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How the public library looks these days
July 12, 2014 | 3:25 pm

libraryI completed an annual ritual this week---the renewal of my public library card! I almost exclusively use the library for ebook borrowing these days, but my local library system still insists on that antiquated ritual of the card renewal. You must show up at a branch, in person, at least once a year with proof of your address in order to maintain your borrowing privileges. They have renovated the library branch I go to since my last visit, and it was interesting to see what they've done. In no particular order--- 1) The librarians seem to be serving different functions these days....

Morning Roundup: Aereo decision disaster for broadcast? Media bias and Amazon
June 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

aereo decisionWhy the Aereo Shutdown Will Be a Disaster for Broadcast TV (re/code) But when I finally heard that the Supreme Court had shut down the groundbreaking digital video system, I was amazed by how universally joyful TV broadcasters and distributors were about the ruling and ensuing shutdown. Too bad they weren’t in Anaheim with me, because despite Aereo’s now-illegal Rube Goldberg-esque transmission technology, it offered a distinctive and revolutionary way for broadcast TV to remain relevant to younger viewers. *** Media Bias and Amazon (David Gaughran) There is so much crap being spouted in this anti-Amazon media push that you need a nose-peg and...

Simon & Schuster takes US library ebook lending program nationwide
June 27, 2014 | 12:27 pm

simon.jpgThe American Library Association has released a communication supporting Simon & Schuster's decision to roll out its pilot library ebook lending program, previously covered in TeleRead, nationwide. ALA President Barbara Stripling said: Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries are the quintessential institution in connecting authors and readers. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books—with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors...

Morning Roundup: Hachette to acquire Perseus Group, More on libraries
June 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

Perseus GroupWhat's Next for eBooks in Libraries? (Publishers Weekly) Here’s the good news: when it comes to libraries and e-books, there’s been progress. All the major publishers are now participating in the library e-book market, and there are a number of competing platform providers in the space. The big question now is, can the library e-book experience meet users’ expectations? *** Hachette to Acquire Perseus Group, Will Split it with Ingram (The Digital Reader) Hachette has announced Tuesday night that they are acquiring Perseus Book Group. *** Amazon Responds to German Anti-Trust Complaint, Says it Wants a Larger Commission on eBooks (GigaOM) Amazon responded to the German Publishers...

Open a small community library, get fined or shut down?
June 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

Spencer community libraryThe spirit of the community library and encouraging reading is clearly not evenly distributed everywhere across the U.S. As citizens of Leawood, Kansas, found when they started erecting Little Free Libraries in their yards - which apparently are prohibited under a city ordinance banning freestanding structures in their front yards. Campaigners supporting one of the most widely publicized Little Free Libraries, erected for nine-year-old Spencer Collins as a gift from his grandfather with the help of the other members of the Collins family, have put up a Facebook page, "Spencer's Little Free Library," to rally support, after the Leawood city council...

Morning Roundup: Leaving KDP Select. European copyright ruling and more
June 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

KDP SelectThe Real Reason Why Adults Read YA Fiction (GoodeReader)A 2012 study found that 55% of all Young Adult fiction was purchased by adults and many journalists lately have been writing either for or against if adults should be consuming childrens and YA Fiction at the levels they are. The deeper question is why our culture encourages us to perpetually relive our teenage years. *** What Happened When I left KDP Select (Nick Stephenson) But I like to look at the cold, hard numbers before coming to a conclusion, as everybody’s mileage seems to vary. *** You Can't Break Copyright by Looking at Something Online, Europe's...

Weekend Roundup: Lesson libraries can learn from Amazon. Digital first sales questions
June 8, 2014 | 10:31 am

amazonSyracuse School District Distributes Almost 100,000 Books for Summer Reading (GalleyCat) A school district in Syracuse New York has plans to send every K-5 student in the district home with a backpack full of 10 books for summer reading. *** Four Lessons Libraries Can Learn from Amazon (Digital Book World) It is hard for my view of the world not to be informed by the two years I spent working in senior management at Amazon. *** Should You Have the Right to Sell Your eBooks and Digital Music? (GigaOM) How should the first sale doctrine apply to digital goods? Members of Congress came to New York to...

House first sale doctrine hearing: My points of view
June 4, 2014 | 2:49 pm

Well, that was quite a few articles. I hope you at least read my summaries, and they didn’t put you to sleep. I was impressed by the breadth of viewpoints represented in that sample of testimony. We heard from a major publisher, a company and an interest group lobbying for digital resale, a graphic artist, a media executive, a major library, and more. They all had their own unique viewpoints, and reading all of them really gave me a new appreciation for how complicated first sale is—not just the proposed digital type, but the ordinary physical media type we all...

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Public Knowledge, John Villasenor, The Software Alliance (BSA)
June 4, 2014 | 7:31 am

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Matthew B. Glotzer, New York Public Library Here’s the last batch (so far) of documents from the first sale House subcommittee hearing. If any additional material becomes available, I’ll pick that up down the line. Public Knowledge The first document for this entry comes from Sherwin Siy,...

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Matthew B. Glotzer, New York Public Library
June 3, 2014 | 12:14 pm

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative This post continues a theme from the last couple, in which one side’s statement is for preserving/extending first sale, and the other is against it. Which is kind of stretching a point, given that the “pro” post really isn’t about digital resale and the con post isn’t against physical resale, but still, I take what I can get. This time...

Want to feel richer? Go to the library
April 26, 2014 | 1:49 pm

Brooklyn Public Library strikes deal with Simon & SchusterWe could all use a raise – at least that’s something I champion for every day. However, if a raise isn’t in your future maybe there is a way to feel as though you have more money. Go to the library. In a study by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport, it quantified what it meant for people to go to libraries, museums, participating in sports and more. According to the Quantifying and Valuing the Wellbeing Impacts of Culture and Sport, going to the library frequently was given a value of £1,359 per year (the equivalent if about 2,284 US...

UK Shadow Culture Minister plays Robin Hood against Lincolnshire library cuts
April 17, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Helen Goodman, UK Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, has joined Minnie Driver and others in the campaign in Lincolnshire against closure of two thirds of the county's libraries. As reported in the Lincolnshire Echo, she condemned the plans of Conservative-led Lincolnshire County Council as "disgraceful." Dressed in Lincoln green, or something like, Helen Goodman reportedly declared that "Local libraries are central to our societies, offering a safe place for all ... They are investments in our future through the communities they nurture and skills they foster." A full video of her appearance is available here. Helen Goodman came at the...