Submitted by birdie on July 11, 2014 - 2:04pm
Where is it illegal to chew gum and/or be in a gay relationship? Singapore of course.
Story from NPR's The Two-Way Blog , interpret the name of the blog as you see fit.
The two books are And Tango Makes Three, inspired by two real male penguins who hatched an egg together, and The White Swan Express, about four couples — one of which is a lesbian couple — who travel to China to adopt baby girls. The books will be pulped, according to Time Magazine.
Submitted by Blake on July 10, 2014 - 10:00pm
Submitted by Blake on July 10, 2014 - 9:59pm
FCC Chairman Wheeler’s draft proposal—which no one but other commissioners have been able to read in detail—will not single-handedly boost global competitiveness nor will it kill E-rate as we know (and value) it. It is, however, an important first step in connecting all learners to the high-capacity broadband critical for digital opportunity. Wi-Fi doesn’t work without adequate broadband to support it, and there is more work to be done to further improve and strengthen the E-rate program for more productive years ahead. But to further delay action will shortchange our nation’s public libraries and the communities they serve.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 10, 2014 - 11:21am
I’ve been thinking about a book called Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemo?lu and James Robinson. To (over)summarize, the coauthors say that nations fail because they resist, and try to stifle, the disruption that follows technological breakthroughs.
Technological disruption challenges prevailing power. Naturally, those established institutions try to fight back. But they rarely win. Disruption tends to release a dam of pent-up and democratic energy. Eventually, it overwhelms or transforms the established order.
Digital publishing is a case of technological disruption. Its challenge to the gatekeeper of a traditional publisher is now clear. Can’t get your book published? Do it yourself, and do it a whale of a lot faster—meaning you can capitalize quickly on issues of the day.
But I’ll propose that disruption has three predictable phases.
Full piece American Libraries
Submitted by birdie on July 9, 2014 - 5:33pm
From the New Yorker, a story of one man's favorite activity while in prison.
ps - don't do heroin.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 9, 2014 - 5:22pm
The City of Lincoln has evicted a Little Free Library from its location near a church in the Indian Village neighborhood, saying the library box can't sit in a public right of way.
The city gave the group and the church, New Visions Community-Southminster site, until Thursday to move the box onto private property or face fines that could hit $500.
Submitted by birdie on July 9, 2014 - 3:22pm
From Cambridge UK News:
A sweet surprise was waiting for Cambridge students during the exam period – hidden within the pages of a library book. During a stock check of the Newnham College Library, a student discovered a secret stash of chocolate concealed within the pages of The Oxford Companion to English Literature by Margaret Drabble, herself a Newnham alumna. The mysterious treat-giver had hollowed out the pages of the book and stowed a Crunchie and a Dairy Milk bar within.
Scrawled inside the pages is a message encouraging the lucky finder to enjoy the contents.
The note reads: “Dear student, congratulations on finding this book.
“Take your prize and return with one for the next person.”
The tome is not a Newnham College library book, and it believed to have been spirited in for the express purpose of concealing the chocolate bars.
Jo Tynan, a spokeswoman for Newnham College, told the News: “We do regular stock checks at the library and a student stock taker came across this book last week. “It didn’t have any issue numbers on it so she opened it and the inside had been completely hollowed out.”
Submitted by Blake on July 9, 2014 - 1:20pm
SAGE Publishers is retracting 60 articles from the Journal of Vibration and Control after an investigation revealed a “peer review and citation ring” involving a professor in Taiwan.
SAGE and Nayfeh then confronted Chen with the allegations, and weren’t satisfied with the responses, so in September 2013 they alerted NPUE to the case. Chen resigned from NPUE on February 2, 2014, according to the release, and in May Nayfeh retired and resigned as editor in chief of the JVC.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 9, 2014 - 10:59am
Recently, Netflix royally pissed off Verizon by calling out the ISP for slow streaming video. The two companies went back and forth for a while, with Verizon demanding that Netflix cut it out, and Netflix essentially saying "Ok, fine. But we might bring them back. You should serve your customers better." Now Google is offering an even more granular service called the "Video Quality Report," which will allow users to check out their YouTube streaming quality and compare to other providers in the area.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 8, 2014 - 4:31pm
Students at the University of South Florida will be soaring to new academic heights, with drones.
