Submitted by Ryan on July 12, 2001 - 1:45am
Random House has lost its bid to have electronic publishing rights implicitly included in traditional contracts, though the ruling is likely to have limited impact on publishers:
Denying a request from Random House for a preliminary injunction, a federal judge ruled today that an online publisher could sell electronic versions of books by authors who had signed book contracts with Random House.
The judge concluded that Random House did not own the rights to publish the eight works in question as electronic books.
The ruling in a federal district court in Manhattan was based on principles of contract law. It dealt only with four contracts signed long before electronic books became technologically possible. But it was a setback for conventional publishers because it further established that they must separately negotiate electronic publishing rights. . . Still, it was a limited victory [for authors] because most publishers\' contracts now deal with electronic rights.
[More from the New York Times.]
Submitted by Blake on July 11, 2001 - 5:40pm
CNN has This Story on sales of religious books being up more than 4 percent.
They say it\'s not just Christian-oriented books that are selling so well, but any religious books tend to be doing well.
Does anyone keep circulation numbers on this type of book, are they up as well?
\"The more suspicious people are of their local church, then the more apt they are to just assemble their own books, to assemble their own spiritual life,\"
Submitted by Blake on July 11, 2001 - 3:30pm
Tanya writes \"This is a follow-up to an earlier story. The Granite School District has opted to move librarians to teacher positions and staff the media centers with library-aides after the teachers union rejected a 1.4% raise as being too low. The story will be available at the Salt Lake Tribune website for the next week\"
Utah seems to hate school librarians. They say few of Utah\'s 40 districts have full-time librarians working in elementary schools, and this district only requires one librarian for every two or three schools.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 11, 2001 - 11:59am
I found this one while visiting The Library of Congress.
\"America\'s Library (www.americaslibrary.gov), the Library\'s Web site for children and families, has handled more than 100 million \"hits\" since its April 2000 debut. \"This milestone is a testimony to the Web site\'s appeal to both children and families,\" said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. \"With its colorful, interactive elements, America\'s Library has been instrumental in making the Library\'s collections more accessible to people of all ages.\" To visit the site, Click Here.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 11, 2001 - 11:36am
For Business2, John McCloskey writes...
\"A machine that may be the publishing equivalent of a car that runs on water. Working from a digital file, it can print, bind, and trim a book of any size in a matter of minutes. Having finished with one title, it can proceed to another and another, as long as the machine is kept supplied with ink, toner, and paper-the same regular copy paper you might buy at Staples. \"When I first saw it, I knew it would be as important as Gutenberg,\" says Epstein, who emerged as something of a digital prophet last year with the publication of a work of his own, Book Business: Past Present and Future. \"The whole world changes,\" he says, \"because of that machine.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 11, 2001 - 11:24am
Another great story about dedication to reading. A retired schoolteacher has decided to create a mobile library. Once a week, she loads her car with donated books and heads out in search of kids with a hunger for reading. [more...] from The Palatka (FL) Daily News.
Submitted by Brian on July 11, 2001 - 11:21am
Why did a 49-cent booklet of Bible verses become a temporary bestseller on Amazon.com? Because people took Amazon up on its offer of free shipping on purchases of two or more items. Word got around that The Book of Hope was one of the least expensive items to add to the shopping cart for item number two. Story in the Chicago Tribune.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 11, 2001 - 11:01am
Robin Finn writes...
\"This country does a crummy job as guardian of great books by its dead authors. Or it used to. Edmund Wilson voiced that criticism 40 years ago, crankily and accurately.\" [more...] from the New York Times (don\'t have your free subscription? get it Here.
Submitted by Blake on July 11, 2001 - 10:26am
Mary Jane passed along this mlive.com Story on another guy being arrested for over due books, this time it was \"Green Eggs and Ham\". Maybe I need to add a new \"Library Arrests\" topic?
\"Overall it\'s kind of odd that you would arrest someone for not returning library books,\" Ann Arbor polic officer Mark Raab said, \"But I guess the library has to do what it has to do to get its books back.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on July 11, 2001 - 10:04am
For The Florida Times Union, Anick Jesdanun writes...
\"When you buy a book or a video cassette, you can lend it to a friend, sell it on eBay, even toss it in the trash. Or you can keep it to read or watch again and again. It\'s all legal under the \'\'first-sale doctrine\'\' of U.S. copyright law, the provision that allows libraries to exist. But your rights shrink when you\'re dealing with an electronic book or a movie downloaded from the Internet. [more...]
For a related story, \"Behind Digital Copyright, Click Here.
Submitted by Celine on July 11, 2001 - 2:18am
So, I know that it\'s a bit early for a Friday funny but you just have to look at Conan the Librarian and his hilarious true tales of life in a library.
