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Fantastic Archives!
July 11, 2012 | 7:06 am

With a $10,000 research prize as well as thousands of periodicals for reading and study, I've very recently found a great resource for librarians, eReaders and classic pulp fiction fans.  With titles ranging from Collier's Weekly to classic works of pulp such as Argosy, Weird Tales, and even Yank magazine, I've been reading for hours. If this sounds interesting to you, then head on over to, a site I recently stumbled across when doing some research for my history blog.  Brought online by Ron Unz, who has been a huge fan of Wikipedia, there are thousand of resources to look...

The Power of Local Resources….Untapped Potential for Your Library?
February 29, 2012 | 5:14 am

While libraries everywhere are scrambling to come up with an ebook plan that can satisfy both their patrons as well as their long-term organizational goals, sometimes the greatest resources they can offer are already in their libraries.  What’s this?  Simply put, it’s the utilization of their local resources, of history, genealogy, and local authors.  This is the sort of information that is highly desired, yet sometimes falls off the radar, lost to the deluge of publishers, best-sellers and other more “trendy” technological items. It’s easy to dismiss local materials from any project planning, arguing there’s no budget, no staff and no...

Internet Archive Texts: E-Books for Everyone!
February 14, 2012 | 1:29 am

Tired of all your usual e-book sources?  Don't overlook the Internet Archive!  From the title we see to the left of this post to the over 3 million available other texts for your use, the Internet Archive offers a multitude of free reading!  From history and literature to goverment records and genealogy, this a great resource that you consider next time you are looking for something new to read.  Let's talk more about what you can expect to find there. While the main site is easily available at, you will probably want to go directly to the reading resources found...

Booked! Libraries, eBooks and Their Collections!
March 26, 2011 | 9:22 am

In  January of last year, I originally argued the librarian’s dilemma was that of figuring out what course of action libraries should take in the eBook arena.  A year later, it seems there is still no clear answer!  Given the recent Google Books decision (info via the Disruptive Library Technology Jester blog) and the public discussions from both OverDrive and Harper Collins, I don’t think any clear answer is coming soon! So what does a library do?  Remember, the choices they make will ultimtely affect you, the eBook buyer, reader and enthusiast! Ultimately, I think libraries should focus for now on the free...

National Archives Online Public Access BETA Review
March 2, 2011 | 8:35 am

The National Archives has always been a great source of PDF and other non-fiction documents for my eBook reader.  Escape and Evasion reports, WPA guides, After-Action Reports, all of these have made for some interesting reading.  However, navigating the archives and the ARC (Archival Research Catalog) to find new items has always been somewhat challenging. No more!  Stopping by the site in the last few weeks, I’ve noticed big changes in how you can search for electronic items for download.  If you go to the Online Public Access Prototype, link at, a massively streamlined search portal is now available for...

ESCAPE! (Digitized Escape and Evasion Reports)
October 10, 2010 | 11:16 pm

“We left Grafton-Underwood at 1700 hours 26 June 1943 to bomb Villacoublay. After making landfall over France we encountered flak and were attacked by FW-190’s….The whole ship was shaking violently…” Recently released by the National Archives, digitized Escape and Evasion Reports are now available for download in PDF format to your eReader of choice. Detailed firsthand accounts of harrowing escapes and near-captures by Axis occupiers, Allied aircrew no longer remain faceless.  Instead, we learn their names, hometowns and quite possibly a new view of World War II that up until now was not available online. The fastest way of getting to the...

Tony Bandy’s directory of archival e-materials: September update
September 10, 2010 | 1:57 am

tony bandy.jpgEditor's note: this compilation of Tony's posts will be updated on a monthly basis. PB Airborne: Flightglobal Archives for your eReader! Historical Military Documents! (Library Guides Series: History) G-Men, the OSS and My iPad! Lunar Conspiracies and This Old BBS: Ancient Files Equals Good Reading! Murder, Mayhem and the Space Rocket: Pulp Adventures to Go! College Archive Resources! (Library Guides Series: Searching) Shelved! Google Books–My Library (Library Guides Series: Technical) Looking for a title? (Library Guides Series: Searching) Come On In: The New Improved Open Library! Superman and More: Comics on your E-Reader! Mabry’s Historical Text Archive…. Fall In! Military Ebook Resources! Tabbloid It! The Digital Daily: how to easily get historic newspapers...

Airborne: Flightglobal Archives for your eReader!
September 5, 2010 | 9:28 am

For the aviation enthusiast and avid eBook reader, the fusion of these two resources together can be found at the Flightglobal Archives.  Located at, this online PDF archive of the many years of back issues and additional resources is easy to search, easy to use and in many cases, downloadable to your reading device of choice. With large page sizes and graphical images, aviation history, at least from my past usage, is not commonly associated with easy reading on any electronic device.  However, Flightglobal has a done an excellent job with the archives in bringing these back issues and other resources...

Historical Military Documents! (Library Guides Series: History)
August 12, 2010 | 2:22 pm

If you're a fan of military history or just like a good historical title for your eReader of choice, then head on over to the Air Force Historical Research Agency or the HyperWar section of ibiblio.  Jam-packed with research data, personal papers, images and more, you will find lots of neat and historical information! With it's origins in World War II and today having over "70,000,000 pages" of information, the Air Force Historical Research Agency is a great place to visit for both aviation and history buffs.  Using both my iPad and my Android phone, the web site scales really well...

G-Men, the OSS and My iPad!
July 21, 2010 | 1:22 am

For secret agent fans of all types, the last few weeks of official government exchanges between Russia and the United States has been a treat!  In light of this breaking news as well as a personal interest in spying and national intrigue, I thought it might be interesting to see what sort of information is available for ereaders like ourselves. What I’ve found is truly amazing, with downloadable resources from the CIA, FBI, OSS and many others. Besides just the stories, I thought this would be a great chance to use my Android phone as well as the iPad, to see...

Apple’s Safari Reader–The Missing Link for Online Reading?
June 8, 2010 | 5:32 pm

The buzz on the latest version of Apple's Safari browser has been hitting the web in the last 24 hours, so you're probably well aware of the some of the new features included in this latest release. One of the best I've found so far is Safari Reader. This one little part is a game changer for reading online html pages. Here's why... For most of us, reading online stories through a web page is an experience in pain. Pain of advertisements, pain of stories spread across multiple pages, pain of trying to figure out where the...

The model digital library branch: Reality or just a wish?
May 24, 2010 | 12:26 pm

While many libraries, both public and academic, have implemented digital resources for their patrons in bits and pieces, I would argue that now is the time for libraries to work on putting together a comprehensive digital branch approach, offering millions of books, millions of newspapers and magazines, and open acess 24/7.   Given the facts of mass digitization of titles, free-to-use API's,  and social sharing of resources, the digital library branch is a reality that can be implemented.  Here's how.... Every library needs a place to start, so our digital branch will be created on a branch of the current library web...

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