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Huff Post points us to photos of the 9 Worst Library Books in a slide-show here.
Every library has them: titles in the collection that we stumble upon and think, "What is this doing here?" "Weeding" is where librarians take a close look at our collections and remove items that are past their prime. They are outdated, irrelevant, or just plain funny. AwfulLibraryBooks is a collection of the worst of library holdings. The authors collect the discards of their colleagues around the world and post them (anonymously, of course). The point is to have fun, laugh, and celebrate the time and place when these old, obscure books were popular.
Bookavore Blog says, "With sincere apologies if this has been done before, but I think this is the only way I can read another one of these. Maybe I might be cranky today!"
“Will e-books wipe out/kill/decimate/pulverize/HULKSMASH/angry verb real books?” — one drink
...and so on...
David Carnoy (CNET) weighs in on the topic. He tells Huffington Post readers that plenty of people have come up with lists of reasons why ebooks are better than paper books, but that he finds the opposite point of view more challenging. So here's his list of why hardcovers are better:
1. Spilling a drink on a hardcover doesn't cause it to die
2. You can't press a leaf in an e-book, even a virtual one
3. You can't have an author sign an e-book (yet)
4. Ebooks don't float in a pool
5. You can't use an e-book as a doorstop or to prop open a window
6. A hardcover doesn't crack when you drop it
7. An ebook has no resale value on Amazon
8. You don't have to recharge a hardcover
9. In a pinch, you can burn a hardcover to keep warm
10. You don't have to feel ripped off after paying $12.99 for something that's just bits and bytes
No man has ever put his hand up a woman's dress looking for a library card
Line from Joan Rivers to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show when Johnny commented that men really do like smart women.
Line is mentioned in this article: Joan Rivers, comic without pause
You can also hear Rivers comment to Johnny as part of this NPR story: 'Joan Rivers': Uncut And Unvarnished