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Weekend Links: Question of Clickbait. The opposite of legacy
August 30, 2014 | 11:27 am

clickbait-memeInternet Archive Uploads More than 14 Million Public Domain Images to Flickr (Boing Boing) Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive... *** The Opposite of Legacy (Joe Konrath) I've found--and I'm sure I'm not alone--that when something newsworthy is happening, I first hear about it via Twitter or Facebook. Often, from people reporting what's occurring in real time. *** Bookless Library Opened by New U.S. University (The Guardian) Florida Polytechnic University's enormous facility promises to make 'many more books available for the students' in digital form. *** When Does Giving...

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...

School district protests removal of books by untrained ‘helpers’
July 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

booksVia Boing Boing came this story, of a school district in Wisconsin whose librarians were appalled to discover that untrained volunteers were sent in to 'help' librarians clear out less-used books, and they were making a mess of it. The workers were reportedly removing many books which were published before 2000 or were not being checked out regularly, and a few librarians reported returning to work to find boxes of literary classics boxed up for donation or disposal. From the article: “There is no possible way for to me to explain tonight all of the criteria that librarians consider when developing a library...

Morning Roundup: Thinking while listening to audiobooks, More gadgets, less energy?
June 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

audiobooksThings I Think About While Listening to Audiobooks (Book Riot) I’m not the only one with audiobook questions, I can’t be, because so many of us listen to audiobooks, and some other people must have questions too? Do you share my questions? What are yours? *** Content was What was Holding Back Japanese eBook Market, Not Twice-Shy Customers (The Digital Reader) In a country  that invented the idea of cellphone novels, developed the first E-ink ereader, and has gadget-loving consumers who commute long distances everyday, it is a little odd that ebooks didn’t explode in Japan long before the Kindle launched in the US....

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: Amazon facing criticism. Failure of digital publishing exaggerated
June 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

Cover of The Silkworm on AmazonReports of the Failure of Digital Publishing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (The Digital Reader) Horowitz ‘s article is replete with the subtext that his mistake was in going digital, and not that he had the bad luck to sign with two digital middlemen which subsequently went under. *** Why Pseudonyms? (Book Riot) I can understand the many reasons an author will write under multiple names. It builds up a following that doesn’t involve a popular name. It helps keep concepts, genres, and writing styles straight in your own mind, and in the eye of the publisher. I just hope the one I was...

Hoopla library media lending service to add e-books
May 27, 2014 | 5:40 pm

hooplaThe problem with most library e-book systems is that there are invariably more patrons who want to check a book out than there are virtual “copies” on the library’s digital shelves. This can lead to patrons sitting on a waiting list until such time as enough people who’ve checked the book out can turn it in for it to get around to them. But what if there was a different way? Publishers Weekly reports on media company Midwest Tape’s “Hoopla” media lending platform, which launched last year to allow lending of movies, music, audiobooks, and TV shows. The...

Morning Roundup: New DRM-free eBook retailer, Overdrive’s big library event next week
May 27, 2014 | 9:00 am

drm-freeNew DRM-Free eBook Retailer Focused on Small Press and Literary Fiction Launches (Digital Book World) In addition to three original novels, the site features titles from 13 publishers, including Coach House Books in Toronto, Black Balloon Publishing and Tyrant Books in New York, Curbside Splendor in Chicago, and Red Hen Press in Pasadena, California. *** Fisking Charlie Stross: More on Hachette/Amazon (Joe Konrath) I don't know Charlie Stross, but he's a Hachette author who just commented, wrongly, on the Amazon/Hachette situation. *** Overdrive's Big Library Read Event Launches Next Week (The Digital Reader) Starting on 3 June, OverDrive will be holding a two week long Big...

Morning Roundup: How DRM makes us less safe. Overdrive ebooks now on Kindle FreeTime
May 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

drmOverDrive Ebooks Now Available on Amazon Kids’ Platform Kindle Free Time (Digital Book World) OverDrive announced today that eBooks from more than 20,000 schools and libraries in its U.S. network are available to be used with Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime. *** Researchers: eBooks Beat Print Books at Helping Small Kids Learn Words (The Digital Reader) A team of researchers at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute have found that displaying a picture book on an iPad, and combining it with narration, improved small children’s ability to understand the words they are seeing. *** How DRM Makes Us All Less Safe (Techdirt) We've talked a lot lately about how the...

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...

Morning Roundup: Is Amazon rigging prices? Cozy reading nooks for kids and more
April 22, 2014 | 9:07 am

amazon rigging pricesLawsuit Alleges Amazon is Rigging Prices to Cover Shipping Costs (The Digital Reader) A group of consumers in Washington state are suing because sometimes the “free shipping” price Amazon offers to Prime members is more expensive than prices offered by 3rd-party sellers. *** 10 Cozy Reading Nooks for Kids (Apartment Therapy) So while I know that a kid doesn't need a special spot dedicated to reading in order to be a bookworm, it certainly doesn't hurt to gussy up a corner or a closet with a pile of soft pillows and a few favorite books within arm's reach. *** The Library eBook Situation is Appalling...

Morning Roundup: Being an awesome Little Free Library patron. More on book discovery
April 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

Little Free LibraryHow Three Independent News Sites Survived Their First Five Years (Media Shift) Maness moderated a panel recently in which the editors told their stories at the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the Knight Center for Digital Journalism in the Americas in Austin, Texas. *** 5 Tips for Being an Awesome Little Free Library Patron (Book Riot) While I’ve discussed how much fun it is to be the keeper of a Little Free Library, I haven’t really talked much about my ideal Little Free Library Patron. *** Will Proposed Rules Leave Behind a Population of Researchers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Humanities and social science researchers have expressed concerns...