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Baltimore Sun op-ed on “Books and billionaires” (this means you, Bill Gates)
February 1, 2014 | 6:16 pm

Wikimedia Commons photo used under CCLibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has just made The Baltimore Sun---complete with a personal appeal to Bill Gates to talk up the idea. Books and billionaires does have a ring to it, doesn't it? If TeleRead community members can help get the word out on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere and otherwise show support, I'll be grateful. Granted, the sums involved are large to most people, but they should not be in the least to the American elite as a group. The 400 richest Americans are together worth some $2 trillion, according to Forbes, and the total spending on...

Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold seek patent to convert text to video
August 18, 2013 | 12:14 pm

text to videoNeed an imagination? There's an app for that. Or soon will be. Among the wackier wheezes worked up lately to improve on plain old Mark One printed text is a patent application filed by Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, and a bunch of other Washington State dreamers to autoconvert text to video. The application covers: "A system for converting user-selected printed text to a synthesized image sequence, comprising: processing electronics configured to receive an image of text over a network, to translate the text of the image of text into a machine readable format, and, in response to receiving the image, to generate model information...

A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real
February 11, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to iPhones, iPads and other devices! As if a young Buffett today wouldn’t love to read scads of library e-books each year! No, I won’t beat up on either Buffett or Ms. Jarvis, given people’s varying tastes in reading formats. In fact, for retirement purposes, I’m a small shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's company, and I trust his long-term judgment...

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...

Mark Zuckerberg’s Life Story as an E-Comic Book
September 5, 2012 | 11:15 pm

Ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? Even if you haven't, you've almost certainly experienced it: It's a cognitive bias that occurs after you hear or see something that is relatively odd or obscure, and then begin seeing or hearing that same thing over and over again. * * * I mention this because after writing recently about an amicus brief filed in the DoJ e-book price-fixing case that was produced to look like a comic book, I seem to been seeing tech-related comics books everywhere. It's starting to get a little creepy. Just this  morning, for instance, I got a press release about the Mark Zuckerberg...

Bill Gates rejected touchscreen e-reader prototype in 1998
July 4, 2012 | 8:01 pm

Vanity Fair has an article on Microsoft’s corporate culture, and some ways in which that culture crippled innovation at the company. One of those ways is responsible for Microsoft—and Bill Gates in particular—rejecting a prototype for a touchscreen e-reader—in 1998. According to [writer Kurt] Eichenwald, Microsoft had a prototype e-reader ready to go in 1998, but when the technology group presented it to Bill Gates he promptly gave it a thumbs-down, saying it wasn’t right for Microsoft. “He didn’t like the user interface, because it didn’t look like Windows,” a programmer involved in the project...

Apple products are a no-no in the Gates household
October 24, 2010 | 6:07 pm

alg_melinda_gates Various Internet news sources (such as Gizmodo) are reporting on a specific portion of a New York Times interview with Bill Gates’s wife Melinda—the portion focusing on her attitude toward Apple products in her household. It seems that Melinda Gates has very particular attitudes toward what brand of products make it through her front door. Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple? No, I have a Zune. What if one of your children says, “Mom, I have to have an iPod?”...

Tablets: How to beat the iPad; Microsoft still in the running
May 5, 2010 | 12:26 pm

Charlie Sorrel at Wired’s “Gadget Lab” blog has a column on “How to make an iPad-beating tablet.” Though by and large, most of the features he describes are exactly the features that the iPad has. For instance: The suggestions that Apple should let users install apps from anywhere ignore this fact: the App store is so successful because it is closed. Don’t agree? How’s the Android Marketplace doing? If you want to beat it, join it? He does point out some areas where competitors could better Apple, such as the contentious issue...