Why eReaders Are Great Gifts…11.30.09

30 11 2009

 Excerpt from 7 Reasons Why eReaders Make Great Gifts This Year from PC Magazine:


  1. Form Follows Function
    …Currently, Amazon’s Kindle is the apex of the design imperative for e-readers. In fact, I’m not sure Barnes & Noble’s Nook will outdo it, even with that nifty energy-sucking LCD color screen (which, of course, has nothing to do with the act of reading). The current crop of e-readers fromAmazon, Sony, and others are thin, easy to hold, and, especially in Sony’s case, exceptionally easy to use. All e-readers should have a touch screen that recognizes sweeping a finger across the screen as the gesture for ‘turn the page.’ Let’s also not forget how thin most e-readers are. The Kindle is thinner than a book, much thinner than three books and two magazines, and sits comfortably in your pocketbook, backpack or hand. I don’t think we could say the same of a laptop or tablet.
  2. There is No better Way to Travel with All of Your Reading Material
    Most e-books hold 1,500 books in their flash memory. The typical reader will travel with three or four tomes of varying sizes. You can also, as I have, move magazine subscriptions to the platform. Recently, I started getting my New Yorker on the Kindle. The reading experience is, to be honest, different and a little weird. I no longer have the interstitial experience of seeing cartoons sandwiched inside a massive article on the coup in Honduras. All the cartoons are in a section at the end of the digital magazine. On the other hand, when a magazine of this density arrives every week, it’s impossible to keep up. I have been known to travel across the country with no fewer than five issues in my backpack. With my Kindle, those days are over. I could keep a dozen issues on the device and never feel the weight.
  3. Access to the Digital e-book Store is Free, No Matter Where You Are and Books are Cheaper, Too
    It’s true, there are no discounts or subsidies when you by an ereader from Amazon or Sony. But Amazon’s 3G Whispernet cellular service is 100-percent free. I can peruse the Amazon bookstore from wherever I am and even do a little web browsing (though the browser is awful) if I want, and I never pay a thing. This also means that when my latest New York Times or New Yorker is available, I don’t have to look for an open Wi-Fi network or hook up to my PC. I just turn on the free connection and download. Many of the books are cheaper than their physical counterparts and magazine subscriptions can be cheaper, too.
  4. E-books are the Best Way to Read the Old-Fashioned Way
    I know a lot of people who stare at a computer screen all day and complain of about eyestrain. E-ink, a technology that’s significantly different than LCD display technology, is fixed (no refresh), reflective (like paper), and it doesn’t introduce eyestrain unless you need new glasses or are reading without enough light. I can read on my Kindle for hours and never feel anything but delight. Yes, I have tried Kindle for the PC and reading e-books on iPhones. Both experiences were somewhat less satisfying. In fact, the iPhone was, for me at least, a total bust: The screen is just too small for reading a lengthy novel.
  5. E-books Are for Sharing
    Yes, it’s true, DRM constraints make it impossible for me to share my Kindle books with someone who owns a Nook (Oh, wait, no one does yet) or even someone with a Sony eReader. That’s not great. On the other hand, if I buy everyone in my family a Kindle and then give Kindles as gifts to my relatives over the next few years, we can share books. The reality is that I almost never share books with anyone…  
  6. Lots of People Still Want e-books
    Mr. Elgan says everyone who wants an e-reader already has one. That would make sense if Barnes & Noble hadn’t just sold out of a device that it can’t even deliver in time for Christmas, and Amazon’s Kindle hadn’t just broken a sales record
  7. E-reader Technology is Still Cutting Edge
    2010 may be the year of the tablet, but no one really knows what the age of tablet will mean for consumers. Are tablets the upgrade to e-readers or, because they’ll use LCD technology, be heavier and probably a lot more expensive, will they be something completely different? Plus, with the sudden demise of Michael Arrington’s CrunchPad, the future probably just got brighter for the e-reader market, didn’t it?…” 

Access and Ownership Issues of Electronic Resources in the Library…11.30.09

30 11 2009

Top 50 Kindle eReader Questions & Answers…11.30.09

30 11 2009

There is a good post Kindle Questions, Kindle Answers – Top 50 worth readeing if you’re in the market or have an eReader which is excerpted here:

“…Q: What is the contact information for Kindle Customer Service?

Find the email address and contact methods at the Customer Service Page. This is recommended as you can get Amazon to call you back and they know who you are.

Customer Service phone numbers -

Inside the United States: 1-866-321-8851, Outside the United States: 1-206-266-0927.

Q: Should I get Kindle or …   Nook? Sony Pocket? Sony Touch?

Here are 3 posts that will help you decide -

  1. If your heart is set on either Kindle or Nook – both are safe bets. Read my Kindle Vs Nook Review for more.  
  2. The Sony Readers are a bit behind as they lack wireless – check my Kindle Vs Sony Reader Touch Review and Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition review.

