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$1.25-million pledge from novelist James Patterson for school libraries: Here’s what else he can do

Dear James Patterson— Congratulations on your $1.25 million pledge for school libraries and related efforts from Scholastic, Inc. Alas, however, the money is just...
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The wealth gap: A tale of two school libraries

Some might call it a tale of two school libraries, one rich, one poor. In upper Northwest Washington, some 720 students at Lafayette Elementary...
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Beyond library walls: Free e-books for Beijing subway passengers

Ride a certain subway line in Beijing, and you can use your cell phone to scan QR codes and download free library books. “Librarians...
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PTA President Otha Thornton wimps out on Kindle read-aloud issue, in reply to my Baltimore Sun op-ed

So who counts more at National PTA headquarters here in Alexandria, Virginia? Blind kids or Amazon—the seller of the “official” e-reader of the PTA?...
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National PTA asking Amazon about E Ink Kindles’ missing ‘read-aloud’; related Baltimore Sun op-ed now online

Remember LibraryCity’s pleas to Amazon to unmute E Ink Kindles? Now the five-million-member National PTA is following up. As revealed in my Baltimore Sun...
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Book review: ‘Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s First All-digital Public Library’

All right—so all-digital libraries are not for every city or every patron right now. The debate rages on, for example, about whether toddlers need...
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Seven ways to grow the e-book business while helping libraries and readers: Ideas based on my two decades of writing about it

E-book sales aren’t increasing as fast as before, at least not among big publishers. The law of large numbers isn’t the only cause.  So...

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon

I hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way—a risk...
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No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

Text to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some...
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The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment

LibraryCity’s goal is the creation of a national digital library endowment and intertwined public and academic library systems online. The vision is evolving, and...