Amazon releases a Kindle for Kids Bundle

kindle4kidsSurprise! Today, Amazon released a new Kindle for Kids Bundle. The bundle includes a Kindle (without ads), a 2-Year Accident Protection plan , and a Kid-Friendly Cover in choice of five colors. Purchasing the bundle saves $39.98 compared to when purchasing  separately. Amazon is also promoting a special Summer Reading for children program.  It is in stock and available for purchase now.

The features of the bundle include:

  • Distraction-free reading
  • Features like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder which support real-time vocabulary development
  • Includes Kindle FreeTime
  • Includes Parental Controls, including blocking access to browsing and purchasing in the Kindle Store, access to the Internet, access to Wikipedia, and disabling social sharing

Amazon already offers a Fire HD 6 Kids Edition tablet designed for children.

This new bundle caught me by surprise. Generally, Amazon announces products and makes them available for pre-order first.




Library Corner 5-20-2015

Library corner imageDo we need libraries? (Forbes)

Negeri library to have largest e-book collection in country ((Rakyat Post)

Hoopla Adds eBooks, Digital Comics to Its Pay-per-Loan Library Service (Ink, Bits & Pixels)

The principles for establishing international & interoperable rights statements (DPLA)

E-Books: Subscription Services vs. Libraries (Copyright and Technology)

You Can’t Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing (Torrent Freak)

Report: An Arkansas Public Library System Begins Placing Restrictions on Use of 3D Printers (Infodocket)

This Library On A Chip Gives People Without Internet Access All The Information They Need (Fast Company)

Digital Collections:

Coming From National Library of Ireland in July: Materials From Catholic Parish Register Digitisation Project (Infodocket)

Top Metro Area Economies (U.S.) Mapped (Pew Trusts)

Datasets: Center for Medicare Studies Releases Prescriber-Level Medicare Data for the First Time (Infodocket)

National Museum of American History Debuts First e-Book Centered on Abraham Lincoln (Smithsonian)

Getty Research Releases Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) as Linked Open Data (LOD), Over 650,000 Names Included (Infodocket)

40,000 historical images of NZ’s Antarctic history preserved (Scoop.NZ)

Art History: 11,000 New Items Available Online From The World’s Largest Archive of British Art (Indodocket)

Penn Libraries Launches ‘OPenn’ Digital Resources Online Platform (Penn News)

New Legal Reference Resource: UK’s Supreme Court Launches On-Demand Video Archive (Infodocket)

A Drive-thru Library? New library serves growing community of commuters (My San Antonio)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.








Library Corner 5-13-2015

Library corner imageCalifornia Bill Would Require Libraries to Post IP Infringement Notice on 3D Printers (1709 Blog)

Thinking Different(ly) About University Presses (Inside Higher Ed)

Macmillan to Distribute Audiobooks to Libraries via Hoopla (Ink, Bits & Pixels)

Oxford University Press and Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Announce New Content Deal (Infodocket)

New Technology to Borrow: North Carolina State University Libraries Begins Lending Apple Watches (Infodocket)

DCL Ebook Report, May 2015  (American Libraries)

Oxford University Press Acquires Online Language Portal (Infodocket)

Internet is not a reliable archive, Dutch organisations warn (Dutch News)

Digital Collections:

WHO Launches Open Access to the WHO Global Medicines* Safety Database (WHO)

Digital Humanities: New Online Archive Will Create Global Access To Rare African Photos (Infodocket)

UT Libraries’ New Digital Collection: Smokies Photos, Film Clips Set to Music (University of Tennessee)

Introducing EarthWorks, Stanford’s new GIS data discovery application (SUL)

Material From California Digital Library’s Calishpere Digital Archive Now Accessible on DPLA (Infodocket)

Library of Congress and WQXR’s Q2 Music Announce New On-Demand Access to Library-Commissioned Music (LOC)

Database of Soviet-era diaries in Russian now available online (Calvert Journal)

New Legal Reference Resource: U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Searchable Index of Fair Use Decisions (Infodocket)

U.Va. to Publish Rare Letters of First Lady Martha Washington (UVA Today)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

The Mother’s Day that changed my life

Kindle 1Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Now, you may be asking, “What does Mother’s Day have to do with a blog about e-books and the digital life?” Actually, it turns out, quite a bit.

In 2008,  at my request,  my husband and children bought me one of the first generation Kindles as an early Mother’s Day present. I am not exaggerating when I say that that gift changed my life. Back in 2011, I started an e-book blog. Obviously, I wasn’t ready to be serious about blogging. It only lasted for two blog entries, LOL! But in the first entry on that blog, I shared my feelings about my first Kindle.

