(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. Â 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. Â Of course, libraries don’t buy ebooks directly from publishers like Random House. Â We’re still at the mercy of licenses we sign with vendors like Overdrive – and those licenses very clearly deny ownership. Â Now it’ll be an issue of getting vendor licenses to line up with what Random House says here. Â Plus trying to get the other big publishers to commit to the same thing, of course. Â Those are still big hurdles, but at least it’s progress.
How We Lost the FutureÂ (Final Bullet)
In some ways I see this as a counterpoint to Louis CK’sÂ “Everything is amazing and nobody is happy” bit. Â Have we lost the capability to even think about and imagine what the future might be? Â “To say â€˜we live in the futureâ€™ 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 KidsÂ (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. Â 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.
At home we use an antenna to watch live TV, and a Hulu subscription to watch things later. Â For the most part I’m really happy with the setup, but I do still miss having the ability to pause live TV. Â Current solutions for that issue are largely homegrown and a pain to set up & maintain. Â The new Boxee TV has a good chance to change that, though the thought of another $15/month subscription does give me pause.