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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...

Arthur Machen archive threatened by UK library closures
December 15, 2014 | 8:25 pm

My thanks to Tartarus Press for alerting me to the danger posed to Newport Art Gallery and Library, which houses an archive of books and other documents from and about the great Welsh horror and dark fiction writer Arthur Machen, by cuts and reorganization plans at Newport City Council. As confirmed by Wales Today, the Council is planning to close the library and gallery and move their collections into a central location, but has left a consultation document online to invite public input on the plans. A support organization, the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery (FoNMAG), has organized a Change.org petition to protest...

Morning Links: A comic book to teach copyright. Libraries reinventing in the digital age.
December 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightLawyers Say iPods Deleted Songs Not Purchased from Apple (GigaOM) Songs on iPods not purchased through Apple mysteriously disappeared on some devices, say consumer advocate lawyers in the current suit against the company. *** This Comic Book Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Copyright (Lifehacker) Reading up on copyright and fair use laws isn't most people's idea of fun. This comic book from Duke University, however, translates law basics into an interesting, visual story. *** Libraries Reinvent Themselves in the Digital Age (GoodeReader) A recent report by the Library Journal has stated that 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection. That’s up...

Court of Justice of European Union rules libraries can digitize without permission
December 4, 2014 | 10:25 am

The Court of Justice of the European Union has just issued a judgment that European libraries can digitize books in their collections without the copyright-holder's consent - so long as this is done for dedicated reading points within the library. This follows the case "Technische Universität Darmstadt v. Eugen Ulmer KG," where a German university library started digitizing works from publisher Eugen Ulmer KG for reading onsite, also giving partial copying access. After Eugen Ulmer started a case against the university, which had not taken up its offer of a license or purchase ebook copies of the work, the German Federal Court...

UK libraries protest copyright restrictions with empty spaces
December 1, 2014 | 12:25 pm

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals and other libraries and library associations in the UK are in the midst of a campaign to move unpublished individual works to the current copyright regime of the author's life plus 70 years, instead of the British "Orphan Works" category, which restricts their exhibition until 2039. And they have now moved their campaign from petitions to displays with empty spaces to make the point. CILIP explains: Up to 50% of archival records in the UK are ‘orphan works’. This is when the rights holder cannot be identified and/or traced. The Imperial War Museum has an...

Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy
November 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

One of the more heartening initiatives by advocates of the UK's library system in the face of devastating - and ideologically dictated - "austerity" cuts, is the Library A to Z, which "has created a visual A to Z celebrating the wide range of services, resources and facilities that make libraries so fantastic." The site contains: "materials, including illustrations, book, posters, cards and other advocacy materials that you are free to share and re-use,"as well as "links and information about what you can do to support libraries." But its own story is almost as important and encouraging as the resources...