I completely agree with David Lankes’ post on Kindle Unlimited
Can I tell you why I’m so excited about Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service? Because, aside from all my publications with academic presses and journals, I am an independent publisher. My book, Expect More, was published as a physical copy and digital copy through Amazon’s tools. What’s better, I’m automatically part of Kindle Unlimited, and maybe this will get me more readers. You see, the vast majority of the 600,000 titles in Kindle Unlimited are self-published books.Want the top sellers in the New York Times list? Ah, go to a library.
Surprised that a professor of library and information science isn’t all that worried about the fate of libraries (mostly public libraries) in the light of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited launching it’s “Netflix for Books?” Don’t be. Amazon joins a pretty crowded field, including Overdrive,Scribd, and Oyster. What’s more, Amazon is leading with 600,000 items, where libraries have access to tens of millions of titles…seriously.
But honestly, that is nowhere near as scary as things like network neutrality, where Internet Service Providers are trying to figure out how to monetize your viewing habits and pick the winners and losers in new Internet services. And that, frankly, pales in comparison to digital sharecropping, where huge corporations get massive billion-dollar valuations based on the content and work of their “users.” I mean, who is using whom when YouTube gets bought by Google for over a billion dollars and not one video producer saw a dime?
So are there scary things going on? Yup? Thank God we have some folks who are in the information industry and base their work on century-old values.Thank goodness there are information professionals that continue to maintain an internationally-distributed network of local knowledge hubs dedicated to community engagement and free and fair access to the life blood of democracy: information. Thank goodness there are librarians who long ago realized that it is not the size of your collection, but the reach of your community that really matters.
By the way, if you have $10 a month lying around, try Marvel Unlimited. If you are a comic book fan it is fricken incredible.
Take the Speed Test!
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are conducting a broadband speed test to gauge the quality of public access to the internet in our nation’s public libraries. The project also is supported by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), the Public Library Association (PLA), the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
Your participation is important! As part of its E-rate Program modernization effort, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is gathering a range of data to inform changes in the program and better understand library and school broadband needs. Access to high quality broadband has emerged as a central issue in the ability of libraries to build digitally inclusive communities, and ensure digital equity, readiness, and literacy. Through this effort, ALA, IMLS, and the broader library community seek your help in informing the FCC about the quality of broadband access in public libraries.
If you are running the test on a mobile device (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Android tablet/phone), click HERE.
By August 8, 2014, we are asking that you run the speed test at least twice each from a public access computer and a WiFi connected device – once when the library is closed, and again while the library is open to the public (but you can run it as many times as you like if you’d like to test the quality of your connection at peak vs. slower times of day, for instance – all results will be captured and used):
NOTE: If you’ve run the speed test at least once before, you will see the results on the dashboard once logged in. The results from all tests are captured, but the last run test results are shown.
NOTE: It’s possible to skip these questions, but having answers to them is very important to interpreting the speed test results.
NOTE: If you’ve run the speed test at least once before, you will see the results on the dashboard once logged in. The results from all tests are captured, but the results from the last speed test results are shown.
Thank you for your participation! Need help? Contact iPAC at the University of Maryland e-mail; 301-405-9445 phone.
Read More http://digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest/
How much access to your (and your friends’) personal data are you prepared to share for access to free mobile apps? I suspect the amount is significantly less than that which you actually agreed to share when blindly accepting the Terms of Service.
If you’re one of those 1,000,000,000 people who have downloaded this app, take a moment to read the following. I’ve posted, word for word, a few of the most aggressive app permission you’ve accepted.
- Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity
- Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
- Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
- Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.
- Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
This hashtag is used for anything related to higher education. Following it will enable you to access a wide range of resources and materials on higher education
As its name indicates this is a hashtag for anything related to the world of academia.
This hashtag is for educational research. #research is also another hashtag used interchangeably with #edresearch.
This one here is for educational studies and academic papers.
This hashtag is for PHD students and professors and anyone else interested in the PhD life. This chat is weekly and is held every Wednesday.
#PhDAdvice is an asynchronous hashtag for curated discussions and conversations among PhD folks.
if you are an academic, use #ScholarSunday hashtag to recommend some new Twitter users to your followers. You will also find what others have recommended for you to follow.
8- #AdjunctChat #AdjunctChat provides a great forum to discuss issues that should be relevant to everybody in higher education.