Book News

Rebecca MacKinnon’s new book “argues that it is time to fight for our rights before they are sold, legislated, programmed, and engineered away…” by what she deems soveriegns of cyberspace, like “Googledom” and “Facebookistan…”

The Internet is such a terrifically treacherous terrain of progress, connectivity, insight, deceit, inspiration and stress…

That most of us became educated about the recent embattled legislation known as SOPA/PIPA ( Stop Online Piracy Act / Protect IP [Intellectual Property] Act) via our Facebook accounts, jumping from one friend’s shared-link to another’s demonstrates that inherent duality – the Internet is not censored and so we have the ability to post all of these enticing links on our Facebook walls or via our own personal (Google-facilitated) Blogger-accounts – but what about …as MacKinnon writes on Slate: “Innovative technology in the hands of brave people…” (like the CEOs of Facebook and Google) who have helped foster “a new, virtual public sphere that is largely shaped, built, owned, and operated by private companies…” (Read more from Slate). Yes the internet empowers us, but how, exactly…should it be governed?

Related: The Wall Street Journal posted this on their Technology Page: Understanding SOPA – A simple Q&A -re: the Online Piracy Debate – and what you need to know…

But… ***what you really need to know – is that, if you’re interested, the Library Network (and your own Ferndale Public Library) added MacKinnon’s new book to circulation this week. 

Just another reminder that those books you read about in the New York Times Sunday reviews, or name-dropped on MSNBC’s Morning Joe or perhaps highlighted by the national evening news on basic cable – are always just a short drive away – reachable and readable at your Ferndale Public Library.

For the biography-fans -we have an intriguing trio: a new copy Jodi Kantor’s (somewhat controversial) The Obamas; Michael Kranish’ The Real Romney, and the delightfully droll autobiography of delightfully polarizing activist/filmmaker Michael Moore – Here Comes Trouble

On top of that – I’m just about to put this book on the shelf: Jeffrey Kluger’s The Sibling Effect … “A provocative and surprising exploration of the longest sustained relationships we have in life -”

Come check some books out…

………oooorrrrr maybe you’re more into E-books and maybe you’re still interested in testing out that new e-reader from over the holidays.

Interesting newsy bytes for you then… NPR’s Jonathan Segura finally threw his arms up in exasperation – that we should end this drawn-out debate of e-books vs. print… His frustration was born from reading National Book Award winning author of Freedom, Jonathan Franzen’s recent tirade that the “radical contingency” of something like ebooks can undermine a society’s “system of justice or responsible self-government…”

Whoa.

Let’s get over it…

It’s not going anywhere. And beyond that, the burgeoning population of ebook/e-device readers/users are starting to realize that access has not kept up with the technology or demand. Many notable books are still not available, legally, to e-readers…yet. FPL Circulation Specialist Kelly Bennett bemoaned that she has to read her e-version of The Ferndale Reads’ 2012 selection The Local News on her iPad  …because it wasn’t available for download, yet, via sites like Audible or OverDrive. (FPL patrons can access books via OverDrive with their library card #’s, fyi).

From paidContent – exploring “A Crowdfunded Approach To Setting E-Books Free”

Much like internet-users rallied to sign petitions against SOPA/PIPA, they are now rallying onto a new crowd-funding site called Unglue.it a kickstarter esque site to “liberate specific e-books and other types of digital content by paying rights holders to re-license their works under Creative Commons licenses…”

Essentially, “digital rights holder sets the price for which he or she is willing to make a book as a Creative Commons, DRM-free e-book…”

Power to the e-readers…

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