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"The Complete Far Side" is back. This two volume set of every published Far Side cartoon was in high demand last year. The print run ran out early. The set which retails for $135 and was selling on Amazon for $91 had prices jump over $150 for a copy when you could no longer buy from Amazon or Barnes and Nobles because the print run was gone. Another printing is out.
May 4th is the publication date for a new book that may be of interest to librarians. It is The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System by Siva Vaidhyanathan.
I was working at a "Friends of the Library Sale" and I came across a book called Bizarre Books. The book details books about unusual subjects and that have unusual titles. For example it talks about an abestos copy of Farenheit 451.
I bought an old book in a thrift store I wandered into today. The book had this poem in it.
IN THE LIBRARY
The tales of Celtic love and Trojan deed,
On printed page this cloudy noon retold -
How lusterless they are, how dull and old!
Lost dreams the grail, the cup of Ganymede.
In weariness I stir, and cease to read.
The maid before me lifts her hand to hold
A loosened lock : her fingers on its gold
Move like soft doves that brush wings as they feed.
Then cloudy curtains part, the sun breaks clear;
A shaft of fire falls on the gentle maid:
It is a twinkled beam from Hector's spear,
Or yet a glorious spike from Arthur's blade.
Helen, Iseult, and queenly Guinevere!
I see now why the Old tales cannot fade.
-- Francis C. Cook
I need to find the book, Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam in spanish. I went to the spanish section of Amazon and had no luck. They may have the book but I am very poor at navigating webpages in spanish and could have missed the book. If you have experience buying books in spanish could you let me know where I can buy this book in spanish. I went to the author's website and he indicated that the book was in spanish and gave a link to Amazon. If you have any guidance feel free to email me at email@example.com
The first three Star Wars movies are being released on DVD. They are going to be released in September of this year. Currently it is the #1 selling DVD at Amazon. The box set list for $60 but Amazon is selling them for $42 (DVD at AMZN)
That is only $14 per movie, not bad!
The Librarian's Book Club (LBC) is now on a two month reading schedule. Previously a new book was selected every month. Now books are selected bi-monthly. This is to give people more time to read and discuss the book. Several people have recommended this change and I have seen the need for it myself as I struggled to keep up with the reading.
If you are not a member of the LBC this month is an excellent time to join because the book we have selected is available on the web for free. A link to the free download is at the LBC website. http://www.librariansbookclub.org
I just went to Amazon and checked the sales status of Lessig's new book. It was in the 400s this morning but was 58 when I checked at 5pm on the 25th of March. At his website you can download the entire book for free and he still made it to 58 on Amazon. You are moving books if you are in the top hundred at Amazon. Just goes to show that currently electronic copies do not stand up to the printed work. People still want that paper.
Link to book at Amazon.
Link to Lessig's website
I came across this book about a time traveling librarian from Chicago. The book is called, "The Time Traveler's Wife" Book can be found here.