... And the truth shall make shipping free

Why did a 49-cent booklet of Bible verses become a temporary bestseller on Because people took Amazon up on its offer of free shipping on purchases of two or more items. Word got around that The Book of Hope was one of the least expensive items to add to the shopping cart for item number two. Story in the Chicago Tribune.


Little bits o\' lit

The Chicago Tribune has an article about two alternative distribution channels for literature: the Chapter-A-Day e-mail service; and Travelman Short Stories, which are being sold as fan-folded sheets from a machine in a London Underground station.

A quote from an American short-story author about the vending machine: "I don\'t think it would work here. So few people read short stories in this country. Selling them in the same way you sell gum or condoms, I don\'t think it would appeal to the same people who read short stories."

Topic: Being Sued by its Own Shareholders

This one comes by way of BBC News...

Within the past week or so, it was reported that Internet giant, was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible inside trading. It seems that things are getting worse for Mr. B. It looks as though there may have actually been some, to quote the news, \"highly speculative\" activities going on. Oh, what a tangled web he weaves...yada yada. [more...]
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Questia: Some Issues

T. G. McFadden, the Director @ Schaffer Library, Union College in Schenectady, NY has written this look at Questia.

And while we\'re on the subject, a couple people have asked what happened to the Questia interview. I spoke with someone at the company who said they would rather not answer so many important questions in that format, and would rather answer each person individually.
Read on for T.G.\'s look at Questia.

\"The following observations and findings are based on a limited, but perhaps not unrepresentative, trial of how Questia handles certain authors and subjects in areas familiar to me. Naturally, any conclusions or results should be independently verified.


SIRS Launches Free Interactive Resource Guide

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced the launch of the SIRS Resource Center, an evolving collection of educational Internet resources for students, teachers and librarians. Lesson plans, online reference tools and library resources
can be found in this free, interactive resource guide.


Amazon Chair Under Investigation by S.E.C for Possible Inside Trading

From The New York Times

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating stock sales by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chairman of, in early February just before a Wall Street firm released a negative research report on the company, according to a person close to the matter.


New list on Integrated Library Systems

Erik Lewis writes \"
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Integrated Library Systems. So I have started one with the purpose of sharing information about library automation. Hopefully this will allow
better communication amongst the vendors and consumers so that a better measure of what we want is available. I also hope that it serves to aid in making smart purchases and serves to share information concerning how to deal with the various vendors and consultants in this field. Hopefully we will also discuss future advances and standards. The list is meant to be
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