Q: Should the Kindle be switched off or is sleep mode fine?

It’s eInk technology. It only uses power when changing the screen.

  1. There is no (or almost no) difference between sleep mode and switching off. Kindle customer service recommends sleep mode.
  2. Having it in sleep mode for days will not overheat your Kindle.

Choose Sleep Mode…”

“Evolution of Storage” infographic – history of data, music and photo storage….11.30.09

30 11 2009


29 11 2009

Tweetcloud was born out of a project to synthesize meaning from a high volume of short messages. Our goal is to quickly show users “what’s being said” across the Twittersphere or from a specific Twitter user through an intuitive interface (a cloud)…”

FREE Online Webinar – Running a Virtual Library Meeting…11.29.09

29 11 2009

NEW from OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries):

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 Mountain, 9:00 Pacific, and 5 p.m. GMT:

    “Running a Virtual Meeting” Presented by Carolyn Caywood and Nicole McGee from the Virginia Beach Public LibraryAs the cost of gas rises and travel time eats into our workdays, and as new technology opens new possibilities for meeting at a distance, librarians are learning how to lead and facilitate meetings that are not face-to-face. Have these new meeting technologies gotten ahead of the human factors? What still works? What needs to be reinvented? What’s best avoided? Carolyn Caywood and Nicole McGee will present and facilitate the discussion.

    Host: Virginia Beach Public Library

    Location: OPAL Auditorium

Library Channel Spotlight: Google Scholar…11.29.09

29 11 2009

Metadata – The Opportunity for Libraraians…11.29.09

29 11 2009

The following observation is from marketing expert Seth Godin:

“Wikipedia contains facts about facts. It’s a collection of facts from other places.

Facebook doesn’t have your friends. It has facts about your friends.

Google is at its best when it gives you links to links, not the information itself.

Over and over, the Internet is allowing new levels of abstraction. Information about information might be worth more than the information itself. Which posts should I read? Which elements of the project are at risk? Who is making the biggest difference to the organization?

Right now, there’s way too much stuff and far too little information about that stuff. Sounds like an opportunity.”

Economic Downturn Forces Career Changes – Frequently Underemployment…11.27.09

27 11 2009

Here is a summary of typical, good, sunny advice  from Surviving a Downturn which is definitely not helpful if you’ve studied and followed all the career counseling advice and still find yourself outside looking in to your successful past profession(s):

“While you don’t control the economy, you can often control how the changes will affect you.

You have choices, so don’t panic or let fear rule your behavior. Take some time to review your resources, and put yourself in the most employable position you can. Don’t just settle for what happens to you.

Be proactive, think about your long-term career strategy, and be smart about your choices. You can survive and succeed in a downturn if you maximize your value, understand and manage key elements of your environment, and prepare yourself properly…”

There comes a time when you have to “settle” for something less – or anything – to make ends meet despite the best work ethic, education, skills, proactivity, etc. and accept the depressing  prospects of temporary or perhaps permanent underemployment.  Although this has happened to whole groups before, I wonder what the long-term effects will be on individuals and professions.  This time it’s not just those in the industrial arena or the unskilled workforce who are affected.  

How do/will professionals and their familes cope with this situation if it happens multiple times during their worklife despite re-training, new and continuing education, and putting themselves in “the most employable position” they can?

A Guide to Mobile Web Design Tips and Tricks…11.27.09

27 11 2009

Mashable! posted A Guide to Mobile Web Design Tips and Tricks which is excerpted here:

“If you don’t have experience with HTML and CSS (or you don’t have the time), there are a number of services that can create mobile versions of your website for you.

MoFuse and MoFuse Premium — MoFuse has been offering a simple way for bloggers and businesses to easily create mobile versions of their websites for quite some time. For bloggers or smaller sites, the company offers MoFuse for Blogs, which is a free and easy way to quickly mobilize your web site (it uses your RSS feed to generate the new site) whenever it is accessed by going to “m.yourdomain.com.” For businesses or larger sites that want a little more control, MoFuse Premium offers more customizable options.

Disclosure: MoFuse powers Mashable’s mobile website.

