The Competitive Book Sorters Who Spread Knowledge Around New York - Atlas Obscura

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 11/17/2018 - 14:48
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With minutes to go until game time, the 12 elite sorters have emerged, wearing matching BookOps T-shirts. They march toward the machine as if boarding Apollo 11. The offices upstairs have emptied into the basement, and a wide variety of library personnel fill every available space in the room to cheer the sorters on. “We’re gonna take ‘em down, it’s not gonna be an issue,” says Michael Genao, a 22-year-old sophomore sorter with a linebacker’s build.

Booksellers Protest Amazon Site’s Move to Drop Stores From Certain Countries

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 08:53
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More than 250 antiquarian book dealers in 24 countries say they are pulling over a million books off an Amazon-owned site for a week, an impromptu protest after the site abruptly moved to ban sellers from several nations. The flash strike against the site, AbeBooks, which is due to begin Monday, is a rare concerted action by vendors against any part of Amazon, which depends on third-party sellers for much of its merchandise and revenue.

Harvard Converts Millions of Legal Documents into Open Data

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 08:52
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A new free website spearheaded by the Library Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School makes available nearly 6.5 million state and federal cases dating from the 1600s to earlier this year, in an initiative that could alter and inform the future availability of similar areas of public-sector big data. Led by the Lab, which was founded in 2010 as an arena for experimentation and exploration into expanding the role of libraries in the online era, the Caselaw Access Project went live Oct.

In win for open access, two major funders to bar grantees from publishing in hybrid journals

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 08:37
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The largest part of the policy change is that as of January 2020, Wellcome and Gates will no longer allow their grantees to publish in so-called hybrid OA journals, which have both subscription and free content. Most scientific journals now follow that hybrid business model, which allows authors to pay a fee if they want to make their articles OA. For the past decade, Wellcome has allowed its grantees to pay these fees, in part because it viewed them as a way to help publishers finance a switch in their business models to full OA.

The Bookseller's Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year Voting Is Open

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/04/2018 - 15:43
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The prize, founded by Trevor Bounford and the late Bruce Robinson of publishing solutions firm the Diagram Group, is the annual celebration of the book world's strangest and most perplexing titles. The Bookseller and its legendary diarist Horace Bent have been custodians of the prize since 1982.      The six books up for what Bent has called "the most prestigious literary gong Britain—nay the world—has ever known" are: Are Gay Men More Accurate in Detecting Deceits?

What’s the Matter with Fiction Sales?

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/04/2018 - 10:18
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According to 2017 estimates released this summer by the Association of American Publishers, sales of adult fiction fell 16% between 2013 and 2017, from $5.21 billion to $4.38 billion. The numbers, though not a major worry, raise questions about the books the industry is publishing and what consumers want to read.
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What’s the Most Influential Book of the Past 20 Years? - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 11/03/2018 - 09:39
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We invited scholars from across the academy to tell us what they saw as the most influential book published in the past 20 years. (Some respondents named books slightly outside our time frame, but we included them anyway.) We asked them to select books — academic or not, but written by scholars — from within or outside their own fields. It was up to our respondents to define “influential,” but we asked them to explain why they chose the books they did.

Donations Pour Into Northwest Iowa Library After Man Burns LGBTQ Books | Iowa Public Radio

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:29
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A northwest Iowa library has been inundated with donations from in and outside of the state after a man burned several LGBTQ children’s books during a gay pride festival. In a Facebook Live video from almost two weeks ago, Paul Dorr with the religious group Rescue The Perishing stood outside of the Prairie Winds Events Center about a mile away from the Orange City Public Library and read aloud from four LGBTQ children’s books before tossing them into a barrel of fire.

How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book : NPR

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 18:05
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When October Books, a small radical bookshop in Southampton, England, was moving to a new location down the street, it faced a problem. How could it move its entire stock to the new spot, without spending a lot of money or closing down for long? The shop came up with a clever solution: They put out a call for volunteers to act as a human conveyor belt.
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