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Lincolnshire County Council goes outlaw in bid to eradicate Lincolnshire public libraries
January 19, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Lincolshire County Council appears to be acting in clear contravention of UK law in persisting with its plan to close many of the county's libraries. At least if the statement on the Save Lincolnshire Libraries website is anything to go by. Entitled "Astonishing Misuse of Public Money and Political Power," it reads: Lincolnshire County Council has published plans to implement its unlawful decision of December 2013 to close thirty libraries unless volunteers take them over. This not only ignores the High Court judgement of July 2014 that quashed this decision but also the Localism Act which gives charities and social enterprises...

Morning Links: Best touchscreen gloves. Reading diversely
January 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

touchscreen glovesSix Best Touchscreen Gloves (Lifehacker) Here are the six pair of touchscreen gloves you swiped right the most on, and now it's time to find a winner. Hurry up, it's freezing. *** Overdrive: eBook Checkouts Up 33% (Library Journal) Public and school libraries that are part of OverDrive’s global network circulated 137 million ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other digital media in 2014—a 33 percent increase compared with 2013, according to statistics released by the company. *** New York City Backs Off School Cell Phone Bans... (Techdirt) Fast forward nearly a decade and Mayor de Blasio -- the first New York City Mayor in city history to have...

Morning Links: Intellectual property myths. Wikipedia expands auto-translation
January 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

wikipediaOn Loving the Library While Building Your Own (Book Riot) So what happened to transform me from an avid library-goer to someone who doesn’t even know where her library card is? *** 10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law (Lifehacker) How well do you understand copyright and trademark law? When you travel about the Internet or make art, do you know what you are and aren't allowed to do, or do you have intellectual property myths stuck in your brain. *** Wikipedia Expands Auto-Translate Feature (The Digital Reader) Wiki Media announced over the weekend that they are expanding the (currently beta) auto-translate feature to...

Weekend Links: Downsides of Kickstarter model for authors. Piracy an unknown with apps
January 11, 2015 | 11:23 am

kickstarterThe Downsides of the High Risk, Low Reward Kickstart Business Model (Dear Author) The problem with Kickstarters is multi-layered and it requires anyone who donates to understand a couple things. *** Piracy is Just as Much an Unknown With Apps As it is with Books (The Digital Reader) Book piracy has always been hard to quantify, but it turns out that is almost as true for apps. *** Authors Guild Gives Up Trying To Sue Libraries For Digitally Scanning Book Collection (Techdirt) The Authors Guild is basically giving up in this case, saying that should the libraries change their practices, it may want to revisit the...

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...

Morning Links: Amazon marks Fire Phone to $189. Libraries trending on Twitter
January 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneTor.com's Annual Free 'Besg of' eBook (Boing Boing Every year, Tor.com anthologizes some of the best short fiction from its website in a free ebook, and it's always one of the best sf anthologies of the year -- this is no exception! *** Amazon Marks the Fire Phone Down to $189 (The Digital Reader) For all that it is described as a failure, it's not a bad phone - when it costs $189, that is. *** Now Trending on Twitter: Public Libraries (PW) After a tweet from Ferguson (Mo.) Municipal Public Library Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner, public libraries today found they were suddenly trending on...

Some more great photogenic libraries
January 6, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Business Insider, of all the surprising venues, has compiled and shared a rundown of 18 of the most splendid and photogenic libraries worldwide, with architectural details of what makes each one unique. Venues range from the George Peabody Library (above) in Baltimore, Maryland, to the Kanazawa Umimirai Library (below) in Kanazawa City in Japan, with libraries from all countries and time periods - though all of them architectural treasures (but perhaps not to everybody's taste). For traditionalists who prefer the classic library, there's always the likes of the Royal Portuguese Reading Room (below) in Rio de Janeiro, which once again shows...

Franck Bohbot captures the world’s grandest libraries
January 5, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Bohbot 1 French photographer Franck Bohbot has created a marvelous series of photographs of the great libraries of Europe - although Harvard Public Library does feature as well - as part of an ongoing project called House of Books which will eventually expand to embrace South America, Asia and North America. "This is about the places that we have learned and where the books stay for decades," states the photographer. "Paying tribute to the Architects. the light, the composition and the colors have to be coherent in all the series." Bohbot admits that he's hardly the first photographer ever to have chosen libraries as a...

Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014
December 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

OverDrive logo The library is still the place to be – at least digitally. A few days ago, OverDrive announced that 10 public libraries surpassed one million digital checkouts for 2014. Six did it in 2013. Checkouts include ebooks, audiobooks, music and video streaming, and periodicals from OverDrive’s collection. Two libraries hit the two million mark. The percentage in parenthesis shows the growth from the previous year. 2 Million or more digital checkouts • Toronto Public Library (ON): (49% growth over 2013) • King County Library System (WA): (33%) 1 million+ • New York Public Library (NY): (42%) • Seattle Public Library (WA): (35%) • Hennepin County Library (MN): (33%) • Los...

Christmas Eve Links: Kindle Unlimited Devaluing eBooks? Japan going to tax foreign retailers
December 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimited10 Public Libraries in US and Canada Surpass 1 Million eBook Downloads (GoodeReader) Ten different libraries in Canada and the United States had over one million e-Book checkouts in 2014, a significant increase from the six libraries that achieved the milestone in 2013. *** Japanese Government Moves Forward with Plan to Tax Foreign Retailers (The Digital Reader) For the past year or so the Japanese government has been exploring the idea of requiring foreign retailers to Japanese consumption tax on digital good sold to Japanese consumers, and now they're moving forward. *** eReaders Are Bad for Sleep (GalleyCat) Do you read eBooks before bed? It could be...

UK government responds to Sieghart library report, meets skepticism
December 23, 2014 | 6:25 pm

public lending rightFollowing the release of the Sieghart report on the UK library system, in full the "Independent Library Report for England," the current UK government has announced its official response. As reported in The Bookseller, Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has welcomed the report and agreed to the implementation of the libraries task force recommended in William Sieghart's review. Despite a few optimistic headlines here and there, such as Michael Kozlowski's claim over on Good E-Reader that "UK Libraries to Undergo a Renaissance in 2015," Vaizey's comments have been greeted with profound skepticism in many quarters. Despite his statement that "I...

Budapest’s beautiful book stations
December 16, 2014 | 11:25 am

IMG_20141211_143113 Budapest has one delightful and very practical resource for the reading public: drop-off book stations where people can both deposit and pick up books. These are ... ahem ... stationed in the northwestern district of Obuda, which as per the description on the book stations, describes itself as "the cultural city." And the principle is that they serve as book exchanges: readers leave one book and borrow one - or of course, can donate as many as they like. In keeping with the same Budapest public spirit that sees guests at bars and cafes leave their bags and phones unattended when...