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Check Out The PEJ New Media Index

The New Media Index is a weekly report that captures the leading commentary of blogs and social media sites focused on news and compares those subjects to that of the mainstream press.

PEJ launched the New Media Index as a companion to its weekly News Coverage Index. Blogs and other new media are an important part of creating today's news information narrative and in shaping the way Americans interact with the news. The expansion of online blogs and other social media sites has allowed news-consumers and others outside the mainstream press to have more of a role in agenda setting, dissemination and interpretation. PEJ wanted to find out what subjects in the national news the online sites focus on, and how that compared with the narrative in the traditional press.


What Do You Get Your Library Valentine?

Scott Douglas's wife has two new blogs on her blog about what to get the book lover in your life for Valentine's Day:


Stephen King's Office

You ever want to walk through a bestselling author's office? You know, just to see what it's like?

Well, you can do that virtually with Stephen King's office. He's got a new thing on his website that allows you to take a interactive tour of his workspace. You'll want a fast computer to do this along with Flash, but it is kind of fun and interesting. You can click on items to get information about them and there's even a sort of treasure hunt involved.

Take the tour. When you get started, it will look like it's asking for a log in, but it's actually not. You can walk around without entering anything.

What's the personality of your favorite blog?

Typealyzer is a text classifier that t analyzes your favorite blog (or your blog) and assigns a Myers-Briggs personality to it based on writing style. The analysis of LISnews determined that it is a "Doer." I'd say librarians are doers, wouldn't you?

Twitter Your Senators and Representatives

Further to my story about polite twittering below, here's a cool site: Tweet Congress, a grassroots effort to get members and staff of the U.S. Congress twittering.

Here's their website's banner "We the Tweeple of the United States, in order to form a more perfect government, establish communication, and promote transparency do hereby Tweet the Congress of the United States of America."

The Book Calendar

The Book Calendar 2009
Website that introduces a new book everyday.

How About a Daily Dose (of New Books)?

Via promotional emails from (at least they haven't gone under yet)...

How The Dose Works--Seven days a week, the Daily Dose brings a reader's review to your Inbox — along with a chance to win free books!

Each day shortly after midnight we post the day's featured item on our web site and in our email to Daily Dose subscribers. The reader whose comments we use has until day's end (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time) to visit our special contest page and claim the prize. Each day we add $20 credit to the available total — until someone wins free books. Then the next day it all starts again.

To enter, write a short review of any item on that you think we should tell Daily Dose subscribers about.

Click here to read the complete and official Daily Dose contest rules.

Books As Music Boxes

Lovely old books remade as one of a kind music boxes by Jennifer Khoshbin of San Antonio TX. A gift for someone pretty special; i.e, not inexpensive.

Other adapted book gifts on her etsy page.

Holiday Gift Guide for Library and Book Lovers

What do you buy for that book, library, or literature lover in your life? What gifts do you give that go beyond that special book or bookstore certificate? The links below will get you started.



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