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National Libraries Day cites decline in UK libraries
February 11, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The UK's National Libraries Day on February 7th passed off with some sad testaments to the protracted collapse of the British library sector, as well as events and statements in favor and defense of libraries from across the country. As children's author Cathy Cassidy says on the National Libraries Day blog, "sadly, many of us no longer have a local library to visit or celebrate. Over 300 libraries have closed in the UK in the last four years; hundreds more have been passed out of council control and into the hands of private ‘partners’ or community volunteers. With promises that the next...

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities
February 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

ptaAmazonText to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With all the laws on the books, can’t Washington stop this dissing of people with disabilities? In one form or another, the Kindle is so common that it’s become “The Official E-reader of the National PTA.” Yet despite TTS’s potential benefits to millions of Americans, the Federal Communications Commission has just granted the e-reader industry another year’s exemption from the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The...

ALA goes 3D in program for Midwinter Meeting
January 23, 2015 | 10:25 am

ALA Chicago 2015 The American Library Association has listed 3D printing among the agenda topics at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, to be held at the McCormick Convention Center in the ALA home base of Chicago, on January 3oth-February 3rd. Other topics include ebook policy, library funding options, national library public policy, and the  implica­tions of the November mid-term Congressional elections for American libraries. The 3D printing session of the Midwinter meeting, “Library 3D Printing—Unlocking the Opportunities, Understanding the Challenges," will cover the technological developments in 3D printing which "are empowering people to learn new skills, launch business ventures and solve complex health problems," and deal with the question:...

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...

Morning Links: The year in technology. Where to donate books
December 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

year in technologyThe Year in Tech: Net Neutrality, IoT Grows up, Uber Turns Heads (GigaOM) As 2014 draws to a close, the technology world seems a little weary. *** Where to Donate Your Books (Book Riot) The best book people problem is just having too many books. *** Simon & Schuster Expands Library eBook Loans to the UK (The Digital Reader) At long last, Simon & Schuster entered the UK library ebook market today. They've put out a press release announcing that UK libraries can now buy and lend S&S's full catalog of nearly 14,000 ebook titles, effective immediately. *** Celebrity Memoirs Are Losing Steam (GalleyCat) Celebrity memoirs are past their prime,...

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: Right to be forgotten guidelines published. Books to read in your lifetime
December 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

books to readFive Digital Publishing Questions for Eric Huang (Digital Book World) What do you think has been the most newsworthy event for authors in the past year around publishing and digital change? *** 'Right to be Forgotten' Guidelines Published by European Regulators (TechCrunch) Europe’s Article 29 Working Party, the body comprised of data protection representatives from individual Member States of the European Union, has now published guidelines on the implementation of the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, which was handed down by Europe’s top court back in May. *** Which Books Must You Read in Your Lifetime? Infographic (GalleyCat) Have you ever made a bucket list for...

Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing
November 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

global tablet marketAmazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. *** Dear Library Forgive Me (Book Riot) This is not a love letter. This is an apology. Remember when we used to see...

Library book sales: a lesson in critical reading
November 25, 2014 | 10:27 am

library book salesA story from today's Morning Links proved to be an interesting case study in critical reading. It seemed straightforward enough: the folks at GoodeReader reported on a UK government study which "carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service so that a suitable and sustainable model could be found." One of the more alarmist findings to come out of the study was the headline-making tidbit that readers who borrowed from the library "is not driving people to buy more eBooks." But...look again. Here is the exact wording...