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Morning Roundup: The $23,000 t-shirt. Best books about writing and more
August 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

writingBest Books About Writing (Book Riot) Sure, the novels that stopped my heart dead on the page, or made me laugh out loud inappropriately in the library certainly influenced me, but there were books about writing that I drank in and felt refreshed by, and knew that one day, they’d prove useful. Here are some of my favourites. *** The $23,000 T-shirt: Teaching Copyright in Today’s Social Media Culture (Media Shift) How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as...

TARDIS mini-libraries prove libraries are bigger on the inside
July 28, 2014 | 12:39 pm

Doctor Who fans everywhere will be able to tell you that the TARDIS, the Doctor's iconic time and space travel machine, is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside - which is a fine metaphor for a library, whose content can encompass a universe and range far across time and space. And it seems that many U.S. exponents of the Little Free Library movement have made the connection and created TARDIS Little Free Libraries. The TARDIS Little Free Libraries seem to be popping up in as many different guises as the Doctor's various regenerations. The Pinterest board on...

Kirklees considers “nuclear option” as UK libraries holocaust continues
July 28, 2014 | 10:24 am

The West Yorkshire town of Kirklees is contemplating closure of all but two of its 26 libraries, along with other services like braille books for blind readers, as one option while it seeks to more than halve its library budget. According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Kirklees Council has to find cuts to bring its £6.3 million ($10.7 million) library budget down to £2.8 million ($4.75 million) by 2017. Kirklees Council leader Clr David Sheard called the all-but-complete-closure plan the "nuclear option," versus a lesser program of cuts which would save some more of the library network and services, but which also...

Morning Roundup: Accidentally going digital. Libraries react to Kindle Unlimited
July 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle-unlimited-rumor620x350Accidentally Going Digital (Book Riot) I suppose this led to a gradual build-up of digital in my life, as books I really, really wanted to read were available, but only digitally. So what choice did I have? Lacking that choice meant more and more digital, and I suppose less and less thinking about it. *** Scholastic to Close Storia Bookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to their eBook Purchases (The Digital Reader) This US publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia ebook platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that...

ALA finds 90 percent of U.S. libraries now lend ebooks
July 25, 2014 | 4:25 pm

New data shared by the American Library Association confirms that "90 percent of libraries lend e-books, up from 76 percent in 2012." The study, ALA's Digital Inclusion Survey, which "collected data from a nationally representative sample of public libraries at the branch/outlet level between September 3 and November 30, 2013" and "received 3,392 responses, for a 70.1 percent response rate," also found that "98 percent of libraries provide free public access to Wi-Fi, up from 89 percent in 2012," and "98 percent provide technology training, ranging from internet safety and privacy to coding to using social media." Although focused primarily on...

Morning Roundup: Facebook adds Save for Later. Five things about subscriptions
July 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

scribd logoLibraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures (The Scholarly Kitchen) As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL). *** Facebook Adds Save for Later Reference (GoodeReader) A new save feature lets you put a virtual bookmark in a link, place, movie, TV show, or music clip… so when you have time, you can get properly caught up. *** Unlimited Subscriptions: Five Things You Need to Know (Joe Wikert) Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the...

FCC reallocates, reduces funding for schools and libraries internet access
July 16, 2014 | 10:24 am

fcc_thumb.gifThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just passed a new proposal for reallocation of resources in its program for support for internet and telecoms access for schools and libraries. However, the proposal has attracted strong and partisan criticism from both Republican and Democrat quarters, as well as independent institutions, and saw its target funding cut from $5 billion to $2 billion for the period 2016 to 2018. According to the FCC's own introduction, "the schools and libraries universal service support program, commonly known as the E-rate program, helps schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications services, broadband Internet access and internal...

Morning Roundup: Kobo giving $5 for library referrals. Agony and ecstasy of social media
July 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboLibraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books' (Book Riot) If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. *** TSA Policy Change Increases Tech Security Burden for Travelling Journalists (Media Shift) Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. *** The Agony and Ecstasy of Social Media (Dear Author) Today two authors debate the issue of social media in writing....

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...