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Amazon Sunshine Deals

Amazon is having a sale on 600 Kindle books through June 15. The books are price from $0.99 to $2.99. You can see them here. A few selections: Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure $1.99 Young Men and Fire $1.99 If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates $1.99
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Why is the Nook Color a hit among women?

While plenty of people still aren't quite sure what to make of Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, the device seems to have homed in on one target market with laser precision — women. According to The New York Times, publishers have been surprised to see sales of women's digital magazines soar on the Nook, at times even eclipsing issue sales on the far more popular iPad. Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, and O, The Oprah Magazine were among the Nook e-publishing success stories cited.

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Comment on the Lions

This story on LISNEWS: New Yorker Cover Says It All asks the question - Is this what the future holds for public libraries, all libraries?

Comments do not seem to be enabled for that story. If you want to give an answer to that question you can do it here.

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At Home on the Farm and in E-Books

Susan Orlean’s new book, a long essay called “Animalish,” about her love of animals, was written for Amazon’s Kindle Singles collection.

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Cites & Insights 11:6 available

Cites & Insights 11:6, June/July 2011, is now available for downloading at

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McGraw-Hill Unveils Major Digital Library

McGraw-Hill has launched a platform for accessing its wide breadth of content online at The site will deliver content to institutions globally and contains over 1,000 titles. The publisher said the library was created to serve the growing digital demands of library patrons and give easier and quicker access to its content.

More at Publisher's Weekly

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Houston Public Library To Lay Off 39 Employees

The Houston Public Library is going to lay off 39 employees effective July 1 as its budget continues to shrink.

The layoffs will mean that the 42-branch system's staff will have shrunk from 558 FTEs in FY10 to 469 for FY12, a 16 percent reduction.

Full article in Library Journal

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Library selling new books?

I found a library that on their website mentions that they sell new books in their bookshop. I have seen numerous libraries that have a bookstore inside them that sells used books but have not seen many that sell new books.

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Authors@Google: Sherry Turkle

Consider Facebook—it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In "Alone Together", MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving
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Bezos hints at Amazon tablet in interview

For months we've been talking about the impending arrival of an Amazon Android tablet and Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos didn't quite let the cat out of the bag--but he came close.

In an interview with Consumer Reports, when asked about the possibility of Amazon doing a tablet, he replied, "stay tuned."

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Top 25: What corporate America is reading, April 2011

800-CEO-READ, a leading direct supplier of book-based resources, compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide. Here are the best sellers for April 2011, plus descriptions of the Top 10.

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The Amazon Kindle Swindle - Authors: People Are Stealing Your Work!

My long-time friend and fellow book author, Ernie Zelinski, alerted me to the Amazon Kindle Swindle - where is making out like a bandit! And providing no relief to book authors whose works are being stolen - and resold by

It's time to sue! Book authors of the world unite! There's a real case for a class action lawsuit here. Read on . . .

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Are authors pirating their own ebooks to promote themselves?

Peer to Peer file sharing is a hot topic as most people equate the essence of it to be synonymous with piracy. During our research we found that authors are leaking their own ebooks to pirate websites and then capitalizing on the controversy surrounding them. We also will look into how authors share their books on pirate websites in order to gain more exposure.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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