Internet Archive Releases National Emergency Library With 1.4 Million Books

· Andrew Orr · Link

As of March 24 the Internet Archive suspended wait lists for its collection of books by creating a National Emergency Library.

This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.

Check Out ‘Big Library Read’, an Online Book Club

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Big Library Read is an online book club from OverDrive. It connects readers from around the world with one eBook at a time and offers a place to share your thoughts, comments, and questions of the book with other readers.

This round’s title is Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic, a memoir written by stand-up comedian Michael McCreary who shares his experiences of living on the spectrum and dealing with trying situations as someone who doesn’t “look” autistic.

I think it’s a great idea, and be sure to download the Libby app so you can borrow books from your local library.

Check Out ‘Big Library Read’, an Online Book Club

Apple Books Gives Out Free Books and Audiobooks

· Andrew Orr · Product News

On Sunday Apple customers may have noticed a notification from Apple Books. It offers free books and audiobooks for the whole family.

Book Publisher Macmillan Cancels Plan to Stifle Libraries

· Andrew Orr · Link

The Big Five book publishers had a plan to hurt consumers by imposing limitations on eBook licensing to libraries. One of them—Macmillan—is backing out.

There are times in life when differences should be put aside,” Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote in a memo to librarians obtained by Publishers Weekly. “Effective on Friday (or whenever thereafter our wholesalers can effect the change), Macmillan will return to the library e-book pricing model that was in effect on Oct. 31, 2019. In addition, we will be lowering some ebook prices on a short term basis to help expand libraries collections in these difficult times. Stay safe.

You have literally no “differences” with libraries other than money. And implying that you’re doing this because of the coronavirus is, to put it politely, shady. Not to mention all the libraries boycotting Macmillan. No, this is entirely a gesture of good will because of “these difficult times.”

Book Review: Before Orwell’s 1984 There Was ‘We’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

What I was most interested to learn about We is that it’s considered the grandfather of dystopian fiction. It was written by Yevgeny Zamyatin around 1920-1921. This was way before the more well-known dystopian novels like Brave New World and 1984. You read books like 1984 and Animal Farm in high school, but I didn’t learn about We until I stumbled upon it on my own. It’s set in the future. In this society, there are no individuals, just numbers. The One State is a mass surveillance society in which everyone lives in glass apartments so they can be monitored. Our protagonist, number D-503, is an engineer writing a journal that he wants to be sent into space with the newly-built spaceship Integral. One day he meets a woman, I-330, and most of the story is his interactions with her. Apple Books: US$6.99

Book Review: Before Orwell’s 1984 There Was ‘We’

Chirp Books Gives You Limited-Time Deals on Audiobooks

· Andrew Orr · Link

For several years now I’ve been using a wonderful service called BookBub. It sends you alerts when ebooks go on sale. You pick the genres you’re interested in and you’ll get an email or notification every day. Literally about five minutes ago I got an email from them about another service they have called Chirp. It gives you the same deals except for audiobooks.

To thank you for being a BookBub member, I want to invite you to be one of the first to access our new platform for audiobook deals, Chirp! Chirp offers audiobooks selected by the same BookBub editors you trust at up to 95% off.

I love listening to audiobooks on my daily commute, while cleaning up around the house, and even while exercising. With Chirp I can binge audiobooks and discover new authors without breaking the bank.

The best part is that there’s no subscription fee or commitment, and new deals are added daily!

Libraries Work to Scan Public Domain Books

· Andrew Orr · Link

Right now, books published in the U.S. before 1924 are in the public domain. This means they are publicly owned and everyone can use and copy them. But there’s a loophole in copyright law which gives up to 75% of books published between 1923 and 1964 secret public domain status. It’s hard to figure out which ones they are, so a group of libraries, archivists, and volunteers are finding these public domain books, scanning them, and uploading them to the internet.

Richardson notes that much of that heavy lifting is being done by volunteers at organizations like Project Gutenberg, a nonprofit effort to digitize and archive cultural works. These volunteers are tasked with locating a copy of the book in question, scanning it, proofing it, then putting out HTML and plain-text editions.

iOS 13: How to Set Apple Books Reading Goals

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Apple Books didn’t see many improvements with iOS 13, but there is a major feature that was added: Apple Books reading goals.

In Semiosis, You Have to Watch out for Alien Plants

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Semiosis by Sue Burke has an interesting premise: When you land on another planet, what if instead of worrying about alien life forms or animals, you had to keep an eye on the plants? It’s a wholly unique book that I had fun reading. Instead of following the same characters, we’re presented with a new cast in every chapter. We start with the original colonists as they land on Pax, then follow each subsequent generation as they have to deal with the land, the flora, and the actions of the previous generation. Will the children of the Parents adhere to the rules, or will they rebel? I thought the book was great, and look forward to the second book coming later this year. Apple Books: US$9.99 | Kindle: US$9.99

In Semiosis, You Have to Watch out for Alien Plants

Google Assistant Can Read Your Kids a Bedtime Story

· Andrew Orr · Link

If you have Google Assistant and the latest version of Google Play Books on your iOS device, it can now read your kids a bedtime story.

Ahead of National Tell a Story Day taking place on Saturday, youngsters now have more ways to hear a bedtime tale. As of today, the feature will be available on iOS and Android phones in English in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and India.

Sounds like a great feature. When I asked Siri to read me a bedtime story, she said: “Next you’ll be asking me for a glass of milk. And a dark matter cookie.” Damnit Siri, that doesn’t even make sense.

Leander Kahney’s Tim Cook Biography Out Today

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Leander Kahney’s (Cult of Mac editor) Tim Cook biography is out today. Subtitled “The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level” it tells the story of Mr. Cook’s role as Apple CEO and how he has handled the company after the death of Steve Jobs. It also looks at Mr. Cook’s life before Apple, like when he worked at IBM for 12 years. After that he briefly worked at Compaq, and helped transition the company from in-house manufacturing to creating products overseas with China and Taiwan. He used that expertise when he joined Apple in 1998, where he became a leader at operations and supply chains. I haven’t read the book yet but I look forward to sitting down with it. Mr. Kahney says he didn’t dive into Mr. Cook’s personal life, so it sounds like the book is more about his role at Apple. Apple Books: US$13.99

Leander Kahney’s Tim Cook Biography Out Today

Apple Lands Video Adaptation of Shantaram Book

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple has gotten the rights to develop Gregory David Robert’s Shantaram book as a drama series. It will be produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.

World Book Day: TMO Reading Suggestions

· Jeff Gamet · News

World Book Day

It’s World Book Day, so Jeff hung around the TMO water cooler and asked whoever came by to give me suggestions on something cool to read.