Interesting things I’ve read this week – 10/19/12
Random House Says Libraries Own Their Ebooks
(Library Journal) I’m entirely surprised to read this headline and story, but Random House now flat out says that libraries own ebooks that they’ve bought from them. That may seem like an obvious statement, but up till now libraries have only been able to license, not own, ebooks from the big 6 fiction publishers. Of course, libraries don’t buy ebooks directly from publishers like Random House. We’re still at the mercy of licenses we sign with vendors like Overdrive – and those licenses very clearly deny ownership. Now it’ll be an issue of getting vendor licenses to line up with what Random House says here. Plus trying to get the other big publishers to commit to the same thing, of course. Those are still big hurdles, but at least it’s progress.
How We Lost the Future (Final Bullet)
In some ways I see this as a counterpoint to Louis CK’s “Everything is amazing and nobody is happy” bit. Have we lost the capability to even think about and imagine what the future might be? “To say ‘we live in the future’ is an expression of a predestination fantasy. This way of thinking is cheating us out of the exciting reality of growing and achieving a future.”
How Not to Talk to Your Kids (New York Magazine)
This is a bit old (2007), but as an expecting parent I find myself paying a lot more attention to issues surrounding child-rearing. I’m trying to avoid drowning myself in advice & ‘systems’ of child-rearing, but this piece dealing with how styles of praise have huge effects makes a lot of sense to me.
Can Boxee reinvent cable with the help of a TV antenna? (The Verge)
At home we use an antenna to watch live TV, and a Hulu subscription to watch things later. For the most part I’m really happy with the setup, but I do still miss having the ability to pause live TV. Current solutions for that issue are largely homegrown and a pain to set up & maintain. The new Boxee TV has a good chance to change that, though the thought of another $15/month subscription does give me pause.