Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Friday, October 4, 2013
We have yet to get to equitable access at a reasonable price.

What’s New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association - Forbes

Maureen Sullivan still coming down hard and I dig it.

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But you can help! We have resources for readers and librarians to help recruit authors who believe libraries should have fair and equitable access to ebooks. Getting authors on board, adding their voices to ours is a critical step.

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^this

Friday, September 27, 2013
You know another way that a lot of people learn to love books? Libraries. I mean, how awesome is a library? It’s a BIG BUILDING. Filled to the fucking ceiling with BOOKS and people who will help you find MORE BOOKS. It’s a book playground! A wonderland of reading and learning and fantasy and drama and information! And it’s great for people who can’t afford books. (Like, say, a whola lotta folks in this occasionally wibbly-wobbly fucky-wucky economy of ours.) Author, Chuck Wendig in his open letter, “Dear Publishers
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
To add insult to injury, HarperCollins insists that libraries delete their e-books after they are circulated 26 times. This has been pitched as having some parallel to the fact that many library books eventually disintegrate and have to be discarded. But this is both wrong and perverse. Wrong because the 26-circulation cutoff bears no relationship to how many times a book can circulate before it falls to bits. It amazes me to think that HarperCollins wants to frame its products as so badly manufactured that they can’t withstand being read 27 or more times. But beyond the factual problems with a 26-circ cap, there is the fundamental perversity of celebrating and importing the limitations of physical media into the digital world. It’s like insisting that electric bulbs be limited to outputting no more than one lumen of light, since that’s all a comparably-sized candle would manage. The fact that books don’t last forever is not a feature to be preserved through the digital transition: it’s a bug, and the sooner we eliminate it, the better.

Cory Doctorow: Libraries and E-books

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Thursday, August 15, 2013 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Monday, August 5, 2013 Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cory Doctorow: ‘We need to find (the solution) in partnership with our libraries’ 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Years ago when she was a new immigrant, her bus broke down in front of a library one night in Chicago. She stepped into the library to escape the cold. “May I help you?” the librarian asked. Divakaruni was given a copy of “The Great Gatsby” that night, and her career as one of America’s finest new writers began to take shape.

In the Spotlight: A place of opportunity, education and growth  (via libraryadvocates)

Libraries help create readers and writers.