October 1, 2014

Minneapolis/St.Paul: Metro Libraries, Patrons Unload on Audiobooks Full of Glitches

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: More than 100 metro-area libraries serving about 2 million users depend on one provider of digital audiobooks, but there’s a problem: The company’s technology is so plagued with glitches that one county library system temporarily suspended the service and another will be launching a separate service in February. “We hate, […]

Israel Broadcasting Authority Gives Public Access to Archival Treasures

From the The Jerusalem Post: If you’ve been in Israel long enough and you’re a radio junkie, there are bound to be songs and programs that you love that you would like to have rebroadcast more often. Now, you don’t have to sigh with nostalgia and live in hope – you can download many of […]

Audio: NPR: Publishers And Booksellers See A 'Predatory' Amazon

From a Summary of a National Public Radio Report: Booksellers and publishers are worried that Amazon is going to devour their industry. The giant online retailer seems to have its hands in all aspects of the business, from publishing books to selling them — and that has some in the book world wondering if there […]

Podcast: Measuring the E-book Market (Beyond the Book #274)

A new edition of the “Beyond the Book” podcast from the Copyright Clearance Center is now available. Here’s the Blurb: The e-book revolution is underway, and moving beyond North America. Using actual data – and not forecasts – The Global eBook Market: Current Conditions & Future Projections is considered an important step to understanding the […]

Brilliance Audio is Suspending Availability of Download Audiobook Titles for Library Purchase

Always talk about ebooks being pulled or possibly being pulled for library access. Today, word that one audiobook publisher is suspending the sale of  (as of January 31, 2011) audiobooks for library lending via OverDrive and other vendors. OverDrive partners were informed of this change in a collection development update email. Here’s the exact wording […]

Now Available: Recordings of Sessions From ARL-CNI Fall Forum

Direct to Audio and Slides Audio recordings of several sessions are now available along with the slide decks that were already online. The Association of Research Libraries Membership Meeting took place in Washington, DC on October 13–14, 2011 and was titled, “21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action.” Here’s a list of the sessions […]

Now Available: Recordings of Sessions From 159th ARL Membership Meeting

Direct to Audio and Slides Audio recordings of several sessions are now available along with the slide decks that were already online. The Association of Research Libraries Membership Meeting took place in Washington, DC on October 12–13, 2011 and was titled, “Expanding Capacity and Partnerships in the Digital World.” Here’s a list of the sessions […]

Early Sound Recordings by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880s Played Back With New Technology

UPDATE: You can now listen to the recordings online via the Library of Congress. Direct to Recordings ||| Additional Info via Library of Congress The team has successfully submitted six discs—all experimental recordings made by Volta—to the sound recovery process known as IRENE/3D (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), a process developed by Berkeley Lab in […]

New Podcast: "Copyright & Commerce: Orphan Works & Fair Use in a Digital Age"

A new Beyond the Book podcast (#265) from the Copyright Clearance Center. Here’s the Blurb From the BTB Web Page: From the perspective of copyright, 2011 has been a year like so many others in the Digital Age. Suits and counter-suits over copyrighted text, music, film and video continue to fly in and out of […]

The Right Stuff: Heavy Duty Real-Time Airline Flight Tracking Tools

INFOdocket co-founder Gary Price has written a roundup of several flight tracking apps and web sites that provide access to real time info. The post was published on Search Engine Land (where Gary is a contributing editor). Some of the apps/sites are fairly new while others are old favorites including a look at apps and a […]