Sunday, April 1, 2012

Libraries in the News

When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.

-Isaac Asimov


Joe Hardenbrook writes: “You ever think, ‘Wow those librarians are always tweeting about the same thing’? Well, now you can play a game: It’s called Librarian Twitter Bingo. Every time you see a librarian tweet about one of these topics (right), cross it off. When you get a whole row, yell ‘Bingo!’ P.S. I myself could probably cross off at least 13 of these boxes with my own tweets.”...
Mr. Library Dude, Mar. 22



Why ebooks need libraries
Beverly Goldberg writes: “About a week ago, an ALA colleague popped into my office with an epiphany. ‘Libraries will never die out. You know why? If they didn’t exist, people would be inventing them.’ As you might imagine, that got us to talking and finding examples—and it certainly wasn’t hard. Little Free Libraries, anyone? When you think about it, as AL’s Librarian’s Library columnist Karen Muller has, the Occupy libraries movement sprung from the same human need to share ideas, and often there’s no better vehicle for that than the written word.”...
AL: Inside Scoop, Mar. 28


You can buy Harry Potter ebooks now
The Pottermore ebookstore is open earlier than expected, with all the Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks available (not DRM-free) for sale for the first time March 27. Wait until you see what they worked out with Amazon’s Kindle. While the interactive community portion of Pottermore is still in beta and set to open to a general audience in April, the bookstore is open now. It looks as though Pottermore has done a great job making the ebooks available across every possible device....
The Digital Reader, Mar. 27

4 comments:

Jill said...

I remember years ago when we lived in Las Vegas there was a question at one of the elections about opting for more library funding. The average home would pay $12 more a year and they planned to build 4 new libraries in the 8000 square mile district. I voted for it, of course, and was shocked when it was voted down. Less than the cost of a hard cover book for more libraries for everyone? People surprise me all the time!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Wow, that would've really frustrated me. In my community, they definitely would have voted the measure in if the money went towards a new football stadium or something like that. But books? Let's not get crazy here, people!

Lisa said...

Lol - love the librarian Bingo!

Alyce said...

I've got to forward that librarian bingo link to my husband (a librarian of course). :) I loved that Doctor Who got a square. Now you have me curious about what is going on with the HP ebooks on Kindle.

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