Here is an excerpt from that first e-book blog entry:

At the end of April, 2008, I got my first Kindle. It cost $400.00 and it totally changed my life.

I had been a avid reader since childhood, but my vision was starting to deteriorate. I had seriously minimized my reading due to the headaches and discomfort that it caused.

People who hear me talk about eReaders now would be very surprised to learn how I struggled with the decision to buy that first device. Like many avid readers, I too loved the physicality of the reading experience, the touch and the feel of a book. But, at the end of the day, it all boiled down to the fact that I was just tired of not being able to read.

I was also worried about the technology quickly becoming obsolete. I have been an early adopter of various tech devices before and know how quickly that it can change. I lived on Amazon’s Kindle forums for a while, and listened to the experiences and the stories that users told. (As I recall, at that time, the first wave of Kindles had sold out and the second wave was ready for shipping.)

I really was like a kid in a candy store in the first days with my new Kindle. It only took a few minutes to get the operations down. I then started loading up the device with many of my favorite books. I bought digital versions of all of Anne McCaffrey’s books.  I re-read Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Artur’s Court and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan. I discovered horror writer Scott Sigler. In short, I was in heaven because I could read again! And I haven’t really looked back.

Even though I have now had surgery on both my eyes, my vision is still somewhat impaired and I no longer read print books.  I have gone on  to own almost every Kindle model available as well as many other e-readers. I own several Nooks and other brands, but I always come back to the Kindle because of the ease of use. These days I use a Kindle Paperwhite for my everyday reader.  My husband even has one of his own now.

But I still have that first, original Kindle. And, yes, it still works, although some of the newer e-books don’t display correctly on the device. The original came with a removable battery and seven years later, I am on battery number two. The first one lasted for almost six years!

What has also lasted is the passion for e-reading that that first Kindle ignited in me. It has been nearly eight years since the first Kindle came on the market and went brought the concept of e-reading to the mainstream. It saddens me that there are still so many books not available in an e-book format.

Every time a well-known digital hold-out like Charlotte’s Web or To Kill a Mockingbird comes out as an ebook, someone says “All the important books are now available digitally.” Yet everyday, I find titles that are still not available as e-books. And some of the prices? YIKES! So no matter what anyone says, there are a lot of books that need to be digitized. Backlist digital pricing is still not reasonable. We still have more work to do….

So how about you? Ever have a tech gift that changed your life?

International Day Against DRM

No DRM for the Web FBToday, May 6th, is the ninth annual Day against DRM. Digital rights management in one of the primary limitations affecting digital goods. It places controls on the access to books, movies, software on devices. It is a feature that keeps us from truly owning the content we purchase.  As digital content continues to rise in popularity, DRM, geo-blocking, licensing terms and file format types are important issues that affect our digital lives.

You can visit the official Defective by Design website for more information.


Image credit: From Defective by Design via Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

Library Corner: May 5, 2015

Library corner imageWhen Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need public libraries? (Washington Post)

PA unveils digital library at Central Mall (Port Arthur News)

Reinventing the Modern Library as a Tech-Forward, Eco-Friendly, Community Hub (Slate)

The last online library you will ever need: Borges’s Library of Babel lives (Teleread)

Video: Internet Archive Founder Brewster Kahle Delivers Keynote Address at Coalition for Networked Information Spring Meeting (Infodocket)

Library Groups Join Effort for ‘Balanced’ Copyright (Publishers Weekly)

K-12 Librarians’ Roles Shift to Meet Digital Demands (Education Week)

Rhode Island: Millions of State Historical Records Stored In Flood-Prone Basement (Infodocket)

France’s libraries discovering a new lease of life beyond just books (The Guardian)

Digital Collections:

Six Museum Partners Begin Adding 3D Scans of Objects to Google Cultural Institute Database (Infodocket)

MoMA’s Digital Art Vault (MoMA)

Reference: Canada’s National Energy Board Launches Interactive Pipeline Incident Map (Infodocket)

Getty Research Institute Releases The Unprecedented Digital Publication Pietro Mellini’s Inventory In Verse, 1681 (Getty)

Reference: Women’s Political Speeches and Ads Available Through Online Archive From Iowa St. University (Infodocket)

Library of Congress Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (LOC)

“150 Years After Lincoln Assassination, Massive Online Archive in the Works” (Infodocket)

Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volume on the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (US State Dept.)

New Resource: EPA Launches New Website to Track Safe Drinking Water Compliance (Infodocket)

WikiLeaks publishes an analysis and search system for The Sony Leaks (Wikileaks)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.