Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"I Want to Read, but My Book Overheated"

Am I the only one working this week?  I'm starting to get the feeling that no one is much around this week - rightfully so, if you can pull it off - but I thought I would share a few odds and ends anyway.

So, let's start off with something that made me smile:

Via: Meme Jelly

Next up is something produced by some of the kids at a local middle school here called "In the Library."  Trying to make a bunch of early teens think the library is a cool place to hang out is not easy, so hats off to everyone involved:

On a much less encouraging note, I see that Penguin has decided to "expand" its e-book lending program to libraries in Los Angeles and Cleveland.  Wow, three whole cities now that these have been added to New York.

Can someone please tell me why publishers (and Penguin is not the only one guilty of this) believe it is necessary to have libraries re-purchase the same e-book every twelve months?  I can understand limiting each copy to one patron at a time, but the idea of having to buy the same book again so soon does not make sense.  It's not done that way with tree-books; those are kept on the shelves until they become stale or fall apart, whichever happens first.  I realize that e-books do not wear out, but one year seems like a very short amount of time for using them.  Do tree-books really last only one year on the shelves of a typical library?  I find that hard to believe.

Note, too, that Penguin does not like the level of security offered by the commonly used OverDrive distribution system and is looking into alternative systems.

Simon & Schuster and Macmillan refuse to sell to libraries at all.  You might want to keep that in mind when you spend your book budget, fellow readers.  It works both ways.

And, finally, did you see "Paula Broadwell"reading from All In on C-Span (Saturday Night Live) last weekend?  It's described this way on Hulu: "Paula Broadwell, the biographer of Gen. David Patraeus' book and one of the women in the center of a CIA sex scandal, gets rather personal during a reading of "All In."  Here's the Hulu link.

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