Washington Post Is Now Free For Kindle Fire Users

jeff-bezos-outbid-a-half-dozen-potential-suitors-for-the-washington-postThe CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, bought the Washington Post for $250 million over this past summer, and many speculated what his plans were (if he had any) to tie the two businesses together. Now we know.

Any owner of a Kindle Fire will have free access to a full 6-month subscription to the newspaper on their device via a new app by the Washington Post. The app will come pre-loaded on any new Kindle Fire tablets, just in time for the holidays, and will be available for download for existing owners of the device. After the initial 6 months has elapsed, the users can choose to pay $1 to get another 6 months of the service. After the conclusion of the promotion, the price to access the app will be transition into being a monthly rate. The price for that rate has not been established yet, but is rumored to be between $3-$5.

The app is an attempt by Bezos to broaden the scope of the publication, so that it focuses less on regional news and more on national/global stories. Content will be updated twice a day, at both 5:00am as well as 5:00pm. Exceptions will be made for larger stories with breaking news, which will be updated independently from those specified times.

Even if you aren’t interested in paying for the service in the future, it still makes a lot of sense to take advantage of this deal. So if you would like to see what the Washington Post has to offer when it comes to national and global news, and you own a Kindle Fire, you should definitely be downloading their newest app.

Upcycled Bracelets

10633261_10153415105993298_4767515596795431198_oYou’ve read about our upcycling program before, and yesterday it was a big hit. Unlike your standard upcycling craft, this one was particularly interesting because of the incorporation of our new 3D printers (that’s right, we now have two of them!). This week’s project was creating bracelets using pages from used books, allowing participants to select specific passages, words, designs, or images that best represent them to be displayed on their bracelet.

Sounds pretty interesting, but where did the 3D printers come into play? In order to have a solid foundation for the bracelets, we printed out a bunch of bracelets throughout the week to serve that function. It allowed for different sizes to be printed to ensure that there was one for everyone, while simultaneously lowering the cost and waste of the project since we didn’t need to purchase any extra bracelets that wouldn’t be used. This kind of project, though small, shows some of the possibilities when mixing new technology with upcycling, and demonstrates how 3D printers can help provide more efficiency to the workplace and the home. If you’ve seen any creative uses of 3D printing and upcycling, please be sure to let us know!

Want To Be A Part of Comic Con?

lgLOGOcomiccondover_1Want to join us for the event? We are looking for vendors, artists, fan groups, panelists & volunteers. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in taking part of any of the aforementioned aspects of Comic Con, head on over to the Comic Con section of the library’s website to grab an application. Last year we had a packed house with every floor of the library having something going on, and since we plan on having an even larger con this year, we’re expecting even more interest in all areas. Be one of the first to submit and application and solidify your place at one of the biggest events of the summer!

Wireless Printing Available

The Dover Public Library is happy to announce that we now offer wireless printing, so you can print from all of your own devices. Previously if a person wanted to print out a document or a picture, they would have to log on to one of the library’s computers. This could create a bit of a logjam on the public computers and also served as an inconvenience for those who had brought in their own laptops, tablets, etc. and were just looking to print. It also required many people to have a flash drive in order to transfer the files from their device to the public computers.

Now printing is easier than ever before, it’s so easy you don’t even need a library card. All you have to do is go to the library’s website, http://www.doverpubliclibrary.org, scroll down a little bit and look underneath the new titles section and click on the green printing icon. Then select whether or not you want the print to be in color or black and white, enter your email address, then attach the document you’d like to print, and lastly click the green print icon. After completing these steps you can go to the printing terminal on the second floor to release your print  job by using your e-mail address instead of your library card information. If you have any issues or concerns, please stop by the reference desk on the second floor and we’d be happy to help.

Meet the Authors

lgNovember_Author_AdThe Dover Public Library will be hosting Meet the Authors this Saturday from 11am-3pm. It will give you a chance to meet local authors from varying genres, as well as being a part of a panel discussion about crowdfunding and self-publishing, in addition to a discussion on creating comics. Authors include Nancy Carol Willis, Kimberly Gladney,Justine Huffman, Regina Bumbrey, Abdullah R. Muhammad, Dough Grudzina and PLB Comics Josh Shockley, Mathew Shockley, and James Dufendach. Each author brings their own set expertise and experiences, ranging from historical writings to children’s picture books. The first panel discussion, Crowdfunding and Self-publishing by Douglas Grudzina, will begin at 1pm and will run approximately one hour, followed by Creating Comics discussion from PLB Comics.  If you are an aspiring writer or just a fan of the authors works, this might be a good way to start your weekend.