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by Carson Porter | July 21, 2011
Amazon is having a huge sale on e-books for the Kindle. Click here to see all of the titles that are now just 99 cents. Click here for over 900 books $3.99 and under. Sale only goes through July 27th. 
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By David H. Rothman | February 1, 2014
Andrew Carnegie was a social Darwinian. He wanted to give the fittest the tools to rise to the top. Public libraries - as spreaders of skills, knowledge and culture - advanced his goal. Often hailed as Carnegie II, Bill Gates is if nothing else a champion of standardized testing and other forms of meritocracy. So here's a not-so-modest proposal for one of planet Earth's richest people, now worth around $78.5 billion. Update Carnegie's vision. Work toward a national digital library endowment, which, as I'll show, could boost K-12 test scores.
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August 30, 2012
Baltimore County Public Library will officially launch a new 3M Cloud-based e-Book lending service with an event on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. in the Towson branch on York Road. The 3M Cloud Library system service will provide Baltimore County Public Library customers a new way to borrow and read e-Books. The system includes a subscription for both digital content and in-library hardware, with applications for borrowing and reading. The 3M Cloud Library system includes more than 2,500 titles from more than 40 leading publishers including Random House, Sourcebooks and IPG. The e-Books are compatible with PCs, iPads, iPhones, Nooks and Androids.
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August 7, 2013
A few facts about the Baltimore County Library System: Branches: 19 Visits per year: 4.8 million Items borrowed per year: 10.7 million Books and other items available: 1.8 million E-books and audio books available: 89,000 Annual attendance at programs: 210,580 Annual operating budget: $42.6 million   SOURCE:  Baltimore County Library
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By David H. Rothman | March 12, 2012
There are already tens of millions of e-book lovers, and their ranks are sure to be boosted by the latest iPad - along with improved Kindles, Nooks and their rivals. My sister, the retired fourth-grade teacher, has finally succumbed; Dorothy reads faster by enlarging the words on her tablet. And my wife favors e-books when she stretches out in bed. Clearly, the time has come for a well-stocked national digital library system, not to replace brick-and-mortar libraries but to augment them.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2005
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes up 366 pages. That's the old way of measuring books. Now, as an e-book, it's 1,400 kilobytes, or about five minutes of download time for each - if you have a fast modem. Hoping to keep pace with technology - as well as patrons' changing habits - public libraries across Maryland now offer many titles as electronic books, a format that has been around for years but is experiencing a surge in popularity. Fourteen library systems in the state - including in Baltimore and surrounding counties - began offering e-books within the past month.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
A few facts about the Baltimore County Library System: Branches: 19 Visits per year: 4.8 million Items borrowed per year: 10.7 million Books and other items available: 1.8 million E-books and audio books available: 89,000 Annual attendance at programs: 210,580 Annual operating budget: $42.6 million   SOURCE:  Baltimore County Library
NEWS
February 2, 2012
With his proposals for an increased gas tax and new taxes on cellphone apps, e-books and music downloads, perhaps the governor's band, O'Malley's March, should now end its sets with the Beatles' song "Taxman. " At long last, we would finally get the governor in front of a microphone telling it like it is: "Be thankful I don't take it all. " Michael Marois, Baltimore
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August 7, 2013
More and more, the last things on the minds of patrons strolling into Baltimore County's public libraries are books - you know, those quaint, bound collections of paper pages stacked on shelves. Computer stations and audiobooks were the early library offerings for which no trees were felled. Now, it's e-books and e-readers that patrons want. The county library system is working to meet the challenge of customers who expect more, who do not want to turn pages, but to click buttons on their Nooks, Kindles, iPads or home computers.
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By Dave Rosenthal | February 24, 2012
The surprising success of N.Y. Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin has become one of the year's best sports/human interest stories  -- and e-book authors are rushing to cash in on it. Lin, an Asian-American who graduated from Harvard, wasn't drafted by an NBA team and was cut by two teams before finding a spot far down the Knicks' bench. Injuries to other players gave him a chance to start, and he has been phenomenal ever since (except for Thursday's disaster against the Miami Heat). Whenever there's a good story, publishers won't be far behind.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
More and more, the last things on the minds of patrons strolling into Baltimore County's public libraries are books - you know, those quaint, bound collections of paper pages stacked on shelves. Computer stations and audiobooks were the early library offerings for which no trees were felled. Now, it's e-books and e-readers that patrons want. The county library system is working to meet the challenge of customers who expect more, who do not want to turn pages, but to click buttons on their Nooks, Kindles, iPads or home computers.
