Antiquarian bookstores try to survive

Bob Cox sent in this Story
from SF Gate
on antiquarian bookstores in San Francisco. They
interview store owners on the effects of the internet, and
the crazy real estate market in SF and how things in the
old book market are going.

\"It\'s not the quantity
of books sold, it\'s the quality. We\'re not about turnover.
\"

The internet is driving them out of business
indirectly, due to high rent prices.

Plant Sprouts Tomorrow

The fourth part of the serial novel \"The Plant\" will
be posted on King\'s Web
site Monday. Further installments up to part 8 will be
available for $2 each, but the whole thing will still cost
you $13.00. He had said he would stop with the last
installment if people paying for the download dropped
below 75 percent. Anyone out there read it? Is it any
good?

Where is the porn?

I was rolling on the floor after reading this column from Fayettevillenc.com. A man goes into the library searching for porn, but finds himslef at a loss as to where to start. \"I’ve learned that when looking for something in the library, the best place to start is at the computerized directory. So I found one and began my search.

P-O-R-N-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y, I typed. Up popped an alphabetical list.

Porcupines, pork-free diet ... ah, here we are, pornography. This wasn’t going to take as long as I’d thought.I clicked on the first couple of listings I came to, wrote down the catalog numbers and went a huntin’ for porn.\" -- Read More

Americans willing to pay for edtech in schools

The DigitalDivideNetwork.org has released the results of a survey on using tax money for net access.

The survey, which polled 1900 respondents nationwide, found that over
three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed support the use of tax dollars to
train teachers to use the Internet. Additionally, 65% said they would
support the use of tax money to fund Internet access for libraries, and 60%
supported the government\'s role in bringing access to America\'s schools. -- Read More

School Board Shoots Down Proposal

Click2houston.com has a story on The Santa Fe Independent School District\'s vote to ban certain books containing profanity or homosexual references. This is the dictrict that is discussing banning books with even a single word of profanity.


\"This is a school board that has succeeded once again in making me embarrassed to admit where I live and pay taxes,\" one resident of Santa Fe said to the school board.

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixPhoenix.

Yahoo! News was one place with this.

J.K. Rowling has annouced that Book 5 will be called \"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix\". Rowling has no deadline for the book and said it would probably
not be ready by July, as had been rumored. Two other books will be out soon ``Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them\'\' and ``Quidditch
Through the Ages\'\' - will benefit Comic Relief.

``Fantastic Beasts\'\' is a title on the boy wizard\'s school
supply list in a previous book. The second new volume will be an
anthology of Harry\'s favorite sport, quidditch.

Famous author interviews

Wired for Books has begun to encode the Don
Swaim collection of author interviews and is making them available on the
Web in RealAudio. In the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s, most of the best of
American authors (and a few from other countries, as well) found their way
to Don Swaim\'s New York radio studio.


We expect to have several hundred of these interviews online within a year.
Now, we have interviews of Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, James Jones,
Louis L\'Amour, William Manchester, and William Styron. Let us know what you
think.


Wired for Books is an educational, noncommercial project of the Ohio
University Telecommunications Center.

The conglomeration of American publishing

Feedmag has an Interview with André Schiffrin, Dave Eggers, and John Donatich on the state of publishing, and the impact emerging technologies might have upon it. They talk about how Amazon.com, ebooks, and print-on-demand will change the role of the editor, and if large corporations will change fundamentally the way we read and what books are available to us.

\"More people are literate, college educated, and book buying than ever before. We have a greater number of publishers in business, and stats released just last week revealed that independent presses produce seventy percent of the books in a U.S. market that generates more than forty billion dollars in sales annually. \"

View Porn in Library = Jail Time

Bob Cox sent in This Story from Nola.com that marks the return of Police Chief John Doyle.Ring any bells?He was on the now famous Dr. Laura \"Lewd Libraries\" Show. In his part of LA if you are caught viewing sexually explicit or obscene Internet sites on library computers you may be arrested, fined and jailed.

Parish President Tim Coulon called the parish\'s new Internet policies a \"great first step,\" adding that more can be done later if necessary.

I\'d be afraid of the second step, what could it be? Electric chair?

FOI flouted. MLLR BPL departments archives.

The Legendary Don Saklad writes:

\"Our regional and Massachusetts Library of Last Recourse
City of Boston Public Library Departments have denied
substantive reply. Our MLLR BPL departments have not
complied with state FOI principles.

Reply has not been made until an appeal is filed, then
reply has been delayed beyond the limit given
government authorities.

A requester is not supposed to be conditionally
required to file an appeal as a requirement for reading
the requested information. -- Read More

More on COPA

CNET News has a Story on COPA and the HR 557 bill that has made it to the house.
It includes an interview with Marvin Johnson, legislative counsel, ACLU on the legislation that will force schools and libraries that. Some have called filtering a \"No-Brainer\", but he says filtering Violates the preceprt of the 1st ammendment. A private company is doing the censorship for the governemt, not based on anything that means anything, but can be simply due to the companies dislike for a website. The filters are clumsy and block more than they should, he says, and they also miss alot of porn. He proposes to teach how to live in this \"internet\" age, and be a wise consumor, to know good from bad, and be a cautious consumer. They have tried to work an ammendmant on this bill to provide more education for all. Remember the AFA ACLU and christian assoc have all come out against this bill. Very libreral and very conservative groups are coming out against this, it can\'t be good.

