Since launching the Free to Read column a year ago and sponsoring the Free Reading Zones project (founded and run by NSR Director, Mirela Roncevic), NSR has morphed into a portal that no longer merely keeps up with press releases, emerging ebook and econtent technologies and new products and services for readers, publishers, and libraries.
It is now a place where ideas are shared about the future of books, publishing, and libraries, and a place where those of us who work with books come together to inspire each other, learn from each other, and bring out the best in each other through action.
In her “Free to Read” posts, Mirela Roncevic, also author of the upcoming ALA publication, Free Reading Zones: Transforming Access to Books through Technology (October, 2017), sheds light on the many ways in which ebooks and digital content in general can help transform access to the written word and create new opportunities for all in the book ecosystem, including publishers, librarians, authors, readers, educators, and others.
Here are the most popular posts from the column’s ever-growing archive:
- Defending the honor of ebooks [and innovation]
- Great to see major publishers embrace alternative ebook models, but let’s give credit where credit is due
- When ebooks are ‘free’ through libraries for two weeks [like Harry Potter]
- Not all libraries are created equal. What would the world be if they were?
- Saving war-torn cities through education [and asking publishers and libraries to do more]
- Croatia Reads was not about Croatia [but about free access to books for all mankind]
- What readers want [and what we are not giving them]
- What books are becoming [and what we may not be seeing]
- Dear librarians, please don’t move away from enabling reading
- A time for publishers and libraries to soar above tradition and fail [if they must]
- The flawed [and outdated] art of categorizing books and knowledge in digital formats
- The cry of the stories to be free [from all who write, package, and sell them]
- Are you a ‘reader’ when listening to an audiobook? Yes, of course.