Another E-book Story

Here is another story on e-books from Access Magazine. It states that e-books will become an additional form of reading, and will not replace the printed word...Gutenberg would be proud, or would he?\"First, let\'s trash the idea that e-books represent the final chapter in the history of the printed word. E-books will not replace the warm, tactile paper tomes we like to curl up with in bed or on the beach -- at least not anytime soon.\"

Holden Caufield Turns 50

CNN.COM has a Story on \'Catcher in the Rye\'.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of J.D. Salinger\'s \"The Catcher in the Rye.\"

\"My wish is for all of you to someday read \'The Catcher in the Rye,\'All of my efforts will now be devoted toward this goal, for this extraordinary book holds many answers.\"
-Mark David Chapman\"


Questioning the Newberry List

E.J. Graff Has Written an interesting look at The Newberry\'s on Salon.
he says the Newbery medal treated as nearly infallible, the Newbery medalists as the \"boring\" books, the same books that stayed on display at the library because no one checked them out. No one who reads for pleasure and challenge and joy would willingly subject themselves to such demeaningly tedious books.

\"Far too many parents, crazy with anxiety about raising their children right, hand off their judgment to experts ranging from Dr. Spock to Dr. Brazelton, from Parenting magazine to the Newbery medal.\"


Library Automation - Schools

Someone writes \"This is kind of interesting. Sirsi and Sagebrush Corporation have partnered to give Sagebrush a multiuser system to sell to the school market. Sagebrush has been buying marketshare for two years now and this allows them a slice of the pie that normally goes to the larger multiuser systems like Sirsi. None of the major vendors have shown any real talent in targeting this market. Whatt does this mean for Follet and Sirs? My guess is it doesn\'t hurt the bread and butter part of the business for Follet, the single school. To be truthful they could never win thoughs to begin with. However it does make Sagebrush more interesting to the multi-site school installations which are gravey to the larger vendors. So Sirsi now has someone dedicated to this market so that the other large vendors will have to fight for the large sites with the handicap of not really knowing the market.

The Press Release \"


eBook Quickies

I have a bunch of eBook stories hanging around here, all of which are worth a quick read over.Random House turns to niche e-book sales on how they want to target niche audiences with smaller books online. (note: If you read this story, a 380x335 ad is obscene, no more from me).

Here\'s One Healthy E-Publisher, FictionWise is doing just fine, with over 400 titles and sales topping 10,000 e-books a month.

Going Beyond the Book is now The McGraw-Hill Companies\' approach to e-publishing.
There is an Interesting quote from this PublishersWeekly story, plus one more story below.

Popularity boom speaks volumes about libraries

Here\'s a very nice story from The Chicago Tribune about how so much is changing in libraries, after being \"dark dens for bookworms and students\" for so long.
More than $3 billion has been spent on libraries nationwide over the last six years, and 1,200 libraries have been built or expanded. Now if they would just start asking the librarians how to actually build them correctly...

\"Good library architecture makes you stand straighter and feel good about coming to the library,\"

Thanks to Bob Cox for this one!

Bodleian collects prize for revamp.

Charles Davis writes \"The meticulous conservation of Oxford\'s Bodleian Library has earned an award from the
Pan-European Federation for Heritage, Europa Nostra.
Oxford University\'s main research library is one of
two English institutions to win a diploma at a
conference in The Hague, The Netherlands. Built in 1602, the Bodleian is one of the oldest libraries in Europe
thisisoxfordshire for the story

Dubya Exits the Information Superhighway

This Story
from Capitolhillblue
says President Bush has now \"exited the information
superhighway\" avoid having his e-mail become public,
something I\'m sure BIll Gates, and Bill Clinton wish
they would\'ve done.

     \"Now that presidential e-mail is subject to
open records, it\'s going to be a phone-call
relationship,\" Bush said.


Where Art Thou Money?

These stories all seem somehow related, and I\'m not
sure what else to do with them.

So you\'re afraid of
losing all your federal assistance
thanks to CIPA? Maybe someone will Make a Mistake and
give you $70,000 that was the schools, or vice-versa,
like in this case.
Maybe Someone Will Give You $10,000, or maybe you
could just Open Your Garage.


How things would work in a copyright-free universe

The National
has a rather I
nteresting Story
on copyright. Ilana Mercer
says the copyright system shoul be abolished because
there can be no justification for the use of force against
legitimate property owners.

\"And force is, very
plainly, what flows from the enforcement of the law.
Since ideas should not be treated as property, laws that
target those who have not violated person or property
are wrong.\"

I can\'t say I agree or disagree, but it is a very well
thought out argument.


