Category Archives for eBooks

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
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Status Check: Public Library Ebook Friction

Saturday, May 5th 2012

I’ve been asked to speak later today on a panel about ebooks in public libraries. Thanks to the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough for the opportunity! While my day-to-day work is in an academic library, not public, I still … Continue reading

05. May 2012 by Chad Haefele
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Maxing out the curve on ebook adoption

Thursday, April 5th 2012

Last week Melissa and I visited the Wake County Public Library’s annual fundraiser book sale. I’d heard the legends, but never actually attended: 400,000+ books laid out on tables in a giant warehouse at the state fairgrounds. It’s pictured here. … Continue reading

05. April 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, General, Libraries/Info Sci, Ramblings, Tech | 3 comments

Are we leaving the Gutenberg Parenthesis?

Tuesday, February 14th 2012

The news that Penguin is ending its relationship with Overdrive (which in turns stops library purchasing of Penguin ebooks for now) has me thinking about the idea of the Gutenberg Parenthesis again. The Gutenberg Parenthesis is an idea that the … Continue reading

14. February 2012 by Chad Haefele
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Kindle Fire: First impressions from a library perspective

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

We were lucky enough at work to buy a Kindle Fire for experimentation. It has a mostly decent UI, feels very solidly built, and if you structure your media-consumption habits around Amazon content there’s no better tablet choice for you. … Continue reading

16. November 2011 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, General, Libraries/Info Sci, Ramblings, Reviews, Tech | 12 comments

The case for home-grown, sustainable next generation library services

Friday, October 21st 2011

Background: I was recently honored to be asked to write a technology column for an upcoming special issue of Public Services Quarterly. The issue’s theme is next generation public services, and I went with a title of “The case for … Continue reading

21. October 2011 by Chad Haefele
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Amazon adds Whispersync for personal ebooks

Thursday, October 20th 2011

Last Friday I received an email from Amazon with a fairly innocuous subject line: “New Kindle Personal Documents Features”. I’ll put the full text of the email at the end of this post, because I can’t seem to find it … Continue reading

20. October 2011 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, General, Libraries/Info Sci, Mobile, Tech | 5 comments

Dear Amazon: We just want changelogs!

Saturday, October 1st 2011

After pulling Neal Stephenson’s new book Reamde from the Kindle store, Amazon replaced it with an updated version yesterday. The whole saga is detailed at Teleread. While perhaps not as disturbing as the time Amazon infamously pulled copies of 1984 … Continue reading

01. October 2011 by Chad Haefele
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Take ebrary’s survey… please.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Last week I ran across a link (via Paul Pival) to ebrary’s current survey about the future of their platform. If you have any experience with ebrary, you’re likely as frustrated with their UI and limitations as I am. So … Continue reading

02. March 2011 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Libraries/Info Sci, Links | 1 comment

Death of a Middleman

Saturday, February 26th 2011

Related to the HarperCollins/Overdrive fiasco*, Jason Griffey makes a couple of ominous points over at Library Renewal. I want to focus on one bit in particular: “It is vital that libraries find a way to move out of the middle-man … Continue reading

26. February 2011 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, Libraries/Info Sci, Tech | 1 comment

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