Just learned about this one today.
"Both the Chicago Public Library and New York Public Library are starting up large-scale projects that lend WiFi hotspots to households with little to no internet access, giving them a chance to pursue internet education programs that would otherwise be off-limits." (Endgadget)This is an amazing idea. I hope it works. This could lead to more libraries doing similar things. It's also an awesome way of showing people the power of the library.
"The bookstore chain announced Wednesday that its board has approved a plan to split into two separate public companies: one for Barnes & Noble's retail operations and another for its Nook efforts. The plan is to finalize the split by the end of the first quarter of 2015." (Mashable)I wonder if/how this would effect publishers and authors.The Nook hasn't been doing nearly as well as Kindle and B&N closed some stores last year. I'm glad, though, that Barnes & Noble is still hanging in there.
"Splitting off the Nook business is the latest chapter in Barnes & Noble's ongoing saga to compete with technology giants like Amazon, Apple, and Google." (PC World)Amazon has cornered the ebook market. Let's see if this split can make the Nook a competitor. I've no problem with Amazon. It's the reason I've been able to publish my books. I also don't want them to continue being the biggest ebook retailer. Amazon has been letting all that power go to their heads.