Thursday, April 18, 2013

Click My Link: April 18, 2013

Happy Thursday, party people! Have some links.

The Digital Public Library of America launches April 18, 2013 at Noon (EST)

A post on "What we hope the DPLA will become."

"Rather than just having vast pools of information about works from US collections – wouldn't it be great if there were hand picked anthologies of works by Emerson or Dickinson curated by leading scholars? Or collections of songs or paintings relating to a specific region, chosen by knowledgeable local historians who know about allusions and references that others might miss?"

The first book printed in the US (1640) could fetch about $20M at auction.

"Next generation" ebook launched at LBF. (Huh. This seems more like a cool game than a book.)

A snapshot of our nation's bookmobiles.

As is customary, Pulitzer prize wins lead to bumps in sales. (List of the winners.)

The most ridiculous claims used to challenge classic books. (According to Flavorwire)

Also from Flavorwire, the questionable fates of famous authors' birthplaces.

Malinda Lo talks about YA book covers that represent LGBT romance.

Gollancz blog interviews Charlaine Harris.

15 "must read" comic books without Superheroes.

Accessibility Upgrade: EPUB, libraries and ebook accessibility.

76% of US libraries offer ebooks, nearly 2 in 5 lend readers.

Veronica Roth has revealed the title of the third Divergent novel.

In Richmond, VA, you don't have to be famous to have your story in the library.


Just for Fun:

Five designers on the books that inspire them.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Click My Link! April 10-11, 2013

Happy Wednesday & Thursday!!

According to author Meg Wolitzer, men won't read books about women.

Some SF and Horror books to read (or re-read) before they come out as movies.

I'm loving Kristi's take on Amazon, Goodreads and Library Thing.

2012 stats from American Publisher's Association.

OUP on the professionalization of library theft.

President Obama's budget ups the funding for LSTA.

Mary Higgins Clark: Active as ever at age 85. (Awesome!)

2013 Independent foreign fiction shortlist announced.

Google sells Frommer's back to Frommer, but is keeping the social media accounts. (Take the content, we want the connections.)

All a big misunderstanding! Apple not to blame for gay sex image ban.

Do writers really retire? (I hear that yes, they do!)

Infographic: Americans still love libraries.

Fascinating argument being played out. Starts with Turow, who is debunked by Masnick, and finishes with Eisler. All three are worth a read. Also: ALA President Maureen Sullivan adds her two cents.


Lists:


21 books written by women that every man should read. (Do women need to read these too, or are we exempt?)

25 books every kid should have on their bookshelf (let the debate begin!)

10 books to read while you're waiting for the newest film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

33 fan-designed covers for famous novels.



Just for Fun:

The Passive-Aggressive Raven.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Click my Link! April 2, 2013

Happy Tuesday!

From the Los Angeles Review of Books, a discussion of the rise of the Amish romance.

What is the business of literature?

To Kill A Mockingbird is the runaway choice for Great American Novel.

How to recommend books to readers who are in a slump.

I'm not linking to "Morality in America" but it says that the ALA makes the dirty dozen in porn purveyors list. I'll link to NPR reporting the news

Novels are too personal to be propaganda?  I don't buy that. What do you think?

The Fair Use/Fair Dealing handbook.

Will Librarians Still Use Goodreads? (featuring BOTH of us)


Lists:

The top ten most influential travel books. (According to the Smithsonian Institution.)

Ten great books on the Iraq War.

The best fantasy novels you (probably) haven't read. (Ok, fine, they got me.)


Just for Fun:

A flowchart of the Stephen King universe.

Producers of the Game of Thrones TV show will not be waiting for the books, if it comes down to that.