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Dwarf-Sized Public E-Libraries vs. Abundance
January 21, 2013 | 12:00 pm

People in Bexar County, Texas, should be excited about the 10,000-e-book “BiblioTech” library system that the country is starting from scratch—without paper books. This is reportedly the first U.S. public library system to shun paper, cardboard and ink, except for computer printouts. Any books are better than none, and besides, the 10K figure encompasses only copyrighted books, not the tens of thousands of free classics that library patrons will be able to read electronically. What’s more, Bexar will add to the 10,000. County Judge Nelson W. Wolff, the main brain behind the plan, deserves praise for his open-mindedness about e-books, their cost-saving potential and other advantages. Many people, especially dyslectic Americans and...

Taiwan airport opens e-library for transit passengers
March 11, 2011 | 11:22 am

Library amsx inset community At the end of August, 2010 Schipol Airport in Amsterdam opened a library for travelers. More info (with pictures ) via USA Today and Radio Netherlands. Today, Ralph Jennings from the IDG News Service reports on the opening of a library at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. From the Article: The e-library at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport allows passengers to consult [about 400] Chinese and English-language books, and around 2,000 books on paper, in a special waiting area in the larger of the airport’s two terminals. The terminal commonly handles...

HarperCollins sets 26-checkout cap on its library e-books
February 26, 2011 | 12:45 am

Library Journal reports that HarperCollins has issued new terms to Overdrive for how many times a library e-book can be loaned out. Library Journal reports that HarperCollins has declared a library-purchased e-book may only be loaned 26 times before it must be re-purchased. This bears a certain similarity to agency pricing in that not just Overdrive but any library e-book provider dealing with HC will be required to abide by those terms. The publisher also issued a short statement: "HarperCollins is committed to the library channel. We believe this change balances the value libraries get from...

Digital talking book internet service delivers one millionth download
March 27, 2010 | 8:20 am

images.jpegFrom the press release by the Library of Congress: ... [a recent download] marked the one millionth piece of reading material delivered by the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service, a new initiative from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. Formally launched on April 30, 2009, BARD quickly became popular. Today more than 15,000 of NLS’s more than 800,000 patrons are registered for access. ... The next stage in BARD’s development is to transfer administrative control from NLS to state and local libraries serving blind and physically handicapped readers. ... (via Resource Shelf)...