WA Considering Dropping Prison Libaries

Gov. Gary Locke wants to save money by eliminating
prison law libraries, which some say blocks
reasonable access to the courts, which some also say
will cause a flurry of lawsuits. Full Story from Seattle P-I.

\"It\'s wholesome activity,\" Alexander said. \"It\'s not
like we\'re setting up a motorcycle club for


The President who reads, succeeds?

Interested in how history will remember the presidency of voracious reader Bill Clinton, Harold Evans ponders the question \"Does history suggest any correlation between a passion for serious reading and an ability to inspire and manage the nation?\" in this article from the New York Times.

Compiling a list of bibliophile presidents from biographies and histories, he compares them with presidential rankings from a 1994 Siena Research Institute tracking survey and the 1999 C-Span Survey of Presidential Leadership

Not surprisingly, the bibliophiles ranked higher overall.


Alabama Virtual Library

Bonnie Lee sent in a story on the Alabama Virtual Library, a $3 million cooperative effort that brings online resources to schools.
This article from provides an overview of the path they took to make this project a reality for Alabama, and spotlights the significant collaboration that was involved. It\'s quite an interesting and indepth how to guide on the entire process.


Drowning in Information

Jeanie writes:\"There is a short article in Smart Computing in Plain English V12 (3)
entitled Drowning in Information. Two professors from the Univ of
Calif/Berkeley released the results of a study designed to measure the
yearly production of new information in the US and the world. Findings:
Worldwide production of info equals 250 books of data for each man, women
and child on the planet. Other findings include 93% of all new data
produced in 199 was in digital format.\"

No Link for this one, though seems similar to This One or maybe This.


CIPA Not Unconstitutional?

MSNade writes \"For those interested to know why the Dec. 2000 Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) probably does not violate the First Amendment, a revised version of my spring 2000 Texas Law Review article is now available at

Among other things, the article notes that while CIPA requires libraries receiving federal funds to employ \"technology protection measures,\" software filters are not the only technologies that would fit this requirement. In fact, when the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) prepared an overview report of communications and information policy to Congress in the late 1980s, it adopted a broad definition of \"technology,\" which included not only physical apparatuses, but also \"technique\"s and \"social arrangements,\" which would likely include appropriate AUPs. For more details, see note 62D of the revised article. \"


The Pseduo Dictionary

Just found this on Yahoo! and it looks interesting.

\"is the place where all of your made up words, slang, webspeak and colloquialisms become part of the dictionary as well. we take the words you use everyday, but aren\'t in the dictionary, and put them into ours. all you have to is submit them. you\'ll even get credit and a link to your website (if you\'ve got one). help us grow our dictionary by sending us your entries now! everyday more entries are added, so check back often.\"


Net filter spies on kids\' surfing

I\'m hoping this will be one of the last stories I link to from ZD Net. The ads are beyond horrible, and I see no reason to continue to use the site. Anywhoo...

The Story is on Bess N2H2\'s filtering software. They say it\'s used by 12 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and of course if CIPA is actually enforced, that number will be much higher. Bess knows where the students go on the Web and how long they spend there. It also knows when students try to access a site that\'s on N2H2\'s blacklist for being too violent or containing pornography. Not suprisingly late last year, N2H2 began selling its data.

I would think whatever your views on filtering, you would not support this... but I could be wrong.


The Next Storage Medium Could Be Sitting Right On Your Desk

I found this on CNN
Don\'t throw away all those rolls of tape you have lying around. It seems that Stanford University and a private European lab are teaming up to begin a 5-year research project to develop a new storage medium, stating that \"the new technology is superior to current CD drives...\" [more...]


The Scholarly eJournal

The Current Geotimes (Jan 2001) has a story on Scientific e-Journals in which they say we can\'t rely on libraries to archive these eJournals because it\'s not a static document that can be maintained by a \"multitude of different care givers using different systems\".
Also an interesting From the Editor article on how electronic communication changed the way things work. Libraries have to offer digital formats for everything because \"if it ain’t digital, it ain’t\"

Books in Retrogression

I love this quote from Arts & Letters Daily about the book publishing industry.
\"Once upon a time, the major American publishing houses could be counted on to bring controversial new ideas, trenchant political criticism, and works of enduring literary merit to the reading public. No longer. Instead, we get a steady stream of diet books, celebrity biographies, quasi-spiritual self-help manuals, formulaic technothrillers, Jacqueline Susann knock-offs, and warmed-over tabloid journalism about the scandal of the moment.\"

One may or may not easily argue the accuracy of such a statement, depending on reading tastes and also given the fact that a trip to the library or to the closest bookstore, whether it be physical or virtual, will yield quality literature aplenty for someone. The saga continues at The American Prospect



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