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Hachette to raise ebook prices for libraries by 220%

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In March, Random House increased the wholesale prices of the ebooks it offers to libraries by as much as 300 percent. Now Hachette, which only offers backlist ebooks (no new books) to libraries, is increasing its prices as well. Hachette makes older ebooks available to libraries through digital distributor OverDrive. In...
Hachette to raise ebook prices for libraries by 220%

Libraries Check Out E-Sales

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Public libraries across the U.S. are getting into the online book-selling business, providing convenience for patrons but raising concerns that the sales threaten to commercialize the institutions....
Libraries Check Out E-Sales

Pottermore finally vanquishes technical obstacles to open access

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JK Rowling's internet version of the Harry Potter universe becomes available to everybody in early AprilFrustrated Harry Potter fans have finally received the news they have been waiting for: JK Rowling's much-delayed Pottermore website is set to open to all comers in early April, with ebooks due out around the...
Pottermore finally vanquishes technical obstacles to open access

Penguin brings ebooks back to libraries with distributor 3M

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Big-six publisher Penguin is working with digital library distributor 3M Cloud Library to make ebooks available to libraries again — first through a pilot program with the New York City (NYPL) and Brooklyn Public Libraries (BPL), as previously announced, and then to 3M library clients nationwide by the end of...
Penguin brings ebooks back to libraries with distributor 3M

New Jersey: Public Libraries Expected to Slash Services Due to State Budget Cuts (ResourceShelf) http://bit.ly/arUtuG

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New Jersey: Public Libraries Expected to Slash Services Due to State Budget Cuts (ResourceShelf) http://bit.ly/arUtuG

Interview by @nora3000 on @sparkcbc with Gerry Meek from @calgarylibrary about the future of public libraries - http://cot.ag/dAY3Rg

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Interview by @nora3000 on @sparkcbc with Gerry Meek from @calgarylibrary about the future of public libraries - http://cot.ag/dAY3Rg
San Antonio looks to the future with first book-free public library

New Sony Reader Gets Social

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Sony has returned to write a new chapter in its e-book reader series, and it’s a tale the company hopes readers will find more social and immersive. Available today for $129, the new Sony Reader PRS-T2 features an improved touchscreen and Facebook and Evernote integration. Like the previous model, the...
New Sony Reader Gets Social

How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media

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In the fifth and final part of our series, Social Books, we explore how the "big six" book publishers use social media. So far in the series we've looked at the largest social network for book lovers (Goodreads), a new social network for book writers (Writer's Bloq), how public libraries...
How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media

Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library tops 100,000 titles

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Amazon.com has expanded to more than 100,000 titles the library of e-books available for borrowing at no extra charge by Amazon Kindle owners who subscribe to the company’s Amazon Prime subscription service. The new total, announced in a news release this morning, represents a significant jump from the 5,000 titles...
Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library tops 100,000 titles

Do black artists need special treatment? | No, I don't think we need *special* treatment, we just need equal time alongside our white peers. I'm fearful of falling into the "ghetto" of the art community in Indianapolis: the "art exhibits" at the public li

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Do black artists need special treatment? | No, I don't think we need *special* treatment, we just need equal time alongside our white peers. I'm fearful of falling into the "ghetto" of the art community in Indianapolis: the "art exhibits" at the public li

FSFE celebrates Document Freedom Day by sending handcuffs to policymakers

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The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is celebrating open standards today in an annual event called Document Freedom Day. The event, which was first held in 2008, is observed on the last Wednesday of March. The purpose of the celebration is to raise awareness of the critical role unencumbered...
FSFE celebrates Document Freedom Day by sending handcuffs to policymakers

Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship http://bit.ly/91HdcZ

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Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship http://bit.ly/91HdcZ

Zadie Smith is right: lives needn't have limits in a country as rich as ours | Lynsey Hanley