It was sooooo hard to pick a single example but here\'s a little sample for you:
\"I am looking for a book with this call number, but I can\'t find it,\" a student tells Conan. \"Which call number?\" Conan asks. The student shows him a slip of paper with \"327 p. 22 cm.\" written on it. Conan, ever the diplomat, pauses for a moment and then says to the student, \"I\'m sure we can find the book, but do you happen to recall what the title is?\"
Submitted by Celine on July 11, 2001 - 2:00am
The mayor of Warren (Macomb County, MI) has asked the library director and the Library Commission chairman to resign over their handling of a \"slush fund\". This fund of $18,000 has been used by them to pay for trips to ALA but also more controversially, Kiwanis dues and political fund-raiser tickets. The mayor wants all spending to be approved by City Council and thinks, in times of big library budget deficits, it should go towards \"library-related items\" such as books. The two officials refuse to resign and defend their activities as representing and promoting the library within the community. Make up your own mind by reading this story from the Macomb Daily.
Submitted by Celine on July 11, 2001 - 1:47am
This story from the San Jose Mercury News on how a court has issued a restraining order against a veteran San Jose police officer accused of making harrassing phone calls to the director of the County Law Library which recently dismissed him from a part-time security job.
Submitted by Celine on July 11, 2001 - 1:40am
San Diego\'s First National Bank Building, the city\'s first high-rise office building built in 1909, will be sold to a private developer and all the proceeds will go to the branch libraries. The Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, the philanthropic organization which last owned the building, donated it to the city with the proviso that any money made from its sale had to go to improving San Diego\'s libraries reports this little story from Sign On San Diego.
Submitted by Celine on July 11, 2001 - 1:34am
This interesting feature from ABC News takes a detailed look at the issues surrounding the need to preserve the mass of information now being produced in digital form. It looks at efforts made by the Library of Congress and initiatives such as The Internet Archive to find ways of capturing this part of our cultural heritage and storing it for posterity. An excellent story with lots of useful links.
\"If somebody were to try to write a dissertation today about the Web in 1994, say, they would be hard-pressed to find the kind of archival primary materials that they\'d want.\"
Submitted by Celine on July 11, 2001 - 1:23am
Today marks the beginning of Library Week, hosted by the Botswana National Library Service reports this story from the Botswana Press Agency. The theme is \"Libraries - Gateway to an informed and educated nation\", to link in with Vision 2016, by which Botswana aims to be an informed and educated nation. It will be celebrated in public, special and education libraries and village reading-rooms.
Submitted by Celine on July 11, 2001 - 1:16am
This story from The Jerusalem Post tells how possibly 50% of Israel\'s public libraries have been reduced to charging patrons to borrow books, even though charging fees is illegal. This is the only way they can stay open because they are so short of money. Librarians and library supporters have been demonstrating in front of Jerusalem\'s main public library to try to get the extra funding needed.
Submitted by Celine on July 10, 2001 - 5:38pm
This story from Ananova reports that the original artwork from the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone, is to be auctioned at Sotheby\'s of London and is expected to fetch about 25,000 pounds sterling (just under $40,000). It is a 1977 watercolor by Thomas Taylor, though the editions I have seen of Harry Potter and the Sorceror\'s Stone (as it was called in the US) had a different cover, I think.
Sotheby\'s will also be auctioning a letter in which JRR Tolkien apparently accuses Walt Disney of being a business cheat.
Submitted by Celine on July 10, 2001 - 1:18pm
I have just found out that the excellent Internet Scout Report has a brand new weblog. It already has some interesting links including one to a digital exhibition by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on \"Early Las Vegas\" and a browser emulator which lets you look at web pages on the early 1.0 and 2.0 versions of browsers.
If you have never heard of the Scout Report, it is \"a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators\" and is well worth a look.
Submitted by Ryan on July 10, 2001 - 12:28pm
An interesting article from the always valuable First Monday tracing the history of the bibliographic control of printed sermons and its role in the development of the art generally:
This essay will focus on the field of homiletics in America, especially within the mainline Protestant tradition, which can trace its beginnings to the New England settlers in the 17th century. The invention of the printing press two centuries before had increased the need for bibliographic control across Europe, and when printing arrived with the settlers in America, that same need followed. The first homiletical textbooks came from the printing of sermons, and young ministers \"turned to these ordination sermons to supplement their apprenticeships with working pastors.\" The first libraries in America were theological libraries, stemming from the work in England of an Anglican minister named Thomas Bray and his Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. By the early 19th century, homiletics was transformed into a formal academic discipline with the establishment of seminaries and divinity schools across America.
This issue also contains the article Positioning the Public Library in the Modern State: The Opportunity of the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).