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Book Review: Yesterday’s Classics E-Book Collection
August 27, 2013 | 8:09 pm

Yesterday's ClassicsIt's my last week of summer vacation, and I'll be spending it planning for the coming school year. I have been delighted to find a growing niche of publishers that are targeting the back-to-school market with specialized e-book collections, and this e-book collection comes from one such publisher. Yesterday's Classics is part of a website called The Baldwin Project, which formats children's classics and offers them in print, via email subscription, or online as a plain-text website or interactive learning portal. The first 225 releases are available in Mobi or ePub, in a bundle that they were kind enough to provide for me to...

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights
July 10, 2013 | 8:53 pm

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for the benefit of future sociological and cultural researchers; it later expanded into archiving other media as well. More recently, Kahle started collecting print books, and scanning them as well as archiving them; it was his intention to collect and save one of every print book ever published. These scanned books would also...

Morning Roundup: Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch Resigns, and more
July 9, 2013 | 10:56 am

Barnes & Noble CEOBarnes & Noble CEO William Lynch Resigns (Paid Content) Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned. Michael Huseby, who was the company’s CFO, takes over as CEO of Nook Media, while Mitchell Klipper remains CEO of retail. * * * Internet Archive Now Hosts 4.4. Million eBooks, Sees 15 Million Downloaded Each Month (The Digital Reader) The Internet Archive is one of the largest repositories of free information online, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I realized just how large their operations really were. * * * What Happens When the Marginal Cost of Information is no Longer Zero? (The Scholarly Kitchen) One of the axioms of...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 4: The Internet Archive and my first DIY
April 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * I am four months into my DRM-free year, and so far have spent just a fraction of my usual book budget. In my highest year—the year agency pricing came out, and I binged in preparation—I spent $1,300, for an average of $108 per month. This year, I am down to less than $20 per month, and most of it spent on a handful of Kindle Deals of the Day, and the odd indie read. So, where has my book spending—and my reading time—gone in April? My one book purchase this month...

Libraries Do Not ‘Own’ Random House E-Books After All
October 25, 2012 | 12:20 am

Last week we carried a story about a claim that Random House was going to let libraries “own” its e-books. However, it turns out that “own” may have been an optimistic oversimplification. Peter Brantley, Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, writes at Publishers Weekly that he's had some follow-up discussion with Skip Dye, Random House’s VP of Library and Academic Sales, to get clarification on exactly what “own” meant in that context. (Found via TechDirt.) What Random House actually meant was that it would assist libraries in moving e-books from one “authorized library wholesaler” to another. The publisher...

Free E-Books for Banned Books Week
October 3, 2012 | 4:31 pm

Upton Sinclair The JungleIn celebration of Banned Books Week, TIME magazine's Moneyland blog ran a useful post yesterday that pointed readers toward a number of the better-known websites where free e-books live. But aside from simply mentioning the obvious sites (Project Gutenberg; the Internet Archive), the post also mentions a frugal-living blog called MoneyTalksNews.com, which has "helpfully put together a list of where you can track down [free] e-book versions of [19 of the best-known] banned books." Click here to see the list, which includes George Orwell's 1984, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, and Nabokov's Lolita. And don't forget: Banned Books Week is currently underway (it ends...

Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley talks to librarians at ALA
June 28, 2012 | 9:42 am

Images  1 From The Digital Shift. The full article is well worth reading: The Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley made a cogent and precise presentation at the American Library Association conference this week that urged the librarian community to do a better job of shaping the multitude of conversations that ultimately affect how and what libraries can do with digital content. Brantley, the director of the Bookserver Project at IA, said librarians, rather than just saying yes or no to various business models put forth by the Big Six publishers, need to be much more active. “I think it is really, really, really important for us...

“Many Libraries: As the world’s books go online, we must resist centralization” Technology Review, published by MIT
May 14, 2012 | 9:17 am

Download From the Internet Archive blog: The Internet has put universal access to knowledge within our grasp. Now we need to put all of the world’s literature online. This is easier to do than it might seem, if we resist the impulse to centralize and build only a few monolithic libraries. Centralization can lead to price controls, censorship without due process, lack of reader privacy, and resistance to innovators. We need lots of publishers, booksellers, authors, and readers—and lots of libraries. If many actors work together, we can have a robust, distributed publishing and library system, possibly resembling the World Wide Web. The courts...

Internet Archive says: We want buy your books! Internet Archive Letter to Publishers
May 3, 2012 | 9:57 am

Images From the Internet Archive blog: Thank you for your willingness to invest in the future of publishing and readership. Libraries and publishers have a lot in common: we connect writers with readers which promotes literacy scholarship and citizenship. We want to buy more digital books from you. We currently buy, lend, and preserve eBooks from publishers and booksellers, but we have not found many eBooks for sale at any price.  The Internet Archive is running standard protection systems to lend eBooks from our servers through our websites, openlibrary.org and archive.org.   In this way, we strive to provide a seamless experience for our library...

The lasting appeal of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
April 10, 2012 | 11:48 pm

EncycBrit1913The Guardian has an interesting retrospective on the famed 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1911. This edition of the encyclopedia is one of the most renowned and romanticized, for a number of reasons. The fact that it was the first encyclopedia to be issued all at once, rather than volume by volume, might have something to do with it. But also, it represents one of the last great repositories of knowledge before humanity lost its innocence in the First World War. With the publication of the final volumes of the 11th, in...

Brewster Kahle archives millions of paper books against uncertain future
March 6, 2012 | 11:33 pm

Last year we mentioned the physical book archive Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, has started, stockpiling physical books in cargo containers in warehouses against a time when they might be needed in the future. Now the New York Times has noticed, covering it with an article discussing the rationale behind it, the process of archiving the books, and what use they might see in the future. Part of it is that Kahle wants to keep the books available in case technology should improve and they need to be scanned again. But he also wants to make sure...

Milestones: Internet Archive Digitizes 5000th Book at Duke University « INFOdocket
November 22, 2011 | 10:30 am

Internet archive From the Devil’s Tale Blog (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University): The Internet Archive just reached an important milestone by digitizing 5,000 books at Duke. The 5,000th book, The British Album: In Two Volumes, contains poetry by “Della Crusca, Anna Matilda, Arley, Benedict, The Bard” and other writers on themes including love, horror, jealousy, and death, and is part of the general collections of the Rubenstein Library. The “Ode to Death” begins “THOU, whose remorseless rage, Nor vows, nor tears assuage, TRIUMPHANT DEATH!—to thee I raise, The bursting notes of dauntless praise!” The second volume can be found here. [Clip] The...