Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks?

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:19
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However, there are no signs that the practice is coming to an end: last year sales of hardback fiction grew 11%. When the ebook arrived 10 years ago, some pundits suggested format did not matter. But they were wrong. A beautiful hardback is a joy, something to cherish, shelve and pass on, and readers are prepared to pay for that just as some people still prefer the cinema over television.
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Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:19
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For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries?
From Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? | News | The Guardian

Entire Journal Editorial Board Resigns Over Editor Removal

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:30
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The publisher of Building Research & Information, Taylor & Francis, has recently decided to terminate Richard Lorch’s contract as Editor-in-Chief at the end of 2018. This action has sparked grave concern amongst the members of BRI’s editorial board. What follows is an open letter written by the board to the publisher. It details the concerns of the editorial board, the action that they took to try to dissuade Taylor & Francis, and the subsequent response from the publisher.

The Problem of Fake News Is Not Recent, But Our Current Internet Ecosystem Is

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:29
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There were Internet communities at the time, though they did not much resemble the social media of today – Slashdot, for example. MetaFilter was in its infancy, I believe, and I’m pretty sure Reddit wasn’t born yet. I didn’t spent a lot of time in those communities but as I recall it was fairly open – that is, you did not have a social media group of people with whom you could communicate exclusively.

Drive to ban library books with LGBTQ content erupts in Orange City

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:52
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More than 300 people have signed a petition to either ban or label and group materials related to homosexual and transgender content in the Orange City Public Library.

Rev. Sacha Walicord of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church rose before an overflow crowd of more than 100 at the Orange City Public Library Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday and said that LBGTQ books and other library content are “pushing an agenda” that is counter to those in the faith community.

“We won’t roll over,” he said. “We will stand up and we will fight.”

There’s a Human Camera Obscura in the New York Public Library

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:44
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The good folks beavering away at their long tables in the magisterial north Rose Main Reading Room on the third floor of the New York Public Library’s main building might be excused for feeling spied upon. “What is that thing?” they’ve been asking the guards over the past several months, pointing up at the eerie, tripod-mounted, radarlike dish mounted on the narrow balcony at the far end of the airy, vaultlike space.