(Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App) is a website that links to more than 300 libraries in the world. Each one of these contains medieval manuscripts that can be browsed for free. The DMMapp is a product of Sexy Codicology
, an independent project focused on medieval illuminated manuscripts and social media. It maintains a great blog about medieval manuscripts
, especially those that are available online.
In honor of National Library Week
, Oxford University Press is making all of its non-journal products available online for free
for the week of April 13th-19th, 2014. This includes the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Handbook series. [more inside]
has made available the first book-length content (perhaps
) on its writing platform. Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World
by R. David Lankes
is cited as a 164 minute read. For works of this length, Medium offer a feature for bookmarking where you have read to
. [more inside]
The book on Wood-Frame House Construction
(with diagrams) is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service. Here is the full online index of USDA Agriculture Handbooks
. They're public domain. [more inside]
The new central library
of Birmingham (England), the largest public building of its type in Europe, is officially opened tomorrow by Malala Yousafzai
. Reviews, pre-opening, have been largely positive [Independent
] [Financial Times
]. [more inside]
In theory: the unread and the unreadable
- "We measure our lives with unread books – and 'difficult' works can induce the most guilt. How should we view this challenge?"
This week in Scotland, it is Book Week. Many note authors are supporting it with free events. And so is the mysterious sculptor who seized the imagination of people worldwide with her books made sculpture. She (one of the few things known about the sculptor) has done a series of five mystery hidden sculptures to help celebrate Book Week.
Each of them is related to a Scottish story or author. [more inside]
The author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a popular MetaFilter topic
, was born
177 years ago today (November 30th 1835) in Missouri
. The printer, riverboat pilot, game designer
, journalist, lecturer, technology investor
, gold miner, publisher and patent holder
wrote short stories, essays, novels and non-fiction
under the pen name Mark Twain
. This included The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
(recently adapted into a musical
), one of the top five challenged books of the 1990s
, published in 1884-85 to a mixed reception
and with an ending that still causes debate
. [more inside]
My 6,128 Favorite Books
- "Joe Queenan on how a harmless juvenile pastime turned into a lifelong personality disorder."
The Hathi Trust
, a partnership between 66 universities and 3 higher education consortia, is breathing a little easier now that Judge Harold Baer, Jr. of New York's Southern District has found
that the Trust was within its fair use rights
to allow Google to scan member library holdings, and then making the resulting files available for the reading impaired, and for use in search indexing and data mining. While this is excellent news
for the educational institutions involved, it doesn't completely exonerate Google's role in the scanning project. It's notable that just last week Google abandoned it's own fair use claim
in settling a different case involving the same book scanning project. Of the four factors used when considering fair use cases
, Judge Baer ruled on the side of the Hathi Trust on all four.
The American Library Association fires the latest response
in its tussle
with publishers over e-books in public libraries, while in England, a government review of e-books in public libraries
In 2007, a 15th-century illuminated manuscript returned to the George Peabody Library
in Baltimore after going missing over 40 years ago. [more inside]
that library lending will be available on the Kindle later this year
. Teaming with Overdrive
, the program will start with 11,000 libraries
in the United States. One of the key features touted by the company will be that users "can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them." Could this be a possible death blow to the Nook?
Rock band reunions normally involve, at minimum, a little live music. But as The Velvet Underground are not your typical rock band, maybe none of us should have been surprised that the reunion of The Velvets at LIVE from the NYPL on Tuesday December 8th had none.
William Gass's personal library
. The photos accompany this article by Gass
about his love of books -- specifically about collecting them over his life and "living in a library." [more inside]
"It would be naïve to identify the Internet with the Enlightenment. It has the potential to diffuse knowledge beyond anything imagined by Jefferson; but while it was being constructed, link by hyperlink, commercial interests did not sit idly on the sidelines. They want to control the game, to take it over, to own it. They compete among themselves, of course, but so ferociously that they kill each other off. Their struggle for survival is leading toward an oligopoly; and whoever may win, the victory could mean a defeat for the public good. ...We could have created a National Digital Library—the twenty-first-century equivalent of the Library of Alexandria. It is too late now. Not only have we failed to realize that possibility, but, even worse, we are allowing a question of public policy—the control of access to information—to be determined by private lawsuit."—Robert Darnton
on what the proposed Google Book Settlement
could mean for the pursuit of knowledge—Google and the Future of Books
So, whatcha readin? The
John Ashcroft Alberto Gonzales
Michael Mukasey Book Club wants to discuss your latest reads. Amazon
thinks it's none of their business. So does your librarian
. While it may seem that your reading list is safe, fact is you're actually just one National Security Letter or subpoena away from full disclosure. Want to change that? One step in the right direction would be to contact your Senator about getting S.2088
out of Committee and on to the floor. Oh, and tell them to vote for it. And then to override the veto.
Digitized Book of the Week.
An eclectic collection of works digitized from the Library
of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They include books and serials from its collections that focus on Illinois history
, and natural
resources; rural life
; railroad history and engineering
; and works in translation
. A project
The Prelinger Library
is a small privately owned "public library" in San Francisco with the unique philosophy
that browsing library stacks can reveal new knowledge, if the books are arranged for browsing. This is counter to most public libraries who rely on computer terminal searching, databases and the Dewey Decimal system to atomize books and subjects, with stack browsing a sort of random after effect, and in some places--like the Library of Congress--normally not even allowed. Now a (real) public library in Arizona has joined the revolution
and claims to be the first public library in the nation to drop the Dewey Decimal system. Instead, books will be shelved by topic, similar to the way bookstores arrange books. The demise of the century-old Dewey Decimal system is overdue, county librarians say: "People think of books by subject. Very few people say, 'Oh, I know Dewey by heart.' "
mother takes him to see a pakeha township for the first time. One of many
books available from the International Children's Digital Library.
The U.S. Naval Observatory Library
features high-res scans
from antique books dealing with astronomy
and navigation. Wallpapers