Slashdot.org had this on Saturday May 27, but today CNET picked up on it as well.Seagram Chairman Edward Bronfman made a silly little Speech at The Real Conference San Jose, California on May 26, 2000, in which he said that you should not be allowed to have online anonymity.\"As citizens, we have a right to privacy. We have no such right to anonymity.\" Is there a difference online? If this line of thinking catches on, we could be in trouble. -- Read More
You never know where you\'ll find a good story.
Steven Bell found one on Portablelife.com.
This story isn\'t exactly about libraries, but it does give a nice vote of confidence to libraries, and librarians. The author seems almost suprised that a library would have something so useful!
\"I\'ve saved the best for last: The public libraries in virtually every city and in many towns now offer internet access via desktop systems available to the public for free. Usually, you don\'t even need a library card, although the librarian may hold your driver\'s license hostage while you use the system for the allotted time.\" -- Read More
\"\"\"You are the killer of businesses,\" one man wrote. People like me are on the increase, he said. \"They are the people who take advantage of the hospitality the businesses offer, complain when they can\'t get more, read and wear out a book, then walk out without purchasing anything.\" -- Read More
A story from Michigan on the Ann Arbor District Library. They had stopped mailing overdue book notices in favor of e-mail, but received too many complaints.On April 3, the library stopped mailing overdue notices in an attempt to save $20,000 a year, mostly in postage. -- Read More
The Chicago Tribune has this article on the flourishing of audio books.
\"...audio books, like electronic books, are redefining cultural attitudes toward reading. They are even becoming the first medium for some titles, whether because they\'re controversial or aimed at a special audience more likely to \"read\" a book in that form than curled up in an armchair with a bound title.\" -- Read More
The Associated Press released this article about what modern witches have to say about Harry Potter.
\"For once, the witches aren\'t ugly old hags,\" said Michael Darnell, a 39-year-old computer programmer from Winnipeg, Canada, who has been a practicing witch for 25 years. \"For once they\'re the protagonists rather than the villains.\"
Another article, with an interview with J.K. Rowlings as well as Harry\'s future, appeared in Book Magazine -- Read More
\"\"We don\'t think it\'s the Holy Grail,\" says Wired publisher Drew Shutte . \"But we think it\'s the precursor to something larger.\"Watermarks, bar codes and other hieroglyphics that essentially link printed pages to Web pages will start appearing in dozens of magazines within the next few months. \" -- Read More
Rob Brian wrote in from OZ:
Members of our
Parliament and those of us who may need to access
the Internet in order to provide them with relevant
information now once more have full access to the
Internet.You can read The Story from the The Sydney Morning
An extraordinary exchange of e-mail communications
was provoked when MPs and parliamentary sections
were notified a week ago the Premier\'s Department
had ordered \"filtering\" (read censoring or shutting
down) of Web sites dealing with criminal skills, dating,
extreme or obscene sites, gambling, games, hate
speech and sex.\" -- Read More
Deborah Wiesehan writes:
Microsoft recently released their new Pocket PC, a handheld device
which combines the functions of a PC in a handheld device with handheld
reader functions. Their journey into the digital book world signifies
something important for the digital book industry. I think all would
agree that Microsoft doesn\'t venture into anything that they don\'t think
will be profitable.
Earlier this year, the Patchogue-Medford Library in Patchogue New
York started circulating Nuvomedia Rocket eBook readers. Although we do
not believe that our venture into the electronic book world holds the
same significance, generally, as Microsoft\'s does, we still learned some
interesting things on the journey. -- Read More
In a strange blending of art and promotion, a special
edition of a forthcoming book by a controversial
Newfoundland author will contain pieces of his own
National Post up in Canada, has The Story. -- Read More
An article about Derek de Solla Price
is in the May 18,
2000 issue of Nature. Dr. Price is the
ex-physicist who spoke about
the compounding effects of scientific publishing over
time, and first said
the famous and frequently un- attributed comment that
\"80 or 90 per cent of
the scientists who have ever lived are alive today\"
He also talked about and documented the
scientific knowledge every ten or fifteen years or so
since the year 1700. -- Read More
I\'m not sure if this is news or not, but sometime today,
some big changes on Yahoo.com.I get all
confused when sites I use every day change things. I
think I liked the old version, but I suppose they know
better than me. That cute little baby has been replaced
by a baby chicken, or some damn bird.
I just got a kick out of reading this article from the Telegraph, obviously not from the racial remarks, but from the reason why they were said.
\"Robert Birchall, 69, believed that Mungai Mbaya, 60, had broken an unwritten rule in Cambridge Central Library by having two newspapers at once. He ended up having a tug-of-war over the International Herald Tribune with Kenyan-born Mr Mbaya, a Labour councillor, a former magistrate and a British citizen.\" -- Read More
Wired has this very interesting article on other potential problems with filtering softare.
\"Blocking software, long criticized for mislabeling innocuous websites as pornographic, now has a new problem: accusations of double standards.
The most popular filtering programs allow their users to freely visit the websites of arch-conservative groups like Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America, which feature strident denunciations of homosexuality. But when those identical fulminations against lesbians and gays were duplicated and placed on personal Web pages, Cyberpatrol, Surfwatch, and four other programs quickly added the addresses to their off-limits blacklists. -- Read More
The Toledo Blade has this article about a guide dog that apparently caused some problems in a library for doing what he was trained to do.
\"Mr. Loesser, 36, said he went to the library recently to check out several books on tape when a girl started to pet Thunder. Mr. Loesser said he asked the girl to stop because the German shepherd was on duty.
Shortly afterward, Mr. Loesser said a librarian approached him and told him no dogs are allowed in the library. The librarian then allegedly grabbed his elbow, causing Thunder to bark, Mr. Loesser said.\" -- Read More
\"\"If the knowledge author makes money off these sales wins, they don\'t feel cheated,\" says Aldrich. \"And knowledge commerce is almost the only way to do that. It is hard in any other scenario to make people give up their proprietary knowledge.\" -- Read More
\"``The dramatic advent of superstores and online booksellers has made the book business more like the rest of consumer retailing: There is a smaller number of bigger winners than there used to be,\'\' said author Nicholas Lemann, chair of the guild\'s Midlist Study Group.\" -- Read More
\"The title of Harold Bloom\'s new guide to literature and life may sound off-puttingly smug and condescending, but it\'s not until you get into How to Read and Why that you realize just how off-puttingly smug and condescending the book really is. \" -- Read More