Tag Archives: Ebooks

Reading, libraries, eBooks

Guardian: the battle of Britain’s libraries. New Birmingham library features

Like public parks, libraries are particularly valuable in capitalist cityscapes, where you are incessantly encouraged to keep moving, keep spending – and don’t even think about doing anything economically unproductive. (Figures released by the Valuation Office Agency last month showed that since 1997 there has been a 1,150% rise in the number of lap-dancing clubs in Britain, and a 6% decline in the number of libraries.)

In partnership with Google, 137 years of Popular Science archives go digital and free

Popular Science archive: the place to search for jetpacks

Here’s an interesting stat. eBooks outnumber games in the iPhone App Store

Internet Archive: Redesigned Open Library Goes Live, Some Really Impressive Improvements
Resource Shelf

Worldcat: search many libraries at once for any item & find nearest

Department for Culture, Media, and Sport publishes The Modernisation of Public Libraries: A Policy Statement.


The paper aims to help libraries grasp the opportunities of digital technology, respond to the decline in use of existing services, the current economic climate and the public’s expectation of more customer-focused public services.

Free: Why Authors are Giving Books Away on the Internet

With increasing frequency, authors in academic and non-academic fields are releasing their books for free digital distribution. Anecdotal evidence suggests that exposure to both authors and books increases when books are available as free downloads, and that print sales are not negatively affected. Data from our book sale comparison suggest that in the case we studied, free digital distribution did not negatively affect sales.

Hilton, J. & Wiley, D. (2010). Free: Why authors are giving books away on the Internet. Tech Trends, 54(2)
Wiley & Hilton paper

Copyright for Librarians

Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), a consortium of libraries from 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. The goal of the project is to provide librarians in developing and transitional countries information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning:


  • copyright law in general
  • the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries
  • how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.
    course from Berkman Center


    February #1

    A New Issue of Ariadne (#62) is Now Available. See Democratising Archives and the Production of Knowledge

    Digital Economy Bill
    Orphan works: leading museums & libraries support online access
    Times: Unlock collections for access to all

    Ebooks, libraries
    Mortgaging the future of universities the e-book package way

    Freedom of Information
    Out-law: how to appeal an ICO decision: new guidance published

    Google book settlement
    Open Book Alliance Responds to Google’s Request for an Amended Google Books Settlement Approval

    What should news on iPad look like? Great interview with Guardian iPhone app designer

    Mapping, OpenStreetMap
    Guardian: Meet the Wikipedia of the mapping world
    Google or Open StreetMap? Transparency slider control

    New statistics about Social Networking, Mobile, and Internet Traffic
    dana boyd publication list young people & social networking

    September #2

    Digital Britain
    Featured Artists Coalition opposes disconnections policy ISP review
    Split in the organisations representing musicians. FAC vs Musicians Union, PPL Observer
    The BIS consultation on disconnections ends on 15th September.
    FT: UK government to approve TV product placement Uturn

    David Byrne “… scariest for publishers I guess, is that inevitably someone will hack the Kindle (or other formats) — and the books will become shareable… and copiable and infinitely reproducible, just like MP3s.” http://j.mp/SvF2y

    Mobile phones in Japan may be installed with software to block music piracy http://bit.ly/9aJKo
    Video: The Worst Anti-Piracy Ad Ever? –http://bit.ly/2LAHL

    Higher Education
    With some academics giving their time + free software you can start a university. Courses have begun at Peer to Peer University http://p2pu.org/
    Interview with Michael Wesch “A Sense of Purpose” in EduCause. http://digs.by/J9s on use of social media and video in higher Education. Note, however, that you can read the extract in a couple of minutes. The podcast takes longer.

    Internet Radio
    Start-up Mixcloud is invitation-only at present. Register to try it. Runs in the browser, social media features. Mixcloud

    FT on London Twitter-based start-ups http://bit.ly/2ABosJ See also, hypecycle Gartner report. And don’t try to build a business which depends on Twitter.

    Fox network and Judge Sotomayor inauguration
    “With journalists being laid off in droves, ideologues have stepped forward to provide the “reporting” that feeds the 24-hour news cycle. The collapse of journalism means that the quest for information has been superseded by the quest for ammunition.” The Atlantic
    Linked data and journalism: what’s the future? Paul Bradshaw (Birmingham City University and Help Me Investigate) chairs the discussion. journalism.co.uk

    Open Government
    Re-usable data in the Home Office http://bit.ly/16L6Hl
    Non-personal datasets published by the Home Office http://bit.ly/1av1JL
    Clay Shirky, Government 2.0 The social psychology of crowdsourcing http://www.blip.tv/file/259…
    Government 2.0 Aneesh Chopra: Agencies to publish engagement plans+release machine readable data http://blip.tv/file/2591923

    Research tools
    Colin Meek: How to customise your browser for effective online research http://bit.ly/6BhFM

    Social Media, history of
    100 years ago, postcards were microblogs. Poor punctuation + ungrammatical form sparked moral panic: http://j.mp/2ta3l9 fyi, this is a Daily Mail link.

    25 Useful Data Visualization and Infographics Resources http://ff.im/-7Wqhg

    WordPress & education
    Slides from Joss Winn’s ALT_C 2009 presentation. WordPress Multi-User: BuddyPress and Beyond http://bit.ly/QPOss