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The limits of ‘Hack the library’: Don’t aim for too much more with too much less—and try harder for more

Less than 12 percent of U.S. public library spending goes for books and other items. Doubt the need for “hacking the library” through ingenious...
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Book and library worlds: Accidental racists?

Last year U.S. publishers released an estimated 5,000 books for children and teens. Now, here's a quick quiz. How many of them were written...
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Classy ‘Amy’ voice and other new delights now in Voice Dream text-to-speech app—and Amazon is fixing its Amy glitch in HDX tablet firmware

When Amazon bought out Ivona—home to text-to-speech whizzes—I worried. Ivona’s almost-human voices might vanish from the offerings of various companies or be AWOL from...
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Our $245K city manager’s salary exceeds VP Biden’s—while our public library must skimp (short version)

The latest: I got a prompt, friendly call from Alexandria Mayor William Euille after I e-mailed him, and I’ve updated the longer version of...
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$245K for city manager, but library-books budget suffers in Alexandria, VA, Amazon’s ‘Most Well-Read City’

Note: In a hurry? Try a shorter version. And meanwhile, a positive update. Alexandria Mayor William Euille called within minutes after I e-mailed him....
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L.A. kids can’t read a Warren Buffett bio at their school library—because it’s shut down: How Buffett and other billionaires can help

Ego can be healthy in philanthropy. LibraryCity made that point some months ago in calling for a national digital library endowment. A Bill and...
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Amazon, please unmute the Paperwhite: No need for the workaround shown in this video, when TTS chips cost next to nothing!

At first glance, the MIT-designed FingerReader shown in this video looks intriguing for people with print-related challenges. But major catches exist, beyond the robotic...
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Costco stores as role models for Internet-era public libraries (caveats ahead)

The rage is to compare everything in creation to a business. But be careful when doing so with America’s public libraries. They are civic...
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Baltimore Sun op-ed on ‘Books and billionaires’—LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has just made The Baltimore Sun—complete with a personal appeal to Bill Gates to talk up...
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$38 Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci tablet as an e-reader: Avoid this adware trap despite its many positives!

Suppose you could buy an iPad for $38, read OverDrive library books, even hear text to speech from them, and enjoy Kindle books, too....