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This small imprint might have all the ingredients necessary for survival – a distinctive look, a smart logo and a clear direction
An artist in New York is installing USB drives in random locations across the city.
Full story: http://n.pr/cQkgeg
Basically a bumper sticker that says that "I violate patron privacy."
Article in the WSJ where they ask him some questions about ebooks.
WSJ: Do we get the same reading experience with e-books?
What about people who love physical books?
Is the future of publishing all digital?
How much time do you spend reading digitally?
What's going to happen to bookstores?
Would you consider publishing one of your big books yourself online?
King: Click on the link to the article to find out.
Notice in this video you have to scan your library card to get into the library. Just interesting to note the differences between libraries. Especially when you compare country to country.
A former Hooper librarian, who resigned over a disagreement regarding her efforts to help immigrants learn English, said she was shocked by what occurred when she went to remove her personal belongings from the library.
A city official and the police chief disagree with her view of the situation.
Karla Shafer worked part time at the small-town library for almost six years. During her tenure, Shafer obtained more than $30,000 in grants for the library. More than $15,800 of that money went to automate the library while another $4,200 was used for an area for teens. She also obtained two $5,000 grants from the American Library Association for the "American Dream starts @ your library" project offered with funds from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
As with so many smartphone apps, it is tempting to look at the current spate of mobile travel guides and proclaim the end of their paper counterparts as we know them.
But to borrow a phrase often delivered to impatient travelers, we’re not there yet.
The better mobile travel guides, like Fodor’s iPhone City Guides ($6, for various locales), Lonely Planet’s Compass Guides ($5 on Android devices, for 24 cities) and Condé Nast’s Traveller series ($6, for Apple devices, covering four destinations), may be great for generating ideas and, at times, finding attractions or restaurants while out and about, but they are still harder to use than a book.
Data Scrapers are third-party organizations that use automated software to copy public data about people and products off of websites, sometimes to sell the information to advertisers. Wall Street Journal Technology Editor Julia Angwin says that this wholesale data capturing may change the way we see privacy on the internet.
The following news almost makes up for how often I hide my head in shame of the decisions of the Texas courts. Especially when it comes to issues of science in schools, personal freedoms, and separation of church and state.
In the case of Robinson v. Crown Cork and Seal, the Texas Supreme Court has cited Mr. Spock. No, not Dr. Spock, the alleged parenting expert, but Mr. Spock, the Vulcan. Quoting from the opinion delivered on October 22, 2010, Justice Don R. Willett states:?
While there have been billions of copies printed, the phone book largely remains a neglected cultural artifact. Ammon Shea, author of The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads talks about the often overlooked cultural impact of the phone book.
See picture on Flickr of a Needlepoint QRcode Facebook Link - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tikaro/4438484758/in/pool-1080612@N20/
Making Ignorance Chic
Op-ed in the NYT by Maureen Dowd
Casanova’s rule for seduction was to tell a beautiful woman she was intelligent and an intelligent woman she was beautiful.
The false choice between intellectualism and sexuality in women has persisted through the ages. There was no more poignant victim of it than Marilyn Monroe.
She was smart enough to become the most famous Dumb Blonde in history. Photographers loved to get her to pose in tight shorts, a silk robe or a swimsuit with a come-hither look and a weighty book — a history of Goya or James Joyce’s “Ulysses” or Heinrich Heine’s poems. A high-brow bunny picture, a variation on the sexy librarian trope. Men who were nervous about her erotic intensity could feel superior by making fun of her intellectually.
Wal-Mart, which will begin selling the Nook in 2,500 of its stores, also plans to sell the e-reader on its Web site later this month.
Full story here.
Report: Netflix Accounts For Up To 20% Of Downstream Bandwidth In U.S.
Netflix 'now primarily a streaming company,' could offer DVD-less plan this year
CHART OF THE DAY: Netflix Streaming Up 145% In A Year
Short piece at ReadWriteWeb about the increase in ebook sales.
$263 million in ebook sales in 2010
The National Book Award finalists announcement Wednesday morning in Savannah, Ga., contained one major surprise: The acclaimed bestselling novel by Jonathan Franzen, "Freedom," failed to make the list. Author Pat Conroy read out the five finalists in four categories -- fiction, poetry, nonfiction and young people's literature -- at Flannery O'Connor's childhood home.
A friend loaned me his iPad to try. I was just testing it and was only reading for a couple minutes and in that time I was struck by how heavy it was. The iPad is very dense and I found it cumbersome to hold. To me the iPad is very much a table top device. If you can lay it on a table the issue of it being heavy goes away. I also found the glare on the screen to be frustrating. I was noticing the glare when I was surfing the web not just when I was trying to read a book. The glare was not from outside sunlight but from conventional office lighting.
I have an iPad mini (aka iPod Touch) and find the screen big enough for reading and watching video. I am sure the iPad is perfect for some people but make sure you try one in person before you buy it.
Opinion piece in the NYT titled: In Defense of Naïve Reading
Excerpt: Remember the culture wars (or the ’80s, for that matter)? “The Closing of the American Mind,” “Cultural Literacy,” “Prof Scam” “Tenured Radicals”? Whatever happened to all that? It occasionally resurfaces, of course. There was the Alan Sokal/Social Text affair in 1996, and there are occasional flaps about winners of bad writing awards and so forth, but the national attention on universities and their mission and place in our larger culture has certainly shifted.