Keep in mind that books don’t just compete against books. Books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more. If we want a healthy reading culture, we have to work hard to be sure books actually are competitive against these other media types, and a big part of that is working hard to make books less expensive.

Amazon Spells Out Objectives in Hachette Negotiation (via jonathan-deamer)

(via jonathan-deamer)

That it will be of very great use cannot be questioned, but how will its uses add to the happiness of mankind? Has the land telegraph done any good? Has it banished any evil, mitigated any sorrow?

In 1858, People Said the Telegraph Was ‘Too Fast for the Truth’ - Adrienne LaFrance - The Atlantic

A kind of literary voyeurism, in which visitors get to contemplate the reading habits of their neighbors. Who left the Brazilian travel guides, and who’s reading Camus? Who added Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, my favorite novel of the last five years? And where will my copy of The Odyssey end up when I leave it in the library for someone else? By peeking into the reading lives of fellow Little Free Library users, you get to know your block better.

Margaret Aldrich on the low-tech appeal of little free libraries (via kickstarter)

A new internet safety report from Ofcom detailing network filters has revealed that the majority of the United Kingdom has opted into being able to view pornography online. Only very small percentages of UK ISP customers have opted to use porn filters; 4% of Virgin Media customers, 5% of BT, and 8% of Sky. However, the numbers only tally new customers that are offered the choice of the filters during account activation, and don’t make note of customers who may decide to turn on the filters at a later date. Ofcom found that around 42% of internet-enabled homes already had broadband filters, so perhaps customers simply didn’t want to double down on internet censorship.

Almost all of England actively chose to view internet porn | News | Geek.com

What if the public speech on Facebook and Twitter is more akin to a conversation happening between two people at a restaurant? Or two people speaking quietly at home, albeit near a window that happens to be open to the street? And if more than a billion people are active on various social networking applications each week, are we saying that there are now a billion public figures? When did we agree to let media redefine everyone who uses social networks as fair game, with no recourse and no framework for consent?

What Is Public? — The Message — Medium

The executive branch will not eavesdrop on the computer keystrokes and Internet use of members of Congress and legislative staff members with security clearances as part of its stepped-up efforts to prevent unauthorized disclosures of classified information, the nation’s top intelligence official told lawmakers on Friday.

Web Use to Be Unmonitored for Congress - NYTimes.com

I’m enough of a realist to assume that consumers will gravitate to the cheapest, most convenient source of content, whether that’s Amazon or the public library,” said Jimmy Thomas, executive director of Colorado’s Marmot Library Network. “Amazon continues to set a high standard of convenience libraries should attend to. And every time this huge corporation does something on a massive scale, libraries should be reminded to approach services differently. Competing with Amazon on its own terms is not a good direction for libraries. But thinking about how to complement Amazon is worthwhile.

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.

BBC News - Wikipedia blocks ‘disruptive’ page edits from US Congress

This legislation is about giving consumers more choices and options for their phones,” says our colleague George Slover, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, about the passing of this bill. “Restoring the option to unlock a phone gives consumers the ability to pick another wireless service without having to give up a perfectly good, working phone for a new one. This legislation can help consumers save some money, and it can help drive competition in both mobile phone technology and wireless service.

Congress Finally Passes Bill To Re-Legalize Cellphone Unlocking – Consumerist