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Be it libraries, swimming pools or playing fields, relatively small things can have a huge impact on inequalityWhen Zadie Smith defends public libraries, you know that it's not because it is fashionable to do so: it's because, in her estimation, she owes her life to them. Having joined the campaign...
Zadie Smith is right: lives needn't have limits in a country as rich as ours | Lynsey Hanley
West Virginia: Library's $20,000 router cost more than the building

Harry Potter e-books coming to schools, libraries

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Opening up the Harry Potter books for a new generation of readers, OverDrive announced Monday that it has worked out a deal with J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore to bring the series to e-readers to school and public libraries. Read full article >>...
Harry Potter e-books coming to schools, libraries

Freegal Is The New Way To Download Free Music For Anyone With A Library Card

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SOPA and PIPA protesting aside, there are still legitimate ways to download music for free online.  Public libraries across the nation have begun partnering with Freegal (free + legal), a relatively new service that allows library cardholders to download up to three mp3s per week. All of the tunes come...
Freegal Is The New Way To Download Free Music For Anyone With A Library Card
GitHub's second annual dodgeball invitational gets even bigger for 2012
UK government agrees to make publicly-funded research available to citizens for free
Who says online courses will cause the death of universities?

Pew study details how technology has changed libraries

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Photo via Flickr user “twechy.” We’ve seen brick-and-mortar booksellers close down all over the country due to online retailers like Amazon. Will public libraries follow suit and vanish from the earth? It doesn’t seem like it, at least not according to an extensive Pew Internet report just released that shows how...
Pew study details how technology has changed libraries

Over 2/3 of U.S. libraries offer e-books; 28% lend e-readers

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The majority of U.S. public libraries now offer e-books, but libraries’ relationships with book publishers are fraught, says the American Library Association in its 2012 annual report. “The 2012 State of America’s Libraries” (PDF) notes that over 67 percent of U.S. libraries now offer downloadable e-books and 28 percent lend...
Over 2/3 of U.S. libraries offer e-books; 28% lend e-readers

RT @Bibliomancienne: How to Close the Digital Divide? Fund Public Libraries : The PLA Blog http://j.mp/doLWHv

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RT @Bibliomancienne: How to Close the Digital Divide? Fund Public Libraries : The PLA Blog http://j.mp/doLWHv

Lacking Fair Use Rights, Argentina Tries To Increase Access To Copyright Works, With Mixed Results

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If you think copyright is bad in regions like the US or Europe, this post from Intellectual Property Watch points out that things could be much worse: In Argentina, there's no such thing as a "fair use" judicial doctrine. Moreover, Argentina is one of those few countries in the world...
Lacking Fair Use Rights, Argentina Tries To Increase Access To Copyright Works, With Mixed Results

Voldemort’s Got Nothing On Jeff Bezos

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E-books. Again. Amazon and the DOJ vs. Apple and “The Big Six.” The future of reading. A breathtakingly stupid David Carr piece in the New York Times, which thankfully someone else took down paragraph-by-paragraph, so I don’t have to. Elsewhere, an awesome quote which I want to cheer with the...
Voldemort’s Got Nothing On Jeff Bezos

Shhh! That's the Sound of Public Libraries Closing

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Shhh! That's the Sound of Public Libraries Closing

E-Reading Rainbow: Hachette to bring entire e-book catalog to public libraries

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If you're still balking at the cost of download-to-own e-books, and would rather stick to the tried-and-true library lending system, then this Hachette news is for you. Come next Wednesday, the entirety of Hachette's ebook catalog -- over 5,000 titles -- will be made available to nonprofit libraries throughout...
E-Reading Rainbow: Hachette to bring entire e-book catalog to public libraries
Penguin kills library ebook lending deal with OverDrive
Digital Public Library of America launches beta web portal

The WA state Supreme Court ruled that public libraries can use Internet filters to block content: http://bit.ly/90ACIK [@Seattletimes]

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The WA state Supreme Court ruled that public libraries can use Internet filters to block content: http://bit.ly/90ACIK [@Seattletimes]
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