Submitted by Blake on June 2, 2000 - 9:32am
Read Herring.comhas a Story on MSFT\'s move into the E Publishing market, this could really change the publishing world.
\"With help from Michael Crichton and Star Trek, the Redmond, Washington, company plans this summer to distribute, via free downloads, new software that lets standard PCs display electronic books as crisp text and pictures. The technology may finally give the big publishers, such as Bertelsmann\'s Random House and Viacom (NYSE: VIA)\'s Simon & Schuster, reason to abandon paper in favor of bytes, at least for some types of work.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 1, 2000 - 10:58pm
has a nice little Story entitled \"Digiglut\". The Author says
\"there is just too much stuff out there. \", and says that
people are overwhelmed, and it\'s getting worse. He
never suggests letting librarians rule the WWW........ But
wouldn\'t it great if we did?
Submitted by Steven on June 1, 2000 - 6:22pm
Deseret News has this article about a new library in Egypt that has it all....except books.
\"Surrounded by a reflecting waterpool, the library has 17 elevators, self-cleaning windows and a safety system so advanced it can extinguish fires without leaving so much as a drop of water on a rare text.
The library is short on one crucial element. Books.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 1, 2000 - 3:47pm
Ya\'ll should go over to Booknotes Weblog ( booknotes.weblogs.com ) done by a man they call Craig Jensen. His log covers Books, Libraries, Preservation and other librarian type stuff. Looks like he puts some serious time in over there, not unlike Jessamyn and Rory, who\'ve been at it a while longer.Keep up the good work!Now if I could just get them all writing at LISNews as well...
Submitted by Steven on June 1, 2000 - 1:11pm
Radio Free Europe has this sad article about the fate of Albanian language books in Kosovo\'s libraries.
\"Kosovo\'s libraries lost almost half their books over the last decade to ethnic cleansing. RFE/RL correspondent Jolyon Naegele reports that a new study says many of the libraries were purged of Albanian-language books even before hostilities erupted in 1998.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 31, 2000 - 11:51pm
ABCnews.com has this neat article on a possible new type of search engine based on file swapping software.
\" The loose group of open-source programmers responsible for the controversial Gnutella file-swapping software have turned their technology into what they say is a powerful new Web search tool.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 31, 2000 - 11:35pm
This is an interesting concept. A library in Texas has started its own online book club. Access Waco has the article.
\"The service provides readers with about five minutes worth of reading per day through a free e-mail account. All readings in a week are from a single book, for a total of about two or three chapters posted online by week\'s end.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2000 - 10:45pm
This Story from Reuters will
give you a good idea of how the book publishing world
is acting and reacting to the E-Book market. Big
changes are coming in publishing, and books.
\"``We are experiencing a revolution in publishing
and bookselling and we still don\'t know how the dust
will settle, who will be the winners, or who will be the
losers,\'\' said Mark Dressler, president of the Crystal
River Publishing Group.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2000 - 10:41pm
Jon Katz worte a great Story at Freedom
Forum.org on how people can over react when
faced with a new technology. He does a great job
explaining how the web has made free speach
possible for so many people.
\"The architecture of
the Internet, as it is right now,\" writes Lawrence Lessig,
a constitutional scholar at Harvard University, \"is
perhaps the most important model of free speech
since the founding [of the American republic].
Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2000 - 1:34pm
Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2000 - 1:29pm
The Chicago Tribune has another Story on the increaing popularity of Audio Books. Audio Books have become the fastest-growing segment of the book industry.Are they being offered in your library?
Are they being Used?
Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2000 - 1:25pm
The NY Times has a neat little Story on web based bibliographies.Publishing companines and authors are finding the web a nice place for bibliographies to live, leaving them out of books all together. The advantage, the publishers say, is a smaller, cheaper, more accessible book.
Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2000 - 10:02am
Slashdot.org had this on Saturday May 27, but today CNET picked up on it as well.Seagram Chairman Edward Bronfman made a silly little Speech at The Real Conference San Jose, California on May 26, 2000, in which he said that you should not be allowed to have online anonymity.\"As citizens, we have a right to privacy. We have no such right to anonymity.\" Is there a difference online? If this line of thinking catches on, we could be in trouble.
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2000 - 9:48pm
You never know where you\'ll find a good story.
Steven Bell found one on Portablelife.com.
This story isn\'t exactly about libraries, but it does give a nice vote of confidence to libraries, and librarians. The author seems almost suprised that a library would have something so useful!
\"I\'ve saved the best for last: The public libraries in virtually every city and in many towns now offer internet access via desktop systems available to the public for free. Usually, you don\'t even need a library card, although the librarian may hold your driver\'s license hostage while you use the system for the allotted time.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2000 - 6:46pm
Omaha.com has an interesting Series of articles from a columnist on the battle between the small book stores and Barnes & Noble and Borders. She took some heat for her columns, they are a good read.
\"\"\"You are the killer of businesses,\" one man wrote. People like me are on the increase, he said. \"They are the people who take advantage of the hospitality the businesses offer, complain when they can\'t get more, read and wear out a book, then walk out without purchasing anything.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2000 - 3:35pm
A story from Michigan on the Ann Arbor District Library. They had stopped mailing overdue book notices in favor of e-mail, but received too many complaints.On April 3, the library stopped mailing overdue notices in an attempt to save $20,000 a year, mostly in postage.
Submitted by Steven on May 30, 2000 - 12:49pm
The Chicago Tribune has this article on the flourishing of audio books.
\"...audio books, like electronic books, are redefining cultural attitudes toward reading. They are even becoming the first medium for some titles, whether because they\'re controversial or aimed at a special audience more likely to \"read\" a book in that form than curled up in an armchair with a bound title.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 30, 2000 - 12:40pm
The Associated Press released this article about what modern witches have to say about Harry Potter.
\"For once, the witches aren\'t ugly old hags,\" said Michael Darnell, a 39-year-old computer programmer from Winnipeg, Canada, who has been a practicing witch for 25 years. \"For once they\'re the protagonists rather than the villains.\"
Another article, with an interview with J.K. Rowlings as well as Harry\'s future, appeared in Book Magazine
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2000 - 11:48am
The Standard has a scary Story on yet another plan to cram more ads into your life.
\"\"We don\'t think it\'s the Holy Grail,\" says Wired publisher Drew Shutte . \"But we think it\'s the precursor to something larger.\"Watermarks, bar codes and other hieroglyphics that essentially link printed pages to Web pages will start appearing in dozens of magazines within the next few months. \"
Submitted by Blake on May 29, 2000 - 10:10pm
Rob Brian wrote in from OZ:
Members of our
Parliament and those of us who may need to access
the Internet in order to provide them with relevant
information now once more have full access to the
Internet.You can read The Story from the The Sydney Morning
An extraordinary exchange of e-mail communications
was provoked when MPs and parliamentary sections
were notified a week ago the Premier\'s Department
had ordered \"filtering\" (read censoring or shutting
down) of Web sites dealing with criminal skills, dating,
extreme or obscene sites, gambling, games, hate
speech and sex.\"