World’s libraries and archives disappointed after latest WIPO talks in Geneva

Organizations and pressure groups involved in intellectual property rights and global copyright issues for libraries and archives expressed disappointment after the inconclusive conclusion of the Twenty-Eighth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.”the Committee continued discussion to work towards an appropriate international legal...

US Military Involved in Controversial Social Experiments

Similar to Facebook’s controversial social experiment, The U.S. Defense Department conducts a range of social media experiments, including one project that analyzed how users understand and consume information on Twitter. Before the Facebook mood experiment drew the ire of privacy advocates, the media and Internet users, the U.S. Defense Department’s military research department DARPA published a...

Scholastic to Launch New Multi-Platform Series, TombQuest

[Press Release] SCHOLASTIC TO LAUNCH TOMBQUEST™, A NEW MULTI-PLATFORM ACTION ADVENTURE SERIES, IN FEBRUARY 2015 “Book 1: Book of the Dead” by Michael Northrop Brings the Thrill and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt to Life Joins Scholastic’s Collection of Bestselling Multi-Platform Series with More Than 22 Million Books in Print, and Integrated Online Game Community with...

UK rejoices as Gove goes

Good news for UK teachers, pupils, readers – and incidentally, fans of American literature. Michael Gove, the much-despised UK Education Secretary dismissed by Professor Simon Schama at last year’s Hay Festival for his “insulting, offensive” attitudes, and by author Patrick Ness as “appalling, ignorant and damaging” and “massive, arrogant egotist who can’t see anyone else’s...

InkCase Plus Is a Secondary e-ink Screen for your Smartphone

We are starting to see a number of new devices hit the market with a secondary screen built into the phone or a case that has an optional one. The Yotaphone, Pocketbook and Pixel QI have all offered a wide array of concept pieces that have failed to takeoff in a meaningful way. A new...

Google Search Results Warn Against Sites With Flash Content

In the early days of the Internet, using Oh Flash was a sign that a website was ahead of the times. It was impressive and sought-after. These days it is akin to a technologically-transmitted-disease –we’ve all heard about Flash content and we all know of websites that feature it, but for the most part we...

FCC reallocates, reduces funding for schools and libraries internet access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just passed a new proposal for reallocation of resources in its program for support for internet and telecoms access for schools and libraries. However, the proposal has attracted strong and partisan criticism from both Republican and Democrat quarters, as well as independent institutions, and saw its target funding cut...

Authors add pressure on UK government over school libraries

Dozens of British authors and others have written an open letter to the UK Department of Education calling for action in the wake of a report from the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, urging that the Department should supervise proper standards of services in school libraries. “Every secondary school in...

Scribd Launches Windows App, Updates Android, iOS Apps

[Press Release] SCRIBD UPDATES MOBILE APPS, LAUNCHES ON WINDOWS DEVICES TO EMPOWER PEOPLE GLOBALLY TO READ MORE Revamped Book Pages, Browse Capabilities, and All New Windows App Place Scribd on More Devices in More Countries Than Ever Before Scribd, the leading subscription reading service featuring more than 400,000 e-books ranging from contemporary bestsellers to beloved...

Hearst Offers New Cosmo-Themed Digital Video Subscription Service

As more and more print publishers look for ways to stay relevant in the digital landscape, creative solutions to meeting their readers’ needs continue to evolve. This is especially true of print periodical publishers, as more consumers are turning to other sources to stay on top of news and entertainment. Hearst Corporation, who is arguably...

Simon & Schuster Now Also in Talks with Amazon?

According to a report from WSJ.com, Simon & Schuster is now also in talks with Amazon. This information comes from CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was quoted saying as much and that he met Jeff Bezos. He added that “Amazon has a definite point of view about what should be done in the publishing business”...

Teclast Taipower X98 Air is the chinese iPad Air; comes with an Intel BayTrail-T 64-bit CPU and a 7.9-inch Retina-like display

After the Chinese producer Teclast released the X98 3G tablet on the market, a slate that packed an Intel BayTrail-T quad-core 64-bit processor, now on the market showed up the X98 Air model, a tablet that offers a 9.7-inch Retina like display, but no 3G connectivity. We get a metal body with a thickness of...

Tracking Social Media Data [Infographic]

Many businesses make an effort to be active and involved on social media. But information-sharing and interactivity with users does not go far enough.  Tracking data and its effectiveness across channels is crucial to examining and altering activity levels and success strategies. Traffic, the relevance and quality of content, voice, community size, engagement and sentiment...

Hachette Australia to commemorate Matt Richell by supporting local authors

Hachette Australia is to set up a scholarship or foundation to support local writers in honor of its former CEO, Matt Richell, deceased recently in a surfing accident. Hachette group CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson was quoted in Australia’s Books and Publishing magazine as saying: “‘We plan to work with [Richell’s wife] Hannah to establish a...

Agreement Near Between Amazon and Hachette?

At least one person who knows a lot about the situation thinks so: David Streitfeld, the New York Times reporter who initially broke the story and has written about it extensively since. In his latest long piece on the Amazon-Hachette dispute, Streitfeld wrote, “a deal soon would not be a surprise,” based on the latest...

Scribd Launches Windows Phone 8 Reading App – Revises iOS and Android

Scribd has been in development overdrive the last few months, revising the core reading experience in their seminal iOS and Android apps. They have also been quietly refining their first offering for Windows Phone 8. All mobile applications now have a unified experience which will immerse users who have multiple phones and tablets in the household...

Google+ Lifts Display Name Restrictions

If you’ve been holding off on using Google+ because you couldn’t use the display name you wanted (or maybe you just found the rules a little annoying), starting today those restrictions have been lifted. Some are speculating that the changes to Google’s terms of service are related to the departure of Google+ lead, Vic Gundotra,...