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Amazon’s Success Explained

Click over to TechCrunch to check out an amazing slide show put together by the consulting firm faberNovel that offers an incredibly detailed look at how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, expanding from an online bookseller to a household name synonymous with buying stuff on the Internet.

http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/?p=5220

SLJ's 2011 Technology Survey: Things Are Changing. Fast.

Despite the funding challenges nearly all school libraries face, many media specialists are optimistic about the role of technology in the school library, according to SLJ’s 2011 Technology Survey. Maribel Castro, a high school librarian, in Lubbock, TX, spoke for many school librarians when she wrote that even though her library is behind the tech curve, she still feels that “we are at the cusp of great things.”

But in spite of the general optimism, others point to some significant obstacles: technological innovations are often hampered by poor funding, lack of time, and unsupportive administrators. “I feel like I am blocked by my district at nearly every turn,” says an Oklahoma elementary school librarian.

Full article at School Library Journal
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/890197-312/sljs_2011_technology_survey_things.h...

J. Patrick Lewis Named Children's Poet Laureate

J. Patrick Lewis's wordplay, humor, and technical facility—as well as his love of writing for children—have earned him an important place in history: today the Poetry Foundation named him the nation's third Children's Poet Laureate.

Full article at School Library Journal

Father, daughter stay true to reading promise

Single dad bonded with daughter by reading together every night from fourth grade to first night in college dorm.

Full story at CBS News

Book that daughter wrote about this: The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

Selling Books by Day, Writing Them by Night

Essay in the NYT

Like all good independent bookstores, BookCourt in Brooklyn has a robust section of staff recommendations. There, nestled in with titles by Jennifer Egan, Haruki Murakami and David Foster Wallace, is “Other People We Married,” a collection of short stories by Emma Straub. A handwritten note taped to the wall below reads: “I wrote this book. Please buy it. I love you.”

Full essay here.

Founding Gardners

Review in the NYT of the book Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation

From the author of the acclaimed The Brother Gardeners, a fascinating look at the founding fathers from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen, and farmers. -- Read More

How to Think About the Great Ideas

In How to Think about The Great Ideas, Adler summarizes the most important ideas of Western thought, explicating their histories and developments as well as their importance in our lives today. He explains not only what the Great Ideas are, but why they are great. This volume is an excellent introduction to the key ideas of 2500 years of Western thought.

About the author: Mortimer J. Adler was an American philosopher who lived from 1902 to 2001. He was the author of over sixty books, one of them entitled How to Think about God, and the editor of hundreds of books. He was a major force in promoting the ""Great Books"" idea as an educational paradigm. He founded the Institute for Philosophical Research, launched the Paidea movement for educational reform, and revolutionized the Encyclopedia Britannica.

How to Think About the Great Ideas: From the Great Books of Western Civilization

Have a wooded lot? Time to build a forest book nook!

If you're in search of an inspiring live work home – a forest book nook – try these digs on for size! The Scholar’s Library in Olive Bridge, New York by local architecture firm Gluck & Partners is an unusual raised house plan surrounded by lush, leafy woods. This simple but striking space sits perched among the treetops, with a study space enclosed in windows at the top, and the actual library – housing approximately 10,000 books – tucked in the windowless area below.

See pictures here.

I only read real books

Kindle ad where one of the characters opens the ad with the line - "I only read real books"
In the comments to the ad there is the continuing debate of paper books vs. ebooks.

A Weekend’s Worth of Vintage Book Covers

Blog post at Publisher's Weekly XYZ blog about a site that shows vintage paperback covers. You can see the blog post here.

Good Book......Bad Font Choice!!

Bad font in book according to Amazon reviews. Book is: The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life

Interesting use of data

Using data they bought from a maker of GPS navigators, Dutch police set up speed cameras where drivers were most likely to break the limit.

See full story on NPR

Bronze Girl With Book Stolen From Library?

A bronze statue of a girl reading has been stolen from outside the Revere Public Library.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r/27701718/detail.html

Wonder if this was stolen by someone that appreciated the statue or someone that just wants it for the scrap metal value?

$1100 trash cans part of library fixup?

Chairs aren't the only thing that cost $1100 apiece in a controversial renovation of a Detroit Public Library wing.

Full article: http://bit.ly/j2JhS4

Malcolm X's Daughter Disputes Claims in New Bio on Father

A controversial new biography about Malcolm X makes some provocative assertions about the late civil rights leader's sexuality and the circumstances surrounding his death. Earlier this month, host Michel Martin spoke to one of the lead researchers of the book. Today, Martin gets another perspective from Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's third daughter. They discuss her reflections on her father's life and the allegations in the new biography about him.

Listen to story at NPR

The Atlas of New Librarianship

The Atlas of New Librarianship shows a publication date of May 31, 2011 but the book seems to be shipping now.

Table of contents for the book.

Companion website to the book.

$20 Per Gallon

$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better

This book received a starred review at Publisher's Weekly.

Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives.

Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work. -- Read More

Mourning A Mentor: Students Pay Tribute To Marable

Columbia University professor Manning Marable did not live to see the publication of his life's work, a new biography called Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. The book was released Monday, just days after Marable, 60, died Friday of complications from pneumonia.

Marable was the author of 15 books and a multitude of scholarly articles. He founded Colgate University's Africana and Latin American Studies program as well as the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia, where he was a mentor to countless students. Three of them gathered in the late scholar's office over the weekend to discuss why Marable was such an important influence on them — and on African-American research in the U.S.

Full piece on NPR

Netflix Nabs Rights to Stream 'Mad Men'

Netflix has inked a deal with Lionsgate TV for streaming rights to Mad Men reruns.

The video service paid nearly $1 million per episode for all seven seasons of the AMC drama, which will begin airing July 27.

Full story

Amazon underbidder on frontlist auction

Amazon underbidder on frontlist auction

Amazon has emerged as the surprise underbidder on a multi-million dollar auction for a self-published author, the first time the retailer is believed to have bid on frontlist.

Full article here.

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin comments on the article.

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