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Frankenstein app includes original handwritten manuscript, plus 1,300 other things

The New York Public Library just released Frankenstein, its second free Biblion installment, and like last year’s World Fair app this one comes loaded with enough primary source material and new content to keep you occupied for a month. Mary … Continue reading

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Librarian shares opinion of Espresso Book Machine after two years of using it

Here’s a librarian’s account of the Espresso Book Machine after two years of using it. It’s the best, most detailed real-world account I’ve come across—most things you’ll find online about this book-on-demand printing machine are either press releases or cursory … Continue reading

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Kindle library lending coming to U.S. next month?

Last April, Amazon announced it would offer Kindle books at public libraries by the end of 2011. Amazon still won’t give a definite date, but Steve Potash, the CEO of OverDrive (which is providing the technology behind the library lending … Continue reading

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HarperCollins tries to justify its new library policy

Josh Marwell, the president of sales at HarperCollins, today published an open letter to librarians and library patrons in an attempt to explain the publisher’s new self-destructing ebook license. He writes that ebooks are such a fast-growing sector of the … Continue reading

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90-second “A Wrinkle in Time” is like a Spark Notes video made by tiny, insane actors

The problem with old age, or Internet overdoses, or vitamin B12 deficiency (that’s today’s health story), is that you forget the classics. For example, I know Charlotte was a spider, but did she save her pig-baby from a bejeweled Hobbit? … Continue reading

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Kindle users already forming community lending libraries

There are days when I love the Internet. It’s been less than 24 hours since Amazon rolled out ebook lending, and already there are half a dozen places online where you can lend and borrow Kindle titles with complete strangers. … Continue reading

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Kirkus picks best teen and children's books for 2010

If that latest Kindle TV commercial is right, kids will read almost anything, but in reality they tend to be just as picky as grownups. If you’re shopping for books for teens or children this season, you might appreciate the … Continue reading

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Use free Bluefire app to read library ebooks on your iPad or iPhone

If you own an Apple device and want to access library ebooks on it, try the free Bluefire app now available on the App Store. It has the ability to authorize and open OverDrive files, so you can read your … Continue reading

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