Funding has been eliminated for Reading is Fundamental. On March 2, President Obama signed a bill that eliminated funding for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) the nation's largest organization providing free books and literacy resources to prepare and motivate children to read. RIF's ability to provide 4.4 million children with free ... more >
Last week, Sony announced two new features to its ebook reader that makes it one of the more attractive options for ereading. First, it announced a book light overlay that mimics the LightWedge. I’ve always thought that eink devices were physically missing an important feature – a backlight. E-ink technology ... more >
In the UK, there is a a move toward including marketing materials with each book checked out from the library. In libraries in Essex, Somerset, Bromley, Leeds and Southend, up to 500,000 promotional flyers will be handed out to patrons. The solicitations will be placed on the inside cover where ... more >
Bureaucracy generally moves slowly. In spring of 2004, the Justice Department issued a warning that there was a radical Islamist influence in the prisons. A couple of weeks ago, in response to that warning, the federal Bureau of Prisons began the “Standardized Chapel Library Project”. The BoP worked with “experts” ... more >
Last week, there was an ad by Sony for the new Sony Reader that read “Sony. Sexier than a Librarian.” Today, Angela James sent me a link to a Wyoming library ad campaign that aims to bring the sexy back to reading. Barnhart ad agency helped Wyoming libraries to create ... more >
According to Shelf Awareness, libraries account for 10% of book sales. Apparently what libraries choose to buy is a mystery. We should Wendy, The Super Librarian, and Devon, come talk about library sales. I know that Wendy buys for many, many libraries. Hmm. I feel an interview series coming on.