News – The deadline is April 1 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time for submitting a video entry in an unusual contest being conducted by WorldReader.org. Thanks to a sponsorship by eDreams, the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid one-week trip to Ghana, where he or she will work as a volunteer in the organization’s project of distributing 500 Kindles to students and training the students on how to use them. You have to “like” the WorldReader Facebook page to enter. Click here to submit your video. Click here and here for more information on the WorldReader.org blog, and here for a video of kids using the Kindles.
Interview (starts at 13:04)- Robert Darnton, director of the Harvard Libraries, talks about the stunning rejection of the amended Google Books Settlement, and what might prove to be an even better way to provide digital access to the nation’s treasure trove of library books. Click here for his New York Times op-ed piece on the subject and here for my interview with him last fall.
Content – Amazon and The New York Times announce that Kindle subscribers to the Times will have free access to NYTimes.com on any device, even after the newspaper’s paywall is in place. PC World asks some questions.
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Newport Beach, California, officials mull the closing of the main library and replacing it with a community center. (Link e-mailed by Linda Hopkins.)