library

Libraries

Turning Libraries into Amazon Stores Is Class Warfare

Public libraries incubate working-class brilliance, and privatizing them would be a terrible injustice.
Cyree Jarelle Johnson
7.24.18
DRM

The Incredibly Technical History of Digital Rights Management

DRM, one of the internet’s dark arts, was already in the works—complete with epic patents—years before the existence of Napster gave it a business case.
Ernie Smith
10.19.17
Books

This Camera Can Read a Book Without Opening It

A new imaging technique can read what is printed on the pages of a book without ever opening it.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.11.16
Features

Behind New York's Library Network

A look at how the library infrastructures of New York City work, and the “middleware” that holds them together.
Shannon Mattern
7.21.15
Internet

Satellites Will Beam One-Way Internet to the Earth's Most Remote Areas

A grant from the UK Space Agency will enable the Outernet project to launch a constellation of 24 satellites by the end of next year.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.13.15
Motherboard Blog

Now Even the Vatican Library Is Digitizing Books

In case you thought there was a dearth of 11th century Bibles available online.
Ben Richmond
12.3.13
Motherboard Blog

How Do You Borrow a Book From the Library of Utopia?

Is the library of utopia inching closer to opening its doors? Maybe, maybe not. Nicholas Carr has an exhaustive look at Harvard’s Digital Public Library of America initiative, and it raises all sorts of gut-churning questions about copyright law, the...
Brian Merchant
6.7.12