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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 read...
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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,...
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U.K. vocabulary study shows long-term benefits of reading for fun: Lower nursing home bills, not just better K-12 scores?

Calling for a national digital library endowment for the U.S., LibraryCity has often cited a major British study telling how “reading for pleasure puts...
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Amazon’s $99 tablet shines for library and public domain books—and here are a few related tips

Amazon’s new Fire HD 6, a $99 tablet computer, might be catnip for frugal lovers of library and public domain e-books who don’t need...
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Adobe’s laxness with e-book data shows the need for a library-controlled ecosystem for library e-books

Update: While Adobe has begun encrypting the data via a software patch, privacy fears remain. LibraryCity has called repeatedly for a library-controlled ecosystem for...
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The top six library issues—from the Amazon threat to the need for a national digital library endowment

I love my new Amazon Fire HD 6—as much as I did the earlier models—despite annoyances  from the company’s cash-register approach. Librarians, beware. Solo,...
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The dream team for the cell phone book club concept: Tulare County librarians enter Knight News Challenge

Anyone care to mass-clone Jeff Scott? He and his people are just what librarians should be in a cash-strapped rural county where thousands can’t...