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Project REVEAL: The Harry Ransom Center takes a huge digital step forward July 9, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Special Collections

One of the kinks in the harried digital evolution for university special collections and archives has been the focus on getting their best stuff processed first. This selective approach to digitization, which of course has its roots in the pervasive financial and human resource constraints faced by most repositories, can have a profound long-term effect on what information finds the public realm. Project REVEAL, which stands for Read and View English & American Literature, by The Harry…

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Tub Lit: Kickstarter project offers waterproof books June 15, 2015 – Posted in: book design, Books and Technology, Content, Paper, Video

  The latest crowdsourced gem for the book crowd comes to us from Bibliobath. Thanks to Wing Weng and Jasper Jansen, a Dutch-Chinese couple based in Amsterdam, we finally have the waterproof book! They have 4 titles ready to go; a selection of short stories by Mark Twain, one of the selected poetry by W. B. Yeats, an edition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and a special Kickstarter-only edition of the Chinese classic The Art of War.…

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Brewster Kahle says ‘Digitize Everything’ June 9, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Libraries, Special Collections

What a perfect way to follow up my look at John Palfrey’s new book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google then with a short video from EDUCAUSE Review Online of Brewster Kahle talking about the absolute necessity of digitizing everything we can get our hands on. Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, has been at the forefront of the digital revolution, especially when it comes to the role…

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Plant this Book June 1, 2015 – Posted in: book arts, Books and Technology, Paper, Video

In 1968 Richard Brautigan published Please Plant This Book a collection of eight seed packets, each bearing an original poem related to its contents. Now almost 50 years later the Argentine publisher Pequeño Editor has unveiled a book that you can actually plant! The project is called Tree Book Tree and is designed to teach kids a little about the origin of paper books and sustainability. For its first release it took the popular children’s…

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Orange is the new green at the Multnomah County Library April 22, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Libraries

The Multnomah County Library in Oregon (think Portland) has become the first major library in the country to sustainably source the paper it uses to print patron receipts and hold slips. The library, which uses upward of 10,000 rolls of paper each year for these slips, has moved from the traditional white paper that contains bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS) to an alternative paper that uses a vitamin C formulation instead. That’s right vitamin C, though…

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