University of Massachusetts Amherst: New Open-Access Book On Microplastic Pollution Highlights The Need For Better Science And Management

University of Massachusetts Amherst: New Open-Access Book On Microplastic Pollution Highlights The Need For Better Science And Management. “In ‘Microplastic in the Environment: Pattern and Process,’ editor Michael S. Bank, senior scientist at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research and professor of contaminants and complex systems at UMass Amherst, tackles an extraordinarily complex problem that has recently come to popular attention: the problem of microplastics.”

The Verge: The Great Fiction of AI

The Verge: The Great Fiction of AI. “In order to survive in a marketplace where infinite other options are a click away, authors need to find their fans and keep them loyal. So they follow readers to the microgenres into which Amazon’s algorithms classify their tastes, niches like ‘mermaid young adult fantasy’ or ‘time-travel romance,’ and keep them engaged by writing in series, each installment teasing the next, which already has a title and set release date, all while producing a steady stream of newsletters, tweets, and videos.”

The Nation: You Can’t Buy These Books

The Nation: You Can’t Buy These Books. “In reality, the publishers’ attack on the Internet Archive is a Trojan horse for a very different, and radical, idea: that e-books are fundamentally—legally—different from paper books. If accepted, their argument would remove e-books from the many statutory protections upon which library rights positively depend. That outcome would leave libraries vulnerable to the draconian licensing deals under which e-books are increasingly offered. And libraries would have to pay and pay, in the absence of digital books that can be permanently bought and owned outright.”

Organization of American States: OAS and Foundation El Libro Total Make Available 80,000 Books in Spanish Free of Charge

Organization of American States: OAS and Foundation El Libro Total Make Available 80,000 Books in Spanish Free of Charge . “The Organization of American States (OAS) and Foundation El Libro Total today signed an agreement to disseminate more than 80,000 books digitized by the institution’s platform, free of charge, throughout the Americas and the world.”

PR Newswire: GIDEON’s Monkeypox eBook Offered Free of Charge to Help Fight the Outbreak (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: GIDEON’s Monkeypox eBook Offered Free of Charge to Help Fight the Outbreak (PRESS RELEASE). “GIDEON, the leading infectious diseases database, released their monkeypox eBook at no cost. GIDEON exists to advance the fight against infectious diseases; the timely release of the eBook is another step toward its mission. The ‘Monkeypox: Global Status’ eBook is authored by top infectious disease specialists and doctors, including Stephen Berger MD, the co-founder of GIDEON.” The ebook will be available free for 30 days.

DPLA: DPLA releases The Covid Archive as free ebook

DPLA: DPLA releases The Covid Archive as free ebook. “Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the publication of a free ebook, The Covid Archive: A finding aid to government documents related to the Covid19 Pandemic. The Covid Archive is a digital finding aid for the digital archive of government documents related to the response of U.S. federal and state governments to the Covid 19 pandemic. The finding aid provides an index to more than 3,000 government documents related to the pandemic response that were identified by the Covid Tracking Project and digitally preserved by DPLA.”

Good E-Reader: The Amazon Kindle will support EPUB in late 2022

Good E-Reader: The Amazon Kindle will support EPUB in late 2022. “Amazon has announced that all of the modern Kindle e-readers will support the most popular ebook format in the world, EPUB. The company recently updated their Send to Kindle documentation and stated that it will add support for EPUB later this year. Send to Kindle will suspend the ability to load in MOBI, since it is an older file format and won’t support the newest Kindle features for documents. If you have MOBI books already on your Kindle, they will continue to be accessible. Amazon is also disabling to the ability to send AZW to the Kindle.”

Motherboard: Ebook Services Are Bringing Unhinged Conspiracy Books into Public Libraries

Motherboard: Ebook Services Are Bringing Unhinged Conspiracy Books into Public Libraries. “For years, the digital media service Hoopla has given library patrons access to ebooks, movies, and audiobooks through bulk subscriptions sold to public libraries. But more recently, librarians have started calling for transparency into the company’s practices after realizing its digital ebook collection contains countless low-quality titles promoting far-right conspiracy theories, COVID disinformation, LGBTQ+ conversion therapy, and Holocaust denial.”

The WSJ Guide to Student Loans: Navigating the Myths and Misunderstandings About College Debt (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: The WSJ Guide to Student Loans: Navigating the Myths and Misunderstandings About College Debt. “Which college majors pay off? Is graduate school a golden goose or a money pit? Are Ivy League degrees usually worth it? The Wall Street Journal answers these questions—and many more—in a first-of-its kind guide to student debt. Readers can download The WSJ Guide to Student Loans: Navigating the Myths and Misunderstandings About College Debt, free by following this link.” I cynically expected that link to go to some kind of required registration before download, but nope – it goes straight to a 148-page PDF file. Good on you, WSJ.

Publishers Weekly: With AAP Reply, Legal Battle Over Maryland Library E-book Law Intensifies

Publishers Weekly: With AAP Reply, Legal Battle Over Maryland Library E-book Law Intensifies. “In a January 28 court filing, lawyers for the Association of American publishers doubled down on their claim that Maryland’s library e-book law is clearly preempted by the federal Copyright Act, and said supporters of the law are seeking to ‘unravel decades of federal legislation and jurisprudence that delineate the contours of copyright law.’”

The Open Access Books Collection: Expanding Access and Building Connections (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: The Open Access Books Collection: Expanding Access and Building Connections. “In March 2020, we first shared about the growing collection of open access e-books available on loc.gov. A lot has changed since then but, in particular, the Open Access Books Collection was created. This newly created collection brings together all known open access e-books available on loc.gov, the number of which has grown significantly from about 300 titles to over 3,200.”

Techdirt: Book Publishers Sue Maryland Over Law That Would Require Them To Offer ‘Reasonable’ Prices On Ebooks To Libraries

Techdirt: Book Publishers Sue Maryland Over Law That Would Require Them To Offer ‘Reasonable’ Prices On Ebooks To Libraries. “In an ideal world, Congress would get its act together and fix copyright law and properly add first sale rights for digital goods like ebooks. But, without that, some states are trying to step in and fix things, including Maryland, which earlier this year passed a law that would require publishers to sell ebooks to libraries at ‘reasonable’ rates.”