Earlier this summer, I worked with the American Library Association on their Authors for Library Ebooks project -- which is asking authors to call on their publishers to offer ebooks to libraries at a fair price. Right now, libraries pay several times more for ebooks than people off the street -- up to six times more! I recorded this video explaining why libraries and authors are natural allies.
In this video Doctorow says, "There's only one powerful voting block out there whose only interest is in promoting authorship, books and knowledge to the exclusion of things like shareholders or Kindle e-book sales and [platform] lock-ins, or ad sales, or the invasion of privacy, and that's libraries."
He also acknowledges the key role that librarians play in fostering a love of literature and building an audience for authors, "...who takes that one-book-a-day kid who's going to be the 20 percent that reads 80 percent of the books, and when they walk in says, 'Here's a book you've got to read.' If it's not a librarian, who's going to do it?"
Cory Doctorow on E-books in Libraries: 'Libraries' and writers' interests are closely aligned.'
Researcher Yarden Katz scraped the database of Intellectual Ventures, a giant business that buys up patents, but produces nothing but lawsuits (previously), and discovered that IV claims ownership of nearly 500 patents that were created at public expense by researchers employed by public universities, and another 100 or so patents filed by the US Navy.
Kids’ author/droid builder Kurt Zimmerman created “Artoo Deco,” an Art Deco take on R2-D2, capable of movement under radio control, and with an in-built sound-system that makes cool, droidish noises.
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