November is well known for the celebration of Veterans Day but it is also the anniversary of two special statues that were added to the VietNam Veterans Memorial. The Three Servicemen was added on On November 9, 1984 then on November 11, 1993 the Women’sÂ Memorial was added to honor the 11,500 women who served during the war. Come join us and learn more about this turbulent time in our country’s history through our library collection.
Do you think much about ‘social reading?’Â Do you believe ‘h*ll is other readers’?Â Either way, this report, via The Millions, from the Future of Reading: Books in Browsers Conference is worthy of your attention…
And in case you are interested, here is Rob Stein’s (from the Institute for the Future of the Book) Taxonomy of Social Reading:
- category one: in-person informal discussion of a book;
- category two: discussion of a book online;
- category three:Â formal discussion of a book in a classroom or book club; and
- category four: online, synchronous discussion of a book in the margins of the book itself
So, is that our future?
Melville House (an indy publisher) has withdrawn from future participation in the Best Translated Book Awards citing Amazonâ€™s â€œpredatory and thuggish practices…â€
Big news, and worth noting, considering this house publishes more in translation than Knopf or Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
(via The Millions)
Washington City Paper has a must-read article, with some facts and figures about Politics & Prose, a lovely bookstore in Washington DC, that asks the critical question: How much is a beloved [independent] bookstore really worth?
What would be your answer?