goer to someone who doesn’t even know where her library card is? *** 10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law (Lifehacker) How well do you understand copyright and [...]

Successful TVTropes Kickstarter to fund site revamp enters final hours

By Chris Meadows
December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

I noticed this very late—there are only about five hours remaining on the Kickstarter—but I’ve learned that TVTropes is running a modest Kickstarter to get funding to revamp its site and become even better. The Kickstarter has surpassed its $50,000 goal, and is just a few hundred dollars away [...]

Morning Roundup: Google Play textbooks in Canada. Why do people trust Wikipedia?

By Joanna Cabot
August 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

Google Play Textbooks Now Available in Canada (GoodeReader) Google has announced that their digital textbook service is now available in Canada. *** Why do People Trust Wikipedia? Because an Argument is Better than a Lecture (Techdirt) This doesn’t mean you blindly read Wiki articles without [...]

Wikipedia tightens its terms of use to prohibit unobvious payola editing

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Over the last few years, a number of minor scandals have come to light concerning wiki editors who were paid by publicity firms to edit articles in Wikipedia. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports, the Wikimedia Foundation has changed the encyclopedia’s terms of use to require that anyone paid to [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One

By libertyc
August 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new “Don’t Go to Art School” series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to [...]

In Wikipedia, notability is a notable problem

By libertyc
August 11, 2013 // 4 Comments

The other day, I was contacted by novelist Jess C. Scott, whose e-book Wicked Lovely was removed in the Amazon incest cull we covered in 2010. Scott can’t seem to catch a break, as now her page on Wikipedia is under discussion for deletion. Scott is up in arms over this, and has posted a brief [...]

Would we be better off without Wikipedia?

By libertyc
June 27, 2013 // 3 Comments

On The Bookseller’s blog, Piers Blofeld pontificates about Wikipedia, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Blofeld thinks the world would be better off if Wikipedia ceased to exist, because if it reaches its goal of codifying all human knowledge, that will mean the end of historians because [...]

Post-PRISM "Nineteen Eighty-Four" sales spike points up Orwell’s split position

By libertyc
June 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

One off-the-wall consequence of the sudden disclosures regarding the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM digital surveillance program earlier this week was the much-reported spike in sales of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”—with Penguin Plume’s recent Centennial [...]

Location-based Learning with Wikipedia Nearby

By James Christy
June 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wikipedia is getting in on the location-based services bandwagon with Wikipedia Nearby, a new Web application that provides uses with articles based on their proximity to the user. Available for both mobile and PC, the app takes advantage of MediaWiki’s relatively new GeoData extension, which [...]

Promising DPLA debut—but please don’t confuse special-collection items, exhibits and APIs with a full-fledged ‘public library’ demo

By libertyc
April 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

A caveat first. The Digital Public Library of America is evolving. What’s more, I’m a booster of the organization and of the people behind it, including the new executive director, Dan Cohen, who so decently reacted after the Boston Marathon bombings. But for now, the academic-and-hacker [...]

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 11: Even More Plugins!

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 2 Comments

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 | Ch. 11 TeleRead’s Juli Monroe did a great job explaining what a Calibre plugin is, and how to install one. But of course, every [...]

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