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By Pete Pichaske | August 7, 2013
Alaina Grubb, 31, wanted to do something stimulating and fun with her young niece and nephew the other day, so she took them to the county library in Woodlawn. Seriously. The library. Specifically, the Arbutus woman took Hayden Grubb, 5, and her 4-year-old brother Lincoln to Storyville, an elaborate, interactive, "magical town" designed for young children from newborns to 5-year-olds. "It's great, a wonderful resource, and they love it," said Grubb, standing in the town's play kitchen watching Hayden arrange plastic pizza slices in a tray and Lincoln stack colorful dishes in a sink.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 2, 2013
I don't know about you, but watching the movie "Lincoln" sent me to the bookshelf and Internet to learn more about political wrangling over the adopition of the 13th Amendment. The movie was a great political science lesson, but it was obvious that Steven Spielberg's epic was a big-screen CliffsNotes version of history. It was imposible to include all of the back stories involving Cabinet members and members of Congress. For example, I wanted to know much, much more about why legislators in my home state of Connecticut voted against the amendment.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
Baltimore County Public Library will officially launch a new 3M Cloud-based e-Book lending service with an event on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. in the Towson branch on York Road. The 3M Cloud Library system service will provide Baltimore County Public Library customers a new way to borrow and read e-Books. The system includes a subscription for both digital content and in-library hardware, with applications for borrowing and reading. The 3M Cloud Library system includes more than 2,500 titles from more than 40 leading publishers including Random House, Sourcebooks and IPG. The e-Books are compatible with PCs, iPads, iPhones, Nooks and Androids.
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By Katie V. Jones | May 19, 2012
When Frank Spruill first looked into franchises more than 30 years ago, he found three options: fast food, automobiles or books. "It was a no brainer," Spruill laughed this past week, standing inside his Little Professor Book Center in Eldersburg. Soon after deciding to pursue the book market, he opened Little Professor in the Carrolltown Center in 1977, where it was located until six years ago, when it moved to its current location at Liberty Station Shopping Center on Liberty Road.
NEWS
By David H. Rothman | March 12, 2012
There are already tens of millions of e-book lovers, and their ranks are sure to be boosted by the latest iPad - along with improved Kindles, Nooks and their rivals. My sister, the retired fourth-grade teacher, has finally succumbed; Dorothy reads faster by enlarging the words on her tablet. And my wife favors e-books when she stretches out in bed. Clearly, the time has come for a well-stocked national digital library system, not to replace brick-and-mortar libraries but to augment them.
NEWS
By David H. Rothman | February 1, 2014
Andrew Carnegie was a social Darwinian. He wanted to give the fittest the tools to rise to the top. Public libraries - as spreaders of skills, knowledge and culture - advanced his goal. Often hailed as Carnegie II, Bill Gates is if nothing else a champion of standardized testing and other forms of meritocracy. So here's a not-so-modest proposal for one of planet Earth's richest people, now worth around $78.5 billion. Update Carnegie's vision. Work toward a national digital library endowment, which, as I'll show, could boost K-12 test scores.
EXPLORE
By Katie V. Jones | May 19, 2012
When Frank Spruill first looked into franchises more than 30 years ago, he found three options: fast food, automobiles or books. "It was a no brainer," Spruill laughed this past week, standing inside his Little Professor Book Center in Eldersburg. Soon after deciding to pursue the book market, he opened Little Professor in the Carrolltown Center in 1977, where it was located until six years ago, when it moved to its current location at Liberty Station Shopping Center on Liberty Road.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | March 8, 2012
Good news for consumers fed up with the high price of e-books: The Justice Department has warned Apple and five major publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, the Wall Street Journal reported today. The Journal says the action grew out of talks among the publishers and Apple as it prepared to introduce the iPad in early 2010. All parties wanted to combat Amazon's dominance in e-books, which was gained with deep discounts that often brought prices under $10.  According to the Journal, as Apple prepared to introduce its first iPad, then-CEO Steve Jobs  suggested moving to an "agency model.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | February 24, 2012
The surprising success of N.Y. Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin has become one of the year's best sports/human interest stories  -- and e-book authors are rushing to cash in on it. Lin, an Asian-American who graduated from Harvard, wasn't drafted by an NBA team and was cut by two teams before finding a spot far down the Knicks' bench. Injuries to other players gave him a chance to start, and he has been phenomenal ever since (except for Thursday's disaster against the Miami Heat). Whenever there's a good story, publishers won't be far behind.
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