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Entries in Digital Books (8)


Progress in the E-Book World

Owning a Kindle is no longer as limiting as it once was. Unlike other e-readers, Amazon did not allow e-book vendors to provide the proprietary kindle book format to users, which meant kindle users could not borrow e-books from the library, whereas Nook, Kobo, and Sony e-reader users could. Overdrive, which provides e-books to many libraries (but not all), will soon be allowed to provide the Kindle format. I still prefer my Nook!


Copyright, a "Universal Library," and Google

In 2004, Google had a plan to mass-digitize many large libraries to create one large universal, digital library. While copyright prevented the release of many newly digitized books into the public sphere, the books were available to the owning institutions, and were available to the public in snippets. Of course publishing companies were still not satisfied with this. The current lawsuits are briefly descried in this article. Instead of courts weighing in, the issues has been referred to Congress. Not only could the decision of Congress affect books, but would most likely affect audio recordings and other media. And, unfortunately, as in the past, Congress will most likely be persuaded by the corporations (the US has some of the most complicated copyright law in the world for a reason).

It's still nice to dream of a universal library, and a world where archivists can do their job preserving books and recordings for the future.



If you've been in the library world just in the past few years, you know the controversy surrounding the Google Books Project. Well, I'm finally okay with the mass-digitization project that rocked the library world. Why? I can download these free e-books to my nook for FREE! I'm not sure if this was the reason behind the project, or a fortuitous effect, but I'm happy I can read my favorite classics, and catch up on all the books I should have read in high school but didn't! I won't be buying books for a while!


Now At Your Local Public Library...

I attended the 10th Annual National Book Festival this weekend on the National Mall. My favorite tent--the states public library tables! It's amazing how much so many people are doing to raise the awareness of public libraries! My favorite exhibitor--Digital Bookmobile! I found out I can download e-books and e-audiobooks from both the Arlington County and DC Public Libraries, and many more public libraries offer this service in other areas. I also signed up for a DC Public Library card because I could (unlike some of the Maryland and Virginia county libraries where you have to be a resident).

I'm excited to start using this service to get new digital books for my nook and not pay for them!


The Bibliophile In Me Breaks Out...

The bibliophile and techie in me has recently gotten excited about e-books, especially ones from Barnes and Noble. Why? Not only does their e-reader use the Android operating system and receives operating system updates much like a computer or a smartphone, not only does the e-reader read e-pubs and cross-platform PDFs, and not only does the nook have an app for my Driod, but Barnes and Noble supports the habits of bibliophiles like me by giving away free books every week! Every Free Friday, one newer book is made available for free download, and 12 free classic books are made available (though this program runs for only a few more weeks)! My favorite weekly theme so far--books that were banned in libraries!