It’s National Library Week. A look at the state of public libraries.
The Digital Public Library of America launches today at noon Eastern Time. Unfortunately the festivities surrounding the launch have been postponed due to the Boston Marathon bombings. They will take place in the fall.
Family Tree Magazine announced it Top 40 Genealogy Blogs for 2013. I am thrilled that Moultrie Creek has been included on that list.
Lots of software updates to report: iPhoto and Aperture have added several new Photo Stream features, Pocket has improved its sharing capabilities which includes a new Send to a Friend feature and Facebook has updated the mobile apps with Chat Heads which improves the messaging experience. Chat Heads is “confined” to the Facebook app on iOS devices but works across multiple apps on Android devices. Feedly has also updated its portable apps to improve access and viewing.
Kindle has released updates for the Kindle Fire HD 7″, 8.9″ and Kindle Fire 2nd Generation. Kindle World blog has details and links to the update pages.
For a fascinating look at the beginning of the photographic era, take a look at the Photography shelf at Project Gutenberg. Among other things, you’ll find The Pencil of Nature (1844), the first commercially published book illustrated with photographs, and American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype (1858).
On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. You can watch the new movie – 42 – to learn more about his career or you can read his autobiography – I Never Had It Made.
This article from Bloomberg doesn’t look good: Microsoft Windows weak demand drives worst PC decline on record. Global PC shipments in the first quarter of this year fell 14%.
Fair Use, an interesting perspective on copyright from author Joe Konrath.
Here are the latest deals from around the book world:
- Apple’s new Breakout Books section in the iBooks store includes more than 50 titles published and distributed via Smashwords. Learn more about Smashwords and its services at the Gazette.
- Another one bites the dust. Macmillan settles with DOJ on the ebook pricing. That leaves Apple as the last holdout. It also means you’ll find even more books discounted at Amazon and other online booksellers.
- At Amazon – Up to 40% off on Best Books of the Month
- Kobo’s having a sale! Save 30% on These Great Reads (Code: 30WEEKEND) This offer’s good now until midnight on February 18th.
- Books and eBooks from Lulu.com 20% off- Enter code FEBBOOKS13 – Save up to $25. Expires February 28, 2013. Only valid in the US Store.
- Custom Photo Books from Lulu.com 25% off- Enter code FEBPHOTOS13 – Save up to $100. One use per account. Expires February 28, 2013. Only valid in the US Store.
- Don’t forget Scribd’s Premium Reader program which gives you unlimited access to Scribd’s premium content – including The Researcher’s Digital Toolbox and The Future of Memories.
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