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Bill Gates: A billionaire book critic who apparently shuns e-books

Microsoft blew it. The company could have been Amazon, too—at least the e-book side around the turn of the century. I can recall going...
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E-books, e-reading help child literacy: Major study from UK National Literacy Trust

Here’s a research finding that should surprise no one except anti-ebook haters. The UK’s National Literacy Trust, “dedicated to raising literacy levels in the...
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Mark Zuckerberg’s $45B pledge: Why libraries deserve their share—and what they could do with it

So  of course I’m happy. Facebook founder Mark Zuckberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have pledged $45 billion in philanthropic donations if you...
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Seattle’s iPad-loving librarian vs. books

Washington will soon pick a new Librarian of Congress. May I zero in on an outrageous negative example—to show one risk of choosing the...
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Should libraries get into the e-reader hardware business in time?

I’m rooting for Good E-Reader to succeed with the proposed Ultimate Android e-ink tablet. Props to TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows for the generosity he...
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Q. for the next Librarian of Congress: What to do about the Internet Archive? Google Books’ scanning project? Appoint Archive’s Brewster Kahle as librarian?

Here’s my basic take on the next Librarian of Congress. Most of all, we need someone with “a love of reading—including the e-book variety.”...
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Live in a certain Iranian city? Minor criminal? Buy and read five book to stay out of jail

If you’re a minor criminal or juvenile offender in an Iranian city, a judge may let you buy and read five book instead of...
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Yes, Authors Guild, writers are screwed—here’s what to do about it

Any news that writers are screwed? An Authors Guild survey of members shows that 56 percent of surveyed writers earn less than the poverty...
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Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?

Just why can’t the news media understand the digital divide? And how about the related literacy issues that technology could help cope with, if...
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In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

"Currently, Omaha Public Libraries' spending per capita is substantially below that of surrounding communities." – Library Board of Trustees President Mike Meyer, as quoted...