Link Smorgasbord, September 30 - October 6

Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week
File under the "color me not surprised" heading.

What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming
I'm totally seeing in-house library applications with this.

Librarian Shaming
This is fun.  Some time soon I'll be adding my own contributions

The New Scribd
Scribd is trying out subscription model books.  Cheaper than Oyster and supposedly with a better selection (but from what I've heard that doesn't take much).  Personally not a particular fan of subscription access to books (or really to much, I'd rather own than rely on Netflix).

Testing Seattle's Porn-Friendly Public Libraries
I thought this was neat.

The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading
My reaction to this article is pretty much "Amen!"

The Big Six Publishers and Library Lending: An Update
TL;DR - it's still a hot mess.

Penguin Drops Side Loading Requirement for Kindle Lending
Still not happy with Penguin, but at least that slightly improves the user experience.  Also, this means I get to update my OverDrive instructions again.

Kindling the Fire
On how to get other reader applications on your Kindle fire in case you want to consume non-Amazon content.

Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access
Good read/listen.  Also a bit creepy. 

Lavabit Tried Giving the Feds Its SSL Key in 11 Pages of 4-Point Font; Feds Complained That It Was Illegible 
*snicker*  So maybe it was petty, but I do feel people have the right to privacy and dislike that the ruling was essentially "everyone pays."

Brian Kenney: How to Make a Make-it-Happen Library
Interesting and relevant reading.

unfashionable libraries
Library accessories are fashionable, but rarely to libraries benefit from this.

Wreck-It Ralph: How Nadar became D.C. libraries' biggest headache (and pissed off a whole neighborhood)

W3C green-lights adding DRM to the Web's standards, says it's OK for your browser to say "I can't let you do that, Dave"
Also feeling a bit let down by Tim Berners-Lee, I feel this is so against what he and others were striving for as internet was initially being grown and developed.


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