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Best of the best free tools

Via Lifehacker:
A few months back Lifehacker started a section titled "Hive Five" that answers the most frequently asked question: "What's the best tool for the job?" The top tools are chosen by the users and here they present the best of the best from 26 different categories. Many, if not all, of the tools are free. Here is their best of the best.

authonomy: A community site for writers, readers and publishers

Joe Wikert Takes a look at authonomy and likes it. It's a community site for authors, editors and anyone else interested in the publishing business. If you're an author you could use authonomy to get feedback on your manuscript and increase your visibility. The rules are pretty simple. You need to post a 10,000-word (minimum) portion of your work for review by other authonomy members. As other members read, review and rank your work it gains visibility on the site.

Topic: Library Now Free to All U.S. Students with Qualifying Disabilities believes that people with print disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy. The library provides print disabled people in the United States with legal access to over 40,000 books and 150 periodicals that are converted to Braille, large print or digital formats for text to speech audio. More about


A blue social bookmark and publication sharing system

"BibSonomy is run by the Knowledge & Data Engineering Group of the University of Kassel, Germany. This system is intended to support everyone, but in particular researchers, in sharing bookmarks and bibliographies. One main reason is that we have to deal with bibliographic data all the time, needed a more coherent way to manage our bibtex data. Another - even more important - reason for setting up BibSonomy is that social resource sharing systems are very popular nowadays, but do still lack theoretical foundations. Our aim is to tackle the research challenges that arise around systems like BibSonomy, and to provide more sophisticated support for tasks like browsing, searching, ranking, and community discovery."

Games in Libraries Podcast

This is a monthly podcast with some of the movers and shakers exploring games in libraries. You can tune into the podcast via iTunes, an RSS feed, or E-mail notification at Games in Libraries . Also visit the Library Game Lab of Syracuse for publications and information.


SSA's Popular Baby Names Site

The Social Security Administration hosts a website that lists popular baby names by year. You can also search for your name, or look at names by state, or decade. I discovered this site thanks to Gov Gab, a government blog.

A Tool for Historical London

The Map of Early Modern London is a good resource from Dr. Janelle Jenstad at the University of Victoria. You can look at London through the eyes of Shakespeare through use of quotes, and there is a good listing of sources.


Tattoos from Books, Poetry, Music and Other Artistic Sources

Thinking about having your love of literature or a particular author's work tattooed somewhere on your bod? Check this out for inspiration...


Literature-Map - the tourist map of literature

A Very Defiant Duckling Named Ender pointed me to Literature-Map - the tourist map of literature. "Looking to find similar authors? Type in the name of your favorite author and see it create a map of similar writers! "

Literary Ink Jobs

I don't know everything about librarians, but I do know that some of them are into tattoos. And by "into tattoos" I mean that they have ink work that would make Henry Rollins pause for admiration.

I can't get a tattoo (long story, it has to to with genetic bleeding problems and original sin) but if I could, I'd probably get something like those pictured in this gallery of literary tattoos. Though I wouldn't get the Vonnegut quote from Slaughterhouse Five. I'd be more inclined to get "Hi Ho" from Slapstick.

I'd like to get a tattoo over my whole body of me, but taller. ~Stephen Wright


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