Posts tagged Barack Obama
The Suicide of Computer Genius Aaron Swartz: Time for presidential peacemaking in the online copyright wars
January 14, 2013 | 10:03 am
After Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American Harvard professor, was erroneously arrested for breaking and entering, Barack Obama spoke up. The President at first overdid his criticism of the police, but in the end played the meritable role of peacemaker, inviting both Prof. Gates and the arresting policeman to the White House for a “Beer Summit.” In time, Sgt. James Crowley even gave Prof. Gates a pair of the handcuffs used on the professor. Now President Obama should help make peace in a separate Cambridge case and consider another “Beer Summit”—in fact a whole series—between copyright lobbyists and America’s librarians, educators and consumer activists. Dead in the copyright...
Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here’s the Answer
January 1, 2013 | 9:15 am
If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder of a federal judge. Some 400+ D.C. library users awaited 60 electronic copies of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the best-selling fiction title on the New York Times list. And a digital version of The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling, was not even in the catalog of the D.C. public library system. Could a well-stocked national digital library system—in...
The White House Releases a Free Holiday E-Book
November 30, 2012 | 3:26 pm
We're not entirely sure if the White House is now releasing a free holiday e-book on an annual basis. But we do know that taking a December tour of a seasonally-bedecked White House—presumably decorated by the First Lady—is something of a longstanding D.C. tradition. According to the official White House website, Michelle Obama's 2012 holiday decor theme is 'Joy to All.' And as reported by Obama Foodorama, a blog that exclusively covers the White House's food initiatives: "The thousands of guests who tour the White House in December will receive the Official White House Holiday Tour Book, which features a message from President Obama and...