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US central government backing for digital library resources, as covered previously by David Rothman, seems to have taken another step forward with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announcing President Barack Obama’s speech on the Open eBooks initiative and the ConnectED Library Challenge. These initiatives, backed by the IMLS and executed by several library and non-profit […]

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What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama — David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014 Twice in the last month, two popular selfies were torpedoed across social media. First, it was Ellen DeGeneres’ picture at the Oscars and, most recently, Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama. The Red […]

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Amazon Releases First Portuguese Language Kindle Single (The Digital Reader)   Amazon got a lot of attention (both positive and negative) last week for their latest Kindle Single Interview featuring Barack Obama, and it looks like they’re not through. I’ve just learned that Amazon has released a new Kindle Single today. It’s a Portuguese translation [...]

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President Barack Obama's decision to give a high-profile speech on jobs and corporate tax rates during a visit to one of Amazon's distribution centres this week was a coup for the company. Now it's capitalising elsewhere in its business.

Amazon will launch an ebook under its Kindle Singles imprint on Wednesday based on an interview given by Obama to the imprint's editor, David Blum, during his visit. GigaOm reports that the ebook will be a free download rather than a paid title.

Roy M Carlisle recently attended his first American Library Association (ALA) national convention in Chicago as a library science student and scholarly book publisher. Surprisingly, he finds out that being a book editor for 36 years did not prepare him for the astonishingly complex and diverse world of libraries in the U.S. Everyone from Oliver Stone to Barack Obama pays homage to this national institution and there are a million reasons why. And wait until you hear about the Digital Public Library of America: now we know the future is here! Here is Roy’s extensive and insightful ALA report.

The Progressive magazine has opened a line of digital books, collecting stories from a century’s worth of articles. The books were created with support from Middleton-based August Publications.

Quoth the release:

    Newly digitized and fully searchable, The Progressive archives are a treasure trove of progressive history, beginning with the magazine’s founding in 1909 by Fighting Bob La Follette … In its early years, it joined the cause of women’s suffrage under the leadership of Belle Case La Follette, Fighting Bob’s wife.

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