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National 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...
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Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use the FCC’s easy online form by Jan. 9

Updated 1:03 p.m. Jan. 5, 2015 to include additional information from the FCC. – D.R. Michael W. Perry, a publisher-writer, was “too sick” to...
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Is your city miserly toward library books? Go for a surtax or a special book fund

Just what can increase kids’ test scores, help cut crime, improve race relations in the post-Ferguson era, and even help delay the onset of...
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Overpaid $266.5K city manager vs. library books

Wonder why your local public library is underfunded? Overpay of top city officials could be one reason. Here’s an example from my hometown, Alexandria,...