Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Because of [technology], reading culture is booming, which is tremendously exciting. It’s up to everyone who loves books and wants to work with them to find ways to advocate either for authors or readers — or both. If you can do this, you’ll survive, you’ll thrive, and you’ll be part of the future.

Literary Agent Jason Ashlock: Big Book Publishers Not Innovating Fast Enough from PBS: Media Shift (via lexiewinslow)

I think this is my number one argument of why e-readers are awesome.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Social media and the library.

thelifeguardlibrarian:

Ran across two stories today about the influence of social media in library well-being (for lack of a better term):

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Wednesday, January 25, 2012
theatlantic:

Use Google? Time to Get Real About Protecting Your Digital Self

Google’s decided to integrate the data it has about you, which means you better think about the digital tracks you’re leaving. Read more.
[Image: Alexis Madrigal]

theatlantic:

Use Google? Time to Get Real About Protecting Your Digital Self

Google’s decided to integrate the data it has about you, which means you better think about the digital tracks you’re leaving. Read more.

[Image: Alexis Madrigal]

Friday, January 13, 2012 Thursday, January 12, 2012
curiositycounts:

Jon Horvath uses GPS to replicate Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, exploring “the (dis)connection between Kerouac’s era and my present day as it pertains to spontaneous acts and the sensation of freedom.” More imaginative Kerouac visualizations.  (via)

curiositycounts:

Jon Horvath uses GPS to replicate Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, exploring “the (dis)connection between Kerouac’s era and my present day as it pertains to spontaneous acts and the sensation of freedom.” More imaginative Kerouac visualizations.  (via)

(Source: curiositycounts)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Books, interestingly enough, were excluded, but you could use your Amazon credit online to buy other things that bookstores sell these days, like music and DVDs. And, if you were scanning, say, the new Steve Jobs biography, you’d no doubt be informed that you were about to pay way too much. I wondered what my writer friends made of all this, so I dashed off an e-mail to Scott Turow, the president of the Authors Guild, and cc’ed Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Andre Dubus III, Anita Shreve, Tom Perrotta and Ann Patchett.

Richard Russo, “Amazon’s Jungle Logic”.

Read on to see what these fellows think of Amazon’s tactics. Or, read Farhad Manjoo’s angry tirade against independent bookstores and why purchasing from Amazon is a way better thing to do. One thing to note though - in Manjoo’s article, he complains of the bookstore markup. Bookstores don’t decide the prices. Publishers do. Just wanted to make that clear at least.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
laughingsquid:

Cyber Bullying

I really do not think this is accurate and makes light of a prevalent and serious problem. Cyber bullying is a serious issue - not just for kids but for bloggers from all walks of life. There are some seriously scary groups of harassers out there, from kids who say “dick-ish things” to other kids (and then said victims committing suicide & bullies receive no punishment) to websites offering bounty for names, addresses, and information of women feminists (and acknowledge that the information could potentially be used for harm).
Guys, this IS AN ISSUE. Instead of poking fun at it, let’s think of ways we can help.

laughingsquid:

Cyber Bullying

I really do not think this is accurate and makes light of a prevalent and serious problem. Cyber bullying is a serious issue - not just for kids but for bloggers from all walks of life. There are some seriously scary groups of harassers out there, from kids who say “dick-ish things” to other kids (and then said victims committing suicide & bullies receive no punishment) to websites offering bounty for names, addresses, and information of women feminists (and acknowledge that the information could potentially be used for harm).

Guys, this IS AN ISSUE. Instead of poking fun at it, let’s think of ways we can help.