Mippin — Mippin is another free service that can create a quick mobile version of your website using your RSS feed. The options aren’t extensive, but the version that Mippin creates should be viewable on almost any WAP compatible mobile phone.

mobiSiteGalore — mobiSiteGalore can create quick mobile versions of websites, offers users some customization options, and can take advantage of the .mobi TLD. mobiSiteGalore will let you create your mobile site from a computer or from your phone…”

Copyright versus Universal Access to All Human Knowledge…11.27.09

27 11 2009

Syntron Tablet With Android…11.27.09

27 11 2009

Librarians of the Future…11.26.09

26 11 2009

Disaster Management in Libraries: Water-related Damages…11.26.09

26 11 2009

Happy Thanksgiving…Everything Glorious…11.26.09

26 11 2009

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


Thanksgiving Worship: Awesome God!…11.25.09

25 11 2009

Our God is an awesome God 
He reigns from heaven above 
With wisdom, power, and love 
Our God is an awesome God

TV vs Web Comsumption Comparison…11.25.09

25 11 2009

“National Gaming Day at Libraries a Massive Success”…11.25.09

25 11 2009

Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing reported:

“Jenny ‘Shifted Librarian‘ Levine and the American Library Association threw an astoundingly successful National Gaming Day in America’s libraries. This is the second year for NGD, and the participation more than doubled. Patrons played all kinds of games — tabletop, board games, video games — and discovered their libraries and their communities.

* Number of libraries registered to participate: 1,365
* Number of libraries that submitted # of players for NGD activities: 549
* Total number of players for NGD activities: 31,296
* Number of libraries in the national Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament (simultaneous): 42
* Number of libraries in the national Rock Band High Score tournament (asynchronous): 14
* Number of non-US libraries that participated (that we know of): 2 (Canada, Japan), with interest expressed from Morocco for next year)…”

PearlTrees – Collaborative Network…11.25.09

25 11 2009

Pearltrees is a collaborative network that let users create, enrich and share the world of their interests. We call it a human-powered interest network because its content is made and organized by its community. In Pearltrees, everyone creates its world and uses parts of others’ worlds to extend it. By doing so, everyone contributes to the overall project: building the first human organization of the Web.

Pearltrees lets you keep at hand all the great contents you find everyday on the web. But the game goes beyond that! While building your world, you get connected with the people who share your interests. Discover their world, pick the bits you like to extend your own… and bring to life the world of your interests!…”


Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart…11.25.09

25 11 2009

Kindle vs Nook eReader Review…11.25.09

25 11 2009

Here is an excerpt from a worthwhile review of the top contenders in eReaders from Nook Vs Kindel Review – Nook Vs Kindle with PDF:

“It’s time for a detailed Nook Vs Kindle review. Amazon added PDF support to the Kindle, increased its battery life by 75%, and added landscape mode – Did they just win the Nook Vs Kindle comparison?

Please keep in mind that no one has actually used a Nook – every nook review and every nook vs kindle comparison is a preview

My Kindle Vs Nook Review was a tie and it stayed a tie even when Amazon added Kindle for PC and cut the price to $259.

Will Kindle PDF support tilt Nook Vs Kindle in Amazon’s favor?

Let’s take a look. First we’ll look at areas where each eReader wins and assign points, and then we’ll look at the results…”

Digital Library Services – Assessment Challenges…11.25.09

25 11 2009

New Technologies That Can Save Librarians Time and Money…11.25.09

25 11 2009

Why Americans Celebrate “Thanksgiving Day”…11.24.09

24 11 2009

Check out this enlightening proclamation by the first U.S. President taken from The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789 [modern English text in larger print below]:


The following is the text:

General Thanksgiving

By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America


 WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington 1789

Qualcomm Color E-Reader Coming in 2010…11.24.09

24 11 2009

From EE Times:

Chip maker Qualcomm has shown off a 5.3-inch full-color non-volatile Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)-based display. The company claims a slightly larger version, with a 5.7-inch diagonal size, will also be found in an e-reader product by fall 2010. The display features 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution and around 220 pixels per inch.

‘We have a brand partner for the e-reader space to be announced in the first quarter of 2010,’ said Cheryl Goodman, Director of Marketing for Qualcomm MEMS Technologies. The Mirasol technology, which Qualcomm acquired in 2004, does not require a back-light and is reflective, making use of ambient light, reports EE Times.

The technology is based on a MEMS structure combined with thin film optics to create interferometric modulation. The color display is thin and bi-stable so that power is only consumed when changing the status of display. This can be a boon for e-reader type products where it can achieve power savings. The display technology is also capable of running video at 30-frame per second…”

Thanksgiving Week Praise: Blessed Be Your Name – Jesus…11.23.09

23 11 2009

Teen Library (Mis)Behavior…11.23.09

23 11 2009

New Zealand Book Council – “Going West”…11.22.09

22 11 2009

Going West is a beautiful short film illustrating the worlds in a book, incorporating papercraft to make something dreamlike and wonderful. It was animated by Andersen M Studio

Education Libraries from the History to the Future of Librarianship…11.22.09

22 11 2009

Newly released Education Libraries from the Special Libraries Association.

New Models for Library Service…11.22.09

22 11 2009

New Models for Library Service - Prezi presentation by R. Toby Greenwalt from Skokie Public Library


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