Book Reviews

Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work

Eric Lease Morgan Posted This Review of Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work, by Tom Brinck, Darren Gergle, and Scott D. Wood.
The book is a how-to guide. It describes methods and techniques for designing websites with the assumption that the principles of usability are pervasive throughout. This book is not about HTML. It is a book about the concepts and principles surrounding the organization, creation, and design of interfaces to data and information presented via a Web browser.


The Theory and Practice of the Internet

MSNBC Has This little look at three books that look for a comprehensive theory of the Web.
\"Linked: The New Science of Networks,\" by Albert-Laszlo; \"Smart Mobs,\" by Howard Rheingold; and \"Small Pieces Loosely Joined,\" by David Weinberger.
He says so far the observational results seem to be confirmed by theory, Two sizes work on the Web: huge and tiny.
I just finished Small Pieces Loosely Joined, and found it to be a good read.


Particular obsessions

Here\'s A Nice Look At Nicholson Baker, and his newest work, A Box of Matches.
\"Double Fold is not a mere critique of the preservation methods of librarians,\" writes Professor Richard J Cox, who has written a reply to Baker, entitled Vandals in the Stacks?. \"Instead, it looks for a conspiracy (and looks and looks).\"


The Slynx - a first novel about secret libraries

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"I was listing to NPR last night and heard a review of this great new novel by a Russian writer....the ruler of Moscow post-nuclear war controls the only books, and gives forth the great ideas of writers from the past, controlling all of the books...sounds like something that may happen sooner...\"


Book review - The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Steve Fesenmaier writes \" The New Biographical Dictionary of Film:
I finally received my copy of David Thomson\'s newest version of a
standard reference book on film. Some people believe he is the best
living film critic/author. I was not that familiar with him, so I bought
a copy. I first looked up my friend Les Blank - no entry. Then I read
his evaluation of Lars von Trier - he totally negates everything the man
has done, a man who has changed the face of cinema during the last


Elementary, dear Dumbledore

Here's A Review of the new book "The Science of Harry Potter."
The author of the new book has inter viewed the world's best Muggle scientists to identify the explanations behind everything from the Mirror of Erised to the Invisibility Cloak. They say In order to enjoy this book, you will need to be a fan of Harry Potter, and probably a fan of the more mature variety, because some of the scientific ideas are quite challenging and thought-provoking.


Best Business Books of 2002

Gary Deane sent over Best Business Books of 2002 from The Globe and Mail.
They list the top 5 as:
Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing The Right Thing, Will and Vision: How Latecomers Grow To Dominate Markets, The Responsibility Virus, Managing The Unexpected, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.


Village Voice Top 25 Books of the Year

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"For years I surveyed WV\'s libraries to see how many had copies of the Village Voice list of top books....few were ever found in ANY of WV\'s more than 200 public and academic libraries. Here is the 2002 list which includes some landmark books including JOSEPH STIGLITZ\'s Globalization and Its Discontents and JOHN M. MACGREGOR\'s Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal 720 pp., $85.\"

My favorite was The Founding Fish.


Sandy Berman Blasts New ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Sandy Berman has been fighting to tell the world about the intense INTERNAL CENSORSHIP the library profession has been practicing for decades. Now the intelligent reader can see for themselves what he is talking about in his review of ALA\'s 6th Edition of its Intellectual Freedom Manual. I think of Sandy as the American library version of Solzhenitsyn, refusing to leave his motherland for exile, so that he can maintain his moral highground. Read his review about half way down
This Page. \"


Great website for A BOOK OF BOOKS

Steve Fesenmaier writes:

\"Outstanding photographer Abelardo Morell and saintly author Nicholson Baker have teamed up to create a fantastic new book, A BOOK OF BOOKS, showing Morell\'s photographs of books. I found this website which shows 9 of his photographs in an online slide show...very nice.\"



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