Morning Links: B&N Revenues Down. Hoopla Adds Digital Comics

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

B&N Reports Revenues Down Across the Board (Ink, Bits & Pixels) According to the press release (which was also filed with the SEC as the 10-K report), the company saw a net loss was $19.4 million in the 4th quarter, compared to $36.7 million in the same period last year. For FY2015 [...]

High Book Prices at Toronto Library

By Joanna Cabot
June 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Toronto Star has an article up this morning on high eBook prices. What is unusual about this article is that, unlike many articles on this subject, it gives cold, hard numbers. The library system pays $135 for a Hachette eBook. They pay $85 for a Random Penguin. And all of the eBook purchases [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on the SF generation gap

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is compiling an anthology for Baen of classic SF stories by women, and as part of the project has started a website about women in science fiction. Along the way, one of her readers wrote to her about Andre Norton, bringing up an important point—over the last couple decades [...]

Morning Links: Ask a Librarian For a Lap Dance? Apple and Streaming Music

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Would You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance? (Huffington Post) In the 15 years that I’ve worked at my local public library, I’ve learned that we librarians do plenty of things for our patrons that aren’t in our job descriptions. After a patron asked me to change her flat tire, and [...]

ALA releases new Digital Futures report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the release of a special e-content supplement to its house magazine American Libraries, entitled Digital Futures, and available here. The 44-page supplement, ALA’s fifth such publication, presents innovation options and case studies for [...]

Library Renovations for the Win!

By Joanna Cabot
May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Amidst all the coverage on how the library and retail books scenes are changing due to the eBook revolution, I was inspired to see two news stories pop up in my Feedly feed about library renovations. The first struck close to home, too—the Toronto Public Library just opened their 100th [...]

Morning Links: iBooks to receive new features. Losing control of ereading

By Joanna Cabot
May 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Librarians: Privacy’s Champions (Boing Boing) Librarians like Alison Macrina (whose work I wrote about here are part of the vanguard of privacy activism in libraries, hosting cryptoparties and giving workshops to librarians and patrons on advanced information ninja-ry. *** Amazon’s [...]

Budapest’s beautiful libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Morning Links: Baltimore libraries remain open. Kindle books as ads?

By Joanna Cabot
April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Proto-Mommyblogger Dooce Quits the Blog (Boing Boing) After more than a decade of chronicling every detail of her life and those of her children, Heather B. Armstrong is stepping away from the blog as a fulltime job. *** Why Are Authors Citing Older Papers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) With so much new [...]

The last online library you will ever need: Borges’s Library of Babel lives

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

The ALA’s latest list of shame – no, not that kind of shame

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has just released its latest The State of America’s Libraries Report , which as well as much other useful and valuable pro-library information, includes its annual Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. I’d go into considerable detail on this Top [...]

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