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‘Gatsby: My Story': A book review
April 11, 2015 | 10:10 am

GatsbyCoverBetterNick Carraway and your English lit professor got it all wrong. A madman's gunshots did not kill the hero of The Great Gatsby, published 90 years ago on April 10, 1925. The corpse inside the coffin was someone else, a clever ruse. With a “heavyweight team” of FBI men about to nab him, the real Jay Gatsby fled to Havana to grow still richer off illicit booze---closer to the source in the distribution chain. Gatsby got in on the casino action, too. If alive today, he would be thrilled by the bonanzas that the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations might eventually...

New York school’s summer reading list features hilarious but unforgivable typos
July 11, 2013 | 4:20 pm

summer reading listSome Long Island students might find it difficult to fill out their summer reading list this year. Why? Because some of the books don’t exist. A summer reading list for the Hempstead, N.Y. public school system had more than 30 typos, according to Newsday. Some of the books on the list include "The Great Gypsy" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and "The Lovely Bone" (which sounds like something not meant for children) by Alice Sebold. Some author misspellings include Charlotte Bonte (instead of Bronte) and George Ornell (instead of Orwell). (Scroll down to see this beauty for yourself. —Ed.) One or two mistakes probably would...

What’s the best-selling Kindle e-book of 2013?
June 21, 2013 | 4:21 pm

e-bookBy Moe Zilla Amazon has created a special Web page reporting their best-selling Kindle e-books of 2013 (so far). But what’s fascinating is how different that list is from Amazon’s other list of this year’s best-selling printed books. In fact, only two of the top 10 best-selling print books also appear on Amazon’s list of the best-selling Kindle e-books. • Click here to view both lists The best-selling Kindle e-book of 2013 is "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks—a novel of love and intrigue by a best-selling fiction writer. Yet amazingly, it’s not even in the top 100 on Amazon’s list of the best-selling printed books! And the exact same thing is...

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Personal Ledger Now Online
April 29, 2013 | 2:54 pm

Fitzgerald The general public now has a rather unusual chance to see how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mind worked when it came to some of the not-quite-literary aspects of his life. His handwritten financial ledger has been digitized and put on the University of South Carolina’s website, where anyone can access it. "This is a record of everything Fitzgerald wrote, and what he did with it, in his own hand," Elizabeth Sudduth, director of the Ernest F. Hollings Library and Rare Books Collection, told the Associated Press. The ledger comes at a time when many people will be talking about Fitzgerald and his most famous...

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here’s the Answer
January 1, 2013 | 9:15 am

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder of a federal judge. Some 400+ D.C. library users awaited 60 electronic copies of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the best-selling fiction title on the New York Times list. And a digital version of The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling, was not even in the catalog of the D.C. public library system. Could a well-stocked national digital library system—in...

Help the Gates Foundation decide how to spend money on libraries
December 2, 2012 | 11:05 am

In an even more wired future, what will be the needs of public libraries in the U.S. and elsewhere? Just what is the role of libraries if “a person can access much of the information in the world from a device”? How to bring about the right kind of “lasting changes”? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative is asking some well-crafted questions of this kind in a survey I’d urge you to fill out. No small conundrum for present and future libraries is, how to pay for content? The Internet teems with free facts, raw information, as well as public domain and Creative...

Jonathan Franzen dislikes e-books
February 1, 2012 | 2:43 am

jonathan-franzenNovelist Jonathan Franzen, who is winning great popularity lately for his books, recently indulged in a diatribe against e-books, spouting some of the same tired rhetoric that the paper panickers always seem to think is original to them. Paper is permanent and durable, Franzen writes. “The Great Gatsby was last updated in 1924. You don’t need it to be refreshed, do you?” Funny thing, Jonathan—if it hadn’t been easily downloadable to my electronic device, I don’t think I would have bothered to seek out and read The Great Gatsby at all, and I would have missed out on a...

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