Amazon Sells Way Fewer Books To Academic Libraries Than People Think

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:20
Is Amazon taking over the academic library industry? That's what a new study from a higher-education-focused non-profit takes a look at, and their findings might surprise you as long as you haven't read the title of this article too closely. For the study, Ithaka S+R gathered acquisitions data from 124 U.S.

The Very Modern Anger of Shakespeare’s Women

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:47
Literary scholars often hear about dangers of presentism: we are warned against looking at the past for confirmation of our own progress — the distance between us and them — and against collapsing that distance, and seeing, Narcissus-like, our own reflections in long-ago lives and letters. But of course, the present always shapes our encounters with earlier texts, whether we’re reading them, writing about them or, in the case of Shakespeare, staging them.

Shelf policing: how books (and cacti) make women too 'spiky' for men

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:27
Speaking of bedrooms – books apparently aren’t allowed in there, as they are a room for “sleep and love”. This raises some questions. Does it mean that if you like reading a book in bed you must then go put it back elsewhere in the house just before falling asleep? Is one book (singular) in the bedroom fine but two or more forbidden? What if you do find a partner thanks to your attractive new flat and he also enjoys reading in bed, does this create a loophole? Should you read this singular book together at the same time?

Novels with Giant Possibly Magical Libraries - Charlie Harrington

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:07
There are two things that, when I encounter them in a book, immediately cause me to fall in love. The word palimpsest A giant, possibly magic, library (extra points for a Forbidden Section or two) The two are not unrelated. A palimpsest is a book that has been one or more books before, with the older knowledge hidden just beneath the surface of the parchment, waiting to be unearthed.

Thousands of scientists run up against Elsevier’s paywall

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:07
Researchers at German institutions that have let their Elsevier subscriptions lapse while negotiating a new deal are hitting the paywall for the publisher’s most recent articles around 10,000 times a day, according to Elsevier — which publishes more than 400,000 papers each year. But at least some German libraries involved in negotiating access to Elsevier say they are making huge savings without a subscription, while still providing any articles their academics request.
From Thousands of scientists run up

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:45
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
From The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens - Scientific American - Scientific American in 2013

(S)ex libris - on the Bodleian's ‘secret trove of obscene material’

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:20
Late in his tenure as head of the Bodleian Library, E. W. B. Nicholson received an unusual letter from a History fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. The correspondent explained that he had been asked to enquire on behalf of a “Cambridge don” whether there existed “any Siberia attached to [the] Bodleian Library to which books are banished”. Nicholson knew that such a thing did exist, for he had personally overseen its creation.