Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:30am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:27am
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.”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:25am
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
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 10, 2011 - 10:09am
Single dad bonded with daughter by reading together every night from fourth grade to first night in college dorm.
Full story at CBS News
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:26am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:20am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:15am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 4, 2011 - 3:55pm
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 1, 2011 - 9:34pm
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 30, 2011 - 10:22am
Blog post at Publisher's Weekly XYZ blog about a site that shows vintage paperback covers. You can see the blog post here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 6:03pm
Bad font in book according to Amazon reviews. Book is: The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 5:57pm
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
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 11:24am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 11:17am
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
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 22, 2011 - 12:03am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 15, 2011 - 1:17pm
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$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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 6, 2011 - 10:54am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 6, 2011 - 10:46am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 5, 2011 - 2:29am
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.