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Blog posts from February 2008

Free and Fleeting

Submitted by Tom Peters on February 11, 2008 - 12:27pm

chained book, yearning to be freeOne of the pressing questions in the current publishing era concerns the effect of offering free online digital versions of books on the sales of the print versions.  Does a free digital version increase print sales, decrease print sales, or have no effect at all?  Only Rupert Murdoch's hairdresser knows for sure. 

The answer to that question probably depends on many other variables, such as: Read More »

Fishing for Results: In Interview with Christopher Harris

Submitted by Michelle Boule on February 7, 2008 - 5:48pm

Incorporating social software into libraries and the idea that the OPAC just may suck, have been discussed at length on this blog by various authors. Incorporating Web 2.0 ideas or technologies into your library's web page may be difficult for many reasons. If you are a school librarian, your obstacles increase exponentially. Many of the innovations available to other libraries are not accessible to school libraries.

There is a new tool, a multi-use platform really, that has been built by a small team in Rochester, New York which has the potential to greatly impact school libraries and their ability to implement social tools into their OPACs and websites. I wanted to share the project, called Fish4Info, with others. The leader of the team that created the program is Christopher Harris.
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Amazon Buys Audible

Submitted by Tom Peters on February 5, 2008 - 9:23am

Pork bellies as haute cuisineWe all have our pet industries, those quirky little eddies in our massively flowing economy (although it's not flowing well at the moment) that for some reason we love to watch and ponder.  For example, in the Eighties I became interested in the pork bellies market.  Maybe it was my Iowa upbringing, although I never lived on a farm and slopped any hogs.  Several times a week I would check in on pork bellies futures -- the old fashioned way, in a printed newspaper, as I trudged barefoot six miles through a raging blizzard to class.  Truth to tell, at the time I was in graduate school and working part-time at a restaurant-bar, so I never actually invested any money in pork bellies, but for some reason pork bellies captured and held my attention for awhile.  Read More »

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