Why does Amazon now have customers do the search chores it used to do for them, and in innovative ways?
In Germany, fixed-price laws curtail the power of retail chains and help to sustain a vibrant literary culture.
The 15-year-old non-profit Internet Archive has started a hugely ambitious project to assemble and scan all of the world’s printed books.
According to Brewster Kahle, the founder of Internet Archive, “We want to collect one copy of every book… You can never tell what is going to paint the portrait of a culture.”
Author/futurist David Houle says:
“There were more books published this week than there were in all of 1950,” he said.
Houle told the room full of publishers that the physical book had a great run as an artifact, but encouraged them to embrace the current era of digital publishing to pave the way for future generations.
Arizona has found the Tuscon Unifed School District’s Mexican American studies program in violation of a ruling that prohibits courses and classes that ‘promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.’
Along with William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, banned books include Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Brazilian educator Paolo Freire, Occupied America: A History of Chicanos’ by Rodolfo Acuña, Chicano!: The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales, 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, by Elizabeth Martinez and Critical Race Theory a textbook by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic.