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New York City seems to be on a mission to provide Internet access to everyone. While the LinkNYC program is converting old payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots, it was recently announced that NYC libraries are rolling out a program that will provide free Wi-Fi device rentals after Google donated $1 million to the program and 500 Google Chromebooks.  Called The Library Hotspot program, it is designed to give families that lack broadband access the chance to borrow free Wi-Fi devices from a local library. With Google’s $1 million donation, in addition to a $500,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge,... Read more...
If you're of the opinion that electronic books (e-books) are poor substitutes for the feel and smell of a physical paper-bound novel, fear not, books made out of trees are still long for this world. However, if you're willing to trade those amenities for the luxuries of technology, such as being able to hold thousands of novels in the palm in the hand, the future looks bright. Head over to Texas and you'll spy a glimpse of the future, one that would have been a foreign concept a decade ago. Over in Bexar County is a place called BiblioTech, the nation's first and still the only bookless public... Read more...
Libraries may feel like an item of a past era, and books themselves are already starting to feel a little antiquated. It's an Internet-driven world, and e-books are slowly but surely taking the place of many hardcovers. The education world has caught on in the past few years, and many students already have the option of getting their new books in digital format. Macmillan, a huge name in the publishing sector, has recently launched a pilot program that'll sell e-books to public libraries, perhaps breathing fresh life into buildings that have no doubt seen fewer feet walking through the doors. The... Read more...
If all goes as planned, Texas could be the home to the nation's first all digital library by the end of this summer. San Antonio's Bexar County will be the home of this book-less public library. The project, referred to as BiblioTech, was announced recently by the Bexar County Commissioners Court. Plans for the 4,989 square-foot BiblioTech project include an Internet café-style reading room, computers, take-home eReaders, study areas, meeting rooms, and an initial 10,000 eBooks. BiblioTech is expected to cost $1.5 million to start. BiblioTech will look like a modern library. The all digital... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle just keeps spreading its wings. What started as a wait-and-see thing for Amazon has blossomed into a full-on product category, and with the introduction of the Kindle Fire, things are certainly not cooling off. Now, the company's introducing the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. With an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle owners can now choose from thousands of books to borrow for free - including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers - as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. The books can be borrowed and read on all Kindle E Ink devices and Kindle Fire, cementing... Read more...
Amazon.com announced on Wednesday that they are going to open their own lending library. Unlike already-established third-party lending libraries, which rely on customers lending e-books to other customers, the Kindle Library Lending, which will launch later this year and allow Kindle users to borrow not from other users, but from over 11,000 libraries nationwide. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and as well as the free Kindle reading apps available on multiple platforms (Android, iOS, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone). Users can "check out" a... Read more...
Well, this was inevitable. It's clear that paper books aren't what they used to be, and it's clear that they'll never be as important and useful as they once were. The information and knowledge within their pages are still just as vital as ever, but the digital age has led to easier ways to consume that very information. The advent of the Internet, and to an extent, e-readers and tablets, has enabled consumers to read and consume text without having to check out an actual book. So, what happens to the biggest stockpiles of books? In the case of Stanford University's massive Engineering Library,... Read more...
The e-reader revolution is in full swing--no doubt about that. Barnes & Noble, a bookstore, is turning on the pages that have kept its doors open for decades in order to sell its very own e-book reader, not to mention a Plastic Logic reader right beside it (QUE proReader). But are people really ready to start reading again? Seems that way.According to a report originating in the UK, library membership may be back on the incline now that some are offering e-books. For years now, membership at libraries has been sinking. Think about it--when's the last time your sauntered down to the local library... Read more...
Organizing the world's information is a big job. The Library of Congress has been trying to do it for years. Is Google doing it better, for free? While Google talks to corporations and Wall Street about its desire and means to drive the sky's-the-limit profits to Google shareholder coffers, The Library of Congress reaches out to individuals and organizations for development "support" of "a key resource for an informed electorate." Google Inc.'s $150 billion market cap belies its corporate public serving mission statement. Nevertheless, Google's "philosophy" that "democracy on the web works"... Read more...
The University of California has struck a deal with Google in which Google will scan several million of the 34 million titles that UC has in its libraries. UC is just the latest addition to the vast amount of support Google has obtained for its ambitious "Google Books" project. High profile schools and libraries such as Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, the University of Michigan, and the New York Public Library are already on board, and there's a good chance we'll see more in the future. "In response to the legal threats, several of... Read more...