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Morning Links: Writing by Committee. Gmail on Android Watch With Wear Mail
May 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

wear mail clientBusiness Musings: Writing by Committee (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random House. Just a section of it.) She mentions the importance of teamwork in the publishing industry. She’s running a huge section of a major company. Of course there needs to be a team, and of course, the team needs to work toward a common goal. *** Do...

Budapest’s beautiful libraries
May 9, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Budapest, where I live - and love - has some amazing libraries, as it turns out. Showcased courtesy of, here are just a few of them. Probably the most stunning is the Szabó Ervin Library, a family-friendly venue which just happens to house the most incredible neo-Baroque interior imaginable. Or for something a little more austere, but still magnificent, how about the National Technical Information Centre and Library at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (above). Or, similarly monumental, the Library of the School of English and American Studies and the Library of the Institute of German Studies at...

Morning Links: Judy Blume advocates for library. Books which began as blogs
April 30, 2015 | 9:00 am

judy blumeFour Indie Books That Began as Blogs (IndieReader) Check out this handful of great (gorgeous!) indie books that got their start as blogs. *** Is Agency Ebook Pricing Suppressing Sales? Hard to Say (DBW) The latest monthly data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), for January 2015, show ebook sales in slump. *** Judy Blume Advocates for the New York Public Library (GalleyCat) Judy Blume has decided to become an advocate for the New York Public Library. Blume considers librarians to be heroes and feels that this institution deserves more funding. *** Kobo to Co-Publish Tell-All eBook on Jian Ghomeshi (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Everyone knows that nothing sells...

The last online library you will ever need: Borges’s Library of Babel lives
April 28, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Flavorwire has just published an interview with the creator of the ultimate library - of a very particular kind. That's Brooklyn author Jonathan Basile, who has taken it upon himself to recreate online the actual library in the classic Jorge Luis Borges fiction from 1941, “The Library of Babel.” That enigmatic parable deals with a universe made up entirely of hexagonal rooms, each with four walls of bookshelves, containing volumes filled with every possible combination of 22 letters, plus period, comma, and space. As described, the Library of Babel could never exist as a real location - in fact, it essentially...

Phoenix Public Library shows how wonderful public libraries are – pay your fines in food
April 14, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Phoenix Public Library seems to have gone out of its way to re-energize the spirit of public service in public libraries, for another year running. For the next fortnight, it's arranged for library users to pay their library fines in non-perishable food instead of cash, with the ... ahem ... proceeds to go straight to local food banks and poor relief charities. Under the "Food for Fines" scheme, "Library customers can pay overdue fees and help restock the pantries of Valley food banks during Phoenix Public Library’s annual 'Food for Fines,' April 11-25. During 'Food for Fines,' 50 cents will be deducted...

Morning Links: How other watches compare to Apple Watch. Final Discworld novel
April 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watchHow Other Smartwatches Stack Up to Apple Watch (Re/Code) Smartwatches are quickly evolving from geeky, ugly devices into user-friendly, stylish wrist computers. *** Terry Pratchett’s Final Discworld Novel Will Publish September 10 (GalleyCat) The release date for the late Terry Pratchett‘s final novel has been revealed. The Shepherd’s Crown, will be published by Penguin Random House on September 10th. *** 3 Ways For Self-Publishers to Break Into the Public Library Market (The Book Designer) With the gradual disappearance of many retail bookstores, libraries are becoming more important as places where our books can be discovered. *** YouTuber Angry Joe Swears Off Nintendo Videos After The Company Claimed His...

Morning Links: Perception in the business of editing. What happens to donated library books?
March 30, 2015 | 9:00 am

business of editingBusiness of Editing: Does Perception Matter? (An American Editor) We need to begin at the very beginning: How does a freelancer know what is too low a price to charge? *** What Happens to a Book After You Donate it to the Library? (Book Riot) There’s no better home for your gently loved books than your public library. But where do your books go after you donate them? *** Clean Reader Controversy: Censorship, or Right to Read? (GoodeReader) One of the recent controversies in publishing involves the creation of an app called Clean Reader that has authors of every level crying censorship. Built by two parents...

Morning Links: Organizing library books, Culture of Reading or Buying?
March 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

library booksHow I Organize Our Library Books (From 9 Different Sources) (Book Riot) Our home is a veritable borrowed book disaster. Each human occupant of our apartment (there are four of us) has their own New York Public Library card. My two daughters go to different schools, and we have library cards from each one. *** A Culture of Reading, or a Culture of Buying? (Dear Author) Last week’s post on digital book prices for commercial fiction engendered a lot of great responses, reflecting some really passionate opinions on how books are priced and how readers make their purchasing decisions. *** The Long Story Behind...

National Libraries Day cites decline in UK libraries
February 11, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The UK's National Libraries Day on February 7th passed off with some sad testaments to the protracted collapse of the British library sector, as well as events and statements in favor and defense of libraries from across the country. As children's author Cathy Cassidy says on the National Libraries Day blog, "sadly, many of us no longer have a local library to visit or celebrate. Over 300 libraries have closed in the UK in the last four years; hundreds more have been passed out of council control and into the hands of private ‘partners’ or community volunteers. With promises that the next...

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities
February 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

ptaAmazonText to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With all the laws on the books, can’t Washington stop this dissing of people with disabilities? In one form or another, the Kindle is so common that it’s become “The Official E-reader of the National PTA.” Yet despite TTS’s potential benefits to millions of Americans, the Federal Communications Commission has just granted the e-reader industry another year’s exemption from the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The...

ALA goes 3D in program for Midwinter Meeting
January 23, 2015 | 10:25 am

ALA Chicago 2015 The American Library Association has listed 3D printing among the agenda topics at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, to be held at the McCormick Convention Center in the ALA home base of Chicago, on January 3oth-February 3rd. Other topics include ebook policy, library funding options, national library public policy, and the  implica­tions of the November mid-term Congressional elections for American libraries. The 3D printing session of the Midwinter meeting, “Library 3D Printing—Unlocking the Opportunities, Understanding the Challenges," will cover the technological developments in 3D printing which "are empowering people to learn new skills, launch business ventures and solve complex health problems," and deal with the question:...

Some more great photogenic libraries
January 6, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Business Insider, of all the surprising venues, has compiled and shared a rundown of 18 of the most splendid and photogenic libraries worldwide, with architectural details of what makes each one unique. Venues range from the George Peabody Library (above) in Baltimore, Maryland, to the Kanazawa Umimirai Library (below) in Kanazawa City in Japan, with libraries from all countries and time periods - though all of them architectural treasures (but perhaps not to everybody's taste). For traditionalists who prefer the classic library, there's always the likes of the Royal Portuguese Reading Room (below) in Rio de Janeiro, which once again shows...

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