Ebooks Continue Growth

forbes.com has \"The Story Of E-Books\". \"E-books, which are starting to go from novelty to mainstream, are definitely compelling. You can get them in minutes without going to a bookstore, customize the way they look, search through text, insert electronic bookmarks and even look up the meanings of words. \"

And from Buisnessweek:
Digital Talking Books Speak Volumes for the Disabled \"But books on audiocassette may soon go the way of the 78-rpm record. A dynamic new technology for spoken-word recordings, called digital talking books (DTBs), promises to rapidly replace tapes. The technology is about three years old and not commonly available in bookstores yet. But DTBs offer the flexibility of a print book harnessed to the power of a computer. You can download them from the Web. And best of all, whole libraries can now be fit on a few disks.\"

Used books sales

Someone writes \"cnn.com has a \"Story about Used books sales, and how much libraries can make on them\"

From New England to the West Coast, large-scale sales of donated second-hand books -- ranging from 40,000 to a half-million volumes per sale -- are bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

\"They\'re profitable, and in many places, they\'ve become very popular community events,\" said Christine Bragale, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries. \"


The Opentext Project

opentextproject.org writes \"the OpenText Project is now accepting content. OTP hopes to help educators share content. Please contribute. Please distribute and pass the word as well. --Thanks\"

\"The open source movement will encourage the creative expression of the community mind by productively coupling diversity of thought with social capital formation. This, in turn, will become a fundamental paradigm for knowledge creation in the new economy.\"

Try and Circulate This!!

Magazine publishers such as Forbes and Wired are going to placing barcodes in their magazines with which users will scan (with a device known as the CueCat) to bring up related web sites. The article appeared in the Washington Post.\"
Forbes magazine last week shipped its 810,000 subscribers a new computer gadget it hopes will turn its pages into a new form of hyperlink to the Internet, as part of an experiment aimed at bridging the divide between old and new media.\"


LC grapples with digital preservation

The Nando Times is carrying an AP story that LC is grappling with digital preservation. New baseball cards are appearing on three-inch CD-ROM discs, bringing up questions not only of physical preservation but compatible hardware and software.

\"One problem is the hardware,\" [curator Harry] Katz said. \"Technology moves so fast that in a few years today\'s computers may be obsolete. No use keeping the disks if they can\'t be read. How much equipment do we have to preserve, too?\"


Amazon.com changes their privacy policy

Amazon.com has changed its privacy policy, writes ALA Councilor Mark Rosenzweig on the Anarchist Librarians list.

\"They state that they will indeed sell [your] information to whomever they wish... Why is this a library issue? Because libraries have traditionally and
correctly defended the privacy of our patrons records. Now we promote in our libraries behavior which jeopardizes that privacy...\"

Read on for the full text of Councilor Rosenzweig\'s letter.

Rare Free Offerings from the Behemoth(s)

Free content from legal publishing giants Lexis and Westlaw? It can\'t be
true... ahhh, grasshopper, but it can. Will it last, is the
real question.

Three Types of Censorship that Librarians Don\'t Talk About

Three Types of Censorship that Librarians Don\'t Talk About, an article by Sanford Berman in the Minnesota Library Association Newsletter, discusses intellectual freedom from a different perspective from usual. The threat, as Berman sees it, is not primarily from outside challenges to \"controversial\" materials, but from market based censorship (e.g. the power of the big publishers to manipulate the review stream), government censorship of small, independent publishers, and librarians\' self-censorship.


Libraries reflect nation\'s sexual fixation

MI Live has a very interesting Editorial on the porn in libraries problem, and he\'s not blaming the libraries, or the ALA.

\"I have seen the enemy and he is us. Our nation has become extremely sexualized so there is no reason that shouldn\'t be reflected in our culture. Libraries and museums are the storehouses of a lot of our culture.\"


Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include getting kids to read, a neat photocopy machine, Nixon library fights back, short stories removed from reading list, no more stuffy library, library ruckus, the new Carnegie, word surfing, and much more.

B Buzz Highlights -- EInk, new Amazon privacy policy, for whom the e-book tolls

As you\'re packing your car to go to the beach, or loading up the fridge for the start of the NFL football season, take a couple of minutes to check out these news highlights, courtesy of Studio B Buzz.


British Royal Mint issues 50p \"Public Libraries\" coin

The British Royal Mint has issued a commemorative 50-pence coin celebrating public libraries. It\'s available in silver and gold, and of course you can order online from RoyalMint.com. At around $40 in the US, the silver commemorative could be a great thank-you gift to a dedicated volunteer or outgoing board member, or perhaps to your favorite LISNews.com correspondent. Read on for a brief history of public libraries in the UK...

Class action lawsuit with UnCover

R Hadden Writes:Rex Dalton wrote a short article in Nature, Vol. 406, August 17, 2000,
page 664, \"Deal on Reprints Could Mean Royalties for Scientists.\" It
describes the class action lawsuit with UnCover (now owned by Ingenta, a
British company), a document delivery supply company, over providing copies
of articles where the copyright is not owned by a journal, but is retained
by the individual author.


B Buzz Highlights -- Adobe, Glassbook, etc.

Hey, it\'s Wednesday, so it must be the midweek Studio B Buzz highlights. Strap in and stay tuned for Glassbook news, a study that shows Americans aren\'t likely to purchase e-books, and more...


Got Trivia?

I\'m rubber, you\'re glue ...

Brian writes \"In a Chicago Tribune article on the horrors of looking \"matronly,\" an image consultant is quoted as saying:

\"I don\'t think it requires an age ... it\'s an attitude. When people no longer have any sexual zing. It\'s the funky librarian look, Mumsy, skirts full, eyewear outdated, a missing sexual energy, an attachment to the past.\"

chicagotribune.com has the full Story\"

Urbanites are a funny bunch, so preocupied with what others think of them, now that I think about it, so are \"We\".


Leisure reading on the decline, say surveys

The Straits Times of Singapore reports that various sources show books may be losing out to videos. One factoid about the US says that \"in 1998, the number of videos rented each day was double the number of library books checked out.\" Well, sure -- it takes more than 90 minutes to read a book.

\"Research into reading habits in Japan shows children are reading fewer books each year. In the US, people are twice as likely to [rent] a video than borrow a book from the library.\"


Stereotypes of the Library Lady

Here is a cute article from the DesMoines Register about the old lady who said Shhh!! all the time.\"The thousands of books were well past their prime and so was the woman who ran the place. Miss Library Lady was about 99 years old, wore her hair in a tight gray bun and looked at you over the edge of her half-glasses. Her vocabulary amounted to little more than \"No talking\" and \"Be quiet\" and \"Shhhh.\"


Future of the three children

The Free Lance Star has a follow-up story on the three children who were abandoned in a library.\"Three small children abandoned in a library a week ago by their mother will stay in foster care for now, despite their father’s plea for custody.\"


Library in a cartoon museum?

Ben Ostrowsky writes:

The city of
Boca Raton,
is considering
their library

into the
International Museum of
Cartoon Art
It sounds cool, but the main reason offered is that it
would benefit the
failing museum. There\'s not enough parking and
there\'s not enough room,
but hey, anything to save a museum, right?

\"They told me in the beginning a long time ago that they
needed 70,000
square feet, and we don\'t have nearly enough,\"
[museum founder Mort
Walker] said, pointing out that the museum has 55,000
square feet.



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