Category Archives: Public Libraries

Publishers Who Screw Public Libraries Should Die

No More New Penguin Digital Audiobooks For Libraries, Either

The latest restrictions come about two months after Penguin announced that it would no longer offer any new e-books through libraries.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

This isn’t the only publisher screwing with public libraries:

HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations

While HarperCollins is the first major publisher to amend the terms of loan for its titles, two other members of the publishing “big six”—Macmillan and Simon & Schuster—still do not allow ebooks to be circulated in libraries, much to the consternation of librarians.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

When publishers get up on their hind legs and bray about how they contribute to the culture, you can now tell them they’re nothing but greedy bastards who are full of themselves and totally full of shit.

They are enemies of the culture!

Public libraries create the culture — and create their future writers!

Here are just three very prominent examples:

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The State Of Reading In 2011

I forgot I had the following picture. Found it on an SD Card today. This is the Midtown Branch of the NY Public Library on August 17th:

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That’s looks bleak. What I hope is going on there is that the shelves are near-empty because a lot of people took out Summer loans on books.

However …

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Occupy Wall Street: Recharging Tip

The New York Public Library is your friend.

Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) branch at 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street has stations where laptops and cellphones can be plugged in. Also, free WiFi. Phone (917) 275-6975. Website.

Monday, Friday, Saturday – 11AM-6PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10AM-8PM
Closed Sunday

There’s also a NYPL branch near Liberty Plaza: Battery Park City Library, 175 North End Avenue (at Murray Street). Phone: (212) 790-3499. Website.

Monday & Wednesday – 10AM-6PM
Tuesday & Thursday 12PM-8PM
Friday & Saturday – 10AM-5PM
Closed Sunday

And there’s one near City Hall: New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray Street (between Broadway & Church St.) Phone: (212) 732-8186. Website.

Monday & Wednesday – 11AM-7PM
Tuesday & Thursday 10AM-6PM
Friday & Saturday – 10AM-5PM
Closed Sunday

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Kindle eBooks Now Available At Public Libraries

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And that’s how it works — just as I said it would from the start on May 26!

Here’s Amazon to repeat it:

• Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive.

• Check out a Kindle book (using a valid library card).

• Click on “Get for Kindle” and then sign in to your account to have the book delivered to your Kindle device or reading app.

Everyone was bending my ear on Twitter about ridiculous notions of ePubs being converted. All it’s doing is sending people from OverDrive to Amazon, via validated public library card. And if there’s no Kindle edition available, it won’t even show up on OverDrive as “Get for Kindle.” Which is no different from a print book not being available in ePub.

Everyone who wouldn’t buy a Kindle because ePub had the public library lending option, that objection has now been erased.

Let’s see if Sony and Kobo can survive this move.


Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries

Previously here:

Kindle Library Lending: ePub Is Dead


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NYPL And NYC Budget Cuts

Just got this via email:

July 14, 2011

Dear New Yorker,

When the City Council began budget negotiations in February, we were presented with a preliminary budget that included, among other things, a 29 percent cut to the City’s libraries.

Such a cut would have undermined much of the progress that we’ve made over the years to ensure that New Yorkers in every community have access to quality library service, resulting in most branches opening only three days a week at best.

We couldn’t let that happen, and we’re very pleased to report that we successfully worked with Mayor Bloomberg to restore $83 million in funding to the city’s libraries in the Fiscal Year 2012 Adopted Budget.

This restoration should prevent any closures and lay-offs throughout the New York, Queens and Brooklyn library systems.

It will also allow most, if not all, of our neighborhood branches to remain open five days a week, ensuring that New Yorkers will continue to have access to all the free books, media, job training and other critical resources that our City’s libraries provide.

We want to extend a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who campaigned to help protect these vital institutions.

We still had to make some very painful decisions this year to help balance the City’s budget. But we were able to pass a fiscally responsible budget on time – one that protects libraries, teachers, firehouses and other essential services without jeopardizing our City’s future.

Special thanks as well to DC 37 and the heads of the New York, Queens and Brooklyn library systems for working with us to help keep libraries a top priority in the Fiscal Year 2012 adopted budget.

While this was an important win for our City, next year could prove to be an even bigger battle, and we hope we can continue to count on you and other library supporters.

In fact, if you haven’t had a chance to yet, we encourage you to sign up for Council “Enews.” These issue-based e-mail updates will help us to stay better connected and engaged with you about the budget, Council hearings and events, and other critical issues impacting our City. If you would like to sign up, please click here or visit us online at

Thanks and have a very safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer!


Christine C. Quinn
NYC Council

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
Chair, Finance Committee
NYC Council

Jimmy Van Bramer
Chair, Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations
NYC Council

Vincent J. Gentile
Chair, Select Committee on Librarie
NYC Council

Of course, what’s unsaid is whether that restoration is a complete rollback of the proposed cuts or a compromise.

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Brewster Kahle Is Already A Hero

When Hard Books Disappear

A prudent society keeps at least one specimen of all it makes, forever. It still amazes me that after 20 years the only publicly available back up of the internet is the privately funded Internet Archive. The only broad archive of television and radio broadcasts is the same organization. They are now backing up the backups of books. Someday we’ll realize the precocious wisdom of it all and Brewster Kahle will be seen as a hero.

We’ve had silent movies rot. We’ve had TV shows rot. We’ve had talking feature films rot.

That is what capitalism does. It does not preserve. It spends.

It doesn’t care about yesterday or tomorrow. Only today.

This is the world designed by capitalism:

God bless Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, and all other initiatives that understand what true value means and which stand in opposition to the smothering, suicidal forces of money money money.

And you, you reading this: Have you set up your blog or site to be preserved by the Internet Archive? Do it! NOW!

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Kindle Books And Public Library Lending

I don’t know why this is becoming so difficult for everyone to understand.

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Music Videos: Books, Libraries, Reading!

I’ve been too stabby here lately.

It’s time to be reminded that we all love books, libraries, and reading!

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NY Public Libraries Thrown Under Bus By City Council

Via email:

May 19, 2011

Dear Mr. Cane,

Thank you for writing to me on behalf of our City’s libraries.

As you may know, this past month Mayor Bloomberg released his executive budget proposal.

While we are encouraged by the Mayor’s commitment to restore funding for 16,000 childcare slots, we’re disappointed that, after making a joint commitment to 6-day library service in 2008, his final budget plan includes a 29 percent cut to the City’s libraries. This cut would result in most branches opening only three days a week at best.

We also remain deeply concerned about and strongly opposed to the Mayor’s plan to lay off thousands of public school teachers – a move that would be immensely damaging to our schools and to our children’s opportunities for a quality education.

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Libraries Are Churches Of Dreams

A Country Without Libraries

Like many other Americans of my generation, I owe much of my knowledge to thousands of books I withdrew from public libraries over a lifetime. I remember the sense of awe I felt as a teenager when I realized I could roam among the shelves, take down any book I wanted, examine it at my leisure at one of the library tables, and if it struck my fancy, bring it home. Not just some thriller or serious novel, but also big art books and recordings of everything from jazz to operas and symphonies.


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