Category Archives for eBooks

Defining what I do: What makes a technology emerging or disruptive?

Monday, December 3rd 2012

“I’m the Emerging Technologies Librarian at UNC.” “So what does that mean?” Every time I meet someone new at work, that’s how the conversation goes. My response usually consists of arm flailing and a disjointed summary of my duties. I’m … Continue reading

03. December 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Libraries/Info Sci, Ramblings, Tech, UNC | 10 comments

R.I.P Fictionwise

Monday, November 19th 2012

On Friday morning I received a sad email: Fictionwise is shutting down. Back in the early 2000s (does that decade have a pronounceable name yet?) I took my trusty Rocket eBook Reader everywhere. There weren’t a lot of options to legitimately … Continue reading

19. November 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Tech | 2 comments

Format rot in ebook preservation

Monday, November 5th 2012

Electronic text is hard to preserve. This might seem counter-intuitive – isn’t it trivially easy to make backup copies? Yes, but accessing those copies is another matter. I’ve been cleaning out the darker recesses of my office lately, digging through … Continue reading

05. November 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Libraries/Info Sci, Tech | 2 comments

Review: Kindle Paperwhite

Friday, November 2nd 2012

Based on shipping time alone, the Kindle Paperwhite seems to be a huge success.  There’s currently a 5-7 week lead time on ordering one, which makes it already iffy even for a Christmas gift.  But if you’re shopping for an … Continue reading

02. November 2012 by Chad Haefele
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New DMCA exemptions for 2012

Sunday, October 28th 2012

Every 3 years since 1998, the Librarian of Congress has been allowed to issue new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  The DMCA is the act which (among other things) makes it illegal to circumvent copy protection schemes and … Continue reading

28. October 2012 by Chad Haefele
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Interesting things I’ve read this week – 10/19/12

Friday, October 19th 2012

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 … Continue reading

19. October 2012 by Chad Haefele
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The Humble eBook Bundle

Friday, October 12th 2012

HumbleBundle.com has a long history of offering wonderful independent PC games at a ‘pay what you want’ price.  They recently extended their brand into music, and this week took a step into eBooks.  For any price you want to pay, … Continue reading

12. October 2012 by Chad Haefele
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PaLA Northwest Chapter presentation.

Thursday, September 20th 2012

Tomorrow morning I’ll be presenting a workshop for the fine folks at the Northwest Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Aside from being a good excuse to get back and visit my old stomping grounds, I’m quite excited about my … Continue reading

20. September 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Libraries/Info Sci, Presentations | Leave a comment

The forgotten Kindle

Thursday, September 6th 2012

I don’t think there’s any consumer product line I’m more conflicted about than the Kindle. As a consumer, my Kindle Touch makes me very happy. At the same time, the Kindle Fire I’ve used made me very sad. (And as … Continue reading

06. September 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Ramblings, Tech | 1 comment

What happens to your iTunes library when you die?

Monday, September 3rd 2012

This turned out to be a hoax, but yesterday Bruce Willis was supposedly going to sue Apple for the right to leave his iTunes music to family in his will. Again, it was a hoax. But the story still highlights … Continue reading

03. September 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Libraries/Info Sci, Links | Leave a comment

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