Michael Weinstein is a member of the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame and has 35 years experience in production, manufacturing, content management and change management.

He is currently Production Director for Teachers College Press. Previously, he was Vice President, Global Content and Media Production for Cengage Learning. Prior to that he was Vice President of Production and Manufacturing for Oxford University Press, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Worth Publishers and HarperCollins.

In those capacities, he has been a leader in managing process and content for delivery in as many ways possible.

Publishers have donated $250m worth of popular and award-winning titles, which will be made available for a three-year period on a specially designed app, produced with the New York Public Library. Public domain titles, spruced up with new art and typography, will be accessible for students from all backgrounds.

The app will have to be pretty enticing to lure teenagers off Snapchat, but it's certainly a laudable scheme: the White House talks of reading for pleasure, learning outside the classroom and "encouraging kids to become lifelong readers".

April 30, 2015-Today, at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library, President Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is supporting several library and non-profit partners to develop the Open eBooks initiative and the ConnectED Library Challenge. These efforts leverage the extensive resources of the nation's 16,500 public libraries to help kids develop a love of reading and discovery by making e-books and library services broadly available, particularly to students from low-income families.

President Obama wants expanded broadband, as indicated in his State of the Union address—a laudable goal. But what to use it for, beyond such purposes as, say, the faster downloading of YouTubes? Here’s the latest version of LibraryCity’s call for a national digital library endowment and intertwined public and academic library systems online. Short of time? […]

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Goodreads Best Books of 2014 (GoodReads) Announcing the winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! *** The Obamas Go Book Shopping on Small Business Saturday (GalleyCat) President Obama made his annual trip to the Washington DC based indie book […]

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Today in Chattanooga, TN, President Obama visited a two-year-old Amazon fulfillment center to outline his “better bargain for the middle class.” He will use the company that hosted him as an example of how our country might start working again, no doubt mentioning the 5,000 new jobs that Amazon will be adding to demonstrate how the economy is supposedly on the upswing in the USA.

For many commentators, revelations this week that the federal government is sweeping up records of communications and transactions between millions of Americans sounds uncomfortably like the vision of the British novelist and journalist George Orwell.

His novel Nineteen Eighty-Four portrayed a society in which the state constantly tracks the movements and thoughts of individuals. Its slogan is "Big Brother Is Watching You."

"Throwing out such a broad net of surveillance is exactly the kind of threat Orwell feared," says Michael Shelden, author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography.

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