How Much Information Is Out There?

The Economist has a Story on A group of researchers at the School for Information Systems and Management at the University of California, Berkeley have doen an interesting study. They say the estimated amount of unique information the world is currently producing each year has reached about two exabytes. While unique content on paper and film grows slowly, shipments of optical and magnetic storage media are doubling each year. In uncompressed form they total 1.4m terabytes.

Want it from the \"Horse\'s Mouth\"?
They have posted Charts, and a lengthy Executive Summary at UC Berkely

How to free refereed literature online

Wired has a nifty Story on E-Journals. With the big puch to E-Publish Journals some insist that simply publishing electronically is not enough --and that open, free access to the full content is needed. Critics insist that peer review is critical to ensure quality control and patient safety. Without peer review, researchers may exaggerate their findings. Some people say that faster publication time compromises quality, others insist that the benefits of electronic publication remain unparalleled by print. So far, few online-only journals have managed to survive.

\"These new online journals will give scientists an alternative,\" Cockerill said. \"They will finally be able to publish their research in high-quality journals, with full peer review, but without surrendering control to a publisher that will limit the subsequent distribution of that research.\" \"There\'s already a threat to paper journals,\" Kassirer agreed. \"Unless journals get on the Internet, their life is threatened.\"

Commission on Child Online Protection Report

The COPA Commission has released it\'s Report. No endorsement of filtering programs was included. Also be sure to read the Personal Statements of the commissioners. They recommended 12 things:
Public Education


Government and Industry Should Effectively Promote Acceptable Use Policies.


The Commission recommends allocation of resources for the independent evaluation of child protection technologies and to provide reports to the public about the capabilities of these technologies.


The Commission recommends that industry take steps to improve child protection mechanisms, and make them more accessible online.


The Commission encourages a broad, national, private sector conversation on the development of next-generation systems for labeling, rating, and identifying content reflecting the convergence of old and new media.

Continued... -- Read More

Independent E-book Awards

Some suggested this story.A group has created the Independent E-book Awards.
Wired has the Full Story, on The e-book-awards.com, the new site is open to independently published electronic books and includes categories for both hypertext and digital storytelling.

\"One should take into account the suitability of the work to be in e-book form and the quality of the complete presentation which often includes multimedia arts,\"

Bill Says send Meds, not Windows

Wired has a Story on the Digital Dividends conference. A gaggle of important rich geeks and bankers got together to talk about using information technologies to spur development and create markets among the world\'s poor [Read: How to make money off the 3rd world]. It took Bill Gates to set them straight. He says to fix problems of disease and literacy first, then maybe worry about computers later.

\"The percent of growth that an IT firm like Hewlett-Packard will get from people who make less than a dollar a day is minimal,\" Gates said. \"Do people have any concept of what it means to live on less than a dollar a day? There\'s no electricity. Do they have PCs that don\'t use electricity?\"

Friday Updates

Sorry about last week (no updates). This week, the updates include Goosebumps, Harry in China, online research, the fired librarian, dad\'s pen pal, the weak image, books coem to life, illustrations in kids\' books, and much much more. See you next week (same LISNews time, same LISNews channel) -- Read More

Wasssup With The Web

SF Gate has a Story on the Digital Divide and how it is still growing, as some racial minorities, the disabled, and low-income families are not jumping online as fast as others.

In other Net News...

The NY Times has a Story on the a Florida appeals court that declared Internet service providers must divulge the identities of people who post defamatory messages on the Internet. This could be a big can of worms!

Filtering Recommendations

ZDNet is Reporting the COPA Commission declined to recommend the mandatory use of antipornography filters, saying no particular technology yet offers an ideal solution.

\"\"We didn\'t recommend any mandatory practices,\" said Donald Telage, chairman of the commission and an executive at Network Solutions Inc. \"We did consider them, but not even the most-conservative members of the commission felt that was the road to go down.\"


A related Story at the NY Times says the overwhelming majority of Americans say schools should install filters, according to a new national survey commissioned by the Digital Media Forum. 92% said pornography should be blocked on school computers, while 80% said filters should be used to bar hate speech.

Trouble brewing for on-line publishers.

The Pfeiffer Report has an interesting Report on online publishing. They say all is not well in the online world, no one is making and money, and that spells trouble. They say since there is no way of supporting the considerable cost of on-line publications, they will begin to fold up shop. Now in the fututre the online versions of magazines and newspapers will simply be an extension of the print versions. Could on-line content really be on the verge of going out of fashion? Is it all about profit?

\"Traditional publishers will be able to incorporate on-line activity as part of the overall publishing project; some major sites will be able to survive with ad-revenues and associated income streams. But for most publications (in other words, the on-line equivalent of the thousands of magazines which fill newsstands around the world) it is still not quite clear what a valid on-line business model could look like\"

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