College students will be getting their hands on more than just books at USF come the fall semester. The Tampa campus plans to offer remote-controlled drones for students to check out for school-related projects.
It's a bold move considering that more places are starting to limit the access of drones, including the National Park Service, which announced a temporary ban on the use of drones on Friday. The NPS announcement basically bars the access of unmanned devices to 84 million acres of land in the U.S.
Yet, USF is taking a different approach to drones, making the technology more accessible to its students. The library purchased two drones with some leftover money from a grant to remodel its facility with new technology. These drones are capable of taking aerial video and photography.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 8, 2014 - 12:24am
Edan Lepucki's debut, California, sold thousands of copies even before the official publication date when talk-show host Stephen Colbert urged readers to pre-order it from a national independent chain as a protest against the "books-and-everything else" giant, Amazon. It was a powerful campaign and regardless of how one feels about the online retailer, and the stranglehold many acknowledge it has on the global book market, this encouragement to support local and independent booksellers and to champion the work of a new novelist definitely gets my vote.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 8, 2014 - 12:22am
Submitted by birdie on July 7, 2014 - 3:47pm
From Omaha.com, a tasteless display during a July 4th parade.
Not the contest winner.
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2014 - 3:16pm
There are 13 in the United States run by the National Archives, and when President Obama leaves office, the construction of the 14th library won't be far behind.
A created to fund and build the Obama presidential library is already beginning to mull proposals from contenders who'd like to be home to the facility.
Think of this fight over a presidential library like a boxing match with contenders in three corners of the ring — all looking to win the big prize and all claiming a connection to Obama.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 7, 2014 - 2:48pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 7, 2014 - 2:31pm
It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is no good here.
- Maureen Sullivan, 9/28/2012 – An Open Letter to America’s Publishers
When Sullivan penned this letter as President of the American Library Association, she was worried about the future of libraries. The ALA sought public support over a dispute between libraries and Big 5 publishers in much the same way that Hachette Book Group is currently enlisting authors in its fight over book pricing with Amazon. The problem was simple. Library patrons were reading more and more eBooks.
Full story here.
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2014 - 10:10am
In principle, I oppose region restrictions. As a reader, they make me itch. But in practice, the way book distribution works across international borders is worse than imperfect: it's broken. If I sell world English language rights to one of my books to a publisher, that publisher can't just print and distribute the book everywhere in the English-speaking world. Publishers used to be regional, not global, players. And even in the wake of the wave of takeovers that resulted in the Big Six Five owning about 70% of the business, mergers between publishing houses are incredibly slow and complicated due to contractual encumbrances.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 7, 2014 - 9:58am
A parade float that rolled down the streets of Norfolk, Neb., on Friday is drawing national attention and statewide debate.
The float featured a wooden outhouse labeled 'Obama Presidential Library', next to an upright figure in overalls.
Parade organizers said the float was one of the most popular in the show and received an honorable mention award.
Story at Nebraska local news station: http://www.ketv.com/news/parada-float-sparks-political-firestorm/26817664#ixzz36n4oShkm
Washington Post story.
FOX News story here.
Story in Nebraska newspaper.
Submitted by Blake on July 6, 2014 - 3:20pm
The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 6, 2014 - 3:11pm
We have lost something in our reading of the Declaration of Independence. This is the argument of Danielle Allen's new book, "Our Declaration," where she explores the document through a careful look at the words themselves. Jeffrey Brown talks to Allen about her findings, and why the Declaration is actually a coherent argument of equality.