The Future of Reading

District director

Pam Sandlian-Smith, director of the Rangeview, Colo., Library District, says, "It's very common for people to say, 'Why do I need a library when I've got a computer?' We have to reframe what the library means to the community." (David Sarno / Los Angeles Times)

Electronic reading devices are transforming the concept of a book

July 18, 2010

THE FUTURE OF READING

Electronic reading devices are transforming the concept of a book

Emma Teitgen, 12, thought the chemistry book her teacher recommended would make perfect bedside reading. Perfect because it might help her fall asleep.

Libraries reinvent themselves as they struggle to remain relevant in the digital age

November 12, 2010

THE FUTURE OF READING

Libraries reinvent themselves as they struggle to remain relevant in the digital age

Kathy DeGrego's T-shirt lets you know right away she isn't an old-school librarian.

Book publishers see their role as gatekeepers shrink

December 26, 2010

THE FUTURE OF READING

Book publishers see their role as gatekeepers shrink

Joe Konrath can't wait for his books to go out of print.

Bob Stein wants to change how people think about the book

December 29, 2010

Bob Stein wants to change how people think about the book

Back in 1992, virtual eons before the Kindle and the iPad, Bob Stein created software that let a reader flip through an electronic book on a laptop computer.

Amazon's Kindle opens new chapter for publishing industry

December 29, 2010

Amazon's Kindle opens new chapter for publishing industry

When Amazon.com Inc. launched its Kindle digital book business in 2007, little did many people realize that the company was really rewriting the book on the entire publishing industry.

Digital technology lets libraries share their fragile treasures with the world

9:10 PM PST, November 24, 2010

Digital technology lets libraries share their fragile treasures with the world

Recalling a medieval scribe laboring to preserve humankind's rarest writings, Edith Young gently places each fraying page of a 400-year-old Chinese manuscript on a special cradle before she lowers a glass plate to flatten it for a digital snapshot.

OpenSky helps authors develop their brands

August 1, 2010

THE FUTURE OF READING

OpenSky helps authors develop their brands

NEW YORK -- About a year ago Mary Ann Naples had a holy-cow moment. If she'd been a cartoon character, she would have smacked her forehead until stars came out.

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