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The Party King of Librarianship Hits the Campaign Trail

Even as librarians rewrite the definition of what makes for a library in the 21st century, they are also redrafting their job descriptions. Along with the academic degrees and professional training, librarians in 2015 should know how to party—at least if they choose to follow the example of New Jersey City University librarian J.P. Porcaro, […]

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Friends Of Books Moving On

In publishing circles, the best friend a book can have is someone who will talk about it – a bookseller, for instance, as well as a member of the media. With newspapers giving up on book reviews, television and radio hosts have taken up the slack – much to the relief of publicists and authors. […]

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Europe’s Libraries Ready to Save Publishers

Europeans love their bookstores, and European legislators help to keep it that way with laws across several countries that equalize the cost of print and digital editions. While one result of such legal price-fixing is that physical bookstores will survive, continental consumers understandably will complain that the arrangement keeps prices for e-books too high. The […]

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Heading to Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina – renowned for its arts community and often cited as one of the happiest places in the US – welcomes five hundred booksellers and a record number of publishers and their authors early next week for the 10th anniversary of the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute. More than 80 writers will participate […]

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Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing

It wasn’t so long ago that ‘mobile’ meant the kind of kinetic sculpture that artist Alexander Calder made his trademark.  In 2015, of course, ‘mobile’ is shorthand for a host of handheld wireless technologies that make it possible to live our lives in two worlds – the physical one and the online one. In books […]

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Candidates Hits Chicago And ALA Midwinter

Politics makes for heated conversations. Any warmth will be welcome in Chicago in late January, though, where the American Library Association is holding its annual Midwinter Meeting. There, the race for ALA President is underway and promising to be generate excitement. “ALA politics is generally not of much interest, but this year, I think it’s […]

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Obama Echoes Libraries For Free & Open Internet

In this week’s State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama promoted the value of education and entrepreneurship as well as pledged a response to global warming. But a major plank in the speech specifically singled out a “free and open Internet” as a top Administration concern. […]

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We Are Charlie

The world is coming to see the murderous attack in Paris on the staff of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly magazine that regularly poked fun at Mohammed and mocked Islamic fundamentalists, as an assault on free speech and freedom of expression. While a dozen died in a hail of automatic weapon fire, Charlie Hebdo lives […]

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Author Survey Weighs Risks, Rewards of Writing

In almost every war, the factions all imagine that God sides with each one of them. Last summer, as a war of words raged over e-book pricing, Hachette and Amazon each cited reasons why authors should stand with their business model and against the other’s. What’s an author to do? This week sees the annual […]

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The Zuckerberg Book Club

The emphasis this week was on the book in Facebook. Company founder and Harvard drop-out Mark Zuckerberg announced intentions to share his personal reading list with Facebook friends and others. The new book-of-the-month club from the social media genius drew inevitable comparison with a similar endeavor from another self-made billionaire. Whether Mark can measure up […]

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