Monthly Archives: July 2014

Why Are So Few Books From the 20th Century Available as Ebooks?

The Atlantic recently posted an interesting article about ebooks compared with music. Music from the 20th century is largely available through services like iTunes and YouTube. However, books from the 20th century are less available electronically. While music and books that were published before 1923 (i.e., that are in the public domain) are widely […]

Threats to the Future of the Internet

As part of its series on the Web at 25, the Pew Internet Research Center recently published a report in which they asked experts “By 2025 will there be significant changes for the worse and hindrances to the ways in which people get and share content online compared with the way globally networked people […]

Google is designing the Font of the Future

New York Magazine recently reported on Google’s attempt to design the font of the future. According to the article, Google wants to design a universal typeface as people now tend to use different fonts for different purposes, e.g., your cover letter likely has a different font than a text you send. “Typography is kind […]

Wikipedia Pages Getting Edited from Congress

The Atlantic recently reported on @congressedits, a Twitter bot that promises to tweet “anonymous Wikipedia edits that are made from IP addresses in the U.S. Congress.” The story begins with the amusing observation that the Wikipedia entry for the Choco-Taco, an ice cream treat, was edited by someone with an IP address at […]

Can Google Map Hackers Destroy a Business at Will? recently published an article about how a business owner alleges that Google Map Hackers destroyed his business. According to the article, a Washington, D.C. area restaurant noticed a precipitous drop in business over the weekend. Someone had apparently hacked into Google Maps and put in false information that the restaurant was closed […]

The Indigenous Law Portal

The Law Library of Congress recently introduced the Indigenous Law Portal. The portal includes an interactive map of American Indian Constitutions and Legal Materials. Clicking on a state brings up the online indigenous law materials available for that state, including constitutions, codes, and links to tribal websites. New York, for instance, includes materials […]

The National Archives Wants to Put Its Whole Collection on Wikimedia Commons recently reported that the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (“NARA”) wants to upload as many documents as it can to the Wikimedia Commons, a partner with Wikipedia. In 2012, NARA uploaded 100,000 images to the Commons. In a report on its Open Government Plan for 2014-2016, NARA said it wanted to upload […]

New York Law Institute’s Twitter Account Passes 500 Followers

The New York Law Institute’s Twitter account @NYLawInstitute recently passed the 500-follower mark. The Twitter account highlights activities and events of the Law Institute as well as developments in technology, law, and librarianship from around the world.

You can read NYLI’s Twitter feed and become a follower here at @NYLawInstitute.

Magazines Increasingly Becoming Online Only

Crain’s New York recently published an article describing a report by, a database of United States and Canada publications. Twenty-seven titles ceased publication entirely during the first half of 2014, but several prominent magazines, including Ladies’ Home Journal and Jet, have ceased physical publication, becoming online only resources. However, there were also 75 […]

Saving Old Software from Extinction in the Age of Cloud Computing

ArsTechnica recently published an article about the problems of old software in the age of cloud computing. In many ways, cloud computing makes our lives easier than ever before. Data input on one device is often seamlessly available on other devices, making it easy to switch from desktop to laptop to smartphone. However, the […]