Andrew Zack explains the process and costs of eBooks in Making E-books Is Harder Than It Looks.
Espresso-machine eBooks – The Antidote to e-Books
Everything in moderation: Enhanced ebooks are bad for children finds American study
Pew Poll shows 62 percent of American readers didn’t know if their library had e-books for lending. That and other survey stats at Most U.S. readers unaware of e-books at libraries: poll.
Ottawa’s Public Library has offered e-Books since 2010 and demand has skyrocketed although they still tackles challenges: Despite technical issues, e-books a best seller for library
After a pilot project, all 17 branches of the Edmonton Public Library will be lending e-readers to their patrons: Library Opens New Chapter With e-Readers. (I wonder which ones they bought?)
Read Books Online seems to be a fairly decent portal to the world of electronic literature delivery.
A very extensive indexed list of sources for online books can be found at The Online Books Page.
I wonder if any libraries actually threw away their old card catalogues? If so, I wonder if they regret. Mine has been repurposed as drawers for everything from markers to elastic bands and the cards have long since been used us in the library and by classrooms for a multitude of uses.
Here are some of the more creative re-uses I’ve found on the ‘Net.
Find out how to wire it up for eReader storage like Bloomington Junior High School Media Center
Vintage library card catalogue, The Paris Market, Savannah. (via Tara Bradford)
Yale University Card Catalog from Ellen Su on Vimeo.
Jonathan Franzen at the Cartagena festival: 'All the real things are dying off.' Photograph: Stringer/Colombia/Reuters
For serious readers, Franzen said, “a sense of permanence has always been part of the experience”. “Everything else in your life is fluid, but here is this text that doesn’t change,” he continued. “Will there still be readers 50 years from now who feel that way? Who have that hunger for something permanent and unalterable? I don’t have a crystal ball. But I do fear that it’s going to be very hard to make the world work if there’s no permanence like that. That kind of radical contingency is not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.”
Read the rest of the article at The Guardian
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