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TeleRead founder David Rothman in The Atlantic

Posted By Dan Eldridge On February 19, 2013 @ 4:50 pm In David Rothman,digital libraries,magazines | 2 Comments

The Atlantic logo [1]“Over the years I’ve often quoted David H. Rothman of Alexandria, Va., a pioneer in the entire field of electronic reading devices,” writes James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, in an article about U.S. infrastructure [2] that was published earlier this morning on The Atlantic‘s website. “[Rothman] was talking about his “Teleread [3]” proposal many, many years [before] products like the Kindle, Nook, or iPad had been conceived.”

Teleread founder David H. Rothman [4]

David Rothman

In the same post, Fallows also emphasizes Rothman’s philosophy of e-readers as “‘public goods’ and indispensable parts of the modern infrastructure of the 21st century, in much the way public libraries were in Europe and North America through the 19th and 20th centuries.”

The remainder of Fallows’ post is essentially a teaser of Rothman’s most recent argument [5] for the creation of two national digital library systems [6] (one public, and one academic [7]), which we republished on February 11.

Click here [2] to see the Atlantic piece … and congratulations, David!

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• For even more of Rothman in the mainstream media, click here to read a June 2012 guest post [8], also for The Atlantic, about the ‘iPad Stimulus Plan.’

• Then click here [9] to read a November 2010 Rothman piece, again in The Atlantic, about the many potential benefits of a well-stocked national digital public library system.

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#1 Comment By Mark Coker On February 20, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

Congrats to David. Back in 2006-2007 when I was working on the Smashwords business plan, David’s writing at Teleread helped inform me about not only where the ebook revolution would go, but where it *should* go to best serve the needs of authors and readers alike.

#2 Comment By David H. Rothman On February 20, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

No question about it, Mark–you read TeleRead *very* carefully, as shown by the well-deserved success of Smashwords. ;-)


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[2] an article about U.S. infrastructure: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/infrastructure-watch-buffett-as-the-next-carnegie/273263/#

[3] Teleread: http://www.teleread.com/

[4] Image: http://www.teleread.com/digital-libraries/teleread-founder-david-rothman-in-the-atlantic/attachment/david_rothman_2/

[5] most recent argument: http://www.teleread.com/library/how-americas-billionaires-could-be-modern-carnegies/

[6] national digital library systems: http://librarycity.org/?p=1395

[7] one public, and one academic: http://librarycity.org/?p=945

[8] click here to read a June 2012 guest post: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/06/guest-post-david-rothman-on-the-ipad-stimulus-plan/58539/

[9] Then click here: http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2010/11/why-we-cant-afford-not-to-create-a-well-stocked-national-digital-library-system/66111/

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