Inside the Magic: British Library Makes “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Exhibit Available Online For Free

Inside the Magic: British Library Makes “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Exhibit Available Online For Free. “The British Library has decided to make its exhibit: ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ available online so everyone magic-born and muggle alike can have a chance to experience it during the current crisis.”

New York Times: ‘Emergency’ Online Library Draws Ire of Some Authors

New York Times: ‘Emergency’ Online Library Draws Ire of Some Authors. “After NPR and The New Yorker ran reports praising the National Emergency Library (the headline over the historian Jill Lepore’s essay in The New Yorker called it “a gift to readers everywhere”), several prominent writers, including Colson Whitehead, took to social media to condemn the project.” I just checked to see if any of my books are in the Emergency Library. Several of them are. If you want to read them you go right ahead. They’re old but I recommend WEB SEARCH GARAGE and INFORMATION TRAPPING as they’re more philosophical (how I search and more importantly how I think about search)

Internet Archive responds: Why we released the National Emergency Library (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive: Internet Archive responds: Why we released the National Emergency Library. “According to IMLS FY17 Public Libraries survey (the last fiscal year for which data is publicly available), in FY17 there were more than 716 million physical books in US public libraries. Using the same data, which shows a 2-3% decline in collection holdings per year, we can estimate that public libraries have approximately 650 million books on their shelves in 2020. Right now, today, there are 650 million books that tax-paying citizens have paid to access that are sitting on shelves in closed libraries, inaccessible to them. And that’s just in public libraries.”

WCYB: Dolly Parton will read children’s books at bedtime on social media

WCYB: Dolly Parton will read children’s books at bedtime on social media. “Beginning on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m., Dolly Parton will be reading a children’s book for bedtime in a series entitled ‘Goodnight with Dolly.’ Dolly will welcome the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. She will be reading it on her social channels.”

Chicago Tribune: Bored and on a budget? Here’s how to read for free while social distancing

Chicago Tribune: Bored and on a budget? Here’s how to read for free while social distancing. “In the past week, publishers and audio entertainment companies have offered a deluge of free e-books and audiobooks to keep readers of all ages engaged while they’re hunkered down at home. Parents, teachers and kids can choose from electronic editions of beloved stories such as Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’ Ann McGovern’s ‘Stone Soup,’ Jack London’s ‘The Call of the Wild’ and Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre.'”

Canton Repository: Readers flock to apocalyptic fiction amid coronavirus outbreak

Canton Repository: Readers flock to apocalyptic fiction amid coronavirus outbreak. “Many people are choosing to seek out fiction that hits close to home right now. Rachel Colby’s choice for a recent Sunday night movie was hardly the sort of escapism that many people seek in times of crisis. Instead, it was the all-too-real 2011 Matt Damon movie ‘Contagion.’ But rather than add to any possible distress due to the current coronavirus crisis, the film about a deadly infection spreading across the globe allayed some of Colby’s fears.”

Neowin: Google and the City of Antwerp will digitize over 100,000 books and release them for free

Neowin: Google and the City of Antwerp will digitize over 100,000 books and release them for free. “In an effort to preserve some of the world’s literary history, Google has partnered with the City of Antwerp to digitize over 100,000 books that were originally published from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The books are coming from a couple of sources – the Plantin-Moretus Museum and the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library.”