Internet Archive introduces Sonny Bono Memorial book collection

The Internet Archive has announced the Sonny Bono Memorial Collection of books. The collection was created utilizing a relatively obscure provision of copy right law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to make available works published between 1923 and 1941 if they meet certain criteria. As long as the books are not currently being sold , libraries can scan the books and make them available.

The collection’s name, the Sonny Bono Memorial Collection, refers to the Copyright Term Extension Act sponsored by Rep. Sonny Bono.

According to the Internet archive, the hope is that other libraries will follow their lead in creating what they refer to as “Last Twenty Collections”, so-called because the law allows libraries to make available books which are in the last 20 years of their copyright.  The Internet Archive intends to add another 10,000 books to this collection in the near future.

The project helps to address the serious issue of the shrinking number of works freely available in the public domain. You can read more about the history of this project here at the Internet Archive blog.

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Daily Links and Deals: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About How The NY TIMES Book Review Works

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, December 15,  2016:

Information Overload (Pew Research Center) Do you believe that only 20% say they are affected by information overload? That figure sounds low to me….

Twitter app adds livestreaming video, start broadcasting from the tweet compose screen (9 to 5 Google) It was inevitable. Twitter now had live video (without a separate app)..

Don’t like Evernote’s new privacy policy? Here are five free alternatives (ZD Net)  Between Evernote’s recent price changes and now the new privacy issues, a lot of people are looking to make a change.

AT&T’s DirecTV Now plagued with outages and sports blackouts (Ars Technica) Lots of reports of bugs and inconsistencies. Maybe they should have beta tested a little more.

Preserving U.S. Government Websites and Data as the Obama Term Ends (Internet Archive) I found this interesting. I always thought in terms of presidential papers and libraries, not web sites.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About How The NY TIMES Book Review Works (Literary Hub) Sort of makes the “Best Of” process seem a little less special.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes up to 85% off a nice selection of 38 popular Kindle Books, including Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory.

In Today’s Dealssave up to 40% on select TP-Link networking products.

More device sales before the holidays! The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $20 off. There are also deals on Fire tablets: The Fire 7″for $40, the Fire tablet variety pack (3 tablets) for $180, the Fire HD 10 for $200 and the Fire Kids Edition for $90.

Alexa devices: You can also get the Amazon Echo for $140 ($40 off), the Amazon Tap for $90 ($40 off) and the Echo Dot for $40 ($10 off.)

You can still get 12 months of Kindle Unlimited for the special price of $88.99 – that’s $30 off the regular price.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Settle for More by Megyn Kelly. The Romance Daily Find is First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars Series #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is First Star I See Tonight A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The Extra Daily Deal is Song of Dragons: The Complete Trilogy by Daniel Arenson.

Until December 25th, the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O e-reader is on sale for $159.99 (with free shipping).

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ iTunes’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery–Book #1) by Blake Pierce.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 99 cents.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: The Internet Archive–Bricks and Mortar Version

daily_links_1Today, there is an interesting piece on the physical home for The Internet Archive, and stories on the confirmation hearing for the new Librarian of Congress and a look at how some really ancient apps are leaving certain PCs open to ransomware. In deals, ther are flash drives, charging ports, flash cars and cables. And there are still deals on Kindle Fire tablets.

Daily Links for Sunday, April 17, 2016:

Librarian of Congress: Carla Hayden’s Senate Confirmation Hearing Scheduled For Next Week (Infodocket) The hearing will be webcast and archived online.

The Internet Archive–Bricks and Mortar Version (Scientific American) Most of us use The Internet Archive online. The real life version is pretty cool too.

Ancient apps leave 3.2 million PCs open to ransomware attacks (Endgadget) It mostly affects schools, but fixes are thankfully on the way.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Sunfail by Steven Savile for 99 cents.

In Today’s Deals, there are deals on Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive, a Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger. Intelligent USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology,  40% off a Kingston Digital 16GB Micro SD Flash Card 2-Pack and RAVPower [5-Pack] Micro USB Cables.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6pre-owned Fire tablets and savings of $15 on a Fire Essentials Bundle. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Buried Secrets (Men of Valor Series #1) by Irene Hannon for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope Series #1) by Jody Hedlund for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Passion for Him by Sylvia Day for $2.99.

Ending soon! Select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store until April 18, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Articles of War by Nick Arvin for $1.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner: 11-4-2015

Library corner imageUS Library News:

San Diego Central Library To Expand Popular 3D Printer Lab (NBC San Diego)

Massachusetts Residents Now Have Borrowing Privileges From UMass Amherst Libraries, Select Materials Online and Pick Up at Local Library (Infodocket)

Hispanic heritage acquisitions: Constitutions of 19th-century Spain (Yale)

Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age (NYT)

Municipal Archives offer rare glimpse into NYC’s nearly 400-year history most people will never know (NY Daily News)

International Library News:

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City library attracts local youth with newly-opened Library 2.0 (TUOI TRE NEWS)

India, France Enter MoU On Digitization Of Old Manuscripts (iGovernment India)

Employees of raided Ukrainian library in Moscow say they were framed (Reuters)

Policy and Privacy:

Library Journal’s 2015 Survey of Library eBook Usage is Friendly to Self-Pub (The Digital Reader)

“Freedom on the Net 2015″ Report Released, Internet Freedom Declines For Fifth Consecutive Year (Infodocket)

Copyright:

PDF of Section 1201 Rule (Copyright.gov)

Reference and Statistics:

Monthly Climate Conditions – Interactive Map (Climate.gov)

Tracking Corporations’ Bad Behavior: Introducing Violation Tracker (Dirt Diggers Digest)

Ancestry Mexico Launches with more than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records (Ancestry.com)

New online tool reveals terrorist networks and behavior over time (START)

Second Half of Knoedler Gallery Stock Books Database Now Online (Getty Iris)

Digital Collections:

Zoom in to 9.3 Million Internet Archive Books and Images– through IIIF (Internet Archive)

The Iowa Review Launches Free Full Text Digital Archive & “Walt Whitman Quarterly Review Goes Open Access” (Infodocket)

Historypin Gets An Upgrade (Historypin)

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Launches Online Reading Room Making Historical Public Media Content Available to the Public (LOC)

Massive archive of Yukon aerial photos now online (CBC)

McGregor Library Offers Rare Digital History of the Americas (UVA)

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 daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.