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Morning Links: Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries. Doctorow wants to end DRM
January 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

drmNetflix Wants to Expand to 200 Countries Within the Next Two Years (GigaOM) Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within the next two years, the company announced as part of its Q4 2014 earnings release. *** License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (David Nickle) So here's a funny story: in 2015, and only in Canada and a few other countries, James Bond entered the public domain. *** Cory Doctorow to Push for Ending DRM (Techdirt) This is Copyright Week, in which various people supporting more reasonable copyright laws highlight some of the problems with existing laws and important concepts that should be in copyright reform efforts....

Lib Dems make late, paltry promise to tackle UK’s obscene illiteracy levels
January 20, 2015 | 10:25 am

Clegg The UK Liberal Democrats, coalition partner and fellow-traveler with the current Conservative-led government, have made a public commitment "to end child illiteracy by 2025," according to a weekend announcement by party leader Nick Clegg. "The plans mean that every child born in 2014, who will leave primary school in 2025 will be able to read and write at a standard identified to lead to success in secondary school and beyond," the announcement claims. "Unlike the Conservatives and Labour, the Liberal Democrats have a clear plan to protect the education budget from cradle to college." There's already considerable skepticism abroad over the details, the...

Morning Links: Awesome bundled productivity pack. Welcome to 2015
January 14, 2015 | 9:00 am

productivityKids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content (Digital Book World) In 2013, 89% of parents chose what digital content to buy for their kids, according to new research from PlayCollective and Digital Book World. But kids are now weighing in much more actively to determine what they read. Those purchasing decisions between kids and parents are now close to 50/50. *** Get Evernote, Pocket, LastPass and Wunderlist in One $60 Bundle (GigaOM) This is a good deal: Evernote, password manager LastPass, to-do-list app Wunderlist and read-it-later service Pocket have bundled premium subscriptions to all four services in a single “Productivity Pack” for $59.99 *** Welcome to...

Morning Links: Publish and they will come? Industries ripe for disruption
January 9, 2015 | 9:00 am

disruptionPublish and They Will Come...Right? (Digital Book World) Creating awareness is the most fundamental and crucial step in the book discovery process–and it is a process; discoverability does not end there. *** How Middle School Reading Lists Have Evolved Since 100 Years Ago (GalleyCat) Annie Holmquist over at BetterEd.org dug up the curriculum manual from a 1908 middle school reading list to compare it with modern reading lists. *** Libraries Loan Out 105 Million eBooks in 2014 (GoodeReader) Libraries that do business with Overdrive loaned out 137 million digital assets in 2014, which is a 33% increase from 2013. *** Industries That Are Ripe for Disruption (The...

Chromebooks take another bite out of the Apple, get official in New York City schools
November 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

The recent news on strong K-12 takeup of Chromebooks for education received solid confirmation via the Google for Education official blog, where Hal Friedlander, Chief Information Officer at the New York City Department of Education, posted an item on the recent decision by the New York City Department of Education Division of Instructional and Informational Technology to approve the Google Apps for Education productivity suite as a supported tool for NYC public schools - and the Chromebooks to run it. Friedlander said of the decision: We saw that many schools wanted to use Chromebooks, and in our assessments, found them to be an...

Open Culture puts 110 free philosophy books online
November 13, 2014 | 6:25 pm

plato3.jpgThe website Open Culture, offering "the best free cultural and educational media on the web," has announced the release of a collection of 110 works of philosophy, "from Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein," for free access online. And although, despite the wording of Open Culture's announcement, not all are available to download rather than to read online, this is still a collection worth browsing and, well, learning from. "The list will keep growing at a steady clip," writes Open Culture. "But if you see any crucial texts missing, please let us know, and we will try to get them added ASAP....

UK Education Secretary warns against arts, reading, thinking …
November 13, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Reading, speaking, and thinking in general apparently can damage your career choices, according to the UK Conservative-led government. Their Education Secretary, no less, has got up to warn British schoolkids that arts subjects "will hold them back for the rest of their lives." UK Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan was speaking at the launch of the Your Life campaign, which in itself has the laudable objective of encouraging British students to focus more on the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, maths. The campaign aims "to raise participation in science maths and physics A levels by 50 per cent...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Chromebook K-12 popularity implies changes for ereading?
November 12, 2014 | 4:25 pm

New figures from IDC and the UK's FutureSource Consulting, shared by Education Week and elsewhere, indicate that Chromebooks are getting a lock on the U.S. K-12 market, helped by the cheapness of the devices, the Chrome Os's suitability for cloud-based scalable deployments, and Google's free Apps for Education suite. "Schools tell us that Chromebooks fill three big needs: they’re easy for students and teachers to use, they’re easy to share, and they’re easy to manage," says the Google Official Blog. "That’s critical for schools that often want to give their students the best technology, but don’t have a large IT department...

New words are better than sex?
October 31, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Scholarly research recently published in Current Biology under the title "The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition" suggests that the pleasure principle is a key factor in language learning - with the relevant areas of the brain both linked to pleasurable rewards (including sex) and using those linkages to increase brain integration and function. "Our results showed that adult participants exhibited robust fMRI activation in the ventral striatum (VS)—a core region of reward processing — when successfully learning the meaning of new words," the summary of the research stated.  "Moreover, the VS showed enhanced functional and structural...

Russell Brand to give Reading Agency lecture
October 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

The ever-more-serious UK comedian Russell Brand will deliver this year's Reading Agency lecture, "'a manifesto on reading" and the third lecture since the inception of the series in 2012, as well as the first one to be open to ticket-holding members of the public. "The Reading Agency lecture is a fundraising event, proceeds from which support the charities' core mission, to get and keep the nation reading," as The Reading Agency's materials declare. Previous speakers in the series were Jeanette Winterson and Neil Gaiman, who gave a highly praised talk also on the importance of reading. Brand couched the theme of...

MFA creative writing graduates are (possibly) killing literature
October 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

An ever-so-slightly authoritative critique of the whole system of creative writing courses and grants for writers has been handed down by Horace Engdahl, a Member of the Swedish Academy tasked with awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature. And he is, to put it mildly, not happy with the state of literature in general, and the warping effect that lavish financial support is having on it. In an interview with French publication La Croix, Engdahl condemns "a form of sclerosis in literary creation," which he attributes directly to "the perverse effects of the professionalization of the writer's vocation, linked to a system...