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Malala Yousafzai to open new library

Malala Yousafzai to open new library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
A teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for championing women's rights has been given the honour of opening the £188m new Library of Birmingham.
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"The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.

"There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

"It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed." 

Read more about Malala, the teenager targeted by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' rights to go to school here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23929310

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Major Announcement Could Change How You Buy Books

Major Announcement Could Change How You Buy Books | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Print-on-demand (POD) books could soon be everywhere, according to a major announcement made today.

 

On Demand, the makers of the POD Espresso Book Machine currently installed in fewer than a hundred bookstores nationwide, have announced new partnerships with Eastman Kodak and ReaderLink Distribution Services.

 

The Kodak connection will allow customers to create and print their own photo books in store, as well as printing self-published titles and any of the 7 million titles currently available through their system. "You should be able to walk into a store, pick a title, [and then] pick it up after you're done shopping...We like to think of this as digital-to-print in retail locations."

 

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/13/print-on-demand-books-espresso_n_1882616.html

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how a book is born (because you kids love the infographics)

how a book is born (because you kids love the infographics) | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The 74 percent accurate, only slightly messy, story of the publishing process: find out how an idea gets turned into a book in this clever infographic.
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Why traditional books still reign at Ottawa libraries

Why traditional books still reign at Ottawa libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Even as the mighty e-book gains strength over the hard-copy variety, the physical book still has a bastion of strength: the public library.

 

There’s no simple explanation for the success of paper stock at the library, but the recession could play a role.  Also, libraries’ e-book selections are not as complete as their hard copy stock.  And to the traditional library patron,  nothing can beat "the real thing."

 

Do you still use the public library for, you know, traditional books? What's the allure?

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Book Burning, 213 BC–2011 AD

Book Burning, 213 BC–2011 AD | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

A showcase of books that have been burned, from antiquity to present day, is now on display at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries .

Included are texts from famous historical cases as well as contemporary incidents, photographs, and other information about book burning.

This is a website companion to the exhibit, complete with an illustrated gallery, quotations, and more.

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The library with no rules

The library with no rules | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Manila's Reading Club 2000 is a library like no other: it lets anyone borrow and then bring back or keep any of its thousands of books...

 

The Reading Club 2000, as it is called, began 12 years ago, and is spreading. It is helped by the fact that despite a 1994 act pledging "reading centres throughout the country", the Philippines, with a population of 92 million, has fewer than 700 public libraries, and buying books is a luxury many cannot afford.

 

Read more about this inspiring movement here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/shortcuts/2012/sep/23/the-library-with-no-rules?newsfeed=true

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The 10 most read rooks in the world, based on some...

The 10 most read rooks in the world, based on some... | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The 10 most read books in the world, based on some possibly dubious data but nonetheless interesting. Also see 125 famous authors’ selections for the best books of all time.

 

More here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/01/30/writers-top-ten-favorite-books/

 

http://www.squidoo.com/mostreadbooks

 

http://www.visualnews.com/data-design/april/top10books_jaredfanning/

 

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Why Do Old Books Smell?

Walk into a used bookshop and you will encounter the unique aroma of aging books. The smell is loved by some, disliked by others, but where does it come from...
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Directory of Open Access Books launches in Europe

Directory of Open Access Books launches in Europe | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The Directory of Open Access Books launches in Europe.  The directory will be open to all academic publishers and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these books are peer reviewed and published in Open Access.

 

A number of academic publishers have already expressed their interest in taking part in the further development of the service; among them are members of the OAPEN Library such as Amsterdam University Press and Göttingen University Press, and other well-known Open Access publishers such as Open Book Publishers, Open Humanities Press, MPublishing and Athabasca University Press. OpenEdition, a portal dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities (www.openedition.org), will also take part in the beta phase of DOAB.

 

Read more here: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/2012/03/05/directory-of-open-access-books-launches-in-europe/#more-4491

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The Joy of Books

"After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago (http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA),  my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto..."  There is nothing quite like a real book!

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