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Article in the NYT Sunday Book Review about ebooks and footnotes.
Excerpt: Since typing that small type, I have received dozens of angry and concerned queries about the anecdote. Why had I fed her grapes? Did I not know they were toxic? After some back-and-forth, I was surprised to discover that these incredulous comments often came from readers of the electronic version of my book, where the footnotes are shunted off to the end of the text, relegated to being mere endnotes. If footnotes are at risk of going unread, endnotes are even more so.
Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life is the first library ebook that I checked out on my Kindle. The checkout process was smooth.
The only thing that is different is that you have to download via wi-fi vs. 3G. Amazon does not let you use 3G for library books. A friend has a Kindle 2 that does not have wi-fi. It has 3G only. To get library books on their Kindle they have to download the file and move it via USB to the Kindle. Not that big a deal but a step that needs to be done.
All the new Kindles have wi-fi so this will not be an issue for anyone that got a Kindle recently.
Have you played with Google Labs' Ngram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.
Amazon has announced the new Kindle Tablet. It will be called the Kindle Fire. You can see it here. ($199)
There were other new Kindles announced today. There is a Kindle Touch and there is a wi-fi Kindle that is $79.
(Los Angeles, CA) - Today, the County of Los Angeles Public Library announces that it will add an additional 10,000 eBooks to its digital collections. These eBooks will be available free of charge for County Library card holders at http://colapublib.org/eBooks.
Yesterday, Amazon.com announced that “Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States.”
Support for the Kindle platform means that even more County Library customers can take advantage of the County’s growing digital collection. Other supported devices include the Nook by Barnes & Noble, the Sony Reader, the iPad and smartphones including the iPhone, Blackberry and Android.
County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd says, “We are a library for the 21st century. Our mission is to support reading and the love of books. For a hundred years this Library has made the printed word accessible to all Los Angeles County residents. For the next hundred years and beyond, we will continue this important mission. Our investment in eBooks and digital technology ensures that we provide continued access to books regardless of format.”
Many library patrons looking to purchase an eBook reader first ask the County Library which one is compatible with its digital collections. With the addition of support for the Kindle, the County Library now supports all major eBook reader platforms. -- Read More
Amazon threw down the gauntlet against terrestrial competitors today by announcing that Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow and purchase Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States.
Full piece at the NYT blog ReadWriteWeb.
Note: Kindle books at your library was announced months ago. There are news stories coming out today because libraries are going live with the feature.
Story in PC World - Borrowing Kindle E-Books: A Hands-On Guide
Public Library eBooks for Kindle Now Available, Check Your Library
Amazon and OverDrive have quietly started rolling out Kindle ebook lending from public libraries, albeit in Beta. Even though there hasn’t been any official announcement yet, some public libraries have already started lending ebooks for the Kindle. (e.g. Seattle)
From this livejournal post by author Seanan McGuire.
This doesn't change the part where, every time a discussion of ebooks turns, seemingly inevitably, to "Print is dead, traditional publishing is dead, all smart authors should be bailing to the brave new electronic frontier," what I hear, however unintentionally, is "Poor people don't deserve to read."
We cannot forget the digital divide. And we can't—we just can't—be so excited over something new and shiny that we walk away and knowingly leave people on the other side.
From an essay whose author thinks it would be a downright shame to let Amazon marginalize the public library: To lose bookstores hurts. But the idea of the library itself being supplanted by e-commerce is downright dystopian. Blockbuster was just a video store, Tower Records just a music store. But a public library is something ineffable and sacrosanct, a cornerstone of democracy. Libraries were the first pillars of the DIY movement, long before the age of Make and Etsy--they offered a do-it-yourself education, free of charge. No one is actually accusing Amazon of killing the library, the way Netflix pretty much killed Blockbuster. But as the e-book revolution continues to erode the physicality of books, we should ensure that it doesn't erode. Read more at: