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Hemingwrite: “The Kindle of writing composition” October 25, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content

Typewriter meet the 21st century. The Hemingwrite, one of 20 new hardware devices entered in the Engadget.com Insert Coin competition, is a prototype that is assured a bright future. What the Kindle did for reading, we want to do for writing,” said cofounder Patrick Paul of Hamtramck, Michigan. “Adam and I are huge fans of the simplicity of a typewriter but using one is tiresome and outdated. We set out to deliver the same distraction-free writing experience…

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Mining newspapers for poetry October 17, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Libraries, Special Collections

What to do you get when you partner up a digital humanities projects librarian with an associate professor of computer science and engineering? Answer: Something good. At the University of Nebraska Elizabeth Lorang, research assistant professor and digital humanities projects librarian in the University Libraries has teamed with Leen-Kiat Soh, associate professor of the computer science and engineering, and a couple of students students to develop software to recognize poetry from digitized newspapers. “Millions of poems were published in…

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The challenge is on: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? October 16, 2014 – Posted in: bookmobiles, Books and Technology, Content, Libraries, public libraries

The Good Food and Bookmobile This project will take a traditional bookmobile and add kitchen components to bring core community services to people in rural areas, building community, increasing community capacity, and ensuring access for all. The mission of the Knight Foundation is simple: To support “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.” One way they do…

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Ready for Some Finger Reading? October 14, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, product design, Reading / Literacy

The latest gem to be concocted in MIT’s Media Lab is the FingerReader. Billed as “a wearable interface for reading on the go,” the device: is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line,…

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Kafka’s notebook, the first written evidence of Yiddish and more as Israel’s National Library opens up October 9, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Libraries, Special Collections

13th-century German prayer book containing the earliest evidence of the Yiddish language. The goal is daunting: Undertake “a worldwide initiative to digitize every Hebrew manuscript in existence.” To celebrate the project, the National Library of Israel is opening its vaults to give the world a peek and some of the jewels of their collection.  The Associated Press was offered “a rare glimpse at its most prized treasures,” some never before seen and others that has been locked…

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