March 28, 2020

Messages to the Library Director: “Public Weighs In On Florida County’s Decision To Ban “Fifty Shades of Grey” From Its Libraries”

From The Smoking Gun: A Florida county’s decision to ban the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy from its public libraries has prompted a variety of handwritten notes, phone messages, and e-mails from individuals either ridiculing the move or offering earnest support. In response to an open records request, Brevard County officials released correspondence sent and […]

Video: World Book and Copyright Day Comments by IFLA President Ingrid Parent

April 23, 2012 is World Book and Copyright Day sponsored by UNESCO. Ingrid Parent, President of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), issued a video statement about the importance of books. World Book Night also takes place today. From a Text Summary of Parent’s Comments: In her video message, IFLA President Ingrid Parent addressed the […]

New Details About First Imprint Coming From Amazon’s Publishing Division (including Distribution to Libraries)

Laura Hazard Owen at paidContent has written an excellent article about Amazon (as in Publishing. The companies first imprint will launch this Fall. The report is LOADED with details direct from the person in charge, publishing industry veteran, Larry Kirshbaum. Here are a few highlights from a must-read article for those of you interested […]

South Carolina: Library to Discard 50,000 Books

From The Post and Courier: The Charleston County Public Library is in the midst of its first major spring cleaning in 15 years, and officials say roughly 50,000 books are coming off the shelves. That’s between 2 percent and 3 percent of the 1.5 million volume collection. Library officials say most of these volumes are […]

Video Presentation: Goodreads VP on “The Mechanics of Book Recommendation Engines”

A presentation by Kyusik Chung from Goodreads at the Booknet Canada Technology Forum that took place in Toronto a little over a month ago From the Program: Kyusik Chung, VP of Business Development at Goodreads and co-founder of Discovereads, takes us behind the scenes and explains how book recommendation engines work. Learn about the different […]

Significant Science Fiction Collection Comes to the University of Iowa Libraries

From U. of Iowa Library News: The University of Iowa Libraries has acquired a significant collection of pulp magazines, fanzines, and science fiction books owned by the late James L. “Rusty” Hevelin. The collection encompasses nearly one hundred years of material, documenting in great detail the development of science fiction, popular culture, and participatory fan […]

Canadian Library Association Announces 2012 Award Winning Books for Children and Young Adults

From Canadian Library Association Announcements: 1. CLA Book of the Year for Children Award Winner (PDF) From a superb collection of children’s literature produced by Canadian authors and publishers in 2011, the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliotheques (CLA/ACB) has selected its 2012 winning title for the Book of the Year for Children Award. This […]

James Joyce Collection Published Free on Web

From the The Irish Times: The National Library of Ireland has brought forward plans to publish a major collection of James Joyce manuscripts free on the web after a Joycean scholar published the material in editions priced at up to €250. It is the first such Joyce collection to be opened to the public in […]

Audio Report: On-Demand Printing Helps Sustain the Printed Page

via Marketplace on American Public Radio: …a billion more pages are being printed on demand every month, though they are still a tiny fraction of the 1.7 trillion pages printed last year. Online retailing and the rise of e-books have spurred the growth in on-demand printing. Amazon is one of the biggest customers for Lightning […]

Let’s Hear it For Harry! Pottermore Now Opening Up to Everyone

O.K. Harry Potter fans, Pottermore is opening to everyone. You’ll need to register and then confirm you’re email address. After that plan to wait (what we’re doing at them moment) to be given full access to the site. From the Pottermore Insider: Over the coming days, we’ll be inviting new users onto We’re expecting […]