CBC: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables manuscript going online

CBC: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables manuscript going online. “Starting in 2022, people will be able to read Anne of Green Gables online thanks to a new digital version of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s original manuscript. The hand-written manuscript will be the centrepiece of a digital exhibition involving the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) and the University of Prince Edward Island’s L.M. Montgomery Institute and the Robertson Library.”

Jurist: Libraries Are Not a Crime

Jurist: Libraries Are Not a Crime. “There is nothing wrong with being a landlord, and there is nothing wrong with collecting rent. But there is nothing particularly special or morally compelling about it, either. If copyright owners want to complain about the [National Emergency Library], let them do it as landlords, and let us see their arguments as landlord arguments. After all, unlike real landlords, they aren’t even objecting to the loss of actual income on a property they are maintaining. Literary landlords object to the possibility they might not collect every possible rent on a literary property they created or purchased long ago. Maybe we should feel sorry for them? I will confess, my sympathy is limited.”

Publishers Weekly: Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries

Publishers Weekly: Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries. “As the pandemic continues to impact the country, Penguin Random House has announced that it is extending its temporary digital license terms for libraries through December 31, 2020.”

PBS: Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library

PBS: Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library. “Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech city where he was born and spent his childhood. The Moravian Library in the city of Brno said Thursday that the entire collection would be transported from Kundera’s apartment in Paris in the fall.”

Scientific American: How to Evaluate COVID-19 News without Freaking Out

Scientific American: How to Evaluate COVID-19 News without Freaking Out. “Carl Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington, is an expert on how information flows in science and society. He and his University of Washington colleague Jevin West teach a course on data reasoning in the digital world (its materials are available online). They have also written a book based on the course, Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, which is set to be published this Tuesday. Bergstrom has monitored the pandemic closely, sharing frequent updates on Twitter and countering disinformation. Scientific American spoke with him about his tool kit for navigating the daily deluge of news about the novel coronavirus, from finding reliable sources to interpreting reporting about preprint research.”

Motherboard: Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library

Motherboard: Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library. “In a brief filed in a New York district court on Tuesday night, the Internet Archive fired back in response to a lawsuit brought against it by five of the world’s largest publishers. The lawsuit seeks to shut down an online National Emergency Library started by the Internet Archive during the Covid-19 pandemic and levy millions of dollars in fines against the organization.”

Slate: They’ll Never “Get Over It”

Slate: They’ll Never “Get Over It”. “Last week, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said on a talk radio show that schoolchildren needed to go back to school and that parental fears about the idea were overblown. “They’re at the lowest risk possible,” Parson told the radio host. “If they do get COVID-19, which they will … they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctors’ offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.” Rational people everywhere opened up their windows and screamed, ‘It’s a contagious disease!’ into the street, and once again, William Maxwell’s 1937 influenza novella They Came Like Swallows flew, unwelcome, into my mind.”

British Library: Mervyn Peake’s scariest drawings saved for the nation

British Library: Mervyn Peake’s scariest drawings saved for the nation . “Today we are announcing the acquisition of over 300 drawings from the pen of one of the 20th century’s greatest illustrators, Mervyn Peake. The archive includes fearsome and funny illustrations for classics such as Treasure Island, The Hunting of the Snark and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm, as well as illustrations for his own books including Gormenghast, Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor and Letters From a Lost Uncle.”

Insight News: U of M Press releases “Reading for Racial Justice” digital collection for free Summer reading

Insight News: U of M Press releases “Reading for Racial Justice” digital collection for free Summer reading. “On May 25, Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota became the center of attention with the death of George Floyd. It was also an open window to a curious world that wanted to learn more about African American history, race relations, and social justice. The University of Minnesota Press has released a digital collection, ‘Reading for Racial Justice,’ for free summer reading. The collection has been curated to express the intersectionality of race, food, and environmental justice.”

Ithaca Voice: Grant to fund creation of digital archive for local poetry press

Ithaca Voice: Grant to fund creation of digital archive for local poetry press. “Ithaca has its roots in poetry — named after the Greek island in ‘Odyssey,’ Homer’s epic poem, it is no surprise Ithaca has historically had a lively literary scene. Now, some of the history of Ithaca’s literary community will become more accessible via the creation of a digital archive for Ithaca House Press.”

Techdirt: Research Libraries Tell Publishers To Drop Their Awful Lawsuit Against The Internet Archive

Techdirt: Research Libraries Tell Publishers To Drop Their Awful Lawsuit Against The Internet Archive. “I’ve seen a lot of people — including those who are supporting the publishers’ legal attack on the Internet Archive — insist that they ‘support libraries,’ but that the Internet Archive’s Open Library and National Emergency Library are ‘not libraries.’ First off, they’re wrong. But, more importantly, it’s good to see actual librarians now coming out in support of the Internet Archive as well. The Association of Research Libraries has put out a statement asking publishers to drop this counter productive lawsuit, especially since the Internet Archive has shut down the National Emergency Library.”

TorrentFreak: EFF & Heavyweight Legal Team Will Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library Against Publishers

TorrentFreak: EFF & Heavyweight Legal Team Will Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library Against Publishers . “The EFF has revealed it is teaming up with law firm Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit targeting its Open Library. According to court filings, the impending storm is shaping up to be a battle of the giants, with opposing attorneys having previously defended Google in book scanning cases and won a $1bn verdict for the RIAA against ISP Cox.”

Baltimore Magazine: The Womanist Reader Creates an Online Library of Black Literature

Baltimore Magazine: The Womanist Reader Creates an Online Library of Black Literature. “Named after Layli Phillips’ 2006 anthology, The Womanist Reader is an Instagram account that acts as a free online library and features PDF texts from Black female writers across the African diaspora.”

Vox: A lawsuit is threatening the Internet Archive — but it’s not as dire as you may have heard

Vox: A lawsuit is threatening the Internet Archive — but it’s not as dire as you may have heard. “The Internet Archive (also known as IA or Archive.org), home to the giant vault of internet and public domain history known as the Wayback Machine, is currently facing a crisis — one largely defined by misinformation. A group of publishing companies filed a scathing copyright lawsuit earlier this month over the IA’s controversial attempt to open an ‘Emergency Library’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Ever since, confusion about the scope of the lawsuit and its potential impact on the IA as a whole has stoked fears of a crackdown on the IA’s many projects, including its gargantuan archive of the historical internet.”