The Web We Want: Could Canada Lead on a Digital Bill of Rights? (Michael Geist)
As the government finally embarks on its digital strategy, it has an opportunity to do more than just tout recent policy initiatives. Instead, it should consider linking its goals with the broader global initiatives to help create the Web we want.
What Library Directors Are Thinking: An Ithaka S+R Survey Report (The Scholarly Kitchen)
The most recent library survey report has just been released and, like all previous reports, is freely available to the public. This one was administered specifically to academic library directors in the U.S., and examines how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations.
It is Not News to Publishers That They Have to Engage Directly with their Readers (Mike Shatzkin)
For now, most houses are pretty quiet about what they’re doing, partly because they think they’re inventing something and partly because they don’t know how well any of this will work. But relative silence shouldn’t be interpreted as relative inaction or inattention.
Amazon Partners with Brazil’s Ministry of Education to Distribute eBooks to Teachers (GalleyCat)
The Brazilian Ministry of Education has partnered with Amazon to covert and distribute textbooks to teachers across the country.
Kindle Daily Deals: The Back Road (and others)
I’m not sure I’d want to engage with publishers directly. Five or six major publishers, imprints, and small publishers amount to too many sources vying for attention or email responses. No thanks. Keep me out of marking campaigns or branding schemes.
Just publish books. If they publish crap, I’m not buying it. Nothing else needs to be done.