Stuff New Zealand: International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal

Stuff New Zealand: International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal. “An international group of authors including Sir Philip Pullman are concerned about the National Library’s partnership with the Internet Archive. ‘To find that a great national library like that of New Zealand is collaborating in a scheme to break the cherished copyright laws and give our work away for nothing is profoundly shocking,’ said Pullman, the president of the United Kingdom Society of Authors, in a recent letter sent to the library.”

TIME: How Extortion Scams and Review Bombing Trolls Turned Goodreads Into Many Authors’ Worst Nightmare

This is from early August and I missed it. TIME: How Extortion Scams and Review Bombing Trolls Turned Goodreads Into Many Authors’ Worst Nightmare. “Scammers and cyberstalkers are increasingly using the Goodreads platform to extort authors with threats of ‘review bombing’ their work–and they are frequently targeting authors from marginalized communities who have spoken out on topics ranging from controversies within the industry to larger social issues on social media.”

Liverpool Echo: Birkenhead’s little known links to the father of science fiction

Liverpool Echo: Birkenhead’s little known links to the father of science fiction. “John [Lamb] has used his research to create a new website, ‘Jules Verne and the Heroes of Birkenhead’ after finding no real reference of the author’s links to Merseyside online. His articles exploring the ties between his books and the area are being serialised and he said more will be revealed in the coming weeks.” Limited at the moment but more to come. The Web design is charmingly 1998. It even has a visitor counter.

The Guardian: UK libraries and museums unite to save ‘astonishing’ lost library from private buyers

The Guardian: UK libraries and museums unite to save ‘astonishing’ lost library from private buyers. “From the British Library to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, a consortium of libraries and museums have come together in an ‘unprecedented’ effort to raise £15m and save an ‘astonishingly important’ set of literary manuscripts for the nation.”

RTE: Re: Joyce! 29-hour Ulysses to air on RTÉ radio this Bloomsday

RTE: Re: Joyce! 29-hour Ulysses to air on RTÉ radio this Bloomsday. “RTÉ has announced that an almost 30-hour production of James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses will be broadcast on its DAB and online worldwide channel RTÉ Radio 1 Extra to celebrate Bloomsday. The full dramatised production – originally broadcast in 1982 to celebrate the centenary of Joyce, and totalling 29 hours and 45 minutes in duration – will begin at the same time as both Stephen Dedalus’ and Leopold Bloom’s journey through Dublin begins in the book: 8 am on the 16th of June.”

School Library Journal: Kids and Authors Alike Love Instagram. Here’s How To Leverage It To Get Kids Reading.

School Library Journal: Kids and Authors Alike Love Instagram. Here’s How To Leverage It To Get Kids Reading.. “We’re in an era of unprecedented access to the best, most interesting authors writing for young people. Thanks to social media—Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other outlets—authors are sharing much more than the latest news about their books. For librarians and teachers, this means opportunities to connect students with their favorite writers—and others they might not know yet—to get them excited about reading in a whole new way.”

Ohio University: “Book Beat” airs again in Don Swaim Digital Collection

Thanks to Esther S. for this one – I completely missed it. Ohio University: “Book Beat” airs again in Don Swaim Digital Collection. “The Ohio University Libraries’ Don Swaim Collection, featuring over 700 audio interviews of well-known authors from ‘Book Beat,’ the nationally produced CBS Radio News program, is now digitally available online—including digital transcripts of the syndicated news program. From 1982 through 1993 ‘Book Beat,’ hosted by OHIO alumnus Don Swaim (1959), ran daily snippets of the candid taped interviews of famous authors such as Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, John Irving, Ray Bradbury and many others.”

Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture

Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture. “Go with me here. Janeites can be seen as internet culture avant la lettre—what Sebastian Heath, an archaeologist and professor of computational humanities and Roman archaeology at New York University, calls a ‘self-digitizing community.’ OK, yes, the Arpanet and packet switching don’t figure much in the misadventures of Emma Woodhouse or the Bennet sisters. But the Janeites represent a critical plot point in the evolution of online sociology.”

Just Launched: Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive (Columbia University Libraries)

Colubmia University Libraries: Just Launched: Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive, comprised of captured website content related to literary authors (of both fiction and non-fiction essays), translators, critics, and publishers from Europe and Eurasia.”

University of North Carolina: William Blake Archive Opens New Digital Archive Exhibitions Wing

University of North Carolina: William Blake Archive Opens New Digital Archive Exhibitions Wing. “The William Blake Archive at UNC recently announced the grand opening of its newest digital wing: an Archive Exhibitions space, which allows viewers to browse through curated presentations and special topics related to Blake’s work. Its first show, now open to the public, highlights Blake’s remarkable and enigmatic depiction of the pilgrims from the Canterbury Tales. The Archive Exhibitions feature digital galleries which include both informational text and high-resolution scans of Blake’s drawings, paintings, engravings, and more.”

The Digital Fix: Forbidden Planet open up their archives and share previously unseen photos from their in-store signings

The Digital Fix: Forbidden Planet open up their archives and share previously unseen photos from their in-store signings.. “Forbidden Planet have made available for the first time a treasure trove of images from their instore events – including photos of some of their most famous guests. You can now find full details, including photographs, flyers and posters, from all of our events from 1978 to 1989, including signings with Mark Hamill and Dave Prowse, James Doohan, Nick Rhodes, Jon Pertwee, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey and many, many more.” More content will be available in the fall.

American Booksellers Association: Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads

American Booksellers Association: Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads. “In early June, A Room of One’s Own Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin, encountered a problem when trying to advertise author events on Facebook. The bookstore’s events coordinator, Gretchen Treu, requested to boost Facebook posts to promote two author events only to find that they were rejected on the basis of what Facebook characterized as their ‘political nature.’”

Nebraska Today: Huskers help create George Eliot digital archive

Nebraska Today: Huskers help create George Eliot digital archive. “The works of English author George Eliot are getting the digital treatment, thanks to three University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduates. Megan Ekstrom, Rachel Gordon and Riley Jhi are creating a website to house the complete works of the novelist, poet, journalist and translator. The students are working on the project this summer through the university’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program, which provides a stipend for students to work with faculty mentors in research or creative activities for 20 hours per week. “