Over the past week a number of notable news stories have developed and our week in review series puts the spotlight on digital publishing, e-book and e-reader news from other websites only.
Seattle Library offers story time for grownups – “Thrilling Tales” convenes every first and third Monday at SPL’s downtown branch, led by librarian David Wright. It features masters of storytelling and suspense.
White House Unveils Open eBooks App – As part of the Open eBooks initiative—an initiative highlighted by President Obama last July—the app allows users to access thousands of free books on smartphones or tablets. The app is open to any educator, student or administrator at one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or any of the 194 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States. Additionally, White House reps report that any of the hundreds of thousands of special education teachers in the country—no matter what type of school they work for—also have access.
Wales Library offers amnesty for late books if you bring a food donation – The “food for fines” initiative, which gives borrowers the opportunity to see their penalties disappear if they donate food, will run through March, in conjunction with local charity Donation Station. “Why not declutter your house, pay off your library fines and contribute to a good cause all at once!” urged the Welsh town’s service, which will pass the food on for distribution to charities and local people in need.
Stephen King Dark Tower movie is official – Author Stephen King seems pretty excited about the casting of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as the two leads for the film adaptation of his Dark Tower series.
Penguin displays Little Black Books in interactive bookshelf – Penguin has unveiled a new interactive bookshelf that features close to 80 titles and they can be purchased for $2.00 each.