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Goodbye, printed cards: Starbucks now offers free ‘Pick of the Week’ apps and books from its iOS app

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Starbucks is set to expand its Pick of the Week program, which offers customers a free app or piece of digital content when they visit one of its stores, to include in-store downloads ...

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Как вернуть интерес к книгам с помощью новых технологий

Как вернуть интерес к книгам с помощью новых технологий | Around a Library | Scoop.it
Возможно ли, используя современные технологии, убедить людей снова ходить в библиотеки и читать бумажные книги?

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TIDBITS: See what your library can offer

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I've always appreciated a library. As a person who loves to read, who wouldn't love a building filled with books? But recently, I've been

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Goodbye, printed cards: Starbucks now offers free ‘Pick of the Week’ apps and books from its iOS app

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Ten ways self-publishing has changed the books world

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After a boom year in self-publishing the headlines are getting a little predictable. Most feature a doughty author who quickly builds demand for her work and is rewarded with a large contract from the traditional industry. But in our rush to admire, there's a risk we overlook the wider cultural significance of what is going on. As publishers from all over the world prepare for next week's London book fair, here are 10 changes that they ignore at their peril:


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A guide to global social networking

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As social networks continue to grow in emerging markets, it's crucial to engage customers on a global scale. Here's the current state of social media around the world.


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Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators | Atlantic Cities

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Co-working spaces are often treated today as a novelty, as a thoroughly modern solution to the changing needs of a workforce now more loyal to their laptops than any long-term employers. But the idea is actually as old as the public library.

 

One of the world’s first and most famous libraries, in Alexandria, Egypt, was frequently home some 2,000 years ago to the self-starters and self-employed of that era. “When you look back in history, they had philosophers and mathematicians and all sorts of folks who would get together and solve the problems of their time,” says Tracy Lea, the venture manager with Arizona State University’s economic development and community engagement arm. “We kind of look at it as the first template for the university. They had lecture halls, gathering spaces. They had co-working spaces.”

 

This old idea of the public library as co-working space now offers a modern answer – one among many – for how these aging institutions could become more relevant two millennia after the original Alexandria library burned to the ground. Would-be entrepreneurs everywhere are looking for business know-how and physical space to incubate their start-ups. Libraries meanwhile may be associated today with an outmoded product in paper books. But they also happen to have just about everything a 21st century innovator could need: Internet access, work space, reference materials, professional guidance.

 

Why not, Lea suggests, put these two ideas together? Arizona State is planning in the next few months to roll out a network of co-working business incubators inside public libraries, starting with a pilot in the downtown Civic Center Library in Scottsdale. The university is calling the plan, ambitiously, the Alexandria Network.

 

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Nine DC libraries close due to heat - Washington Post (blog)

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